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Women's World Cup 2023 referees: Full list of officials for FIFA tournament in Australia and New Zealand

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Excitement is building for the 2023 Women's World Cup, as 32 nations are in their final stages of preparation for the tournament taking place in Australia and New Zealand.

The likes of England and the USA are the favourites to win the biggest prize in women's football, while France and Australia will be looking for a little bit of luck to take them to an unlikely triumph.

They will also be hoping to get the rub of the green in terms of decisions made by the match officials, with the referees and their assistants sure to have an impact on the fate of teams at certain points in the tournament.

The Sporting News looks at all the referees, assistant referees and VARs who will be watching over all 64 matches at the Women's World Cup.

MORE: Which teams have qualified for Women's World Cup 2023?

Women's world cup 2023 referees: full list of officials.

FIFA announced  the full list of officials taking part in the Women's World on January 9.

There are 33 main referees, 55 assistant referees and 19 video match officials manning the VAR.

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These include representatives from every confederation, with UEFA having the most officials at the tournament.

Referees at Women's World Cup 2023

Referee Country
Kate Jacewicz AUS
Casey Reibelt AUS
Yoshimi Yamashita JPN
Oh Hyeon-Jeong KOR
Kim Yu-Jeong KOR
Bouchra Karaboubi MAR
Salima Mukansanga RWA
Akhona Makalima RSA
Vincentia Amedome TOG
Marie-Soleil Beaudoin CAN
Myriam Marcotte CAN
Marianela Araya CRC
Melissa Borjas HON
Katia Garcia MEX
Katja Koroleva USA
Tori Penso USA
Laura Fortunato ARG
Edina Alves Batista BRA
Maria Carvajal CHI
Anahi Fernandez URU
Emikar Calderas Barrera VEN
Anna-Marie Keighley NZL
Ivana Martinic CRO
Rebecca Welch ENG
Stephanie Frappart FRA
Lina Lehtovaara FIN
Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi ITA
Iuliana Demetrescu ROU
Marta Huerta de Aza ESP
Tess Olofsson SWE
Esther Staubli SWI
Kateryna Monzul UKR
Cheryl Foster WAL

Assistant referees at Women's World Cup 2023

Referre Country
Joanna Charaktis AUS
Sarah Ho May Yee AUS
Xie Lijun CHN
Makoto Bozono JPN
Naomi Teshirogi JPN
Ramina Tsoi KGZ
Heba Saadia PLE
Kim Kyoung-min KOR
Park Misum KOR
Lee Seul-i KOR
Carine Atezambong Fomo CMR
Mary Njoroge KEN
Fanta Kone MLI
Queency Victoire MRI
Soukaina Hamdi MAR
Fatiha Jermoumi MAR
Diana Chikotesha ZAM
Chantal Boudreau CAN
Shirley Perello HON
Stephanie Yee Sing JAM
Enedina Caudillo MEX
Karen Diaz Medina MEX
Sandra Ramirez MEX
Mijensa Rensch SUR
Felisha Mariscal USA
Brooke Mayo USA
Kathryn Nesbitt USA
Mariana de Almedia ARG
Daiana Milone ARG
Neuza Back BRA
Leila Moreira da Cruz BRA
Loreto Toloza CHI
Leslie Vasquez CHI
Mary Blanco Bolivar COL
Monica Amoya ECU
Migdalia Rodriguez Chirino VEN
Sarah Jones NZL
Maria Salamasina SAM
Sanja Rodak-Karisc CRO
Polyzeni Irodotou CYP
Lucie Ratajova CZE
Natalie Aspinall ENG
Karolin Kaivoja EST
Elodie Coppola FRA
Manuela Nicolosi FRA
Katrin Rafalski GER
Chrysoula Kourompylia GRE
Anita Vlad HUN
Francesca Di Monte ITA
Michelle O'Neill IRE
Franca Overtoom NET
Paulina Baranowska POL
Mihaela Tepusa ROU
Guadalupe Porras Ayuso ESP
Sussane Kung SWI
Maryna Striletska UKR

VAR officials at 2023 Women's World Cup

The Women's World Cup will also feature VAR at every match, the second time video officials will be used after debuting at the 2019 tournament.

There has been an increase from 15 VAR operators to 19 in Australia and New Zealand.

Six of the VAR officials are female.

Referee Country
Chris Beath AUS
Abdulla Al-Marri QAT
Muhammad Taqi SIN
Carol Anne Chenard CAN
Drew Fischer CAN
Tatiana Guzman NIC
Armando Villarreal USA
Salome Di Iorio ARG
Daiane Muniz dos Santos BRA
Nicolas Gallo COL
Juan Soto VEN
Ella De Vries BEL
Sian Massey-Ellis ENG
Marco Fritz GER
Massimiliano Irrati ITA
Pol van Boekel NET
Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez ESP
Juan Martinez Munuera ESP

Who refereed the 2019 Women's World Cup Final?

French official Stephanie Frappart refereed the 2019 Women's World Cup final between the USA and the Netherlands.

Stephanie Frappart referee

The USA won the match 2-0 thanks to two goals in eight second-half minutes, one of which was a penalty awarded after a VAR review, as Frappart initially allowed a kick to the shoulder from Stefanie van der Gragt to go unpunished. She handed out three yellow cards during the match.

Frappart is one of the most respected officials in the sport and has achieved a number of firsts as a female referee. She took charge of the 2019 UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea and made her men's Champions League debut a year later when Juventus faced Dynamo Kyiv. 

A regular fixture at men's Ligue 1 matches, Frappart refereed the 2022 Coupe de France final between Nice and Nantes and closed the year as the main official for the men's 2022 World Cup match between Germany and Costa Rica.

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Patrick is a freelance journalist who is currently based in Sydney, and primarily covers football for The Sporting News.

Match officials appointed for FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™

Selected match officials represent highest level of women’s refereeing worldwide

Preparation seminars for selected match officials in Doha and Montevideo

For the first time ever, female video match officials have been selected for a World Cup

Today, the FIFA Referees Committee announced the names of the match officials selected for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ . A total of 33 referees, 55 assistant referees and 19 video match officials (VMOs) will form FIFA Team One. They have been chosen in close cooperation with the six confederations, based on the officials’ quality and the performances delivered at FIFA tournaments as well as at other international and domestic competitions in recent years. For the first time in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, six female VMOs have also been selected. “As always, the criteria we have used is ‘quality first’ and the selected on-field match officials represent the highest level of refereeing worldwide,” said the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina. “We all remember the very successful FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France. The high standard of refereeing contributed significantly to that success. The aim for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 is to repeat that success and to convince again with excellent referees’ performances.”

Stephanie Frappart, Assistant Referee, Karen Diaz Medina and Assistant Referee, Neuza Ines Back at Costa Rica v Germany: Group E - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

The “Road to Australia & New Zealand” project started back in 2020, with more than 170 candidate match officials going through intensive preparation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, this preparation was anything but easy as in-presence activities were suspended for a long period. “Even though the pandemic affected our activities, we had enough time to provide the candidates with good preparation. As we did for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, we are announcing these selections well in advance to be able to work in a purposeful and focused manner with all those who have been appointed for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, monitoring them over the coming months. From the selected referees, we expect a rigorous and focused preparation for the Women’s World Cup, a competition that FIFA and its president hold in the highest of regards,” said Collina.

FIFA Women’s Elite Referees Seminar video analysis

Kari Seitz, FIFA’s Head of Women Refereeing, stressed that the match officials will continue to receive all necessary support from FIFA, as their preparation is paramount. “With critical time lost due to the pandemic in preparation for the Women’s World Cup, we developed some new programmes to accelerate our referee development, such as our very effective Tracking & Support programme, where each referee candidate was assigned a FIFA coach who provided feedback on their matches each month. This programme will continue to be critical in the final phase of preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.” The FIFA’s women’s refereeing programme has ensured high-level and targeted preparation in the whole preparation phase so far, with referees participating in important and demanding competitions to showcase their skills and use those matches to prepare themselves mentally, physically and technically.

RENNES, FRANCE - JUNE 25: During the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Netherlands and Japan at Roazhon Park on June 25, 2019 in Rennes, France. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

In addition to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in India, the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica, and the Algarve Cup, FIFA also created a new partnership with the Maurice Revello Tournament, a U-20 men’s national-team competition to further the candidates' preparation. More recently, a historic milestone was reached when six female officials were appointed for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. By officiating the group-stage match between Costa Rica and Germany, Stéphanie Frappart, Karen Diaz and Neuza Back made history as they were the first female match officials to take charge of a game at the FIFA World Cup™. Kathryn Nesbitt also acted as an assistant referee for the round-of-16 game between England and Senegal. In January and February, the selected match officials will participate in preparatory seminars (in Doha and Montevideo), reviewing and analysing video clips of real match situations and taking part in practical training sessions with players, which will be filmed to enable participants to receive instant feedback from instructors.

FIFA's Head of Refereeing, Women, Kari Seitz at the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

The VAR system was implemented with resounding success at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Four years later, a team of 19 video match officials (VMOs) will operate in Australia & Aotearoa New Zealand, including, for the first time ever, six female VMOs. “The development of female VARs has been vital for FIFA as part of the Road to Australia & New Zealand project, and we are pleased to have achieved this result. With only a few women’s competitions using VARs, the role of FIFA has been to provide international game experience to women in the U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cups as well as to encourage member associations using VARs to certify their women referees in this role and appoint them for matches as often as possible. While significant progress has been made, more work is still necessary,” concluded Collina. List of appointed match officials for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Australia & New Zealand™

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Six U.S. Soccer referees selected for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

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CHICAGO – U.S. Soccer and FIFA Referees Katja Koroleva and Tori Penso , Assistant Referees Felisha Mariscal , Brooke Mayo and Kathryn Nesbitt plus Video Match Official Armando Villarreal have been selected as match officials for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia & New Zealand.

All 88 on-field officials are women, while six female Video Match Officials have been selected for the first time at a World Cup. FIFA announced 107 match officials from all six confederations for the competition, which kicks off in Auckland, New Zealand on July 20.

The selected officials are six of 37 U.S. Soccer referees that are part of the 2023 FIFA Panel, the world’s highest level of officiating. Selection grants the 37 officials the opportunity to referee at the highest levels of international soccer.

Nesbitt and Villarreal are fresh off of representing the USA at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where Nesbitt was one of six females appointed to officiate the men’s World Cup for the first time. Koroleva, Mariscal and Nesbitt all return to the Women’s World Cup stage after officiating at the 2019 tournament in France. Mayo and Penso will make their senior World Cup debuts in Australia & New Zealand.

After working as a referee across the American soccer pyramid in 2022, Koroleva will officiate her second senior World Cup. A member of the FIFA Panel since 2014, she’s also refereed the 2022 and 2016 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cups. Last year, Koroleva served as a referee at the Concacaf W Championship as well as the 2022 Concacaf Men’s and Women’s U-20 Championships.

Mariscal will also officiate at a senior World Cup for the second time in Australia & New Zealand. She was a Video Match Official for last fall’s 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the first edition of the tournament to feature VAR. As a member of the FIFA Panel since 2014, she refereed at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship, both of last year’s Concacaf Men’s and Women’s U-20 Championships as well as Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championships in 2016 and 2020.

Mayo’s senior World Cup debut will come this summer after earning a spot on the FIFA Panel in 2018. The Tennessee native worked her first world championship event last summer at the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. In 2022, she ran the sideline at the Concacaf W Championship and the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship after also officiating the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.

One of the United States’ most accomplished referees, Nesbitt was a part of the historic Costa Rica-Germany match at Qatar 2022 that featured an all-women crew for the first time in World Cup history. She was also the first woman to referee a championship game in North American professional sports when she ran the touchline at the 2020 MLS Cup. Nesbitt won MLS Assistant Referee of the Year in 2020 and also officiated at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. At the continental level, she served as an assistant referee at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship and the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Penso earned appointment to the FIFA Panel in 2021 and made her world championship debut last summer at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She refereed last year’s Concacaf W Championship and Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship, her first major international events. Penso also served as referee for the 2021 NWSL Championship.

Referees from Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua and Suriname will also represent Concacaf at the World Cup. FIFA selects its best match officials from around the world for FIFA competitions.

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World Cup Final Referees: Full List of Refs From Every Tournament

World Cup Final Referees: Full List of Refs From Every Tournament

Being appointed as the referee for the World Cup final is a huge achievement. For most officials who find themselves in this position, they'll look back on the game as the pinnacle of their career, a testament to the fact that they got to the top of their profession, just like the illustrious athletes that surround them (and typically grab all the headlines). Getting the call up doesn't just show that they've officiated well throughout the rest of that tournament; it's also a much wider reflection of their abilities as an official.

In this article, we'll be explaining how soccer referees get to the point of being chosen for a FIFA World Cup Final, arguably the most high-profile match in global football. We'll briefly explain the process of getting to the World Cup Finals as a referee and look at what World Cup referee assignments typically entail, before taking you through a list of all the refs who have plied their trade in this prestigious soccer match over the years.

How Many World Cup Referees Are There For Each Tournament? 

The FIFA World Cup takes place every four years in a different host nation, which means that opportunities for referees to demonstrate their skills on the biggest stage are pretty rare. However, in recent years, the number of referees flown out to officiate at each World Cup has increased; for Qatar 2022, there were a total of 36 referees chosen for the competition. This was the same number of refs used at France 2018, but before then the number of referees was lower (in 2010 and 2014, 25 referees were used instead of 36).

On top of these lead officials are a number of assistants; for Qatar, 69 assistant referees and 24 video assistant referees were also appointed, creating the largest team of officials ever seen at a top global soccer tournament. But how exactly does FIFA (football's world governing body) choose which officials will make it to the final tournament? 

How Are FIFA World Cup Referees Appointed?

Just like the lengthy qualification period that each national team has to go through to make it to the World Cup, the process for choosing referees is also exhaustive.

Typically it starts 2-3 years before a tournament, when national football associations and federations nominate their top referees for FIFA consideration.

To ensure balance and representation, FIFA then bases its choices on regional quotas, selecting a certain number of referees from each continent who have consistently performed well in domestic and European competitions. A shortlist will be created, before a 16-person committee (aided by medical experts) will select the final list of refs for the tournament.

The journey isn't over here, though; a number of fitness tests, technical assessments and performance reviews will continue to take place in the build-up to the tournament to ensure that every referee enters the World Cup Finals at the top of their game. 

World Cup Final Referee 2022: Who Was The Most Recent WC Final Official?

Qatar 2022 was a tournament shrouded in controversy at times, but the football itself was staggeringly good. The final between Argentina and France — which ended 3-3 before being clinched by Argentina on penalties — was labelled by many as the greatest World Cup final in history.

The man in black for that particular game was Polish referee Szymon Marciniak, the first ever Polishman to preside over a World Cup final. Over the years, officials from a total of 33 different nations have been selected to handle the World Cup final in some capacity (including assistant referees). Below, you'll find a list of every single lead ref to have been selected.

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World Cup Final Referees: The Full List

Being chosen as the referee for World Cup Finals matches at any stage of the tournament is a huge achievement, but to be selected to take charge of the deciding match of the competition is rightly seen as a huge honour by officials across the world. Below, we'll take you through a list of each World Cup final referee since the tournament was first established back in 1930.

Szymon Marciniak (2022)

Marciniak was the latest in a long line of distinguished officials to have presided over the most prestigious game in the whole of world football. His pedigree is undeniable; as well as reffing the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final, the UEFA Super Cup Final, and the 2023 Champions League Final, Marciniak has also been named 'The World's Best Referee' by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) for the last two years. 

Nestor Pistana (2018)

The 2018 World Cup was a huge disappointment for Argentina, whose hopes of victory were dashed in the quarter finals by Kylian Mbappe's rampant France side. However, the Argentines were at least represented in some capacity in the final, with well-regarded referee Nestor Pistana presiding over the game between France and Croatia, aided by his two Argentine assistant referees Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti.

Nicola Rizzoli (2014)

The 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina — won by a single Mario Gotze goal in extra time — was refereed by Italian official Nicola Rizzoli, a Serie A stalwart who worked in the top flight of Italian football from 2002 to 2017, winning a remarkable seven consecutive Serie A Referee of the Year Awards before his retirement.

Howard Webb (2010)

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In the summer of 2010, Webb had his work cut out in one of the most dramatic — and certainly the  most aggressive — World Cup finals in modern history. The South Africa final saw Spain's celebrated tiki-taka side (flooded with talents like Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets) sucked into a physical battle with the Netherlands that saw Webb hand out 14 yellow cards (which doubled the previous record of six yellow cards for this fixture, set in 1986). The fact that Dutch legend Johan Cruyff described his team's style as 'anti-football' tells you everything you need to know about this game.

Horacio Elizondo (2006)

World Cup referee assignments are not easy to come by, particularly in the tournament final, but Argentina have produced multiple officials capable of taking on this role. The 2006 final in Germany was presided over by Horacio Elizondo, a decorated ref who retired soon after the game, having achieved all his sporting goals. 

Pierluigi Collina (2002)

Regarded by many as the greatest referee in the history of the game, Collina was a striking, at times fearsome figure who collected IFFHS' Referee of the Year Award on a record six consecutive occasions between 1998 and 2003. Thus, he was a shoo-in for the 2002 World Cup Final between Germany and Brazil.

Said Belqola (1998)

The first ever African official to be selected for a World Cup Final (and the only to date), Said Belqola was a Moroccan ref who worked at multiple international tournaments before being chosen for the now-iconic 1998 Final between France and Brazil (a Zidane-inspired France ran out 3-0 winners).

Sandor Phul (1994)

Hungarian ref Sandor Phul was regularly selected for UEFA Champions League matches during the 1990s (taking charge of the 1997 UCL final between Borussia Dortmund and Juventus). But the peak of his career came in 1994, when he was selected for the World Cup final, hosted in the USA.

Edgardo Codesal Mendez (1990)

The 1990 World Cup in Italy has a special place in the hearts of many English fans, who were inspired by the performances of Paul Gasgoine and co.; but it was West Germany and Argentina who reached the final and experienced the disciplinary skills of Mexican ref Edgardo Codesal Mendez.

Romualdo Arrpi Filho (1986)

The Brazilian ref only took charge of three matches at the 1986 World Cup, but one of them was the World Cup final between Argentina and West Germany, which saw Diego Maradona lead his side to victory.

Arnaldo Cezar Coelho (1982)

Another Brazilian official was in the thick of it for the 1982 WC final between Italy and West Germany. Arnaldo Cezar Coelho made history this year, becoming the first non-European to referee a World Cup final.

Sergio Gonella (1978)

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The first Italian referee to take charge of a World Cup final (in 1978), Gonella is one of only two people to have ruled over the final of both the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship.

Jack Taylor (1974)

In 1974, the famous Netherlands side led by Johan Cruyff and his 'Total Football' philosophy were beaten dramatically in the World Cup final by West Germany. The man in charge of the match was Jack Taylor, regarded by many as the greatest English referee of all time.

Rudi Glockner (1970)

German ref Rudi Glöckner took charge of the 1970 World Cup final, where Brazil legend Pele made history by winning his third World Cup as a player, triumphing over Italy on the day.

Gottfried Dienst (1966)

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1966 is the year England won their only ever major trophy to date, a continuing source of anguish in football's country of origin. The referee in charge of that famous final against West Germany was Swiss official Gottfried Dienst.

Nikolay Latyshev (1962)

Hailing from the Soveit Union, Nikolay Latyshev took charge of the 1962 WC Final between Brazil and Czechoslovakia.

Maurice Guige (1958)

The final of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden (known as the tournament where Pele burst onto the scene) was ruled over by Frenchman Maurice Guigue.

William Ling (1954)

The first Englishman to referee a World Cup final, Ling officiated the 1954 final, which saw the famed Hungary side of Ferenc Puskas beaten controversially by West Germany.

George Capdeville (1938)

Capdeville was a Frenchman who refereed the 1938 final between Italy and Hungary. The match took place in Paris, making him the only person to referee a WC Final in his home country.

Ivan Eklind (1934)

Aged just 28, Swedish ref Ivan Eklind took charge of the 1934 final between Italy and Czechoslovakia in Rome — he remains the youngest ever World Cup final referee.

2023 WWC Referee Appointments & Discussion

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A66C

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CONCACAF: Marianela Araya (CRC) Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN) Melissa Borjas (HON) Katia Garcia (MEX) Ekaterina Koroleva (USA) Myriam Marcotte (CAN) Tori Penso (USA) CONMEBOL: Edina Alves (BRA) Emikar Calderas (VEN) Maria Belen Carvajal (CHI) Anahi Fernandez (URU) Laura Fortunato (ARG) UEFA: Iuliana Demetrescu (ROU) Maria Ferrieri (ITA) Cheryl Foster (WAL) Stephanie Frappart (FRA) Marta Huerta de Aza (ESP) Lina Lehtovaara (FIN) Ivana Martincic (CRO) Kateryna Monzul (UKR) Tess Olofsson (SWE) Esther Staubli (SUI) Rebecca Welch (ENG) CAF: Vincentia Amedome (TOG) Bouchra Karboubi (MAR) Akhona Makalima (RSA) Salima Mukansanga (RWA) AFC: Kate Jacewicz (AUS) Kim Yu-Jeong (KOR) Oh Hyeon-Jeong (KOR) Casey Reibelt (AUS) Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN) OFC: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)  
VAR Appointments (5/18 women) CONCACAF: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN) Drew Fischer (CAN) Tatiana Guzman (NCA) Armando Villarreal (USA) CONMEBOL: Nicolas Gallo (COL) Salome Di Iorio (ARG) Daiane Muniz (BRA) Juan Soto (VEN) UEFA: Ella De Vries (BEL) Marco Fritz (GER) Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP) Massimiliano Irrati (ITA) Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP) Paulus Van Boekel (NED) CAF: Adil Zourak (MAR) AFC: Abdullah Al-Marri (QAT) Christopher Beath (AUS) Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)  

ptref

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What about ARs?  
ptref said: ↑ What about ARs? Click to expand...

jarbitro

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I follow the women's side less closely than the men's but Odette Hamilton from JAM is a notable absence. I've seen her twice now on challenging games and I'd say she is noticeably better than a few others from CONCACAF that got selected. She is more confident, and has better game control skills and top notch fitness. A las. More frustrating is that one of the US AR's selected is simply not at this level. I just don't understand it. I wonder if the people making the selections just aren't paying that close of attention, or that they just don't care. I mean, on the men's side a well connected assignor or assessor or even SRA might get you a shot at the MLS, but if you didn't have the goods, it wouldn't last. On the women's side, it gets you a slot at the WC? I don't get it.  

MassachusettsRef

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A66C said: ↑ VAR Appointments (5/18 women) CONCACAF: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN) Drew Fischer (CAN) Tatiana Guzman (NCA) Armando Villarreal (USA) Click to expand...
jarbitro said: ↑ More frustrating is that one of the US AR's selected is simply not at this level. I just don't understand it. Click to expand...
MassachusettsRef said: ↑ I'm interested in the trio (or duo?) aspect of all this for CONCACAF. Two American referees. Two Canadian referees. Three American ARs. One Canadian AR. One Mexican referee. Three Mexican ARs. I mean overall it's 7 referees from CONCACAF and 10 ARs, so the numbers aren't going to fit no matter what unless two of the referees are reserves, which seems unlikely (I think?). Click to expand...

:)

A66C said: ↑ I took a shot in the dark anyway. Feel free to disagree Penso USA, Nesbitt USA, Mayo USA Koreleva USA, Mariscal USA, Rensch SUR Click to expand...

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MassachusettsRef said: ↑ I get you can claim this isn't quite a new phase/cycle yet and there's always merit to going to a World Cup in any capacity, but I kind of wonder if this means anything for Fischer long-term. He already went to a WWC as a VAR. He was, seemingly, the top VAR at the men's World Cup. Now he gets another WWC appointment as VAR? Either he's filling a critical void or he's being typecast as a VAR now. And with a World Cup in Canada coming, hopefully for him it's the former. In short, I'm sure he wants to be CONCACAF's Makkelie/Orsato/Turpin... not its Irrati. Similar but maybe less urgent thoughts on Villarreal. Is he filling a void (and being absent from MLS for a month)? Or is this continued development for a VAR role in 2026? Fascinating on so many counts. How does Al-Marri fall flat on his face twice in spectacular fashion and get this call? Beath is the only men's WC referee to be in a VAR spot here, which just looks weird. And Bin Jahari couldn't get a main VAR spot at the WC, yet he rounds this trio out without there being one female VAR in all of Asia, which last I checked is a pretty big continent. Click to expand...
RedStar91 said: ↑ I don't see a way back for Villarreal to be on the field at a FIFA tournament even though he doesn't appear to be a great VAR to begin with. Click to expand...

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MassachusettsRef said: ↑ I get you can claim this isn't quite a new phase/cycle yet and there's always merit to going to a World Cup in any capacity, but I kind of wonder if this means anything for Fischer long-term. He already went to a WWC as a VAR. He was, seemingly, the top VAR at the men's World Cup. Now he gets another WWC appointment as VAR? Either he's filling a critical void or he's being typecast as a VAR now. And with a World Cup in Canada coming, hopefully for him it's the former. In short, I'm sure he wants to be CONCACAF's Makkelie/Orsato/Turpin... not its Irrati. Click to expand...
A66C said: ↑ VAR Appointments (5/18 women) UEFA: Ella De Vries (BEL) Marco Fritz (GER) Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP) Massimiliano Irrati (ITA) Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP) Paulus Van Boekel (NED) Click to expand...

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RedStar91 said: ↑ I think it is the latter for Fischer, but they might give him one or two group games and keep him on board as a VAR for the rest of the tournament. Has he refereed at any FIFA tournament? I don't see a way back for Villarreal to be on the field at a FIFA tournament even though he doesn't appear to be a great VAR to begin with. WC 2026 refereeing will be fascinating on so many levels, but also impossible to predict until the format is finalized. It looks like the 16 groups of 3 appears to be dead in the water. So if they are going to go to 12 groups of 4 (which would make it a 72 game group stage) and a monster 105 game tournament. If it is that format, where the hell are they gonna find referees from? 72 game group stage means you will need about somewhere between 35-40 referees. They used 29 referees for 48 group games. Of those 29 referees nine did one group game. Didn't realize that Marciniak only did one group game. Which means that Marciniak followed Collina's path to the Final in 2002 (one group game, one round of 16 and the Final). Which could give credence that it was his Final from the beginning, but I digress. I think for the group stage it really won't be an issue as the group stage will be a giant waste of time. 72 games to eliminate 16 teams to get to a 32 team knockout. It's the knockout stage that will be the issue. Do they bring a second Spanish referee? Bring a second Mexican referee? Does the US get two on-field officials? Do they bring a third Argentine and Brazilian referee? They didn't trust an African or Asian referee to do a knockout game this past World Cup. With 32 knockout games, are they really gonna give Brazilians, Mexicans, Argentines, and English about three games each? Click to expand...
ref29 said: ↑ Fischer will be 46 in 2026 and it is very unlikely that he will made his World Cup debut as referee at 46. Most likely, he is a dedicated VAR for FIFA. Click to expand...
StarTime said: ↑ I wonder if we will see a consolidation into the confederations with the most trusted referees (namely UEFA) without seeing an increase in games given to the shakiest confederations (mostly CAF, but maybe also AFC given how 2022 went). Click to expand...

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Also if we end up with a 12 groups of four event as seems increasingly likely, we're probably looking at six games per day during the group. Daytime games in Miami, KC, Monterrey are unavoidable. Also the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are not immune to hot humid days with thunderstorms during June either.  
MassachusettsRef said: ↑ Two factors to consider that would argue for more officials are travel and heat. In addition to the obvious argument of more games, of course. One, this World Cup is taking place across a continent. The logistics for travel--particularly if there is a single home base of referees (Dallas?), which is to be expected--will be challenging. Throw in the summer t-storms that can disrupt travel across wide swathes of the geography and it just makes sense to have more referees than you think you might need based simply on game count. And then there's the heat. In 1994, it was oppresive. Now, I'm imagining FIFA is less inclined to push kickoffs into the middle of the afternoon just to satisfy European audiences like it did back then, but with the sheer number of games necessary, it's a simple mathemetical fact they all can't be late at night. So you're going to see midday matches in places like Kansas City and Monterrey, which will be incredibly taxing. Again, a reason to include more bodies instead of fewer. One counterpoint--at least to the travel one--is that FIFA has already divided the tournament into three regions--West, Central and East. So maybe there are three different referee HQs, with officials tied to certain areas? That would limit assigning, of course, so it's a bad idea in that regard. But it might be perferable for the group stage to make things more logistically feasible. Click to expand...
StarTime said: ↑ Oh yeah - there’s definitely going to be more officials. The part of my comment you quoted is me speculating not about the number of extra officials by the distribution of them. Will they be adding a ton of extra UEFA slots, or will they be bringing more referees from the weaker confederations and using these lower-attention group stage games as an opportunity to “spread the love” and win easy political favor with smaller confederations? Time will tell. I probably expect the latter but I really worry about how CAF’s 7th or 8th best referee will do in World Cup games. Same with Concacaf if those extra refs aren’t coming from US / Mexico / Canada. Click to expand...
MassachusettsRef said: ↑ That leads to a scenario, though, where Canada's representative has to be someone not yet on the list or Lauziere, who I think we probably all agree is not World Cup material. I understand the numbers here, but I disagree. Fischer is in the exact same boat as Orsato. He is the senior referee from a country that, by tradition, must have a referee at the tournament. He went to the previous tournament as a dedicated VAR and excelled. He is one of the top referees in his confederation. And he will be 46. Yes, WC26 would be his debut. But it's literally the exact same set of facts as Orsato. And not only did he not get put out to pasture, but he got the opener. Click to expand...
ref29 said: ↑ The best candidate from Canada would be Dujic, but, surprisingly, he was not nominated (yet) for FIFA by the CSA. Those things you mentioned are indeed similar, but do not forget that, in addition to that, Fischer was also sent to two Women's World Cups and a Club World Cup within the last 4 years, which shows that FIFA sees him as a specialized VAR. Yes, Orsato attended WC18 as VAR, but there were no specialized VARs at that time. As a matter of fact, Orsato (same as Makkelie) never acted again as VAR after WC18, while Fischer was appointed as VAR every year after that. The World Cup was never hosted by three countries, so we cannot say for sure that Canada, Mexico and USA will all have a referee on the field; maybe there will be some combinations of referees-ARs-VARs from all three countries. Click to expand...
MassachusettsRef said: ↑ Both of our posts are true (though I would note that we have not yet seen how Fischer is treated in men's competitions after his men's WC VAR appearance--if you want to compare apples to apples, we need to see in what capacity Fischer is selected for the next U20, U17, Olympic or CWC). Click to expand...

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MassachusettsRef said: ↑ Both of our posts are true (though I would note that we have not yet seen how Fischer is treated in men's competitions after his men's WC VAR appearance--if you want to compare apples to apples, we need to see in what capacity Fischer is selected for the next U20, U17, Olympic or CWC). I'm running with the idea that Canada needs to have an on-field referee and, if it does, it has to be a 46-year old Fischer. I'm open to the idea Canada doesn't get a referee at all given the triple hosting duties, but I am also highly skeptical of it. As far as Dujic goes... do we have any recent examples of a referee getting on the international list two years before the tournament and then getting selected? It seems, well, impossible. A preliminary list will be in the works before 2024. So Dujic wouldn't be on it. He'd have to get on the list in 2024 and then get invited to one of the 2025 youth tournaments. It just seems like that door is shut. Which is why it feels like Fischer or bust. Click to expand...

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Tori Penso and Katja Koroleva may have more invested in the U.S. team ’s performance at this summer’s Women’s World Cup than anyone not wearing a uniform.

As the only two center referees from the U.S. chosen to work the World Cup, how far they go will be determined by how far the national team goes in the tournament, which kicks off in Australia and New Zealand on July 20. If the U.S. reaches the final — as it has five times in the previous eight World Cups — the American officials will be barred from working that game. Even the semifinals could be a bridge too far.

“These rules aren’t in writing,” Penso said. “But there’s certainly a lot that goes into consideration when it comes to assignments. I wouldn’t be part of any game that would have impact on the U.S.”

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That’s why Kari Seitz , among the most decorated soccer officials of all-time, worked four Women’s World Cups and three Olympic tournaments, yet never did a final. That did little to stunt her career — she’s now FIFA head of officiating for women.

“If she can go to four World Cups and still manage to be as successful as she was, I don’t think you need a final to do it,” Penso said. “But certainly the U.S. program does limit where we end up at the end.”

Not so long ago, that might not have been an issue because no U.S. referee, other than Seitz, would likely have been considered for a World Cup final. That all changed last December in Qatar when four Americans were named to the officiating team for the championship game. Ismail Elfath was on the field as the fourth official, Kyle Atkins was the assistant video assistant referee and Kathryn Nesbitt and Corey Parker were reserve officials.

So while Argentina won the game, the U.S. won the night.

“We’ve made such big strides,” said Mark Geiger , a two-time World Cup official who now heads the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), which manages the officials for pro soccer in the U.S. and Canada. “We’ve seen this progression of officiating and it’s putting U.S. Soccer on the map in terms of refereeing and it’s raising the bar for all officials. We’re doing better and better on the world stage, getting more opportunities and now we’re in the conversation for games in the knockout phase.”

Penso is a part of that conversation even though she didn’t get her FIFA badge, making her ineligible to work international matches, until 2021. She didn’t need a badge to prove her competency; what she needed was an opportunity.

Penso was 10 years old when she started following her brothers to the soccer fields near their home in Florida. When her brothers started officiating games to earn a little pocket change, Penso decided to do that too, using that money to buy her first car. But by the time she finished college the sport seemed like a dead end; there was no women’s professional league and no full-time female referees.

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So she took marketing jobs with Coca-Cola and Red Bull and got a master’s degree, all while officiating on the side in collegiate tournaments and later in the NWSL. She showed enough promise that in 2019 she was asked to join PRO’s development program and a year later she became the first woman in two decades to serve as the center referee in an MLS match.

But the turning point in her career came during the last Women’s World Cup in France, which Penso watched on television while cradling her infant daughter, Brinley, her third child, in her arms. If she wanted to break through as an official, she decided, she would have to quit her day job at an advertising agency and dedicate herself to soccer, just as her husband, Chris Penso , a former Ohio highway patrolman and an MLS referee since 2011, had done.

For both the move was made possible by PRO, which made officials full-time salaried employees rather than part-time workers like NFL referees, most of whom are paid by the game.

“Refereeing was kind of my side hustle,” said Tori Penso, who turned 37 earlier this month. “Now that’s completely flipped and I’m headed to the World Cup. Unbelievable.”

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It’s been a rapid rise, one that has coincided not just with the ascent of U.S. referees, but also with the improvement in performance and opportunity for female officials. Earlier this season, for example, Penso was the center referee on a crew that included assistant referee Brooke Mayo and fourth official Felisha Mariscal , marking the first time three women have worked an MLS game together.

That’s not Penso’s only historic achievement. Perhaps more impressive is the fact she didn’t really dedicate herself to refereeing until after giving birth to three children. And with Mayo, Mariscal, Koroleva, Nesbitt and VAR referee Armando Villarreal joining her in New Zealand and Australia at the World Cup, Penso will make more history as one of a record six U.S. officials at the tournament.

“Every little kid dreams of one day making it on the field at the World Cup,” Penso said. “For me, I didn’t know it would ever be possible once I started to have a family. It wasn’t typical for officials to have a family and come back and be successful — or at least rise in the ranks that way.”

None of the six are guaranteed an assignment in the 64-game tournament. Each of the 107 match officials invited to the World Cup will be evaluated during a pre-tournament training camp and given games based on their performance. Additional assignments will be handed out on merit — though even the best officials might not make the final if their national team does as well.

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“I don’t have control over that,” Penso said. “What I can control is every time we step on that pitch, doing a good job and serving the game well. How do we get better? How do we encourage, inspire and engage more women in this game in all capacities?

“When little girls see us out on that field, they believe anything is possible and that’s not just in soccer. It transcends sport, right?”

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After all that, the United States is still going to the World Cup final.

Referee Tori Penso and assistant referees Brooke Mayo and Kathryn Nesbitt will make up most of the refereeing crew for Sunday’s final between England and Spain.

The appointment is the first of its nature at a women’s or men’s World Cup final for a referee from the United States.

The trio of U.S. natives will be joined on the field by Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan, who will operate as the fourth official on the day. Another American, Armando Villarreal, has been assigned the role of Support Video Assistant Referee, placing him in the VAR booth at Stadium Australia.

Penso has been a busy woman since the knockout rounds began. She was the referee for England’s 3-1 semifinal win over Australia, as well as France’s round of 16 victory over Morocco. Overall, the final will be the fifth game Penso has officiated at this World Cup.

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Penso is no stranger to making history. She was the first woman to referee a men’s World Cup qualifier, taking charge of a June 2021 first round match between Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.

Nine months earlier, she was the center referee for an MLS match between Nashville SC and D.C. United, making her the first woman to get that role in the league in 20 years . Per the Professional Referees Organization, Penso has officiated 18 MLS matches, and was also the head referee for the 2021 NWSL Championship game.

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  • Referees have the hardest job in football, earning widespread criticism from players, managers and fans.
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Referees have a thankless job. The only figure on the pitch despised by both sets of fans has the unenviable task of following football 's vague set of laws which they don't write or necessarily agree with.

While maintaining the requisite fitness levels demanded by the modern game, and withstanding unspeakable abuse which extends well beyond 90 minutes in the world of social media, elite referees get paid each year what many players will earn in a week - if not far less. Even in the exceedingly lucrative industry of football, some of the best officials balance their time on the pitch with other professions.

More often than not, no publicity is good publicity for a referee. Whenever any managers or players namecheck an official, it's rarely to offer them some warm praise. But these unloved instruments of justice are integral to the most popular sport on the planet. Here's a closer look at the best in the business.

Ranking factors

  • Consistency - The keyword that revolves around any refereeing decision has to be balanced by a healthy dose of common sense.
  • Controversy - Those officials who fly under the radar are often among the best.
  • Appointments - Referees who are consistently given the biggest matches must be doing something right.

Best Referees in World Football Right Now

1.

Clement Turpin

France

2.

Szymon Marciniak

Poland

3.

Slavko Vincic

Slovenia

4.

Daniele Orsato

Italy

5.

Stephanie Frappart

France

6.

Istvan Kovacs

Romania

7.

Halil Umut Meler

Turkey

8.

Michael Oliver

England

9.

Francois Letexier

France

10.

Artur Soares Dias

Portugal

11.

Danny Makkelie

Netherlands

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Dutch referee Danny Makkelie

Former Premier League referee Mike Dean infamously worked in a chicken abattoir at the start of his career, but most officials come from professions of authority. Alongside the countless list of head teachers, plenty of police officers have swapped a baton for a whistle over the years. Dutch referee Danny Makkelie balances his on-pitch duties with a position as a part-time police inspector.

As with any referee, Makkelie has endured his fair share of controversy - notably earning criticism for an "arrogant" approach. But the experienced official, who first began taking charge of kids' football matches as a 10-year-old, was highly rated enough by FIFA to be considered for the role of refereeing the 2022 World Cup final. Makkelie was ultimately overlooked and locked himself in his hotel room for two days.

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Born

28th January 1983

Top-flight debut

19th September 2009

FIFA appointment

2011

Biggest matches

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10 Artur Soares Dias

Nationality: portugal.

Portuguese Artur Soares Dias waving his arm

While Artur Soares Dias waited to head to the centre circle of Moreirense FC's home ground in October 2004, his nerves turned to fear. Ahead of his first game in Portugal's top flight, there was plenty of reason for the young official to fret. Only two of the 22 players starting the match were younger than the 25-year-old Dias, who had never experienced the pressure of 3,000 fans loudly critiquing every decision.

Fortunately, "everything improved over time, and I became more confident", the referee explained two decades later. These days, Dias doesn't show a whisper of hesitancy before routinely taking charge of the derbies between Portugal's three biggest clubs; Porto, Sporting CP and Benfica.

Referee Career

Born

14th July 1979

Top-flight debut

23rd October 2004

FIFA appointment

2010

Biggest matches

2024 UEFA Conference League final

9 Francois Letexier

Nationality: france.

French referee Francois Letexier

While spending hours hunkered down in front of the TV, a young Francois Letexier's eye was not drawn to the skills of Ronaldinho, the searing pace of Djibril Cisse or the technical mastery of Juninho Pernambucano, but the figure draped in all black in the middle of the pitch. By the tender age of 13, the eccentric French teenager had already begun officiating matches.

Quickly rising up the domestic hierarchy, Letexier was voted Ligue 1's best referee in 2023 and earned a spot at his first senior major tournament for Euro 2024. A part-time job as a court bailiff affords the official "a good life balance", in his own words.

Referee Career

Born

23rd April 1989

Top-flight debut

23rd January 2016

FIFA appointment

2017

Biggest matches

2024 UEFA Super Cup, 2021 & 2024 Coupe de France

8 Michael Oliver

Nationality: england.

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The Premier League - as with any top division across the world - gets bogged down in refereeing controversy every week. As one of the officials given the so-called 'golden games', Michael Oliver is exposed to more naturally untrusting fans. However, when compared to the level of abuse hurled the way of some of his compatriots, Oliver impressively evades plenty of scrutiny.

The self-confessed Newcastle fan revealed that he is routinely described as "politely aloof" by players. Former Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was less flattering, claiming that Oliver "has a rubbish bin where his heart should be" after he awarded Real Madrid a penalty in the 2018 Champions League semi-finals.

Referee Career

Born

20th February 1985

Top-flight debut

21st August 2010

FIFA appointment

2012

Biggest matches

2023 UEFA Super Cup, 2018 & 2021 FA Cup finals

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7 Halil Umut Meler

Nationality: turkey.

Turkish referee Halil Umut Meler in action

Every referee develops a depressing familiarity with criticism, but Halil Umut Meler endured a physical attack in response to his perfectly legitimate decisions. At the end of a spiky Turkish top-flight match in December 2023, Ankaragucu president Faruk Koca stormed onto the pitch and ploughed his right fist into Meler's temple. The referee was kicked in the head while on the turf before he was mercifully extracted from the melee and taken to hospital.

Meler was back on the pitch within a month and would take charge of knockout ties in UEFA's Conference and Europa League. The only Turkish referee at Euro 2024 was part of history when he oversaw the first use of 'snicko' technology at the European Championships during Belgium's group-stage defeat to Slovakia.

Referee Career

Born

1st August 1986

Top-flight debut

18th September 2015

FIFA appointment

2017

Biggest matches

2022 Turkish Cup final

6 Istvan Kovacs

Nationality: romania.

Romanian referee Istvan Kovacs looking on sternly

Istvan Kovacs was thrown in at the deep end. At the end of his debut in Romania's top flight in August 2007, the then-22-year-old official had the confidence to produce two yellow cards in rapid succession, sending the experienced Romania international Ionel Ganea for an early bath.

Painted as an "unlovable robot" by the Romanian press, Kovacs has maintained an unflinching commitment to the laws of the game since taking up his whistle. Fortunately for the 39-year-old, he has developed a thick skin. "I have learned, throughout these years, not to take what is said to heart," Kovacs once explained.

Referee Career

Born

16th September 1984

Top-flight debut

11th August 2007

FIFA appointment

2010

Biggest matches

2024 Europa League final, 2022 UEFA Conference League final

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5 Stephanie Frappart

French referee Stephanie Frappart

Stephanie Frappart once admitted: "I didn't have any role models." That's chiefly because there were no other female referees at the elite level of football for Frappart to look up to while growing up in France. The diminutive, softly-spoken official can command the respect and obedience of players without raising her voice.

Former US Orleans midfielder Pierre Bouby explained that Frappart's "charisma and personality", as well as her willingness to calmly explain each decision, ensured that she was the best official he came across. The former amateur player has taken charge of games in Ligue 1, all three of UEFA's club competitions and made her debut at the 2022 World Cup. Now it is Frappart who can be the role model.

Referee Career

Born

14th December 1983

Top-flight debut

28th April 2019

FIFA appointment

2009

Biggest matches

2020 UEFA Super Cup, 2022 Coupe de France final

4 Daniele Orsato

Nationality: italy.

Orsato

When Daniele Orsato took charge of his first Serie A match, Juventus were in the second division. A stern authoritarian, the spiky-haired official could easily get on the wrong side of managers and players. Real Madrid icon Luka Modric infamously labelled him a "disaster" during the 2022 World Cup.

But between the bursts of controversy that are an occupational hazard, Orsato earned the begrudging respect of most. Fiorentina director Daniele Prade gushed: "When we knew he had been appointed, we were sure we had the best referee on the pitch." Forced into retirement by the Italian top-flight ahead of his 50th birthday, Orsato will end his distinguished career at Euro 2024 .

Referee Career

Born

23rd November 1975

Top-flight debut

17th December 2006

FIFA appointment

2010

Biggest matches

2020 Champions League final

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3 Slavko Vincic

Nationality: slovenia.

Slavko Vincic throwing up two fingers

Hailing from the country that produced NBA star Luka Doncic, it was basketball, rather than football, that initially captured Slavko Vincic's imagination. All sports faded to the background when Vincic went to university, but the qualified telecommunications engineer returned to the football pitch draped in black thanks to the advice of his uncle, who was an assistant referee.

A stickler for extensive pre-match preparation, scouting the teams and players of each contest that he oversees, Vincic's dedication to his craft was rewarded by UEFA with his appointment for the 2024 Champions League final. The Slovenian official avoided any controversy while Real Madrid eased to victory over Borussia Dortmund .

Referee Career

Born

25th November 1979

Top-flight debut

26th May 2007

FIFA appointment

2010

Biggest matches

2024 Champions League final, 2022 Europa League final

2 Szymon Marciniak

Nationality: poland.

Szymon Marciniak refereeing the 2022 World Cup final

Szymon Marciniak reached the zenith of the refereeing world during a golden six months between the end of 2022 and the summer of 2023. Shortly after overseeing the World Cup final between France and Argentina, the Polish official was given the biggest gig in European club football, taking charge of Manchester City's 1-0 victory over Inter Milan in the Champions League final. Marciniak acknowledged that showpiece events may be harder to come by in the future, but reasoned: "Now every semi-final will be like a final for me."

An official who prides himself on letting the game flow, Marciniak came into Euro 2024 on the back of hefty criticism for his hasty intervention in the 2024 Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Thomas Tuchel described the Pole's early whistle before Matthijs de Ligt put the ball in the back of the net as a "disastrous decision".

Referee Career

Born

7th January 1981

Top-flight debut

18th April 2009

FIFA appointment

2011

Biggest matches

2022 World Cup final, 2023 Champions League final

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1 ​​​ Clement Turpin

French referee Clement Turpin pointing

Clement Turpin has a lovely turn of phrase. The widely respected French official enjoyed a meteoric rise to the summit of European football, toppling a glut of age-related records as he quickly established himself as an official who can be trusted on the biggest stage. When reflecting upon his career, Turpin thought that the French idiom of a star above one's head didn't do his good fortune justice. "At the moment, it feels like there’s an entire constellation of stars above me!" he beamed.

The Champions League final referee in 2022, Turpin was given the honour of overseeing the opening game of Euro 2024. When asked for some advice for aspiring officials, the well-spoken referee borrowed a line from Oscar Wilde: "Shoot for the moon - even if you miss, you'll end up among the stars."

Referee Career

Born

16th May 1982

Top-flight debut

16th August 2008

FIFA appointment

2010

Biggest matches

2022 Champions League final, 2021 Europa League final

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World Cup

European Championship

European Championship

Who is Szymon Marciniak? The Euro 2024 referee at the centre of Champions League controversy

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 08: Referee Szymon Marciniak looks on during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern München at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 08, 2024 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Polish referee Szymon Marciniak comes into Euro 2024 on the back of a massively controversial decision.

Marciniak, 43, was in charge of the Champions League semi-final second leg between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid earlier this year. Carlo Ancelotti’s side prevailed 4-3 on aggregate to reach the Wembley Stadium final which they went on to win 2-0 against Borussia Dortmund .

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During the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, ex- Stoke City striker Joselu came off the bench for Madrid and scored two goals in three minutes to turn the tie in their favour following Alphonso Davies’ opener for Bayern in the 68th minute.

With the seconds ticking down, Bayern pushed for a goal which would take the contest into extra time. When a huge opportunity to do so arrived towards the end of the 11 minutes of added time, Matthijs de Ligt ’s goal was swiftly ruled out for offside. Bayern head coach Thomas Tuchel called the decision an “absolute disaster”.

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Explaining De Ligt's controversial non-goal as Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich ends in 'a betrayal'

Marciniak, though, is hugely experienced when it comes to high-profile games. There is no game bigger than the World Cup final and in December 2022 he was chosen by FIFA to referee Argentina and France ’s battle for the ages which ended 3-3 and was won by Argentina on penalties. Following on from his World Cup outing, Marciniak ended the 2022-23 season as the referee for Manchester City ’s maiden Champions League title win against Inter Milan in Istanbul.

He is only the second referee in history (after Howard Webb did so in 2010) to oversee the World Cup and Champions League final in the same season. Marciniak also took charge of the Club World Cup final which was won by Manchester City in December 2023 against Brazilian outfit Fluminense.

From the city of Plock originally, Marciniak was a professional footballer before becoming a referee.

He played in midfield for hometown club Wisla Plock in Poland’s top flight before taking up refereeing full-time in 2006. Marciniak is a graduate of UEFA’s Centre of Refereeing Excellence programme. This will be his third time officiating at the European Championship , following appearances at the 2016 and 2020 tournaments, and his first game will be Belgium ’s crucial Group E clash against Romania on Saturday.

It marks his fifth men’s major tournament after he was also an official at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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