June 8, 2015

Women's World Cup 2015: Referee Appointments Matches 5-12

Selected officials for matches 5-12 of FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 taking place in Canada. 

Greek Efthalia Mitsi, in  charge of France - England on MD1 (c) zimbio.com

08 June 2015, 22:00 CET (Winnipeg)
Sweden - Nigeria
Referee: Hyang Ok Ri (PRK)
Assistant Referee 1: Kum Nyo Hong (PRK)
Assistant Referee 2: Kyoung Min Kim (KOR)
Fourth Official: Abirami Apbai Niadu (SIN)

09 June 2015, 01:00 CET (Vancouver)
Cameroon - Ecuador
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Natalie Aspinall (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Anna Nystrom (SWE)
Fourth Official: Tupou Patia (COK)

09 June 2015, 01:30 CET (Winnipeg)
USA - Australia
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Luciana Mascaraña (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Loreto Toloza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)

09 June 2015, 04:00 CET (Vancouver)
Japan - Switzerland
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perelló (HON)
Fourth Official: Yeimy Martínez (COL)

09 June 2015, 19:00 CET (Moncton)
France - England
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Angela Kyriakou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Michelle Pye (CAN)

09 June 2015, 22:00 CET (Montreal)
Spain - Costa Rica
Referee: Salomé Di Iorio (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Maria Rocco (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Mariana De Almeida (ARG)
Fourth Official: Marilin Miranda (PAR)

09 June 2015, 22:00 CET (Moncton)
Colombia - Mexico
Referee: Therese Neguel (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mana Dzodope (TOG)
Assistant Referee 2: Souad Oulhaj (MAR)
Fourth Official: Ledya Tafesse (ETH)

10 June 2015, 01:00 CET (Montreal)
Brazil - Korea Republic
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Ella De Vries (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Lucie Ratajová (CZE)
Fourth Official: Carina Vitulano (ITA)


  1. Convincing performance by Ri in an entertaining, but not challenging match. She made a confident impression and showed a good foul detection including two critical freekick/no penalty situations (6', 27'). However at least in the second of these situations a yellow card for SPA (close to DOGSO) was mandatory. Else no cards were needed. Assistants with a good performance, too.

    1. I watched the match and I totally agree with your view. She gave the overall impression to be confident and experienced.

    2. Yes. Fully agreed. Positive impression and also agree on 27'. She was very diligent to apply FIFA's instructions to verbally warn players in a preventive manner before free-kicks (hands down and no holding in the penalty area) - this was done a bit too often (don't do it when players are not touching each other at all, see 6-7').

  2. Many situations for Kulscár in Vancouver.
    DOGSO + Substitution problems with fourth official and board. Penalty kick for handling also...

  3. Anonymous9/6/15 04:40

    Another day of games in the Women's World Cup. And yet another day of "ghost" penalties given by the referee's. (Japan just got an early Christmas present from Venegas)
    It is almost painful to see these women destroy the very Laws of the Game that we as referee's strive to enforce.
    Lastly, I am not an apologist like many of you here. I only speak based on what I see. And the Women's World Cup has so far provided a lot of material.

  4. Anonymous9/6/15 08:35

    Ghost penalty ? I apologize to differ with your opinion but this was a clear penalty IMO. The keeper makes clear unfair contact with the opponent when challenging the ball. Her two feet are in the air and she as no control of what she is doing. Football can be sometimes a matter of taking risks. Sometimes you succeed sometimes you fail. In this case the Swiss keeper failed.

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPI3MR6kj6U
      I agree with you, this penalty is correct or at least one can accept the whistle, surely not a mistake. I must admit anyway that some referees would have not whistled that, but in fact there was a clear and unfair challenge by keeper who was late in her action. For me, it is ok.

    2. I can't see this penalty given in Bundesliga and maybe not in Champions League, too. There the keeper normally is free to do what he wants, if he plays the ball.
      But according to the LotG the decision is correct, you gave the reasons.

    3. Indeed, the position is "goalie," not "bully". Correct penalty for pushing/charging an opponent, and correct caution for the recklessness of the action.

    4. Anonymous9/6/15 22:33

      So many apologists here.
      How are these women supposed to improve if we continue to offer excuses for their mistakes?
      Futbol is futbol and The Laws of the Game apply to both men and women. There are not differing rules for men's games and women's matches.

    5. 100% and pretty easy IMO. Keepers need to be in control and aware of opponent position/movement when challenging for ball. She did neither.

  5. Kulcsár
    00:35 penalty?
    00:50 enough for a foul?
    01:00 misunderstanding during a substitution I think, a player entered the field without permission?
    01:20 deliberate handball?
    01:33 enough for a penalty?

    My overall impression after having watched this video is that there were some hasty calls.

    1. I would add: 0:14 offside goal?

    2. I think, the highlight video does not help with any of these situations...
      All are doubtful, but not clearly wrong without replays.

    3. 0:14





    4. Thank you!
      0:14 - onside
      0:35 - soft penalty, but not wrong
      0.50 - still not sure, there is minimal contact, so probably not wrong; if foul, then DOGSO is clear
      1:20 - grey area, enlargement of the body surface but arm in a natural position, rather no penalty for me. No protests are a good sign however. Maybe a (2nd) YC is missing here.
      1:33 - She touches the ball and immediately afterwards steps on the foot, rather no penalty, but no clear mistake as well.

    5. I agree with Philipp on all; the last one I thought was very soft.

      Three penalties against the same team; ouch!

    6. All these can-be-a-penalty situations show that IMO Kulcsar did not feel the game. I think you should refrain from soft sending-offs and specially penalties at a World Cup...thanks a lot.

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    8. Anonymous9/6/15 18:15

      I agree with Niclas here, one should have feeling for the game, this is applying the rule as soon as possible and nothing more, no reading of the match. My honest opinion, don't want to hurt you and the Hungarian referee.

    9. Anonymous9/6/15 21:11

      IMO, all those calls were correct apart from the last penalty. See the first penalty, there was a step on the foot, the Cameroonian player was hurt by this. Handball is 50/50, but the body surface was clearly enlarged.

  6. Predictions for 13-16:

    NED-CHN: Domka (USA)
    CAN-NZL: Yamagashi (JPN)
    GER-NOR: Vitulano (ITA)
    CIV-TAH: Frappart (FRA)

    1. Predictions MD2:
      Germany – Norway: Stephanie Frappart, Manuele Nicolosi (both FRA), Tonja Paavola (FIN), Melissa Borja (HON)
      Canada – New Zealand: Bibiana Steinhaus, Marina Wozniak, Katrin Rafalski (all GER), Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
      Ivory Coast – Thailand: Yeimy Martinez (COL), Liliana Bejarano (BOL), Janette Arcanjo (BRA), Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
      China – Netherlands: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM), Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD), Bernadettar Kwimbira (MWI), Tupou Patia (COK)
      Switzerland – Ecuador: Abirami Naidu (SIN), Sarah Ho, Allyson Flynn (both AUS), Michelle Pye (CAN)
      Australia – Nigeria: Teodora Albon, Petruta Iugulescu (both ROU), Yolanda Parga (ESP), Olga Miranda (PAR)
      Japan – Cameroon: Pernilla Larsson (SWE), Maria Sukenikova (SVK), Michelle O’Neill (IRL), Carina Vitulano (ITA)
      USA – Sweden: Sachiko Yamagishi (JAP), Widiya Shamsuri (MAS), Naomi Teshirogi (JAP), Ledya Tafesse (ETH)
      France – Colombia: Liang Qin, Yongmei Cui, Yan Fang (all CHN), Melissa Borja (HON)
      Brazil – Spain: Margaret Domka (USA), Princess Brown (JAM), Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV), Carol Chenard (CAN)
      England – Mexico: Hyang Ok Ri, Kum Nyo Hong (both PRK), Kyoung Min Kim (KOR), Rita Gani (MAS)
      South Korea – Costa Rica: Anne-Marie Keighley (NZL), Lata Kaumatule (TGA), Sarah Walker (NZL), Kateryna Monzul (UKR)

  7. Anonymous9/6/15 22:03

    Two UEFA refs appointed for the next batch: Albon and Steinhaus. Domka from the US and the Brazilian ref completes the appointments.

    /Swedish observer

  8. Anonymous9/6/15 22:18

    Salomé Di Iorio allowed the execution of a free kick while she was using the vanishing spray. Not nice to see but ok. A few seconds later Spain scored. :)

    1. Anonymous9/6/15 22:28

      Spain never asked for a ceremonial restart. They should not have to wait just because the referee is too quick to use the spray.

      The spray should only be used when the attacking team asks for a ceremonial restart. The referee should wait and see if the attacking team may want to execute a quick kick.

    2. But when the referee uses the spray, i.e. positions the wall, the ball is blocked and the free kick can't be executed fast.

    3. Anonymous9/6/15 23:37

      Well that wasn't the case in this situation, was it? Spain was obviously able to execute a quick kick. But that's what you see from Latin American referee's. They are too quick to use the spray in all dead ball situations.

      In Liga MX, the spray has effectively killed the quick kick. In this case the spray had a negative effect on the game.

    4. Anonymous9/6/15 23:49

      I don't think it is "when the referee uses the spray, the ball is blocked.", or at least it shouldn't be like that. I think the referee should tell the player to wait until her signal.


    5. Anonymous10/6/15 01:20

      The spray wasn't introduced to further punish the team who just earned a free kick by making the team wait. The use of the spray should come only when the attacking team requests a ceremonial restart. And even then, if there are no defending players within 10 yards of the ball. It's pointless to go and use the spray. The referee should stand back and not interfere with the flow of the match.

  9. Anonymous9/6/15 22:25

    Wow wow wow!!! Therese Neguel is inventing calls. She gestures that the Mexico GK played the ball with her arm outside the penalty box. It was clear as day that the Mexico GK made a great play by using her head to clear the ball.

    Are GK's at this World Cup going to be forced by the referee's to simply remain on their goal line and wait to be executed? Two GK's(Mex and Swiss) have made great plays and they've been called for fouls. SMH!!!!

  10. I watched USA-Australia match. Claudia Umpierrez was also far too involved in trying to set up free kicks, making sure ball was placed on exact dime of foul, talking to players, etc. Greatly hampered match flow. Many times she used spray on fouls almost on the touchline. Call foul, get out of way, trust players to give distance (most of them were close to distance or backing away already), and allow teams to restart without interference. 2nd half a bit better.

  11. Anonymous10/6/15 08:14

    Staubli looked heavy and slow on the pitch. She was left way behind play on many occasions. She isn't the only referee I have noticed this from. Fitness Standards???

    And yet another "gift" penalty kick given. The Brazilian player clearly looks for and initiates the contact by leaving her trailing leg to hook the outstretched leg of the Korean defender. One could even say that the Korean player tried to avoid the contact.

    1. Anonymous10/6/15 09:16

      I agree. And there was also a penalty for Korea.

    2. At the Brazilian penalty it is very difficult to detect, that the Brazilian initiates the contact. I don't think you can't blame the referee here.
      The missing penalty for Korea is the bigger mistake. (0:11 in the highlights)

    3. Anonymous10/6/15 19:02

      The lack of fitness she showed and her poor positioning on the pitch led her into "buying" that PK for Brasil.

  12. Anonymous10/6/15 21:06

    No comments about Neguels's performance?
    Foul detection
    Use of cards
    Mexico's disallowed goal

  13. Anonymous17/6/15 03:41

    Another case of terrible calls by the "HOMER" ref. I normally cant stand womens
    soccer as there are too many Dykes on the teams, as well as the coaches, and support staff.


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