April 29, 2017

Guess The Referee - Semifinals

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Guess the referees for next week's 4 UEFA Semifinals. 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: 30/04/2017, 10:00 CET


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April 27, 2017

Referees for FIFA Confederations Cup - Russia 2017

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FIFA has officially announced the selected officials for 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, to be played in Russia. Nine officiating trios and eight VAR officials have been selected from five different confederations. A support referee completes the appointments. 
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April 24, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 16 (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 16. Feel free to ...

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April 19, 2017

Björn Kuipers appointed for Barcelona - Juventus, Skomina in charge of Monaco - Borussia Dortmund

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UEFA Referees Committee has appointed Dutch Björn Kuipers to handle the second leg between Barcelona and Juventus. At the same time, Slovenian Damir Skomina will be in charge of AS Monaco - Borussia Dortmund, observed by Hugh Dallas. 

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10 Questions and Answers on Viktor Kassai's Real-Bayern Performance

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Viktor Kassai's performance in yesterday's Champions League Quarterfinal return leg between Real Madrid and FC Bayern München was much talked of. We have summarized the most important situations: 10 Questions and Answers.


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April 18, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 15 (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 15. Feel free to ...

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Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Quarterfinals (II)

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These officials will control the second legs of EL Quarterfinals, to be played on 20/04/17. 
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April 17, 2017

Guess The Referee - Semifinals

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Guess the referees for next week's 4 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: 3018/04/2017, 10:00 CET


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April 16, 2017

Viktor Kassai to oversee Real-Bayern, Gianluca Rocchi in charge of Leicester-Atlético

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Italian inflation in UEFA Champions League's Quarterfinals: With Gianluca Rocchi taking charge of Leicester City vs Atlético Madrid, UEFA has nominated the third all-Italian refereeing team to oversee a match in the Round of the last eight. Meanwhile, Hungary's Viktor Kassai has been assigned to control the return leg of Real Madrid vs Bayern München.

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April 11, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 14 (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 14. Feel free to ...

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Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Quarterfinals (I)

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These are the referees appointed by UEFA for EL Quarterfinals, to be played on 13/04/17. 
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April 10, 2017

Nicola Rizzoli will referee Bayern - Real, Jonas Eriksson appointed for Atlético - Leicester

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Italian World Cup Final Referee Nicola Rizzoli has been appointed to oversee Wednesday's top clash between Bayern München and Real Madrid. For the first time in his entire career, Rizzoli will officiate a match in Munich. Meanwhile, Sweden's Jonas Eriksson will officiate Atlético Madrid's home tie against England's Premier League 2016 champions Leicester City.

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April 9, 2017

Szymon Marciniak in control of Juventus - Barcelona, Daniele Orsato to referee Dortmund - Monaco

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Poland's Elite Referee Szymon Marciniak has been chosen to take charge of the Champions League Quarterfinal 1st leg between Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona. Meanwhile, Italian Daniele Orsato will make his Quarterfinal bow overseeing the duel between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco.

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April 8, 2017

Guess The Referee - Quarterfinals (I)

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Guess the referees for next week's 4 UEFA Champions League games as well as for all 4 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: 09/04/2017, 10:00 CET



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April 7, 2017

2018 WC Preselected officials attending the FIFA course in Italy

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These are the officials attending the FIFA course in Florence (Italy) on the road to 2018 World Cup.
In addition to 53 preselected names for WC, there are 9 officials with VAR duties.

AFC
Abdulrahman Al Jassim - Qatar - 1987 (FIFA since 2013)
Fahad Al Mirdasi - Saudi Arabia - 1985 (FIFA since 2011)
Alireza Faghani - Iran - 1978 (FIFA since 2008)
Ravshan Irmatov - Uzbekistan - 1977 (FIFA since 2002)
Abdulla Mohamed - UA Emirates - 1978 (FIFA since 2010)
Ryuji Sato - Japan - 1977 (FIFA since 2009)
Nawaf Shukralla - Bahrain - 1976 (FIFA since 2007)

CAF
Mehdi Abid Charef - Algeria - 1980 (FIFA since 2011)
Alioum Alioum - Cameroon - 1982 (FIFA since 2008)
Bernard Camille - Seychelles - 1975 (FIFA since 2011)
Malang Diedhiou - Senegal - 1973 (FIFA since 2008)
Bakary Papa Gassama - Gambia - 1979 (FIFA since 2008)
Ghead Grisha - Egypt - 1976 (FIFA since 2008)
Janny Sikazwe - Zambia - 1979 (FIFA since 2007)

CONCACAF
Joel Aguilar Chicas - El Salvador - 1975 (FIFA since 2002)
Roberto García Orozco - Mexico - 1974 (FIFA since 2007)
Mark Geiger - USA - 1974 (FIFA since 2008)
Walter López Castellanos - Guatemala - 1980 (FIFA since 2006)
Ricardo Montero - Costa Rica - 1986 (FIFA since 2011)
John Pitti - Panama - 1978 (FIFA since 2012)
César Ramos Palazuelos - Mexico - 1983 (FIFA since 2014)

CONMEBOL
José Argote - Venezuela - 1980 (FIFA since 2008)
Julio Bascuñán - Chile - 1978 (FIFA since 2011)
Enrique Cacéres - Paraguay - 1974 (FIFA since 2010)
Andrés Cunha - Uruguay - 1976 (FIFA since 2013)
Diego Haro - Peru - 1982 (FIFA since 2013)
Néstor Pitana - Argentina - 1975 (FIFA since 2010)
Sandro Ricci - Brazil - 1974 (FIFA since 2011)
Wilmar Roldán - Colombia - 1980 (FIFA since 2008)
Gery Vargas - Bolivia - 1981 (FIFA since 2012)
Roddy Zambrano - Ecuador - 1978 (FIFA since 2012)

OFC
Matthew Conger - New Zealand - 1978 (FIFA since 2013)
Norbert Hauata - Tahiti - 1979 (FIFA since 2008)

UEFA
Felix Brych - Germany - 1975 (FIFA since 2007)
Cüneyt Çakır - Turkey - 1976 (FIFA since 2006)
Mark Clattenburg - England - 1975 (FIFA since 2006)
William Collum - Scotland - 1979 (FIFA since 2006)
Jonas Eriksson - Sweden - 1974 (FIFA since 2002)
Ovidiu Alin Hațegan - Romania - 1980 (FIFA since 2008)
Sergei Karasev - Russia - 1979 (FIFA since 2010)
Viktor Kassai - Hungary - 1975 (FIFA since 2003)
Pavel Královec - Czech Republic - 1977 (FIFA since 2005)
Björn Kuipers - Netherlands - 1973 (FIFA since 2006)
Antonio Mateu Lahoz - Spain - 1977 (FIFA since 2011)
Szymon Marciniak - Poland - 1981 (FIFA since 2011)
Milorad Mažić - Serbia - 1973 (FIFA since 2009)
Svein Oddvar Moen - Norway - 1979 (FIFA since 2005)
Daniele Orsato - Italy - 1975 (FIFA since 2010)
Gianluca Rocchi - Italy - 1973 (FIFA since 2008)
Tasos Sidiropoulos - Greece - 1979 (FIFA since 2011)
Damir Skomina - Slovenia - 1976 (FIFA since 2003)
Artur Soares Dias - Portugal - 1979 (FIFA since 2010)
Clément Turpin - France - 1982 (FIFA since 2010)

VAR
Muhammad Bin Jahari - Singapore - 1986 (FIFA since 2012)
Kim Jong Hyeok - Korea Republic - 1983 (FIFA since 2009)
Danny Makkelie - Netherlands - 1983 (FIFA since 2011)
Jair Marrufo - USA - 1977 (FIFA since 2007)
Eric Otogo-Castane - Gabon - 1976 (FIFA since 2011)
Wilton Pereira Sampaio - Brazil - 1981 (FIFA since 2013)
Mauro Vigliano - Argentina - 1975 (FIFA since 2013)
Nicholas Waldron - New Zealand - 1982 (FIFA since 2007)
Felix Zwayer - Germany - 1981 (FIFA since 2012)
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April 3, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 13 (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 13. Feel free to ...

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March 30, 2017

Ali Palabıyık in charge of UEFA Youth League Final - Andris Treimanis and Bartosz Frankowski to referee semifinal ties

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Turkish referee Ali Palabiyik has been appointed to take charge of this season's UEFA Youth League final contested by the winners of the semifinals for which Latvian Andris Treimanis (FC Barcelona - FC Salzburg) and Poland's Bartosz Frankowski (Real Madrid - SL Benfica) have been chosen. Lithuanian Paulius Malzinskas will observe the semifinals.


Semifinals

21 April 2017, 13:00 CET
Centre Sportif de Colovraj, Nyon (SUI)
FC Barcelona - FC Salzburg
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
4th Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paulius Malzinskas (LTU)

21 April 2017, 17:00 CET
Centre Sportif de Colovraj, Nyon (SUI)
Real Madrid - SL Benfica
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Winkler (POL)
4th Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paulius Malzinskas (LTU)


Final

24 April 2017, 17:00 CET
Centre Sportif de Colovraj, Nyon (SUI)
FC Barcelona/FC Salzburg - Real Madrid/SL Benfica 
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
4th Official: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: to be defined

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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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