CONCACAF Champions League Final 2017 (Second Leg)

26 April 2017

Pachuca – Tigres
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Erick Miranda (MEX)

UEFA Futsal Cup 2017 – Semi-finals

28 April 2017

Ugra Yugorsk – Sporting CP
Referee 1: Sasa Tomic (CRO, photo)
Referee 2: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)

Inter FS – Kairat Almaty
Referee 1: Bogdan Sorescu (ROU)
Referee 2: Alessandro Malfer (ITA)

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 1-4)

27 April 2017

Iran – Mexico
Referee 1: Lukasz Ostrowski (POL, photo)
Referee 2: Jude Utulu (MLT)
Third Official: Eduards Borisevics (LVA)
Timekeeper: Ago Kaertmann (EST)

Ecuador – Senegal
Referee 1: Ebrahim Al-Mansory (UAE)
Referee 2: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)
Third Official: Laurynas Arzuolaitis (LTU)
Timekeeper: Gionni Matticoli (ITA)

Nigeria – Italy
Referee 1: Miguel Lopez (GUA)
Referee 2: Pablo Cadenasso (URU)
Third Official: Mariano Romo (ARG)
Timekeeper: Micke Palomino (PER)

Bahamas – Switzerland
Referee 1: Issam Bousbih (Tunisia)
Referee 2: Said Hachim (MAD)
Third Official: Jelili Ogunmuyiwa (NGA)
Timekeeper: Ivo Moraes (BRA)

Refereeing Experts Workshop in Asia

The development of world refereeing took centre stage in Asia as some of the biggest names in world refereeing gathered for the opening of the inaugural Refereeing Experts Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The two-day workshop, which the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has organised, aims to understand the various refereeing strategies currently employed by all six Confederations and FIFA as well as to identify opportunities for closer collaboration. Referees’ department heads and representatives from all six Confederations as well as AFC Referees Committee Deputy Chairman, Hany Taleb, FIFA Head of Refereeing, Massimo Busacca and FIFA Referees Committee Chairman, Pierluigi Collina were present to bring their expertise to the discussions.
AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John, who opened the workshop said: “The AFC has outlined our ambitions to ensure our players, teams and officials succeed on the world stage. We are here because we share common aspirations to raise the standards of officials worldwide. “Today’s forum provides great possibilities for progress through sharing and exchanging of ideas, and learning from the collective refereeing experiences worldwide.” Beginning with the AFC, each Confederation shared their development structures on the first day and considered administration, education and development programmes, competitions management as well as training and preparations.
UEFA's Head of Refereeing Services, Chris Wild said: “All Confederations are diverse in various aspects. We may differ in size and application of methods but we also share similar experiences and outcomes. There are definitely areas for learning from every Confederation. The opportunity for partnership through this workshop is hugely important to enhance the landscape of refereeing holistically.” Additional Assistant Referees, Video Assistant Referees and Goal-line technology were also discussed as representatives highlighted the need for continued uniformity.
CONCACAF Director of Refereeing Brian Hall said: “This is a historic and vital meeting for all the Confederations because it facilitates the process of examining best practices and forging closer team work to address future challenges of modern refereeing. Through the networking and sharing, it is beneficial for us at CONCACAF to maximise the different referees’ programmes, products and services, from grassroots to elite level that we are currently delivering. Ultimately we all have the same goal, to help every referee regardless of their nationality be the best they can be”.
FIFA Referees Committee Chairman, Pierluigi Collina, who will conclude the workshop with a presentation and feedback session alongside FIFA Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca, added: “I would like to thank the AFC for firstly thinking of and then organising this workshop. This is an excellent opportunity for the global refereeing family to share, learn and grow together. We hope that this will be the first of a long series of similar workshops”.

Source: AFC

CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations 2017

Gabon, 14-28 May 2017

Referees
1. Mohamed Marouf (EGY)
2. Souleiman Ahmed (DJI)
3. Ferdinand Udoh (NGA)
4. Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)
5. Mihindou Gauthier (GAB)
6. Abou Coulibaly (CIV)
7. Hamada Nampiandraza (MAD, photo)
8. Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
9. Davies Omweno (KEN)
10. Hassan Mohamed (SOM)
11. Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)
12. Jean-Jacques Ndala (COD)

Assistant Referees
1. Mahmoud Ahmed (EGY)
2. Aymen Ismail (TUN)
3. Seydou Tiama (BFA)
4. Moussounda Montel (GAB)
5. Souru Phatsoane (LES)
6. Gilbert Lista (SEY)
7. Gbemassiandan Kouton (BEN)
8. Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
9. Lahcen Azgaou (MAR)
10. Abdoul Moctar (NIG)
11. Mamady Tere (GUI)
12. Frank Komba (TAN)
13. Temesgin Atango (ETH)
14. Soulaimane Amaldine (COM)

Reserve Referees
1. Haithem Kossai (TUN)
2. Daniel Laryea (GHA)

Reserve AR
1. Attia Amsaad (LBY)

Copa Libertadores – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

25 April 2017
Tucuman – J. Wilstermann
Referee: Juan Soto (VEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Sanchez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tulio Moreno (VEN)
Fourth Official: Jose Hoyo (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Hugo Munoz (CHI)

Deportivo Iquique – Zamora
Referee: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Baldiviezo (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Roger Orellana (BOL)
Fourth Official: Ivo Mendez (BOL)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)

San Lorenzo – Universidad Catolica
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Fourth Official: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Referee Assessor: Ricardo Casas (ARG)

26 April 2017
Atletico Mineiro – Libertad
Referee: Wilson Lamouroux (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Diaz (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Leon (COL)
Fourth Official: Luis Sanchez (COL)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Perassi (BRA)

Melgar – Medellin
Referee: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guilherme Dias (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Danilo Manis (BRA)
Fourth Official: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Jaimes (PER)

Paranaense – Flamengo
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Urrego (VEN)
Fourth Official: Adrian Cabello (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Ednilson Corona (BRA)

Penarol – Palmeiras
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Jose Mendez (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Hector Baldassi (ARG)

27 April 2017
Zulia – Lanus
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Humberto Clavijo (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dionisio Ruiz (COL)
Fourth Official: Gustavo Murillo (COL)
Referee Assessor: Roman Hermoso (BRA)

Emelec – River Plate
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Barazza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Edson Cisterna (CHI)
Fourth Official: Eduard Gamboa (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Jose Lara (ECU)

Nacional – Chapecoense
Referee: Eber Aquino (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodney Aquino (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dario Gaona (PAR)
Fourth Official: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Ricardo Casas (ARG)

Gremio – Guarani
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gustavo Rossi (ARG)
Fourth Official: Fernando Espinoza (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Silvera (URU)

Sport Boys – Godoy Cruz
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Atoche (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Orue (PER)
Fourth Official: Luis Garay (PER)
Referee Assessor: Alvaro Sacarelo (URU)

AFC to launch Referee Academy

The AFC Referees Committee met at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and approved the establishment of a new AFC Referee Academy.
The AFC Referee Academy is scheduled to open later this year and it will be based at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur. The academy will focus on the AFC’s objective of increasing the number of AFC referees at world-class level and extending development support to the AFC Member Associations. Talent development as well as identifying and preparing potential referees for the AFC elite referees panel will be key tasks of the academy. These objectives will be driven by syllabus excellence delivered by top educators. The curriculum will consist of a four-year programme, conducted at three levels: introductory, intermediate and advanced. All AFC Member Associations can nominate two candidates to study at the academy. The programme will be open to both men and women referees. The committee (photo), chaired by Chung Mung Gyu for the first time, also agreed that the academy will replace the AFC Project Future Referees Programme. In addition, the committee approved the introduction of age criteria for the recruitment of AFC referees. The suggestion of a 35-year age limit was approved and it will apply to football and futsal, from the 2018 season. The members agreed the change was necessary to ensure refereeing in Asia continues to be of the highest possible standard.

Source: AFC

UEFA U-17 Euro 2017

Croatia, 3-19 May 2017

Referees
1. Dominik Ouschan (AUT, 1984, photo)
2. Nicholas Laforge (BEL, 1986)
3. Demetrios Masias (CYP, 1981)
4. Jens Maae (DEN, 1982)
5. Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE, 1985)
6. Donatas Rumsas (LTU, 1988)
7. Fabio Verissimo (POR, 1982)
8. Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE, 1986)

Assistant Referees
1. Manuel Nogueira (AND, 1982)
2. Atom Sevgulyan (ARM, 1987)
3. Radek Kotik (CZE, 1982)
4. Mika Lamppu (FIN, 1988)
5. Idan Yarkoni (ISR, 1982)
6. Samat Tergeussizov (KAZ, 1985)
7. Jevgenijs Morozovs (LVA, 1986)
8. Goce Petreski (MKD, 1979)
9. Paul Robinson (NIR, 1983)
10. Mircea Grigoriu (ROU, 1988)
11. Aleksei Vorontcov (RUS, 1980)
12. Ian Bird (WAL, 1985)

Fourth Officials
1. Fran Jovic (CRO, 1984)
2. Tihomir Pejin (CRO, 1983)
3. Duje Strukan (CRO, 1984)
4. Mario Zebec (CRO, 1982)

UEFA Women’s Champions League – Semi-finals (First Leg)

22 April 2017

FC Barcelona – Paris St. Germain
Referee: Teodora Albon (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Tepusa (ROU)

Fourth Official: Lorraine Clark (SCO)
Referee Observer: Regien Belksma-Konink (NED)

Manchester City – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikolet Bakker (NED)
Fourth Official: Eszter Urban (HUN)
Referee Observer: Blaženka Logarušić (CRO)

European leading assistant referees trained in Malaga

Training Europe’s leading assistant referees is a significant element of UEFA’s comprehensive referee development programme - and the men who assist the men in the middle have received expert advice and motivation for their duties at their latest UEFA course in Malaga.
Forty-one international assistant referees travelled to the Spanish resort to test their fitness and analyse a role that has grown in importance in the high-speed, high-stakes modern-day game. The course focused on various aspects of the assistant referee’s role, in particular Law 11 of the Laws of the Game relating to offside. Video clips of various incidents were studied and discussed, and clear guidelines were delivered to all of the assistants to ensure uniformity in decision-making in UEFA’s competitions. Assistant referees must also have a clear understanding of all laws including Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct - as they must be ready to inform the referee of any infringement that occurs outside the latter’s vision, and this aspect of the role was another key discussion point in Malaga. The assistants undertook a stringent fitness test, led by UEFA referee expert Werner Helsen and his team, with particular attention paid to the crucial speed and agility that is required by assistants over short distances.
UEFA refereeing officer Hugh Dallas was assisted at the course by former FIFA World Cup final assistant referees Philip Sharp and Leif Lindberg, together with experienced colleagues Giovanni Stevanato and Maciej Wierzbowski. “It’s great that we have such former top assistant referees who have operated at the highest level to pass on their vast experience and knowledge”, said Dallas. The assistants present in Malaga were unanimous in praising UEFA for giving them a clearer understanding of what is expected from them at the top European level. They worked hard on the field of play as well, with youth team players from local La Liga club Málaga CF assisting in helping simulate various offside scenarios. The officials then received instant video feedback and advice on how to improve their accuracy in their decision-making. “We also explained the importance of the assistants being prepared in advance of a match, by knowing the tactics of the teams that they will be officiating, and studying the movement of players and being aware of the team formations”, said Dallas, “as this will help them throughout the match. Tactical awareness is such a crucial part of the match officials’ preparation in modern-day football”, he explained. Alongside its tried and trusted work with referees, UEFA will carry on fostering assistant referees and aiding their development. “It’s important that UEFA doesn’t stand still,” Dallas said, “and that we continue to discover the new generation of match officials, including assistant referees. This course has gone a long way to serve that purpose”.

Source: UEFA