August 30, 2016

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers - UEFA Zone - Referee Appointments for Matchday 1

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Thanks to some federations, we already know the names of a few referees appointed for the first Matchday of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA Zone). The missing names, including observers, will  be added in due course. 


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Referee Appointments for International "Friendly Matches" - August / September 2016

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These are some appointments for friendly games to be played on next days. If you know an appointment that is still missing in the list below, don't hesitate to inform us!


31/08

Albania - Morocco
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (Slovenia)
Fourth Official: Enea Jorgji (Albania)

Czech Republic - Armenia
Referee: Vladimír Vnuk (Slovakia)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondrej Brendza (Slovakia)
Assistant Referee 2: Michal Tomčík (Slovakia)

Denmark - Liechtenstein
Referee: Þóroddur Hjaltalín (Iceland)
Assistant Referee 1: Frosti Viðar Gunnarsson (Iceland)
Assistant Referee 2: Birkir Sigurðarson (Iceland)
Fourth Official: Jens Grabski Maae (Denmark)

Estonia - Malta
Referee: Michael Tykgaard (Denmark)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (Denmark)
Assistant Referee 2: Niels Høg (Denmark)
Fourth Official: Sten Klaasen (Estonia)

Germany - Finland
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (Belarus)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Masylyanko (Belarus)

Norway - Belarus
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (Denmark)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakob Bille (Denmark)
Fourth Official: Jon Michael Knutsen (Norway)

Rep of Ireland - Oman
Referee: Demetrios Masias (Cyprus)
Assistant Referee 1: Marios Demetriades (Cyprus)
Assistant Referee 2: Ioannis Lazarou (Cyprus)

Turkey - Russia
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (Slovenia)
Fourth Official: Alper Ulusoy (Turkey)

01/09

Belgium - Spain
Referee:  Benoît Bastien (France)

Italy - France
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

Netherlands - Greece
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 2: Kerem Ersoy (Turkey)

Portugal  - Gibraltar
Referee: Erez Papir (Israel)
Assistant Referee 1: Roy Hassan (Israel)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahmud Mahagna (Israel)
Fourth Official: João Pinheiro (Portugal)

06/09

Russia - Ghana
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (Azerbaijan)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Mammadov (Azerbaijan) 

A special thank to RayHD for his searching work.
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August 29, 2016

Clips & Tips: DOGSO inside the penalty area

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The following video clip collection focuses on the topic "Denying an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity" (DOGSO) inside the penalty area. Since the IFAB's revision of Law 12, the difference between DOGSO offences outside and inside the penalty area is crucial and mainly determines the disciplinary sanction.

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August 24, 2016

Becoming a "More Complete" Referee at Tournaments Abroad - Interview with Referee Director Daniele Curcio

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When Mark Clattenburg blew the final whistle in Saint-Denis’ EURO 2016 Final between Portugal and France, he concluded what can be seen as the most successful tournament in terms of refereeing in recent history. Participating in such international tournaments as a referee or referee observer is only possible for FIFA match officials or international referee observers - at least that's what you might have thought until now. 

Leading the teams out like the pros: That is possible at Tournaments Abroad

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Clips & Tips: DOGSO outside the penalty area

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The following video clip collection focuses on the topic "Denying an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity" (DOGSO) outside the penalty area. Since the IFAB's revision of Law 12, the difference between DOGSO offences outside and inside the penalty area is crucial and mainly determines the disciplinary sanction.

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August 23, 2016

Video Training: Handballs blocking shots on goal (solved)

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Creating uniformity while maintaining an adequate and situation-based judgment is a task every referee instructor knows when training his or her match officials. This particularly counts for handballs that are undoubtfully one of the blindest spots in terms of consistent Laws of the Game application and that are often judged diametrically different from one referee to the other.


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August 22, 2016

Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for the Play-Offs (2nd Legs)

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UEFA has appointed the following officials to handle the second legs of Europa League's Play-off Round on 25 August 2016.

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UEFA Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs 2nd Legs (2)

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The following officials will complete the appointments for 2016-17 UEFA Champions League's Play Off Stage. Two surprises are among the appointees: First Group officials Pawel Gil of Poland and Andre Marriner of England will take charge of a match each.


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August 21, 2016

UEFA Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs 2nd Legs (1)

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UEFA's Referee Committee has appointed the following match officials to take charge of Tuesday's play-offs return legs for Champions League 2016/2017. 

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August 19, 2016

Alireza Faghani in charge of Gold Medal final

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Alireza Faghani has been appointed to oversee the final act of 2016 Olympic Men's Football Tournament.  A FIFA referee since 2008, the Iranian, after having attended 2014 WC as reserve, has already officiated a final in a FIFA tournament: he was in charge of 2015 Club World Cup final between River Plate and Barcelona.  He was also selected for 2015 Asian Cup final.  
He will be assisted by his compatriots Reza Sokhandan and Mohammadreza Mansouri. A Senegalese duo will take the duties of fourth official and reserve assistant referee. 

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August 18, 2016

Carol Anne Chenard with Gold Medal match

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Canadian Carol Anne Chenard  has been appointed to oversee Olympic Games final between Sweden and Germany.   A FIFA referee since 2006, in recent years Chenard has gained a notable experience, officiating games at 2011 Women World Cup, 2012 Olympics and 2015 Women World Cup.

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August 15, 2016

Olympic Football Tournament 2016 - Referee Appointments for Men's Semifinals

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Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU) and Néstor Pitana (ARG) are the selected officials for men's semifinals. 


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Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for the Play-Offs (1st Legs)

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UEFA has appointed the following officials to handle the first legs of Europa League's Play-off Round that will be held on 17 and 18 August 2016.


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UEFA Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs 1st Legs (2)

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The following match officials will be in  charge of next Wednesday's play-offs for Champions League 2016/2017. 
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August 14, 2016

Olympic Football Tournament 2016 - Referee Appointments for Women's Semifinals

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Hyang Ok Ri from Korea DPR and Lucila Venegas from Mexico are the selected officials for women's semifinals. 


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UEFA Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs 1st Legs (1)

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UEFA Referees Committe has appointed the following match officials to take charge of next Tuesday's play-offs for Champions League 2016/2017. 
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August 12, 2016

Olympic Football Tournament 2016 - Referee Appointments for Men's Quarterfinals

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The following referees will officiate the quarterfinals of Men's Tournament. 


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August 11, 2016

Olympic Football Tournament 2016 - Referee Appointments for Women's Quarterfinals

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The following referees will officiate the quarterfinals of Women's Tournament. 


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August 09, 2016

Milorad Mažić selected for UEFA Super Cup 2016

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Serbian Elite referee Milorad Mažić has been appointed by UEFA Referees Committee to officiate 2016 Super Cup, to be played between Real Madrid and Sevilla on 9 August 2016 in Trondheim, Norway. 


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Olympic Football Tournament 2016 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 3

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These are the officials appointed by FIFA for the third matchday of 2016 Olympic Football Tournaments (men and women). 


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