June 13, 2017

UEFA Referee Categories - 2017/18: Makkelie and Zwayer promoted to Elite, Moen and Nijhuis demoted

UEFA's Referee Committee have decided the changes to their referee category system for the first half of the following 2017/18 campaign. Among others, EURO 2016 referee Svein Oddvar Moen of Norway has been demoted to First Group. At the same time, Dutch Danny Makkelie replaces his countryman Bas Nijhuis in the highest European referee group, while Felix Zwayer has become the third German Elite match official. Mark Clattenburg, who surprisingly announced his retirement earlier this year, is not included in the list anymore.
 

Moen's demotion is probably the result of a visible lack of development over the last seasons, including two weak performances at EURO 2016. Demoting an official who is included on the final prospective list of referees for the upcoming World Cup in Russia is nonetheless a rarely seen event.

While Nijhuis might be considered as a political placeholder for his countryman Makkelie, the young Dutch referee's promotion is no surprise at all. Along with Felix Zwayer, who is also included in the Elite Group from now on, he has good chances to participate in the following World Cup as a Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Both undoubtfully count to Europe's biggest refereeing talents and are rewarded for their development.

Furthermore, several referees have been promoted to higher groups within the system, including Latvia's Andris Treimanis, Croatian Fran Jovic and Spain's Carlos Del Cerro Grande.


All changes can be seen in the following documents:

UEFA Referee Categories

> Male Referees

> Female Referees

> Futsal Referees 

39 Comments:

  1. Congratulations first of all to Danny Makkelie and Felix Zwayer. Absolutely deserved promotion for both referees. Nevertheless, I expected one English referee to be promoted, considering that Mark Clattenburg has left the Elite Group now officially.

    Nijhuis and Moen's demotions were expected IMO. Personally, I never understood why Nijhuis has been promoted, now it should be sure that he was only a spaceholder for Makkelie. Moen had no match in CL group stage this season and his massive blunder in Finland-Iceland in front of a committee member (it was Fandel, right?) justify his demotion.

    One question arises: what could happen now with Clattenburg and Moen as they are still on the pre-list for Russia 2018? At least with Moen we can be sure that he won't be selected, but what about Clattenburg?

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  2. One significant thing: Nicola Rizzoli is still on the list, while Carlos Clos Gómez, who is retiring for sure, is missing. That could mean that Rizzoli will carry on until December.

    And congratulations to the promoted officials! Absolutely deserving for Zwayer and Makkelie.

    About the demotions, Moen's was quite possible after last year's suspension. Nijhuis was more unexpected to me, but with still 5 years in front of him and no much development seen by UEFA, maybe they decided to make that call. Other names that usually feature in the demotion predictions (Fernández Borbalán and Tagliavento) have only one season left (maybe two for Tagliavento), and so maybe UEFA has decided to keep them for that season.

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  3. Does this suggest that Anthony Taylor has somehow not impressed the committee?? Or are UEFA not sure whether they should go for Taylor or Oliver?? Taylor not being promoted is a surprise... Might be possible that Uilenberg was not too impressed with him in Lyon and then that missed VC in Real v Atlético as an AAR... What's the reason we will probably never know!!!

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  4. I assume Tagliavento and Thomson will be out in December, as UEFA has no reason to let them carry on at Elite level past the age limit.

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  5. Congratulations to Makkelie and Zwayer. For me the two biggest talented referees at the moment.

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  6. Can not open the file Male Referees, can you send me a new pdf?

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    1. Please stay patient for a few minutes. Working on that.

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  7. Should work now.

    As much as I think Moen's demotion is - despite the huge talent he once obviously had (I remember a very young and aspiring referee in Estadio Azteca in 2011...) - unfortunately in line with the performance principle. The question you can ask, though, is: Why did the same principle not apply to officials like Tagliavento or Thomson in the last 3 years?

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    1. In my opinion Tagliavento and Thomson are different cases. They are not great managers, but don't make so many mistakes too. Moen did many mistakes, but I think it would have been tolerated as long as he doesn't make so many small mistakes. Moen's presence was almost always a high risk that we'll see poor match control, many unpunished tackles (injuries, etc.). So, apart from crucial mistakes, there were also MANY OTHER lacknesses in his performances while both Tagliavento and Thomson are average, but still quite solid pairs of hands.

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  8. So UEFA did that. I didn't expect Moen to be demoted, because he was a "too strong" name, WC preselected and from an important country like Norway. But committee has denied me, mistakes were too blatant and it was impossible to keep eyes closed. So now he is a Category 1 even though still preselected for WC. A few chances to go in Russia as VAR, but nothing more than that and still very difficult.
    Bas Nijhuis leaves this category afer a few time spent as Elite referee: my feeling is that he was there just as "placeholder" for Makkelie. Indeed, now the latter has replaced him. Absolutely deserved. Nice to see Zwayer as third Elite German referee as well.
    Thomson was another candidate for demotion but I think he will spend only some months, not more than a year and then he will retire, so for this reason he was kept. Tagliavento showed some good performances in his last games.
    About the other Italian referees: Rizzoli is still there, so a possible clue that he will continue until December. I expected Massa replacing Mazzoleni in Category 1, but very likely this will happen the next time.
    Congratulations to all officials promoted!

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  9. What do you think about Kulbakov chances to be promoted ever? He is in EL for a long time, three years in CL, but does he have realistic chances to get more?

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    1. In my opinion, he is not good manager on the field of play. He is a very solid referee, but no more than first group. Someone like Paweł Gil, Alon Yefet, etc.

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    2. Thanks, Ray, for yor opinion

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  10. I expected Aghayev to be promoted but ok he is only 30, there is still time. I dont see reason for promoting Stefanski and Del Cerro, both 40, nothing special showed by them. I expected Jovic to be promoted after U17 EURO quarter final as reserve referee.

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    1. I have seen many matches from Carlos del Cerro Grande in Spain. As everyone, he has his mistakes, but IMO he's a very good referee, better than his now spanish partners in the first group. However, he is already 41 years old and so has little chances for getting to the very top, so I understand your doubts. But I expect to see him in CL before his retirement, with this promotion, if he keeps going as he has until now.

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    2. Sevilla - Barcelona, Final of Copa del Rey 2016, performance of an Elite referee - very (very) good performance. I am pleased for him on his deserved promotion!

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  11. OT
    Mark Clattenburg refereed Australia-Brazil.
    Check out something new after 2:10 on the video :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI9tUf5NQWk

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    1. Clattenburg is bald??? I knew Cakir is 100% bald and uses spray before matches but never expected Clattenburg.

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    2. At first I thought Mike Dean was a referee xD

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    3. Cüneyt Çakir is 100% bald??? 🤔🤔 Never seemed like so 🤔🤔

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  12. Alon Yefet is missing on the new list, very likely he is about to retire in Israel and Finland - Ukraine was his last international game. Category 1 for more than 10 years he was among the most experienced UEFA officials.

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    1. Yes, 2017/18 will be a last season of his long career.

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    2. Orel Grinfeld replaces him in Category 1 - IMO, his promotion is very surprising and absolutely undeserved. He's much weaker than Yefet and didn't get any domestic appointment since Dec 2016, after his horrible performance in the match between Beer-Sheva and Hapoel Tel-Aviv.

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  13. Congratulations for Felix Zwayer and Dannie Makkelie, diserved promotion!!! Good luck in the coming games !

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  14. I expected more promotions, especially from the second in the first group, for example Aghayev, Tohver, Massa or Petrescu, but specially Andreas Ekberg (SWE) and Ali Palabyik (TUR)...

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    1. EKberg will make it as a replacement to Johannesson (45) next summer most likely. Aghayev is still very young, he has time to move up in a year or two, the same goes for the likes of Schärer etc. SUI will surely have a referee in 1st category in a year or two. Strange that Tohver was left to 2nd cat as besides SUI they have the strongest candidate with no 1st category referee.

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  15. So Marriner & Oliver of England did not make the Elite Group? Is this a Joke?

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    1. Marriner is born in 1971. He's not going higher. As for Oliver, he is 32 years old. There's still plenty of time, and honestly from what I've seen he could use some more experience. Oliver has the potential to become world-class, so let's make sure he becomes a Mark Clattenburg and not an Ivan Bebek.

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  16. I think Kralovec,Borbalan,Aytekin,Sidiropoulos,Tagliavento and Thomson is no place in the Elite category.Kruzliak and Kulbakov are unjustly neglected.

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  17. Sad to see that second best Serbian referee Danilo Grujic is not on the UEFA list..

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  18. U21 EURO

    16/06

    Sweden - England
    Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
    Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (Germany)
    Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (Germany)
    Fourth Official: Tomaž Klančnik (Slovenia)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benjamin Brand (Germany)

    Poland - Slovakia
    Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
    Assistant Referee 1: Bas van Dongen (Netherlands)
    Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen (Netherlands)
    Fourth Official: Diego Barbero Sevilla (Spain)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jeroen Manschot (Netherlands)

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  19. What happened with referees from Albania? And now referee from Andorra is included?

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    1. Referee from Andorra was already there but previously wrong listed as Portuguese.
      About Albanian referees: indeed it is particular that Andi Koçi has been removed from FIFA list after only 6 months. Lorenc Jemini has been removed from the list as well, but in this case, given the age, one can easily guess he is about to retire domestically. At any rate, big changes in Albanian refereeing, now there is only Jorgji as FIFA referee and the page on fifa.com has been already updated:
      http://www.fifa.com/development/education-and-technical/referees/association=alb/index.html
      If somebody knows more...

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  20. Lorenc Jemini and Andi Koçi are suspended from the FA.they will be replaced

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    1. Could you please tell us more about that? What happened there?

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  21. I think it is weird that Ali Palabiyik (TUR) has not been promoted after receiving the final of UEFA youth league. Didn't he perform well? I thaught that this was his test but it seems UEFA didn't feel so.

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    1. It might be that UEFA wants to see him and some other officials again in the coming season (similar to Aghayev). Mostly 1 good season is not enough, you often need 2 good seasons in a row to convince referee committees. But I share your feeling, I also expected Palabiyik in 1st group.

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