Individual match officials represent the highest level of refereeing worldwide; Preparatory seminars for selected match officials will begin in early summer; For the first time in the history of the world championships, six female officers have been appointed.

Today, the FIFA Referees Committee announced the lists with the names of selected officials for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

In close cooperation with the six confederations, 36 referees, 69 assistants and 24 video game officials have been selected on the basis of their quality and performance at FIFA tournaments as well as other international and domestic competitions in recent years.

“As always, we used the criteria of ‘quality first’, and the selected officials of the match represent the highest level of refereeing in the world,” said FIFA Committee Chairman Pierluigi Colina. “The 2018 World Cup has been very successful, in part because of the high level of refereeing, and we will do our best to become even better in a few months in Qatar.”

The project “Road to Qatar 2022” started in 2019, more than 50 trios undergoing intensive training were considered possible candidates. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this preparation was anything but easy, as activities in the presence were suspended for a long time.

“The pandemic has affected our activities, particularly in 2020 and early 2021. Fortunately, the World Cup was still a long way off, and we had enough time to provide good training for the candidates. We are announcing this election in advance, because we want to work even harder with all those who were appointed to the World Cup, and monitor them in the coming months. The message is clear: do not stop there, keep working hard and prepare very seriously for the World Cup, ”Colina said.

Massimo Busaka, FIFA’s director of refereeing, ensures that match officials will receive all the necessary support from FIFA, as their training is paramount.

“Thanks to an innovative tracking and support program, all match officials can be monitored by FIFA referees’ instructors even more closely and intensively than in previous years. This is a very important factor, from which we expect significant improvements and progress in connection with the 2022 FIFA World Cup, ”Busaka said. “In addition, individual programs will be created, in particular, on health and fitness. In the coming months, every official representative of the match will be closely monitored with the final assessment of technical, physical and medical aspects shortly before the World Cup, so that they are in the best condition when the ball starts to roll in Qatar.

At the beginning of the summer, selected officials will take part in several seminars (Asuncion, Madrid and Doha), watching and analyzing videos of real match situations, as well as participating in practical classes with players who will be filmed so that participants can get instant feedback from teachers.

“The key focus of the training remains the protection of players and the image of the game, consistency, uniformity, reading the game from a technical and tactical point of view and understanding the different mentalities of players and teams,” – added Busak. “We can’t fix all the mistakes, but we will do our best to reduce them.”

The VAR system was first introduced at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and in four years a team of 24 video games (VMO) will operate in Qatar, ready to give their teammates on the field technological support if needed. Due to the very limited number of FIFA member associations that implemented the VAR system at the time, the VMO for Russia 2018 was mainly selected from Europe and South America. Today, the VAR system is used in all major competitions around the world, and VMOs from Asia, Africa, and 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 World Cup, the FIFA Referees Committee has also appointed three female referees and three female assistants.

“We are very pleased that with Stephanie Frapart from France, Salim Mukansang from Rwanda and Yoshima Yamashita from Japan, as well as assistant referees Neusa Beck from Brazil, Karen Diaz Medina from Mexico and Catherine Nesbit from the US we were able to call the world for the first time women officers rose in football. This concludes a long process that began several years ago with the involvement of female referees in men’s junior and senior FIFA tournaments. Thus, we clearly emphasize that quality is important to us, not gender. I hope that in the future the selection of elite female officers of matches for important men’s competitions will be perceived as something normal and no longer sensational. They deserve to be at the FIFA World Cup ™ because they are always at a really high level, and that is an important factor for us, ”said FIFA Refereeing Committee Chairman Pierluigi Colina.

List of officials appointed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar ™ (

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