Referee preparations for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015

Around the globe, 24 national teams are working hard on their final adjustments leading up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 – the pinnacle of women’s football - which will kick off on 6 June. Meanwhile, a 25th squad that is just as fundamental for the event gathered this week at the Home of FIFA in Zurich for some intense preparation: the Referees and Assistant Referees.
Between 20 and 24 April, 29 referees and 44 assistant referees from a total of 48 countries selected to work in Canada went through an extensive programme. Medical examinations, fitness tests and theoretical and practical sessions led by FIFA referee instructors were on the menu, all in the name of seeing them reach peak condition come June. “We are definitely on the right track. We really worked hard in this seminar”, FIFA Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca said. “Our work is based on the same philosophy as in men’s refereeing: we aim for quality, uniformity and consistency, while working on positioning and a focus on reading the game. We are convinced that with this kind of preparation - through which we also give important attention to the physical and psychological aspects of refereeing - we will try to reduce mistakes and have good performances during the FIFA Women’s World Cup.” In addition to this, Canada 2015 will mark the first time that Goal-Line Technology (GLT) features at a major women’s football event. So, to ensure that match officials are comfortable with using this new technology as a support tool, FIFA organised training sessions specifically on GLT and the tests that referees will need to conduct prior to each match of the competition. If the results of that test are not to the referee’s satisfaction, she may opt not to use the technology – in general, a decision that must be made no later than 75 minutes before kick-off. FIFA is set to organise another GLT training session for the referees in Canada before the tournament. “I’m very happy with the whole seminar and I'm convinced that Goal-Line Technology will be a big help for match officials in the FIFA Women’s World Cup”, Busacca said, whose team of FIFA referee instructors will continue to monitor the 73 selected referees and assistant referees from the conclusion of the seminar until they meet again in Canada.

Source: FIFA

UEFA Futsal Cup Finals 2015

Lisbon, 24-26 April 2015

Referees
1. Gábor Kovacs (HUN, 1978)
2. Alessandro Malfer (ITA, 1975)
3. Bogdan Sorescu (ROU, 1974, photo)
4. Saša Tomić (CRO, 1975)

Semi-finals
Dina Moskva – Kairat
Referee 1: Saša Tomić (CRO)
Referee 2: Bogdan Sorescu (ROU)

Barcelona – Sporting CP
Referee 1: Alessandro Malfer (ITA)
Referee 2: Gábor Kovács (HUN)

Match for Third Place
Dina Moskva – Sporting CP
Referee 1: Bogdan Sorescu (ROU)
Referee 2: Saša Tomić (CRO)

Final
Kairat – Barcelona
Referee 1: Gábor Kovács (HUN)
Referee 2: Alessandro Malfer (ITA)

FIFA boss says Scottish FA wrong to act in handball case

A Scottish FA ruling that is likely to see a player banned from the Scottish Cup final for a handball the referee missed is wrong and could set a dangerous precedent, FIFA's referee chief Jim Boyce told Reuters on Wednesday. Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Josh Meekings handled the ball with the score at 1-0 during Sunday's semi-final against Celtic which Inverness won 3-2 to reach the final for the first time. Referee Steven McLean and his assistants all missed the incident, but the Scottish FA's compliance officer Tony McGlennan issued a "notice of complaint" following an appeal by Celtic on Monday.
The Scottish FA offered Meekings and Inverness a one match ban to be served in the final, which the club have rejected. They have appealed against the notice and a hearing has been convened for Thursday. However, Boyce, Britain's FIFA vice-president and the head of FIFA's refereeing committee, said he was totally opposed to the intervention by the compliance officer. "This sets a very dangerous precedent, I am absolutely, 100 percent against the compliance officer becoming involved because the referee's decision is final. It is a totally different matter if someone has gone over the top, or committed a serious foul, or head-butted someone and the referee has missed it. Those are disciplinary issues. But what happened here is that the referee has made a mistake regarding a handball and that's the end of it. There is no way the player should now be disciplined for that. Whose to say it was even intentional? If the Scottish FA or their referees committee decide that they feel a serious mistake was made then they could take action in the future against that referee. I can understand why Celtic are annoyed because they felt they should have had a penalty kick, but these things happen at all levels of football every week. The only punishment, if any punishment at all is due, should be made if the Scottish FA feel the officials in charge of this game acted improperly and made the wrong decision." Asked about the incident, Meekings told Scottish TV: "It has come off my arm, I've said that. "He (Celtic player Leigh Griffiths) was two yards away and I've gone to throw my body in the way and unfortunately it's come off my hand but fortunately at the same time it hasn't been given." The Scottish FA are claiming Meekings handled the ball deliberately. In a statement on Tuesday, Inverness said it was taking legal advice to present at the hearing. Inverness will play Falkirk in the final at Hampden Park on May 30.

Source: Reuters

UEFA Europa League – Quarter-finals (Second Leg)

23 April 2015

Dnipro – FC Brugge
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Zenit St. Petersburg – Sevilla FC
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

AC Fiorentina – Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

SSC Napoli – VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Fourth Official: Cem Satman (TUR)
Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

CONCACAF Champions League Final (First Leg)

22 April 2015

Club America – Montreal Impact
Referee: Hector Rodriguez (HON, photo)
Assistant Referee: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Assistant Referee: Oscar Velasquez (HON)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON)

OFC Champions League – Semi-finals (First Leg)

21 April 2015

Ba FC – Wellington
Referee: Norbert Hauata (TAH, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Paul Ahupu (TAH)
Fourth Official: Robinson Banga (VAN)

Auckland City – Gaitcha FCN
Referee: Ravitesh Behari (FIJ)
Assistant Referee 1: Terry Piri (COK)
Assistant Referee 2: Folio Moeaki (TGA)
Fourth Official: Ichikawa Polovili (TGA)

CONMEBOL Elite Referees Course 2015

In preparation for the 2015 Copa America, CONMEBOL will be hosting a course for Elite referees in Chile, from 8 to 12 May 2015.

Argentina 
Referees: Néstor Pitana (photo), Patricio Loustau
Assistant Referees: Hernán Maidana, Juan Belatti

Bolivia
Referees: Raúl Orosco, Gery Vargas
Assistant Referees: Javier Bustillos, Juan Montaño

Brazil
Referees: Sandro Ricci, Pericles Cortez
Assistant Referees: Emerson De Carvalho, Fabio Pereira

Chile
Referees: Enrique Osses, Julio Bascuñán, Jorge Osorio
Assistant Referees: Carlos Astroza, Francisco Mondria, Marcelo Barraza, Raúl Orellana

Colombia
Referees: Wilmar Roldán, José Buitrago
Assistant Referees: Alexander Guzmán, Wilson Berrio

Ecuador
Referees: Carlos Vera, Carlos Orbe
Assistant Referees: Christian Lescano, Byron Romero

Paraguay
Referees: Enrique Cáceres, Julio Quintana
Assistant Referees: Rodney Aquino, Carlos Cáceres

Peru
Referees: Víctor Carrillo, Diego Haro
Assistant Referees: César Escano, Johnny Bossio

Uruguay
Referees: Andrés Cunha, Darío Ubriaco
Assistant Referees: Mauricio Espinosa, Carlos Pastorino

Venezuela
Referees: José Argote, Juan Soto
Assistant Referees: Jorge Urrego, Jairo Romero

Source: Arbitro Internacional

Copa Libertadores – Group Stage (Matchday 9)

21 April 2015 
Cruzeiro – Universitario de Sucre
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Byron Romero (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Vera (ECU)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Marques (BRA)
Referee Observer: Alicio Pena (BRA)

Mineros de Guyana – Huracán
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Fourth Official: Adrian Cabello (VEN)
Referee Observer: Nelson Rodriguez (VEN)

Atlético Nacional – Libertad
Referee: Heber Lopes (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Imer Machado (COL)
Referee Observer: Otalvaro Polanco (COL)

Barcelona – Estudiantes
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Fourth Official: Omar Ponce (ECU)
Referee Observer: Juan Corozo (ECU)

22 April 2015
Emelec – Universidad de Chile
Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Fourth Official: Vinicio Espinel (ECU)
Referee Observer: Juan Corozo (ECU)

Internacional – The Strongest
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dario Gaona (PAR)
Fourth Official: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
Referee Observer: Jose Mocellin (BRA)

Santa Fe – Atlas
Referee: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ernesto Uziga (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Fourth Official: Luis Sanchez (COL)
Referee Observer: Pablo Montoya (COL)

Atlético Mineiro – Colo Colo
Referee: Carlos Vera (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Herrera (ECU)
Fourth Official: Dewson Freitas (BRA)
Referee Observer: Alicio Pena (BRA)

San Lorenzo – Danubio
Referee: Jose Buitrago (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wilson Berrio (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian De La Cruz (COL)
Fourth Official: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
Referee Observer: Abel Gnecco (ARG)

São Paulo – Corinthians
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabricio Vilarinho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabio Pereira (BRA)
Fourth Official: Luis Oliveira (BRA)
Referee Observer: Wilson Seneme (BRA)

UEFA Champions League – Quarter-finals (Second Leg)

21 April 2015
Bayern München – FC Porto
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional AR1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional AR2: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Darren England (ENG)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Sajn (SVN)

FC Barcelona – Paris St. Germain
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional AR1: Kim Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional AR2: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

22 April 2015
Real Madrid – Atlético Madrid

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional AR1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional AR2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

AS Monaco – Juventus Turin
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien MacGraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional AR1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional AR2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

O’Leary retires early from refereeing

New Zealand referee Peter O'Leary, 43, announced today his retirement from the professional game. After nearly 21 years as a referee, O'Leary made the decision recently to be able to spend more time with his family.
"Having been a professional referee for the past 15 years now seems to be the right time to check out of the game", O'Leary said. "It takes a lot more work now to prepare compared when I was younger and there are plenty of good young referees coming through the ranks. I have taken my opportunities throughout my career and achieved everything that I have wanted to in the game. The friendships that I have made through football over the years have made the journey so much better. But I won't be leaving the game altogether and I am looking forward to putting something back in once I hang up the whistle." O'Leary also works as a Northland science teacher and became the second New Zealander to referee a World Cup game when he controlled the controversial clash between Nigeria and Bosnia and Herzegovina in Brazil last year. 
O'Leary began his referee career in 1994 after switching from the playing ranks at the age of 21. He received his FIFA Referee badge in 2003 and was subsequently appointed to matches the U-20 World Cup, the Club World Cup and, in 2010 and 2014, the holy grail of the World Cup. His second appearance at that tournament ended in controversy. O'Leary received death threats from irate Bosnian fans after a goal by star striker Dzeko was wrongfully disallowed for offside as his side were knocked out of the tournament. 
Peter O'Leary also had the honour of refereeing the first ever A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and Adelaide United in 2005, with Football Federation Australia director of referees Ben Wilson paying tribute to O'Leary for his contribution. "I have known Peter as a friend and colleague for over 15 years", said Football Federation Australia Director of Referees Ben Wilson. "He is the archetypal quiet achiever. A safe pair of hands with plenty of experience who was always willing and able to put his hand up when required. A strong performer in the Hyundai A-League, who is well respected by the players, coaches and his fellow referees. His experience and personality will be sorely missed by all with in the football community". 
O'Leary's 64th and final appointment in the A-League will be Friday night's fixture between the Wellington Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners at Westpac Stadium. 

Source: New Zealand Herald