36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials appointed for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

Today the FIFA Referee Committee announced the nominations of the officials selected for matches at the Qatar 2022™ FIFA World Cup.

36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video game officials (VMOs) have been selected in collaboration with the six confederations for their quality and performance in FIFA tournaments and other international and domestic competitions over the past few years.

“As always, our criterion is ‘quality first’ and the officials selected for the match represent the highest level of refereeing in the world,” said FIFA Head of Referees Pierluigi Colina. “The 2018 World Cup was very successful, also because of the high level of refereeing, and we will do our best to get better in Qatar in a few months.

The “Road to Qatar 2022” project started in 2019, as more than 50 trios were considered as potential candidates and were being trained intensively. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this preparation was by no means easy as on-site activities were suspended for a long time.

“The pandemic has affected our work especially in 2020 and early 2021. Fortunately, the World Cup is still far away and we have plenty of time to prepare the candidates well. We announced this election ahead of time as we plan to work even harder with everyone selected for the World and monitor them over the coming months. The message is clear: don’t be complacent, keep working hard and prepare very seriously for the World Cup,” said Colina.

Massimo Buzaka, FIFA Refereeing Director, ensures match officials receive the necessary support from FIFA as their training is paramount.

“Thanks to the innovative monitoring and support programme, all match officials can be monitored by FIFA referee coaches more closely and intensively than in previous years. This is a very important factor that we expect significant improvement and progress in facing the 2022 World Cup,” said Busaka. “In addition, there will be individual programs specifically designed, especially in the area of ​​health and fitness. Each member of the match staff will be closely monitored over the coming months with a final assessment of the technical, physical and medical aspects to be carried out before the World Cup so that they are in the best condition possible when the ball starts rolling in Qatar. .

The selected game officials will attend several seminars (Asuncion, Madrid and Doha) in the early summer, view and analyze videos of real game situations and take part in practical training sessions with the players, which will be filmed so that participants can get live feedback from the players. accepted lecturer.

‘The focus of preparation remains on protecting the players and the image of the game, consistency, regularity, reading the game from a technical and tactical point of view and understanding the mentality of different players and teams.’ added Busaka. We can reduce it.”

The VAR system was first introduced at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and four years later a team of 24 VMO staff will be working in Qatar, ready to provide technological support to their teammates when needed. Due to the very limited number of FIFA member associations implementing the VAR system at the time, VMO for Russia 2018 was widely chosen by Europe and South America. Currently, the VAR system is used in all major competitions around the world, and VMOs from Asia, Africa, Central and North America will also take part in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Referees Committee also appointed three female referees and three assistant referees.

“We are delighted to nominate Stephanie Frapar of France, Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan as well as assistant referees Neusa Beck of Brazil, Karen Diaz Medina of Mexico and Catherine Nesbitt of the USA for the World Cup. for the first time in World Cup history. This completes a long process that began several years ago with the use of female referees in FIFA youth and adult tournaments. We hereby make it clear that quality matters to us, not gender. I hope that the selection of elite officials in women’s fights for important men’s competitions in the future will be considered as something normal and no longer a sensation. They deserve to be in the FIFA World Cup™ because they consistently play at a very high level and that is an important factor for us,” said FIFA Referee Committee Chairman Pierluigi Colina.

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