UEFA Futsal Cup – Elite Round

18-23 November 2014

Group A (Odivelas, POR) 
Mario Bohun (SVK) 
Danijel Janošević (CRO)
Bogdan Sorescu (ROU, photo) 

Grigori Zelentsov (RUS)

Group B (Pardubice, CZE) 
Abdallah Benazzi (NED) 
Christos Christou (CYP)
Fernando Gutiérrez Lumbreras (ESP) 
Dejan Nikolić (SVN)

Group C (Almaty, KAZ) 
Marc Birkett (ENG) 
Kamil Çetin (TUR) 
Tomasz Frak (POL) 
Ramil Namazov (AZE)

Group D (Barcelona, ESP) 
Trayan Enchev (BUL)
Karel Henych (CZE) 

Konstantinos Koytsogianos (GRE) 
Alessandro Malfer (ITA)

UEFA Course for European International Futsal Referees

Leading European futsal referees have been in the Croatian coastal city of Split for the 8th UEFA Course for European International Futsal Referees. Over three days, 30 futsal referees from 25 European countries undertook various types of training sessions and tests, and took part in theoretical sessions. The course involved a balance between theoretical and practical work, and included an introduction to, and study of, recent changes to the futsal Laws of the Game.
The fitness test performed by the referees featured a 1,000-metre run, in addition to speed and agility tests. Fitness instructor Grzegorz Krzosek stressed the importance of the fitness tests. "Fitness is essential in refereeing, and we want to be sure that all of the referees are well prepared," he said. "There is also an additional aspect – body composition control – as we want to motivate the referees to have a good image and body as part of this sport." Krzosek, a former Polish middle-distance runner who has participated in world and European athletics championships, also highlighted other important qualities that futsal referees need to nurture. "In futsal, speed for referees is much more important than in [11-a-side] football," he explained. "There is less endurance, but more speed, with changes of direction and different types of movement." 
Futsal referee instructor Pedro Galán Nieto told UEFA.com about the significance of the course. "We have 130 referees in Europe, and the 30 referees here were the only ones who have not attended at least one UEFA futsal course. Now we are closing the circle in giving the chance to all officials in Europe to attend at least UEFA course for international futsal referees." The futsal laws were a main focal point in Split. "We wanted to give the referees knowledge, and also bring about uniformity with respect to the Laws of the Game," said Galán Nieto. "[World body] FIFA amended certain laws in June – so we are trying to ensure that the referees in Europe have the same interpretation of the Laws of the Game." Galán Nieto also spoke of the main changes in futsal in the last decade. "Professionalism, for sure," he reflected. "In my time, these kinds of courses were impossible. Today, specifically as futsal instructors, we are able to give useful and worthwhile advice about the Laws of the Game to the new generations. Consequently we are very happy about UEFA's contribution in organising such events". 

 Source: UEFA

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Play-off (UEFA)

First Leg, 22 November 2014
Netherlands – Italy 
Referee: Teodora Albon (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Gomoescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)

Second Leg, 27 November 2014
Italy – Netherlands 
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marina Wozniak (GER)
Fourth Official: Riem Hussein (GER)

FIFA Seminar for Prospective ARs for Women’s World Cup 2015

Qatar hosted a preparation camp for 56 women assistant referees from all six FIFA Confederations set to feature at the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in Canada next year. The women assistant referees took a series of the fitness tests such as 40 meter sprints, the high intensity interval test and the ARIET test which is specific to assistant referees and measures their ability to side step and move laterally to achieve the best position possible. They discussed offside situations in the classroom and also practiced on the field of play with a series of exercises that included players simulating different offside situations and were given immediate feedback on their decisions via video replay and with the help of instructors. Teamwork, Offside and other topics were discussed at length in theory and were followed by practical sessions to achieve the best results. FIFA’s Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca, who headed up the seminar and is looking to optimise the resources used in the training of referees, echoed those views: “This seminar has been an excellent opportunity for us to see how far we are with the assistant referees for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada. The work done during the week was very good. It showed us, that we are on the right way in view of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada". (Source: FIFA)

1. Sarah Ho (AUS, 1978)
2. Allyson Flynn (AUS, 1982)
3. Yan Fang (CHN, 1979)
4. Yongmei Cui (CHN, 1979)
5. Jianping Liang (CHN, 1977)
6. Hsiu Liu (TPE, 1972)
7. Naomi Teshirogi (JPN, 1980)
8. Kim Kyoung Min (KOR, 1980)
9. Lee Seul Gi (KOR, 1980)
10. Widiya Shamsuri (MAS, 1977)
1. Tempa N’Dah (BEN, 1973)
2. Emmanuella Aglago (GHA, 1979)
3. Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD, 1978)
4. Souad Oulhaj (MAR, 1974)
5. Ayawa Dzodope (TOG, 1976)
6. Bernadettar Kwimbira (MWI, 1981)
1. Marie-Josée Carbonneau (CAN, 1982)
2. Suzanne Morisset (CAN, 1984)
3. Kimberly Moreira (CRC, 1986)
4. Milagros Leonardo (DOM, 1983)
5. Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV, 1987)
6. Emperatriz Ayala (SLV, 1980)
7. Shirley Perello (HON, 1986)
8. Princess Brown (JAM, 1986)
9. Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM, 1986)
10. Mayte Chavez (MEX, 1979)
11. Enedina Caudillo (MEX, 1984)
12. Lixy Enriquez (MEX, 1973)
1. Maria Rocco (ARG, 1979)
2. Mariana De Almeida (ARG, 1982)
3. Rossana Salinas (PAR, 1979)
4. Mariana Corbo (URU, 1977)
5. Luciana Mascarana (URU, 1981)
6. Janette Arcanjo (BRA, 1980)
7. Luzmilla Gonzalez (COL, 1978)
1. Sarah Walker (NZL, 1990)
2. Nadia Browning (NZL, 1986)
3. Lata Kaumatule (TGA, 1985)
1. Ella De Vries (BEL, 1977)
2. Sanja Rodak Karsic (CRO, 1983)
3. Lada Rojc (CRO, 1974)
4. Angela Kyriakou (CYP, 1977)
5. Lucie Ratajova (CZE, 1979)
6. Natalie Aspinall (ENG, 1981)
7. Tonja Paavola (FIN, 1977)
8. Manuela Nicolosi (FRA, 1980)
9. Katrin Rafalski (GER, 1982)
10. Marina Wozniak (GER, 1979)
11. Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE, 1977)
12. Judit Kulcsar (HUN, 1980)
13. Michelle O’Neill (IRL, 1978)
14. Petruta Iugulescu (ROU, 1979)
15. Maria Sukenikova (SVK, 1975)
16. Judit Romano Garcia (ESP, 1982)
17. Anna Nystrom (SWE, 1973)
18. Natalia Rachynska (UKR, 1970)

Copa Sudamericana – Semi-finals (First Leg)

19 November 2014 
Atletico National – Sao Paulo 
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU, photo) 
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Pastorino (URU) 
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Popovits (URU) 
Fourth Official: Christian Ferreyra (URU) 
Referee Observer: Otalvaro Polanco (COL) 

20 November 2014 
Boca Juniors – River Plate 
Referee: Silvio Trucco (ARG) 
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Belatti (ARG) 
Assistant Referee 2: Gustavo Rossi (ARG) 
Fourth Official: Diego Abal (ARG) 
Referee Observer: Abel Gnecco (ARG)

FIFA Seminar for World Cup Referee Candidates: AFC, CAF, OFC

With the countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia now underway, FIFA has organised a second Elite AFC, CAF and OFC Referees Seminar in the Aspire Sports Centre in the Qatari capital Doha. The seminar was held on 10-14 November and brought together prospective referees from three FIFA Confederations. Ten referees from Asia, nine from Africa and three from Oceania were invited to the seminar with the aim of helping them improve their preparations for the future FIFA competitions. The referees went through a host of activities that included theoretical sessions in the classroom as well as practical sessions on the field of play. Theoretical sessions focused on specific topics such as reading of the game and positioning to tackles and penalty area incidents. The referees discussed videos of the incidents from 2014 World Cup matches in Brazil to achieve consistency and uniformity. They also took part in a series of fitness tests such as 40 meter sprints, the high intensity interval test and the dynamic yo-yo test. Practical sessions on the field of play brought players and referees together to simulate what happens in a game and immediate feedback was given to referees regarding their reading of the play, leading to their movement, position, angle of view and decisions. The instructors provided immediate feedback to improve performances. The preparation related to the referee's project for future FIFA competitions leading to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will continue this week with the last FIFA Elite referees seminar of the year in Zurich. (Source: FIFA)

1. Ryuji Sato (JPN, 1977)
2. Yudai Yamamoto (JPN, 1983)
3. Mohd Bin Yaacob (MSA, 1986)
4. Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (QAT, 1987)
5. Fahad Al-Marri (QAT, 1986)
6. Fahad Al-Mirdasi (KSA, 1985)
7. Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN, 1986)
8. Kim Dae-Yong (KOR, 1981)
9. Ko Hyung-Jin (KOR, 1982)
10. Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI, 1978)
11. Ammar Al-Jeneibi (UAE, 1982)
12. Abdulla Muhammad (UAE, 1978)

1. Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG, 1980)
2. Juste Ephrem Zio (BFA, 1977)
3. Ghead Grisha (EGY, 1976)
4. Bamlaku Weyesa (ETH, 1980)
5. Eric Otogo Castane (GAB, 1976)
6. Joseph Lamptey (GHA, 1974)
7. Davies Omweno (KEN, 1984)
8. Mahamadou Keita (MLI, 1983)
9. Maguette N’Diaye (SEN, 1986)
10. Bernard Camille (SEY, 1975)
11. Victor Gomes (RSA, 1982)
13. Janny Sikazwe (ZAM, 1979)

1. Matthew Conger (NZL, 1978)
2. Gerald Oiaka (SOL, 1975)
3. Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH, 1981)

International Friendly Matches

18 November 2014 

Spain – Germany 
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE, photo) 
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE) 
Assistant Referee 2: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE) 
Fourth Official: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP) 

Portugal – Argentina 
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) 
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG) 
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG) 
Fourth Official: Lee Probert (ENG) 

France – Sweden 
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP) 
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP) 
Assistant Referee 2: José Fernández Miranda (ESP) 
Fourth Official: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP) 

Scotland – England 
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) 
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE) 
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE) 
Fourth Official: Michael Lerjéus (SWE) 

Austria – Brazil 
Referee: William Collum (SCO) 
Assistant Referee 1: Graham Chambers (SCO) 
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO) 
Fourth Official: Robert Madden (SCO) 

Hungary – Russia 
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) 
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktaş (TUR) 
Fourth Official: Barış Şimşek (TUR) 

Poland – Switzerland 
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) 
Assistant Referee 1: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL) 
Assistant Referee 2: Sigurdur Porleifsson (ISL) 
Fourth Official: Marcin Borski (POL) 

Belarus – Mexico 
Referee: Sergei Ivanov (RUS) 
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Voroncov (RUS) 
Assistant Referee 2: Viacesłav Semionov (RUS) 
Fourth Official: Dianis Sciarbakou (BLR) 

Greece – Serbia 
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL) 
Assistant Referee 1: Dermot Broughton (IRL) 
Assistant Referee 2: Ciarán Delaney (IRL) 
Fourth Official: Michel Koukoulákis (GRE) 

Romania –Denmark 
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN) 
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)  

Ireland – USA 
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL) 
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL) 
Assistant Referee 2: Michał Obukowicz (POL) 
Fourth Official: Paul McLaughlin (IRL) 

Ukraine – Lithuania 
Referee: Aliyar Ağayev (AZE) 
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE) 
Assistant Referee 2: Namiq Hüseynov (AZE) 
Fourth Official: Serhij Łysenczuk (UKR)

Italy – Albania 
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT) 
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Staudinger (AUT) 
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT) 

Slovenia – Colombia 
Referee: Andréas Pappás (GRE) 
Assistant Referee 1: Chrístos Akrívos (GRE) 
Assistant Referee 2: Aléxandros Grevénis (GRE) 

Slovakia – Finland 
Referee: Markus Hameter (AUT) 
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Braunschmidt (AUT) 
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (AUT)

Japan – Australia 

Referee: Paweł Gil (POL) 
Assistant Referee 1: Rafał Rostkowski (POL) 
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL) 
Fourth Official: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)

Chile – Uruguay 

Referee: Carlos Vera (ECU) 
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Herrera (ECU) 
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Vera (ECU) 
Fourth Official: Enrique Osses (CHI)

Panama – Canada 

Referee: Chris Penso (USA) 
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Morgante (USA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Wienckowski (USA) 
Fourth Official: Jafeth Perea (PAN)

Greek matches suspended after refereeing official attacked

Matches in Greece'sprofessional soccer leagues have been suspended indefinitely after a referees' committee official was admitted to hospital following a violent attack, announced the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO). Police said that 45-year-old Christoforos Zografos, assistant director of the Central Refereeing Committee (KED), was beaten with wooden clubs in the early hours of Friday by two men on a motorcycle in the Kolonos area of Western Athens. "After an emergency meeting of the Board of Directors, EPO has decided not to appoint referees as of 17 November 2014 following the murderous attack on a member of the KED/EPO, hence the indefinite postponement of all matches in all divisions in order to protect those involved,” EPO said in a statement. EPO added it would not appoint referees to any league matches until "immediate steps" were taken to protect match officials.
Christoforos Zografos (photo), a former FIFA referee, worked under retired Scottish referee Hugh Dallas, who was appointed head of the KED in the close season after continued pleas from Greek clubs for a foreign official to take on the administrative role following several match-fixing scandals in recent seasons. Olympiakos Piraeus president Evangelos Marinakis said he had vital information about the attack on Zografos which he would give to the police and Greek soccer chiefs and he called on all stakeholders in Greek football to put a stop to violence. “The police and legal authorities need to look into this in great depth, we must all work together to stop this filth,” he told reporters after a meeting of Super League officials. “I went to the meeting to discuss names and say what I've learned from my colleagues and collaborators about this murderous act,” former Super League president Marinakis added. “We are talking about human lives here, it’s no longer about an insult, or bitter comments which are said on the radio or television in the heat of the moment; we are talking about a murderous attack on the man that is very lucky to be alive.” Marinakis also said he was available to help police with their enquiries into the incident and made references to evidence of threatening behaviour towards referees which he said was rife in the lower divisions. “All of this is highly unacceptable and it will not be long before we find it in front of us in a few months in the Super League - that's why we have an obligation to denounce it and end it here”.
The head of referees in Greece's Central Refereeing Committee (KED) has stepped down, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) said after matches were suspended indefinitely following an attack on a KED official. Hugh Dallas, a retired Scottish referee, was appointed head of the KED in the close season and was in charge of appointing referees for matches in Greece's top two divisions. He will stay on as head of training for those officials. "The KED have accepted the request of Mr. Hugh Dallas to no longer be responsible for the appointments of refereeing officials for Super League and Football League matches," said the EPO in a brief media statement. "Mr. Dallas will continue to be responsible for the education and training of referees in both professional categories. Both the KED and the EPO will hold an assembly to decide on to whom the responsibilities (of appointing referees) will be allocated".

Source: Reuters

AFC Gulf Cup 2014

Saudi Arabia, 13-26 November 2014

Referee: Marai Al-Awaji (KSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ahmed Faqihi (KSA)

Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al-Abakri (KSA)

Referee: Abdullah Balideh (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Ramzan Al-Naemi (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Ahmed Al-Maqaleh (QAT)

Referee: Jameel Abdulhusin (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Nawaf Moosa (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Salman (BHR)

Referee: Yaqoob Abdul Baqi (OMA)
Assistant Referee 1: Saif Al-Ghafri (OMA)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdullah Al-Shammakhi (OMA)

Referee: Fahad Banihammad (UAE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zayed Kamal (UAE)
Assistant Referee 2: Sabet Al Ali (UAE)

Referee: Mohanad Sarray (IRQ)
Assistant Referee 1: Najah Alhamaidah (IRQ)
Assistant Referee 2: Muayad Ali (IRQ)

Referee: Ali Shaban (KUW)
Assistant Referee 1: Humoud Al-Sahli (KUW)
Assistant Referee 2: Ali Behzad (KUW)

Referee: Ali Bary (YEM)
Assistant Referee 1: Ali Al-Hasani (YEM)
Assistant Referee 2: Hamoud Al-Maqfazi (YEM)

Referee: Benjamin Williams (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Paul Cetrangolo (AUS)

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)

UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers

16 November 2014

Czech Republic – Iceland
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional AR 1: Christian Dingert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

Italy – Croatia
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional AR 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

Netherlands – Latvia
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oren Borneshtain (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Fourth Official: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

Belgium – Wales
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Additional AR 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)

Cyprus – Andorra
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional AR 2: John Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

Azerbaijan – Norway
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovski (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Voytuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Additional AR 1: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
Additional AR 2: Anatolii Adula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Sergey Bekker (UKR)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

Bulgaria – Malta
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Andreas Ekberg (SWE),
Additional AR 2: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Israel – Bosnia
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Turkey – Kazakhstan
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Mosiakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Alexei Nikolaev (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Nikolai Golubev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Radoman (SRB)