UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 21-24)

26 July 2017
Iceland – Austria
Referee: Riem Hussein (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Christina Biehl (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Referee Observer: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

Switzerland – France
Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Fourth Official: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Referee Observer: Regina Konink-Belksma (NED)

27 July 2017
Scotland – Spain
Referee: Jana Adamkova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
Referee Observer: Caroline De Boeck (BEL)

Portugal – England
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Referee Observer: Regina Konink-Belksma (NED)

UEFA Women's Euro 2017: A top-class 17th team

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 – the first to feature 16 teams – will be the perfect platform to show the remarkable progress of women’s football – and, alongside this, the excellent calibre of the leading women referees on this continent will also come into sharp focus. The 17th team at the Euro in the Netherlands comprises the current crème de la crème of Europe’s female match officials: eleven referees, 21 assistant referees and two fourth officials from 21 European national associations. Their selection for the tournament is a fitting reward for the hard yards they have put in to achieve a fulfilling career in the women’s game. UEFA has played a key role in nurturing women referees to attain their current impressive standards. For instance, as part of the European body’s comprehensive referee development programme, the female officials join their male counterparts for UEFA’s annual courses, and they have their own specific training programmes to foster the fitness levels that they need as top-level women’s football continues to increase in speed and tempo. Crucial advice and guidance is always forthcoming from UEFA’s Referees Committee. One member imparts first-hand experience as a mentor to the female officials. Dagmar Damková, from the Czech Republic, enjoyed an outstanding refereeing career, taking charge of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2009 final, the 2011 UEFA Women’s Champions League final, and the final of the 2008 Olympic women’s football tournament. Damková feels that the biggest development in women’s football has been in technical terms. “It’s not just a matter now of passing the ball and running,” she says, “but you can really see that teams have technique, and they play intelligently. More and more teams are emerging from an increasing number of countries. In the past, you’d see a lot of landslide victories. Nowadays, there are not so many games like this”.
The Euro referees themselves are ideally placed to comment on the progress that is taking women’s football onwards and upwards. “For me, the speed is the first thing,” says Germany’s Riem Hussein, who is at her first Euro. “And another thing is also the tactical approach – the players are getting better and better every day.” Another Euro debutant, Sweden’s Pernilla Larsson, agrees wholeheartedly. “You can clearly see now that women’s football is getting faster and faster – they are preparing better, and are in better physical shape, which means that we referees also have to be well-prepared physically.” "The referees have certainly reacted positively to what is needed today," says UEFA chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina. "Women's football is played faster than before, and the quality of play is definitely higher than before, so the referees today are also better athletes than before. Their ability to read a match is getting higher and higher. So they are coping with the increased level of women's football." UEFA considers the technical and tactical study of teams and players as a crucial element in a referee’s preparation, to keep the officials one step ahead of what happens on the field and help them in their decision-making. Consequently, analysts are on hand at the Women’s Euro to brief the referees on teams’ playing styles and players’ characteristics. Referees are also encouraged to do online ‘homework’ in this respect – allowing the officials to be fully prepared in advance for their assignments. Dagmar Damkovà feels that there is a huge difference in referees’ preparation between now and during her successful career. “I was talking with one of my colleagues,” she says, “and we said to each other: ‘How lucky referees are nowadays!’. We talked about how much material they have at their disposal. They are provided with a lot of things that we didn’t have. Nowadays, they have so many opportunities to learn, to gain experience, to practise,” Damkovà adds. “Practical training can even include sessions with players, where the referees train for situations - we didn’t have this in the past. And now they are also able to study and practice by watching video clips”.
The team of Euro match officials all have different stories to tell regarding why they took up refereeing. Some of them started out their journeys as players. “I played in the German second division for some years,” explains Riem Hussein, “and I complained about referees all the time! I said to myself that I couldn’t keep on complaining - I wanted to see for myself if I could referee. So I took a course, and refereeing became my major objective.” Kateryna Monzul, from Ukraine, is at her third Euro. She also played football in her childhood. “I eventually had to choose between being a player and a referee,” she says. “I chose the latter – and I’m pleased to say that it was the right choice.” There is a palpable sense of pride among the referees in their Euro appointments. Some are fulfilling cherished ambitions. “When I started to referee,” Monzul adds, “it wasn’t my goal to be a UEFA referee – it was my dream. And if you continue to work hard, dreams come true.” “I’m proud to be part of this,” says Hussein, “I’m aware of the fact that, as a player, I wouldn’t have reached this level. You have to enjoy the moments, because they may never come twice.” Dagmar Damkovà speaks from a considerable font of knowledge about what it means to be a major tournament referee. “It’s something special, it’s something that might happen once in a lifetime,” she reflects. “So when it happens, you are proud, you feel you are the one, you are chosen. You have to prove that you are one of the best.” Another close admirer of the women referees’ commitment and professional attitude is Belgian Jean-Baptiste Bultynck, a former referee himself who has supervised their fitness training and preparation in the run-up to the EURO. “I’m not only impressed by their dedication to fitness, but also their dedication to football and to refereeing,” he says. “They are highly motivated, and want to referee to the best of their ability. It’s about nothing else but refereeing. They want to show how good they are, and how they want to make progress…and their progress in the last ten years has been amazing.” The Women’s Euro will doubtless set new benchmarks for women’s football, but what are the prospects for the future? Kateryna Monzul is one of a considerable number of people who feel positive and optimistic about where the women’s game is heading: “You know, my hope is that it will be more popular, and not just in a few countries,” she says. “I hope that women’s football will be famous and popular for everybody in the world”.

Source: UEFA

UEFA Europa League – Third Qualifying Round (First Leg)

27 July 2017

FC Utrecht – Lech Poznan
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Michael Ross (NIR)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – Panionios
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Frederik Geldhof (BEL)
Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)

Mladá Boleslav – Skënderbeu
Referee: Alan Sant (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Vella (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Luke Portelli (MLT)
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri (MLT)
Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)

FC Olimpik Donetsk (UKR) - PAOK FC (GRE)
Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Assistant Referees: Johannes Vogel (SUI), Sertac Kurnazca (SUI)
Fourth Official: Pascal Erlachner (SUI)
Referee Observer: Rusmir Mrković (BIH)

FK Trakai (LTU) - KF Shkëndija (MKD)
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Assistant Referees: Emmett Dynan (IRL), Dermot Broughton (IRL)
Fourth Official: Robert Harvey (IRL)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

FK Sūduva (LTU) - FC Sion (SUI)
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Assistant Referees: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT), Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)
Referee Observer: Helmut Fleischer (GER)

AIK (SWE) - SC Braga (POR)
Referee: Marius Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referees: Valentin Avram (ROU), Cristian Orbuleț (ROU)
Fourth Official: Andrei Chivulete (ROU)
Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)

AEK Larnaca FC (CYP) - FC Dinamo Minsk (BLR)
Referee: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
Assistant Referees: Martin Wilczek (CZE), Petr Blažej (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Referee Observer: Morgan Norman (SWE)

Östersunds FK (SWE) - CS Fola Esch (LUX)
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskyy (UKR)
Assistant Referees: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR), Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)
Referee Observer: Emil Božinovski (MKD)

SK Sturm Graz (AUT) - Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Tom Grønevik (NOR), Geir Isaksen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

27 July 2017, 19:00 CET, FC Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar (RUS)
FC Krasnodar (RUS) - Lyngby BK (DEN)
Referee: Chrístos Nikolaḯdis (CYP)
Assistant Referees: Charálambos Charalámbous (CYP), Charálambos Georgíou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Loúkas Sotiríou (CYP)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

PSV Eindhoven (NED) - NK Osijek (CRO)
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referees: Sean Carr (SCO), Douglas Potter (SCO)
Fourth Official: David Munro (SCO)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) - FC Zenit (RUS)
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referees: Djordjije Ražnatović (MNE), Aleksandar Djikanović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Milovan Milačić (MNE)
Referee Observer: Igor Șațkii (MDA)

PFC Botev Plovdiv (BUL) - CS Marítimo (POR)
Referee: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Joakim Nilsson (SWE), Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Referee Observer: Oğuz Sarvan (TUR)

FC Astra Giurgiu (ROU) - FC Oleksandriya (UKR)
Referee: Dimitar Mečkarovski (MKD)
Assistant Referees: Dejan Nedelkoski (MKD), Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Konstantin Vlaho (MKD)
Referee Observer: Muharrem Aksoy (TUR)

FC Dinamo (ROU) - Athletic Club (ESP)
Referee: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Jon Knutsen (NOR), Øystein Ytterland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Espen Eskås (NOR)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Brøndby IF (DEN) - HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referees: Graeme Stewart (SCO), Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Walsh (SCO)
Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)

Universitatea Craiova (ROU) - AC Milan (ITA)
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Cem Satman (TUR), Hakan Yemişken (TUR)
Fourth Official: Kemal Uğurlu (TUR)
Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)

Arka Gdynia (POL) - FC Midtjylland (DEN)
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referees: Egin Doda (ALB), Ilir Tartaraj (ALB)
Fourth Official: Juxhin Xhaja (ALB)
Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)

Crvena Zvezda (SRB) - AC Sparta Praha (CZE)
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Aleksey Lebedev (RUS), Andrey Glot (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksey Sukhoy (RUS)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

KAA Gent (BEL) - SCR Altach (AUT)
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referees: Vital Jobin (SUI), Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Fourth Official: Lionel Tschudi (SUI)
Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)

FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA) - Videoton FC (HUN)
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referees: Marcin Borkowski (POL), Jakub Winkler (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)

Panathinaïkós FC (GRE) - Qəbələ İK (AZE)
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP), César Noval Font (ESP)
Fourth Official: Mario Melero López (ESP)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

Olympique de Marseille (FRA) - KV Oostende (BEL)
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Esat Sancaktar (TUR), Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Fourth Official: Halil Meler (TUR)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Aberdeen FC (SCO) - Apollon Limassol FC (CYP)
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referees: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN), Jonas Turunen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Kaarlo Hämäläinen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Eyjólfur Ólafsson (ISL)

GNK Dinamo (CRO) - Odds BK (NOR)
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referees: Stefan Kühr (AUT), Andreas Rothmann (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)

SC Freiburg (GER) - NK Domžale (SVN)
Referee: Anatoliy Zhabchenko (UKR)
Assistant Referees: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR), Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
Referee Observer: Lucílio Batista (POR)

Everton FC (ENG) - MFK Ružomberok (SVK)
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referees: Martin Margaritov (BUL), Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikolay Yordanov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

FK Austria Wien (AUT) - AEL Limassol FC (CYP)
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Assistant Referees: Jukka Honkanen (FIN), Ville Koskiniemi (FIN)
Fourth Official: Jari Järvinen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Marcel Vanelshocht (BEL)

UEFA Champions League – Third Qualifying Round (First Leg)

25-26 July 2017

FK Vardar (MKD) - FC København (DEN)
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1:  Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Lasse Koslowski (GER)
Fourth Official: Martin Petersen (GER)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

FK Qarabağ Ağdam (AZE) - FC Sheriff (MDA)
Referee: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yauheni Ramanau (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Vitali Maliutsin (BLR)
Fourth Official: Viktar Shymusik (BLR)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

SK Slavia Praha (CZE) - FC BATE Borisov (BLR)
Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Harm Osmers (GER)
Referee Observer: Yuri Baskakov (RUS)

AEK Athens FC (GRE) - PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS)
Referee: Marco Fritz (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Arno Blos (GER)
Fourth Official: Sven Jablonski (GER)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Fotbal Club FCSB (ROU) - FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Mammadov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

FK Partizan (SRB) - Olympiacos FC (GRE)
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Vuoto (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianpaolo Calvarese (ITA)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

FC Astana (KAZ) - Legia Warszawa (POL)
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Fourth Official: Csaba Pintér (HUN)
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) - BSC Young Boys (SUI)
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

FC Salzburg (AUT) - HNK Rijeka (CRO)
Referee: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Igor Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC (ISR) - PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL)
Referee: Charalampos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthymiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Tryfon Petropoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Georgios Kominis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Fotbal Club Viitorul (ROU) - APOEL FC (CYP)
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alfonso Marrazzo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

NK Maribor (SVN) - FH Hafnarfjörður (ISL)
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

OGC Nice (FRA) - AFC Ajax (NED)
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Abrahám Álvarez Cantón (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Celtic FC (SCO) - Rosenborg BK (NOR)
Referee: Tiago Martins (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Campos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Teixeira (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Esteves (POR)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Club Brugge KV (BEL) - İstanbul Başakşehir FK (TUR)
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Giacomo Paganessi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Luca Pairetto (ITA)

Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)

The inventor of the vanishing spray demands FIFA recognition

Heine Allemagne accuses the governing body of world football (FIFA) of violating the patent and asks that use of the technology be suspended in all competitions: "I am David and FIFA is Goliath."
The inventor of the spray used by referees to mark, for example, the area where the ball must be placed at a free kick or where the wall should be, Heine Allemagne, promises to bring to the end a fight with FIFA that he himself defines as "David against Goliath". The 46-year-old Brazilian demands, in short, recognition for the invention of technology and 35 million USD. Heine recently sent a statement to FIFA, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and all confederations (UEFA, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, AFC and OFC). The document, whose entirety is at the end of the story, requires the suspension of the use of the vanishing spray in all competitions. Contacted by Globo, FIFA did not respond. “I am asking for respect. FIFA did not give me the credit for the spray. They had made several promises, they used us, they commercially took over the project from 2008. After that, they made a gigantic conspiracy, absurd things. What am I doing? I am David and FIFA is Goliath. FIFA threatened to sue me. I made history in world football, and FIFA, in a calumnious way, threatened to sue me. As a Brazilian, you know how we are, we play football. I'm going to have to play football with FIFA", Heine said over the phone. In fact, Heine Allemagne owns the registered patent at the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) for the "foamy spray composition to mark regulatory distance in sports". The concession, under the number PI0004962-0, was given to him in February 2010.
The spray was first used by a referee in the Belo Horizonte Cup of 2000. Two years later, it was adopted by CBF in official competitions; Brazil is therefore the technology pioneer. In 2009, it appeared in Copa Libertadores and in 2013 was tested by FIFA. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil was the first to have referees with this equipment. According to Heine, the initial goal of the project was to help develop football, with financial reward in the background. As much as the first spray cans tested by FIFA, including those used in the 2014 World Cup, were donated by him. FIFA said that after the World Cup, it would buy the project. After the World Cup, they sat down with all the companies, they analyzed the commercial impact of the invention and, in the end, they decided to rob me. That's it, a robbery, a kidnapping - complains the Brazilian, who has incomplete high school and says survive of inventions. In an interview with the site "Uol" in July 2014, before the end of the World Cup, Heine had revealed the goal of selling the project to FIFA. "They have to take this forward," he said at the time.
Credits to another company
Heine Allemagne is said to be upset that he has never been mentioned by FIFA as inventor of the spray. Instead, the entity handed over the credits to the company "PPG Comex" of Pittsburgh, USA - one of the sponsors of Copa America Centenary last year. In a statement issued shortly before the competition held in the USA, the company's CEO said he was happy to help the sport. “PPG Comex has worked hard for many years to enhance football by developing tools that help referees work. This was the case with the Comex Futline spray that will be used in this tournament for the first time”, stated Marcos Achar on the occasion. "They're ignoring the accusations I'm making to them, FIFA has sent us very badly, they conspired. We invented it, and they handed the patent to a multinational company. But this is an already patented spray, an idea conducted constitutionally - recalled the Brazilian.
"FIFA profaned the Laws of the Game book"
Heine defines FIFA's reluctance as a "conspiracy." An anomaly in the Laws of the Game book of the 2017/18 season recently published by the IFAB, he said, is one of the biggest indicators.” FIFA desecrated the rule book, it is boycotting this project, and they want to kill it. Why did they put the spray development in the rulebook only in Spanish and not in the other languages?”, he denounces. In fact, item 5 of the Laws of the Game book (which clarifies the responsibilities of the referee in a football match) in Spanish defines the spray as a referee equipment. In other languages; however, the tool is not mentioned.
Despite his disbelief, Heine believes that the next step is to wait for a response from FIFA, only then, if necessary, to initiate legal proceedings. "I'm going to start a moral debate with FIFA. I have sent this notice so we can sit down and talk like grown-up people. If they do not want to do that and keep insisting on it, I will go for legal action, which is the blocking of assets and everything that is plausible within justice. They will lose. Here we know how to play football, and I am going to play football with FIFA. If I do not get the money, it does not make that much difference. It is obvious that I need it, but it makes no difference. This will just not continue the way FIFA thinks it is", he said.

Source: Refnews

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 17-20)

24 July 2017
Belgium – Netherlands
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER) 

Assistant Referee 2: Sian Massey (ENG)
Fourth Official: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Referee Observer: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

Norway – Denmark
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Tepusa (ROU)
Fourth Official: Lorraine Clark (SCO)
Referee Observer: Regina Konink-Belksma (NED)

25 July 2017
Sweden – Italy
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Brem (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodjak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
Referee Observer: Caroline De Boeck (BEL)

Russia – Germany
Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Dabrowska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Fourth Official: Lorraine Clark (SCO)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

CONCACAF Gold Cup 2017 – Semi-finals

22 July 2017
USA – Costa Rica
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: William Torres (SLV) 

Fourth Official: Cesar Ramos (MEX)

23 July 2017
Jamaica – Mexico
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC)

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 13-16)

22 July 2017
Iceland – Switzerland
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Svetlana Bilic (SRB)
Fourth Official: Lorraine Clark (SCO)
Referee Observer: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

France – Austria
Referee: Jana Adamkova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

23 July 2017
Scotland – Portugal
Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolet Bakker (NED)
Fourth Official: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

England – Spain
Referee: Carina Vitulano (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucia Abruzzese (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Monika Mularczyk (POL)
Referee Observer: Caroline De Boeck (BEL)

UEFA Super Cup 2017: Rocchi (ITA)

Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi has been appointed to take charge of the 2017 UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Manchester United, which will be played at the National Arena Filip II in Skopje on 8 August. The 43-year-old from Florence will be accompanied by five compatriots: assistant referees Elenito Di Liberatore and Mauro Tonolini, additional assistant referees Davide Massa and Massimiliano Irrati, and reserve official Riccardo Di Fiore. France's Clement Turpin will act as the fourth official. An international referee since 2008, Rocchi has taken charge of 72 UEFA matches. He officiated at nine European club competition matches in 2016/17, including the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg between Leicester City and Club Atlético de Madrid, and the second leg in the round of 16 between AS Monaco and Manchester City. Last season he also handled the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg between AFC Ajax and Olympique Lyonnais and was the fourth official at May's UEFA Europa League final in Stockholm. (Source: UEFA)

8 August 2017
Real Madrid – Manchester United
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional AR1: Davide Massa (ITA)
Additional AR2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Fourth Official: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Reserve AR: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 9-12)

20 July 2017
Norway – Belgium
Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Dabrowska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Fourth Official: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
Referee Observer: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

Netherlands – Denmark
Referee: Riem Hussein (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Christina Biehl (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Carina Vitulano (ITA)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

21 July 2017
Sweden – Russia
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Angela Kyriakou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Lorraine Clark (SCO)
Referee Observer: Regina Konink-Belksma (NED)

Germany – Italy
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)
Fourth Official: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
Referee Observer: Caroline De Boeck (BEL)