FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final 2016: Adamkova (CZE)

3 December 2016

Korea DPR – France
Referee: Jana Adamkova (CZE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Biljana Atanasovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Angela Kyriakou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Reserve AR: Belinda Brem (SUI)

Match for Third Place
USA – Japan
Referee: Qin Liang (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Fang Yan (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bao Mengxiao (CHN)
Fourth Official: Riem Hussein (GER)
Reserve AR: Kim Kyoung Min (KOR)

Referee Hategan awarded a penalty kick after only 9 seconds

Fans were barely in their seats at the Bucharest derby between Steaua and Dinamo when the referee awarded one of the fastest penalties ever in professional soccer after only nine seconds.
League leaders Steaua went ahead after referee Ovidiu Hategan (photo) pointed to the spot when Dinamo keeper Jaime Penedo clattered into Brazilian midfielder William De Amorim moments after kickoff on Wednesday. Romania's soccer statisticians said it was the quickest penalty ever awarded in the country's top flight. Another Brazilian midfielder, Fernando Boldrin, made no mistake from the spot, but Dinamo overcame the early setback to complete a 3-1 victory.

Source: Yahoo Sports

Africa Cup of Nations 2017

Gabon, 14 January - 5 February 2017

1. Ghead Grisha (EGY)
2. Youssef Essrayri (TUN)
3. Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
4. Bakary Gassama (GAM, photo)
5. Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)
6. Daniel Bennett (RSA)
7. Eric Otogo Castane (GAB)
8. Alioum Alioum (CMR)
9. Joshua Bondo (BOT)
10. Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
11. Mahamadou Keita (MLI)
12. Bernard Camille (SEY)
13. Hamada Nampiandraza (MAD)
14. Redouane Jiyed (MAR)
15. Ali Lemghaifry (MTN)
16. Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
17. Denis Dembele (CIV)

Assistant Referees
1. Abo El Sadat (EGY)
2. Anouar Hmila (TUN)
3. Aboubacar Doumbouya (GUI)
4. Abel Baba (NGA)
5. Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
6. Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
7. Theophile Vinga (GAB)
8. Evarist Mekouande (CMR)
9. Elvis Noupue (CMR)
10. Marius Tan (CIV)
11. Waleed Ahmed (SDN)
12. Mohammed Ibrahim (SDN)
13. Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
14. Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
15. Redouane Achik (MAR)
16. Jean-Claude Birumushahu (BDI)
17. Yahaya Mahamadou (NIG)
18. Marwa Range (KEN)
19. Djibril Camara (SEN)
20. El Hadji Samba (SEN)
21. Olivier Safari (COD)

Collina, special guest at the AFC Elite Referees Seminar

World football’s top referee instructors have been imparting their skills and knowledge to Asia’s best officials in the first-ever combined men and women Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Elite Referees and Assistant Referees Seminar which is taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, concurrently. Pierluigi Collina, widely regarded as the best referee of his generation, joined the list of AFC instructors as a special guest at the third seminar in Kuala Lumpur. Meanwhile, English Premier League referee Jonathan Moss is also in Dubai to share his experiences with the continent’s officials.
Collina, who has been invited to the seminar to share his insights on modern-day preparation and match control, encouraged participants to take full advantage of the AFC’s ever-improving approach to development. UEFA’s chief refereeing officer, said: “It is all down to match preparation. I know that they are working hard and implementing new systems of preparation. They are paying more attention to every detail and this is the way to continue. This is the path that can bring referees to the top”.
More than 270 referees and assistant referees from around the continent have been divided into four groups to take part in the seminars in Dubai and the Malaysian capital from November 20-30. The five-day seminars, which share the same contents and principles, have been organised to prepare Asia’s referees for 2017 season through theoretical as well as practical sessions on the field of play. “Asian referees have been entrusted with some high-profile matches in 2016. This serves as a testament to the programmes and plans put in place to bring out the best in our men and women officials”, said Deputy Chairman of the AFC Referees Committee, Hany Taleb Ballan, who opened the first session in Kuala Lumpur. “Under the banner of One Asia, One Goal, the AFC will spare no effort in the development of our referees. Looking to 2017, we are committed to ensuring that they continue to succeed on the world’s biggest stages.” The theoretical sessions are focused on the latest updates on the Laws of the Game, analysing penalty area incidents, positioning and movement, tactical fouls and offside interpretation, among other topics. In addition, this year’s seminar also registered a major milestone through the emphasis on the psychological and mental aptitude of referees, which is becoming increasingly crucial alongside physical and theoretical competence. “Football today is far more complex than before. Being physically fit and mastering the Laws of the Game is simply not enough. Developing good psychological skills is imperative to ensure that referees are able to maintain high levels of concentration and remain calm under immense pressure”, revealed José Sánchez García, who was the psychological instructor for FIFA’s Elite Referees from 2007-2010. “This is even more so when referees have to recover quickly if they have made a bad decision. The environment created for top class players, many of whom are benefiting greatly from sport psychology, is precisely the type of setting we must create for our referees to succeed”, he added.
Chinese referee Fu Ming, who officiated the match between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City in Shenzhen earlier this year, reflected the success of the event when he said: “The AFC is always looking for ways to improve these programmes and this gives referees great confidence and motivation to put the knowledge and experience we have gained here to good use. The opportunity to learn from the AFC and special guest instructors has been invaluable”.

Source: AFC

FIFA Club World Cup 2016 (Updated)

Since the original appointments have been released, FIFA made several changes on the list. Due to his wedding scheduled for December 2016, Costa Rican referee Ricardo Montero and his team have been replaced by Roberto Garcia's trio from Mexico. In AFC, assistant referee Ebrahim Saleh (BHR) was replaced by 28-year-old Taleb Al Marri (QAT), who becomes the youngest match official at this competition. In CAF, assistant referee Marwa Range (KEN) will replace Berhe Tesfagiorghis (ERI), who was recently suspended. In OFC, assistant referee Ravinesh Kumar (FIJ) will no longer participate. Finally, Danny Makkelie (NED) will join the UEFA team as a second Video Assistant Referee.

Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Tulefat (BHR, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Taleb Al Marri (QAT, 1988)
VAR: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB, 1977)

Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: Marwa Range (KEN, 1977)
VAR: Bakary Gassama (GAM, 1979)

Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX, 1974, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Camargo (MEX, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX, 1980)
VAR: Mark Geiger (USA, 1974)

Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR, 1975)
VAR: Andres Cunha (URU, 1976)

Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH, 1981)
Assistant Referee: Philippe Revel (TAH, 1982)
VAR: Nicholas Waldron (NZL, 1982)

Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Toth (HUN, 1978)
VAR: Damir Skomina (SVN, 1976)
VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED, 1983)

Webb among candidates for VAR position with PRO

After reportedly impressing on multiple interviews in the United States, Howard Webb could take on a great role within Major League Soccer. Webb would require clearance from his current positions with BT Sport and the Saudi Arabian Football Federation in order to accept the MLS job. Webb, 45, currently serves as a consultant with both organizations after having retired from refereeing in 2014.
Howard Webb is in the running for a position with the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), but it’s not as a replacement for current general manager Peter Walton. That’s the word from PRO after reports surfaced in the English media that the world-renowned ex-referee was “set to replace Peter Walton.” But PRO confirmed that Walton, who since November 2012 has been at the helm of the group responsible for administering professional referee programs in the USA and Canada, is under contract through the end of 2017. “The Professional Referees Organization is conducting a search for a senior executive who would oversee the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) project,” read Saturday’s statement from PRO. "Peter Walton, the general manager of PRO since its inception in 2012, will continue in his role managing the professional referee programs in North America. Once hired, the new senior executive will report to Walton.” Webb is one of several candidates to manage the VAR project, which MLS is looking to implement in the near future. The league partnered with the United Soccer Leagues (USL) to conduct FIFA-approved live experiments during the 2016 season. The Video Assistant Referee initiative, which is still in a testing and evaluation phase, consists of an additional referee positioned in a booth with technology that allows access to video from every available camera angle at a finger's touch. A communications system allows the VAR to alert and advise the head referee on “game-changing” decisions: goals, penalty decisions, direct red card incidents and cases of mistaken identity. According to the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body that oversees soccer's Laws of the Game, "the intention is for IFAB to make a decision in 2018 or 2019 on whether or not video assistant referees should be introduced in football”. 

Source: MLS

Referee Grafe reported to UEFA for refusing a search in Manchester

Manchester United have reported Europa League referee Manuel Grafe to UEFA for refusing to be searched before the Europa League game with Feyenoord.
The German official arrived at Old Trafford with the rest of his team two hours before kick-off. But when security stopped Berlin-based Grafe at the entrance for players and officials to search him and his bag he refused. The 43-year-old Bundesliga referee said he was an UEFA-endorsed match official and was not required to be searched on entering any ground. Staff from Controlled Event Solutions, who operate security both inside and outside Old Trafford, explained searches were mandatory for all visitors. Fans, match-day staff, media and directors are all searched if requested, with United sensitive about security having suffered high-profile recent breaches. However, at the same moment as the stand-off involving Grafe, United boss Jose Mourinho entered without being asked to undergo a similar search. As such, Grafe refused and made his way to the referee’s room with his team. United’s chief security officer was called, and Grafe was reported to Estonian Alnar Leppanen, UEFA’s match delegate for the night. Referee Grafe later apologised to staff, but claimed he had never been asked to submit to a search while on referee duty. 
After looking into the case and speaking to the official, UEFA have elected to take no further action against the match official. They believe their officials, similar to club players and coaching staff, should not be controlled in such a manner as they are officially accredited by the association. "The referee had asked questions about the search procedure," said a UEFA spokesman. "The matter has been discussed with the club and there is, in this regard, no consequences for the referees".

Source: Mirror

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2016 – Semi-finals

29 November 2016

Korea DPR – USA
Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Katalin Torok (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Svetlana Bilic (SRB)
Fourth Official: Finau Vulivuli (FIJ)
Reserve AR: Angela Kyriakou (CYP)

Japan – France
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perello (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Fourth Official: Silvia Reyes (PER)
Reserve AR: Monica Amboya (ECU)

Whistle blown on MSP Douglas Ross's refereeing clash

A leading Scottish Conservative MSP missed a parliamentary committee to referee a Champions League match in Portugal. Douglas Ross is a Tory justice spokesman to Rush Davidson, who serves as the leader of Scotland's opposition party. Basically, it's a pretty important job. But Ross has another job: assistant referee. And he may lose his job as justice spokesman because of his refereeing, according to the Daily Record. Ross was supposed to be at a parliamentary meeting last week; however, he missed it because he was serving as an assistant referee for the Real Madrid vs. Sporting Lisbon Champions League match. Because of that, there have been calls for Davidson to fire Ross.
Refereeing isn't even Ross's second job. It's his third. Douglas Ross earns up to £40,000 a year as a self-employed specialist assistant football referee, according to his Scottish Parliament register of interests. He is also a councillor with Moray Council and his trip to Portugal meant he missed its policy and resources committee meeting on Tuesday. SNP MSP Ben Macpherson said it was not the first time Ross's refereeing job had affected his parliamentary work. He has been criticized in the past for not showing enough commitment to his job as justice spokesman. In September, Ross was supposed to attend key meetings and a vote over military base closures. But he wasn't available for them because he was at a five-day refereeing course in Switzerland. When Ross was criticized for it, the Tories called it "a one-off problem", but it's pretty clearly not just a one-off anymore. Macpherson said: "The arrogance and blatant disrespect of 'three jobs' Tory Douglas Ross is simply staggering. "Last time the whistle was blown on one of his refereeing junkets the Tories claimed it was just a 'one off'. But he's at it again - and this time it should be a straight red card. "Obviously he values his £40k-a-year weekend job - and all-expenses paid trips to Lisbon and other European cities - more than his responsibilities as an MSP and local councillor, demonstrating complete contempt for the people who elected him. "If Douglas Ross can't pitch up to do his job, it's time for relegation - he should either take a step back from refereeing or stand down from Holyrood's justice committee with immediate effect and Ruth Davidson should give him the boot from her frontbench team." A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: "Earlier this year Ben Macpherson asked Douglas to kindly speak to clubs in his constituency about refereeing - presumably this invitation has now been rescinded".

Source: BBC/FOX

UEFA Futsal Cup – Elite Round

23-27 November 2016

Kairat Almaty – Real Rieti

First referee: Marc Birkett (ENG, photo)
Second referee: Kamil Çetin (TUR)

Inter – Chrudim

First referee: Miguel Castilho (POR)
Second referee: Alessandro Malfer (ITA)

Ugra – Hamburg
First referee: Franco Cachia (MLT)
Second referee: Pascal Lemal (BEL)

Brezje Maribor – Ekonomac
First referee: Gerd Bylois (BEL)
Second referee: Ivan Shabanov (RUS)

Nacional – Araz
First referee: Eduardo Fernandes (POR)
Second referee: Gabriel Gherman (ROU)

Nikars Riga – FC Feniks
First referee: Trayan Enchev (BUL)
Second referee: Petar Mantev (MKD)

KMF Ekonomac – Inter FS
First referee: Alessandro Malfer (ITA)
Second referee: Gerd Bylois (BEL)

Araz Naxçivan – Ugra Yugorsk
First referee: Pascal Lemal (BEL)
Second referee: Eduardo Fernandes (POR)

Brezje Maribor – Chrudim
First referee: Ivan Shabanov (RUS)
Second referee: Miguel Castilho (POR)

FC Dynamo – City'US Târgu Mureş

First referee: Saša Tomić (CRO)
Second referee: Juan Gallardo (ESP)

Nacional Zagreb FC – Hamburg Panthers
First referee: Gabriel Gherman (ROU)
Second referee: Franco Cachia (MLT)

Sporting CP – Győri ETO
First referee: Cédric Pelissier (FRA)
Second referee: Borut Šivic (SVN)

Real Rieti – Nikars Riga
First referee: Kamil Çetin (TUR)
Second referee: Marc Birkett (ENG)

Kairat Almaty – FC Feniks

First referee: Petar Mantev (MKD)
Second referee: Trayan Enchev (BUL)

Győri ETO – FC Dynamo
First referee: Borut Šivic (SVN)
Second referee: Saša Tomić (CRO)

Sporting CP – City'US Târgu Mureş
First referee: Juan Gallardo (ESP)

Second referee: Cédric Pelissier (FRA)

Hamburg Panthers – Araz Naxçivan
First referee: Pascal Lemal (BEL)
Second referee: Franco Cachia (MLT)

Chrudim – KMF Ekonomac
First referee: Ivan Shabanov (RUS)
Second referee: Miguel Castilho (POR)

Ugra Yugorsk – Nacional Zagreb
First referee: Eduardo Fernandes (POR)
Second referee: Gabriel Gherman (ROU)

Inter FS – Brezje Maribor
First referee: Alessandro Malfer (ITA) 

Second referee: Gerd Bylois (BEL)

Feniks – Rieti
First referee: Trayan Enchev (BUL)
Second referee: Petar Mantev (MKD)

Nikars – Kairat
First referee: Marc Birkett (ENG)
Second referee: Kamil Çetin (TUR)

Târgu Mureş – Győr
First referee: Cédric Pelissier (FRA)
Second referee: Borut Šivic (SVN)

Dynamo – Sporting CP

First referee: Saša Tomić (CRO)
Second referee: Juan Gallardo (ESP)