March 29, 2017

Successful Video Assistant Referee Test in France vs Spain

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After last December's rather ambivalent impressions of the Video Assistant Referee system at several Club World Cup Games, yesterday's friendly game between France and Spain offers further insights into the VAR experiment we can also expect at the coming World Cup.


German First Group official Felix Zwayer was assisted by VAR Tobias Stieler - UEFA First Group referee as well - in two goal/no-goal decisions:



Both off- and onside decisions were orginally incorrectly taken by the assistant referees, so that Tobias Stieler contacted Felix Zwayer and informed him about the appropriate decisions immensely influencing the game.

In the second incident, the VAR correctly did not intervene: The penalty decision itself seems to be correct or at least clearly supportable. Even though there was an offside position just before the penalty offence, it is at least acceptable to not deem the Spanish player as actively involved in play by interfering with an opponent (he slightly crosses the French defender's running path, but does not clearly obstruct or impede his movements).

In situations where the VAR checks or corrects decisions taken by the match officials, communicating decisions in a convincing and efficient way will be tremendously important. Part of that is the time intervall between the situation to be checked and the decision taken by the referee upon VAR advice. Europe's leading associations consider 10 to 15 seconds as ideal and goal for the future. Here, both decisions required 40 seconds, even though it is unclear whether replays were maybe available relatively late.

What do you think about the situations?

What went right, what can be optimized in future cases?

video source: Arbiter Café (thanks to our user RayHD)
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National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 12 (2017)

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The following match officials have been selected to take control over the matches played in Europe's top leagues in Matchweek 12. Feel free to ...

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March 20, 2017

Referees for 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup

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Thank to our source Árbitro Internacional we know the referees appointed by FIFA for 2017 U20 World Cup which will be hosted by South Korea. The tournament will function as a preparation and basis for the referees' selection for 2018 FIFA World Cup. In addition, some officials have been called to work as Video Assistant Referees.  

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World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for Matchday 5

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These officials have been appointed for the fifth matchday of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA Zone).  Missing names will be added in due course. 

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Referee Appointments for International "Friendly Matches" - March 2017

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These are some appointments for friendly games to be played on next days. If you know an appointment that is still missing in the list below, don't hesitate to inform us!


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March 15, 2017

Gianluca Rocchi to referee Monaco-ManCity, Sergei Karasev in charge of Atlético-Leverkusen

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Italy's Gianluca Rocchi has been chosen to take charge of the return game between AS Monaco and Manchester City following the Citizens' 5:3 win in the first leg. At the same time, Russian Sergei Karasev will officiate Atlético Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen.

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March 14, 2017

Ovidiu Hațegan in charge of Juventus - Porto, Daniele Orsato to officiate Leicester - Sevilla

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Romanian Elite Ovidiu Hațegan has been appointed to handle the return game between Juventus and Porto, while Italian Daniele Orsato will be the man in the middle for Leicester - Sevilla.
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National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 11 (2017)

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The following match officials have been selected to take control over the matches played in Europe's top leagues in Matchweek 11. Feel free to ...

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Europa League 2016/17 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (II)

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The following officials will be in charge of EL Round of 16 second legs.  Among others, Mark Clattenburg will officiate the German derby Borussia Mönchengladbach - Schalke 04, despite of his announced retirement
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Mark Clattenburg returns to UEFA duties to take charge of German Europa League Derby

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English Mark Clattenburg, who was announced to retire from national and international refereeing with immediate effect in February, has been appointed to take charge of the Europa League Round of 16 return game between Borussia M'gladbach and FC Schalke 04. 


Earlier this month, it was reported that Clattenburg had turned away from immediately leaving the Premier League panel before the end of the season following a talk with David Elleray. Now, it is evident that Clattenburg's delayed retirement also has effects on his UEFA duties and appointments made by Pierluigi Collina.


Along with Jake Collin, Simon Bennett, Anthony Taylor, Andre Marriner and Harry Lennard, he is going to referee the German Europa League derby in Mönchengladbach's Borussia Park on Thursday.

All Europa League appointments:

Borussia M'gladbach - FC Schalke 04: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
FC Krasnodar - Celta Vigo: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
RSC Anderlecht - APOEL: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
AS Roma - Olympique Lyon: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Manchester Utd. - FC Rostov: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Besiktas - Olympiacos: Michael Oliver (ENG)
KRC Genk - KAA Gent: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
AFC Ajax - FC Kobenhavn: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)

> full referee teams and observers

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March 11, 2017

Guess The Referee - K.O. Stage (IV)

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Guess the referees for next week's 4 UEFA Champions League games as well as for 2 chosen UEFA Europa League matches. The user with the highest amount of points per matchday is rewarded with referee equipment. Moreover, you have the chance to thus participate in the run for the season-prize provided by our partners RefsworldUK!

Deadline: 12/03/2017, 10:00 CET


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March 9, 2017

Europa League 2016/17 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (I)

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The following officials will be in charge of EL Round of 16 first legs. Among others, Dutch Elite Björn Kuipers will officiate the German derby involving Schalke 04 and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
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March 8, 2017

Aytekin to referee Barcelona - Paris, Atkinson in charge of Dortmund - Benfica

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German Elite referee Deniz Aytekin has been assigned to take control over FC Barcelona's return game against Paris SG combatting to equalize the 4:0-loss they suffered in Paris three weeks ago. Meanwhile, England's Martin Atkinson will be in charge of Borussia Dortmund against SL Benfica (0:1).

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March 7, 2017

Cüneyt Çakır in charge of Napoli - Real Madrid, Tasos Sidiropoulos appointed for Arsenal - Bayern

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Turkish Elite Cüneyt Çakır will be the man in the middle for the return leg of SSC Napoli - Real Madrid, while Greek Anastasios Sidiropoulos will make his debut in CL KO phase, having been selected for Arsenal - Bayern München. Both matches will be played on 7 March. 

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National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 10 (2017)

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The following match officials have been selected to take control over the matches played in Europe's top leagues in Matchweek 10. Feel free to ...

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March 4, 2017

Guess The Referee - K.O. Stage (III)

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Guess the referees for next week's 4 UEFA Champions League games as well as for 2 chosen UEFA Europa League matches. The user with the highest amount of points per matchday is rewarded with referee equipment. Moreover, you have the chance to thus participate in the run for the season-prize provided by our partners RefsworldUK!

Results of Guess The Referee - K.O. Stage (I & II)

Chefren 18
Philipp S 7
Niclas 18
claretspete 6
K. S. 16
Ethyl 6
estkane 15
fudbaler fcfc 6
FormerRefCvS 15
majo.scheffler 6
RikB 15
Sviat M 6
Frikandel98 13
Tomaž Hohler 6
markoni 40 13
Etm 5
Mikael 12
nka 5
ref_ref 12
paul 5
Soham 12
Flavio D'Aloisio 4
Steen 12
KieranGreen53 4
xabi 12
Referee12345 4
Franz93 11
vadim 4
Neculai 10
Andrei Daniel Sipos 3
referee_pol 10
Cristiano Santos 3
George 9
referee123 3
Lucco81 9
RJ 3
Marvin Becker 9
CristiRef 2
nat 9
david02 2
Ref_1707 9
ghrus 2
Sipos Andrei Daniel 9
Jack 2
Xavieralzina 9
nju 2
edward 8
Pfieffer Latsch 2
Frisk 8
AthTs 1
Kohagen 8
Mistéro 1
bastien60 7
Referee from Austria 1

As K.S. and RefCvS have already won a matchday prize, our users estkane and RikB are going to receive some referee equipment provided by RefsworldUK!

Deadline: 05/03/2017, 10:00 CET


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March 1, 2017

Youth League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Quarterfinals

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UEFA has appointed Azerbaijan's Aliyar Aghayev, Bastian Dankert from Germany, Belgian Bart Vertenten and Marco Guida of Italy to officiate this season's Youth League Quarterfinals.



07 March 2017, 14:00 CET
Stadium Oktyabr Artifical Turf, Moscow (RUS)
CSKA Moskva - SL Benfica
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Rza Mammadov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Akif Amirali (AZE)
4th Official: Alexandra Ponomareva (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Iouri Baskakov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Olzhas Abrayev (KAZ)

07 March 2017, 16:00 CET
Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT)
FC Salzburg - Atlético Madrid
Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: René Rohde (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Bandurski (GER)
4th Official: Sebastian Gishamer (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Márton Esterházy (HUN)

07 March 2017, 18:00 CET
Mini Estadi, Barcelona (ESP)
FC Barcelona - FC Porto
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
4th Official: David Medie Jimenez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bernardino Gonzalez Vazquez (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Dusko Grabovac (CRO)

08 March 2017, 16:00 CET
Alfredo di Stefano, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid - Ajax Amsterdam
Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodolfo Di Vuolo (ITA)
4th Official: Valentín Pizarro Gómez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Loukas Siotropos (GRE)


Related: UEFA Referee Observers and Delegates for UCL / UEL Rounds of 16

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February 28, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 9 (2017)

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The following match officials have been selected to take control over the matches played in Europe's top leagues in Matchweek 9. Feel free to ...

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February 22, 2017

Brych to referee Porto-Juventus, Turpin in control of Sevilla-Leicester

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Germany's no.1 Felix Brych has been selected to take charge of FC Porto vs Juventus Turin on Wednesday. At the same time, French Clément Turpin will take control over Sevilla's home match against Leicester City.



22 February 2017, 20:45 CET (Estádio do Dragao)
FC Porto - Juventus Turin
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
4th Official: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)

22 February 2017, 20:45 CET (Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán)
Sevilla FC - Leicester City
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
4th Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Gerhard Sager (SWE)

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2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship: selected officials

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UEFA Referees Committee has appointed the following (nine) officials to handle matches at the 2017 European Under-21 Championship, to be held in Poland from 16 to 30 June 2017. All selected officials belong to Category 1. More info will be added in due course.

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