FIFA Referees Committee announced on Thursday the lists with the names of the selected match officials for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials have been chosen in close cooperation with the six confederations, based on their quality and the performances delivered at FIFA tournaments as well as at other international and domestic competitions in recent years.
“As always, the criteria we have used is ‘quality first’ and the selected match officials represent the highest level of refereeing worldwide.” Said the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina.
“The 2018 World Cup was very successful, partly because of the high standard of refereeing. And we will do our best to be even better in a few months in Qatar.” He continued.
Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s Director of Refereeing, ensures the match officials will receive all the necessary support by FIFA, as their preparation is paramount.
“Thanks to an innovative tracking and support programme, all the match officials can be supervised by FIFA referees’ instructors even more closely and intensively than in previous years. This is a very important factor, from which we expect considerable improvements and progress in view of the FIFA World Cup 2022.” explained Busacca.
“In addition to that, there will be tailor-made individual programmes, in particular concerning health and fitness. Each match official will be carefully monitored in the next months with a final assessment on technical, physical and medical aspects to be made shortly before the World Cup, in order to have them in the best conditions when the ball starts rolling in Qatar.” He continued.
The selected match officials will participate in early summer in several seminars (Asunción, Madrid and Doha).
“The key focuses of the preparation remain protecting players and the image of the game, consistency, uniformity, reading the game from a technical and tactical perspective and understanding a variety of player and team mentalities.” Added Busacca.
“We can’t eliminate all mistakes. But we will do everything we can to reduce them.”
For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Referees Committee has also appointed three women’s referees and three women’s assistant referees.
“We are very happy that with Stéphanie Frappart from France, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan, as well as assistant referees Neuza Back from Brazil, Karen Díaz Medina from Mexico and Kathryn Nesbitt from the USA, we have been able to call up female match officials for the first time in the history of a FIFA World Cup. They deserve to be at the FIFA World Cup™. Because they constantly perform at a really high level. And that’s the important factor for us.” Concluded the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina.
List of the appointed match officials for the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar as attached.