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

  • Chosen match officers symbolize the very best stage of refereeing worldwide

  • Preparation seminars for chosen match officers beginning in early summer season

  • Six girls’s match officers have been appointed for the primary time in World Cup historical past

Right this moment, the FIFA Referees Committee introduced the lists with the names of the chosen match officers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officers (VMOs) have been chosen in shut cooperation with the six confederations, based mostly on their high quality and the performances delivered at FIFA tournaments in addition to at different worldwide and home competitions lately.

“As at all times, the standards we’ve used is ‘high quality first’ and the chosen match officers symbolize the very best stage of refereeing worldwide,” mentioned the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina. “The 2018 World Cup was very profitable, partly due to the excessive normal of refereeing, and we are going to do our greatest to be even higher in a couple of months in Qatar.”

The “Street to Qatar 2022” venture began already in 2019, with greater than 50 trios thought-about doable candidates and going by intensive preparation. As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, nonetheless, this preparation was something however simple, as in-presence actions have been suspended for an extended interval.

“The pandemic affected our actions, specifically in 2020 and initially of 2021. Fortunately, the World Cup was nonetheless fairly far, and we had sufficient time to supply the candidates with good preparation. We’re saying these picks effectively upfront as we wish to work even more durable with all those that have been appointed for the FIFA World Cup, monitoring them within the subsequent months. The message is obvious: do not relaxation in your laurels, hold working laborious and put together yourselves very severely for the World Cup,” mentioned Collina.

Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s Director of Refereeing, ensures the match officers will obtain all the required help from FIFA, as their preparation is paramount.

“Due to an revolutionary monitoring and help program, all of the match officers will be supervised by FIFA referees’ instructors much more carefully and intensively than in earlier years. It is a crucial issue, from which we anticipate appreciable enhancements and progress in view of the FIFA World Cup 2022,” defined Busacca. “Along with that, there will likely be tailored particular person applications, specifically regarding well being and health. Every match official will likely be rigorously monitored within the subsequent months with a remaining evaluation on technical, bodily and medical elements to be made shortly earlier than the World Cup, with a purpose to have them in the very best situations when the ball begins rolling in Qatar.”

The chosen match officers will take part in early summer season in a number of seminars (Asunción, Madrid and Doha), reviewing and analyzing video clips of actual match conditions, and participating in sensible coaching classes with gamers, which will likely be filmed to allow individuals to obtain immediate suggestions from the instructors.

“The important thing focuses of the preparation stay defending gamers and the picture of the sport, consistency, uniformity, studying the sport from a technical and tactical perspective and understanding quite a lot of participant and staff mentalities,” added Busacca. “We will not remove all errors, however we are going to do all the pieces we will to cut back them.”

The VAR system was carried out for the primary time ever on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and 4 years later, a staff of 24 video match officers (VMOs) will function in Qatar, prepared to supply their teammates on the pitch with technological help, if wanted. As a result of very restricted variety of FIFA member associations having carried out the VAR system on the time, VMOs for Russia 2018 have been primarily chosen from Europe and South America. Right this moment, the VAR system is utilized in all main competitions worldwide and VMOs from Asia, Africa, in addition to Central and North America may also take part within the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

For the primary time within the historical past of the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Referees Committee has additionally appointed three girls’s referees and three girls’s assistant referees.

“We’re very comfortable that with Stéphanie Frappart from France, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan, in addition to assistant referees Neuza Again from Brazil, Karen Díaz Medina from Mexico and Kathryn Nesbitt from the USA, we’ve been capable of name up feminine match officers for the primary time within the historical past of a FIFA World Cup. This concludes an extended course of that started a number of years in the past with the deployment of feminine referees at FIFA males’s junior and senior tournaments. On this means, we clearly emphasize that it’s high quality that counts for us and never gender. I’d hope that sooner or later, the number of elite girls’s match officers for essential males’s competitions will likely be perceived as one thing regular and not as sensational. They should be on the FIFA World Cup™ as a result of they consistently carry out at a extremely excessive stage, and that is the essential issue for us,” concluded the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina.

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