New IFAB guidance on offsaid

Ahead of the 2015/2016 season, the body responsible for reviewing the laws of football, the International FA Board (IFAB), has issued new guidance to match officials around the offside law. The two new points of guidance are an addition to the current interpretation of interfering with an opponent, but do not constitute a change in the Laws of the Game.
The additional IFAB guidance
A player in an offside position shall be penalised if he:
1. clearly attempts to play a ball which is close to him when this action impacts on an opponent or 
2. makes an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball.
1. “Clearly attempts to play a ball which is close to him when this action impacts on an opponent”. The first part of the guidance has three elements: clearly attempts to play a ball; close to him; and when this action impacts on an opponent and all three of these elements are required for an offside offence to be committed. Judgement should be based on the physical evidence of the movement and actions of the player in an offside position. Attacking players who clearly attempt to play a ball which is close to them, and in doing so clearly impact on an opponent's ability to play the ball, should be penalised.
2. “Makes an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball”. The second part of the guidance has two elements and both an obvious action and impact are necessary for an offside offence to be penalised. Match officials will have to consider whether an obvious action by an attacking player in an offside position means that the opponent would need to delay his action to wait and see if the attacking player in an offside position touches or plays the ball, and/or, the opponent's movement or ball-playing options are clearly restricted by the movement and/or actions of the attacking player in an offside position.
"Clearly attempts": this wording is designed to prevent a player in an offside position who runs towards the ball from quite a long distance being penalised (unless he gets close to the ball).
"Close": is important so that a player in an offside position is not penalised when the ball goes clearly over his head or clearly in front of him.
"Impacts": applies to an opponent's ability (or potential) to play the ball and will include situations where an opponent's movement to play the ball is delayed, hindered or prevented by the offside player.

Source: IFAB/Premier League

CONCACAF President to oversee a review of its Refereeing Department

CONCACAF announced a detailed review of the confederation’s Refereeing Department, following requests for a formal investigation by the Panamanian and Costa Rican football federations in the aftermath of the Gold Cup. The review, which is already underway, will be personally overseen by CONCACAF's acting president Alfredo Hawit (photo), who has 24 years of experience in referee administration, the organization said on Thursday. "The foundation of our game is fair play, and we must take the required steps to reinforce the importance of this principle", Hawit said in a statement. "This review will allow the Confederation to take the next step towards improving refereeing across the region". According to CONCACAF, the review will include "an assessment of processes for determining referee assignments for each match" and a detailed evaluation of refereeing standards throughout the region.
Last week, Pedro Chaluja, president of the Panamanian Football Federation, called for an investigation into “officiating irregularities” and the removal of CONCACAF’s refereeing committee on the heels of Panama’s controversial loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup semifinals, a match that spiraled out of control following an 88th-minute penalty kick awarded to Mexico that allowed “El Tri” to tie the match at 1-1 before winning on another penalty kick in extra time. The Costa Rican federation announced “a formal protest for bad refereeing during Costa Rica's Gold Cup matches and previous tournaments” and asked for the removal of the Referees Technical Committee, responsible for appointing referees for each match, and that CONMEBOL referees officiate upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Source: Reuters

Referee Ennjimi suspended 4 months

Referee Said Ennjimi has been handed a four-month suspension by the French Football Federation (FFF) after criticising his superiors following an incident in which he asked players for autographed shirts.
The French federation said Ennjimi (photo) was also given an 8-month suspended sentence after he complained of being the victim of a "man hunt". Ennjimi accused referees' Technical Director Pascal Garibian of "carrying a reign of terror" after he was provisionally suspended in the wake of the incident last season. Ahead of Marseille's home match against Lorient, Ennjimi, one of the league's most experienced referees, had asked Marseille officials for six autographed jerseys for charity organizations. But Marseille lost the game 5-3 and the players refused to sign. Ennjimi, who was infuriated by the players' decision, said he had offered to buy the jerseys.
The case of Stephane Lannoy, who had also criticized Pascal Garibian and denounced the "autocratic management" of the French Referees Committee (CFA), will be held in September by an Executive Committee of the FFF. He has requested the postponement of his hearing, in the absence of his lawyer.

Source: ESPN

Proenca is the new Chairman of the Portuguese Professional League

Six months after retiring from refereeing, Pedro Proenca announced his candidature and was subsequently elected chairman of the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP). Only a few weeks earlier, Proenca has been appointed as a member of the UEFA Referees Committee.
Pedro Proenca, a former Elite referee, who officiated both the Euro and the Champions League finals in 2012, won the elections by nine votes. Pedro Proenca received 32 votes and the support of 12 of the 18 clubs in the League I, who were entitled to two votes, and eight of the Division Two clubs. Luís Duque, who had been elected in 2014, received 23 votes, corresponding to the choice of six clubs from the first league and 11 from the second division. The Chairman of the Professional Football League takes automatically the position of vice-president of the Portuguese Football Federation.

Source: FPF

UEFA Europa League – Third Qualifying Round (First Leg)

30 July 2015

Southampton – Vitesse
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Fernández Miranda (ESP)
Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

FK Jablonec – FC Kobenhavn
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)

Kairat Almaty – Aberdeen FC
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Fourth Official: Csaba Pintér (HUN)
Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)

IF Elfsborg – Odds Ballklubb
Referee: Ognjen Valjić (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrisimbegović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Davor Beljo (BIH)
Fourth Official: Husein Terzić (BIH)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malzinskas (LTU)

Slovan Liberec – Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Lewiss Edwards (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Roberts (WAL)
Fourth Official: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Apollon Limassol – Qəbələ İK
Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Sturm Graz – Rubin Kazan
Referee: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Fourth Official: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

PAOK FC – Spartak Trnava
Referee: Svein Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Fourth Official: Ola Hobber Nielsen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

AIK – Atromitos FC
Referee: Christian Dingert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Gittelmann (GER) 

Fourth Official: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

SCR Altach – Vitoria SC
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Mosiakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

FC Krasnodar – Slovan Bratislava
Referee: Halis Ozkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ozgüc Türkalp (TUR)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

FC Zürich – Dinamo Minsk
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tom Harald Grønevik (NOR)
Fourth Official: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)

FC Thun – FC Vaduz
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jens Maae (DEN)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

MŠK Žilina – Vorskla Poltava
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Dario Vrabec (CRO)
Fourth Official: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)

AZ – İstanbul Başakşehir
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart MacMillan (SCO)
Fourth Official: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)

ASA Târgu Mureș – AS Saint Étienne
Referee: Pol Van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Fourth Official: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Debreceni VSC – Rosenborg BK
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Gavin (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Clarke (IRL)
Fourth Official: Tomas Connolly (IRL)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

FK Kukësi – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sascha Amhof (SUI)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

Rabotnički – Trabzonspor
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Radoman (SRB)

Brøndby IF – AC Omonia
Referee: Libor Kovarik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jiri Molacek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Petr Blazej (CZE)
Fourth Official: Ondrej Lerch (CZE)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Standard Liège – FK Željezničar
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Eakin (NIR)
Fourth Official: Andrew Davey (NIR)
Referee Observer: Vasily Melnychuk (UKR)

Charleroi SC – Zorya Luhansk
Referee: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vladimir Urzica (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Horatiu Fesnic (ROU)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

Girondins Bordeaux – AEK Larnaca
Referee: Pavle Radovanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Milutin Đukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Danijel Dević (MNE)
Fourth Official: Miloš Bosković (MNE)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

West Ham United – FC Astra
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Johannes Vogel (SUI)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Athletic Club – İnter Bakı
Referee: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ilias Alexeas (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

Hajduk Split – Strømsgodset Toppfotball
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Hannes Reinvald (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Jaan Roos (EST)
Fourth Official: Eiko Saar (EST)
Referee Observer: Igor Ischenko (UKR)

Os Belenenses – IFK Göteborg
Referee: Vlado Glođović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milan Minić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Potocan (SRB)
Fourth Official: Novica Anđelovski (SRB)
Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

UC Sampdoria – FK Vojvodina
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Per Brogevik (SWE)
Fourth Official: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)

Wolfsberger AC – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Giorgio Schenone (ITA)
Fourth Official: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Copa Libertadores Final 2015 (First Leg)

29 July 2015

Tigres – River Plate
Referee: Antonio Arias (PAR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Referee Observer: Edgardo Codesal (MEX)

UEFA Champions League – Third Qualifying Round (First Leg)

28-29 July 2015

HJK Helsinki – Astana
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: George Gaman (ROU)
Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)

Milsami – Skënderbeu
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)
Fourth Official: Süleyman Abay (TUR)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)

Midtylland – Apoel Nicosia
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Fourth Official: Bojan Mertik (SVN)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

RB Salzburg – Malmö FF
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Vuoto (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianpaolo Calvarese (ITA)
Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (SMR)

CSKA Moskva – Sparta Praha
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Francisco Martin Garcia (ESP)
Fourth Official: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias (ESP)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – Viktoria Plzen
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)

Panathinaikos – Club Brügge
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolai Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Igor Fedotov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)

Fenerbahçe – Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Fourth Official: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

Young Boys – AS Monaco
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gregor Rojko (SVN)
Fourth Official: Nejc Kajtazovic (SVN)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Videoton – Bate Borisov
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)

Dinamo Zagreb – Molde FK
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jimmy Cremers (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Fourth Official: Christof Dierick (BEL)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Steaua Bucuresti – Partizan Belgrad
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Fourth Official: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

Celtic – Qarabag
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthias Winsauer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Hübler (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

Lech Poznán – FC Basel
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: John Brooks (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Rapid Wien – Ajax Amsterdam
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien MacGraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Francis Connor (SCO)
Fourth Official: John Beaton (SCO)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

Pan American Games Finals 2015

26 July 2015

Uruguay – Mexico
Referee: Oscar Reyna (GUA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Fourth Official: Javier Santos (PUR)

Brazil – Colombia
Referee: Mirian Leon (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Lixy Enriquez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Fourth Official: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)

CONCACAF: "Refereeing errors impacted the outcome of the game"

CONCACAF President Alfredo Hawit statement regarding the officiating of the Gold Cup 2015 semi-final match between Mexico and Panama:
“We met with both the Referee Department leadership and referee Mark Geiger. Mr. Geiger (photo), one of the best regarded referees in the region, with vast international experience and a proven track record, accepted that refereeing errors had been made during Wednesday’s match and that these impacted the outcome of the game. We, at CONCACAF, regret these circumstances, but accept that such human errors are part of the game.” (Source: CONCACAF)

CONCACAF Gold Cup Final 2015: Aguilar (SLV)

26 July 2015

Jamaica – Mexico
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Morgante (USA)
Fourth Official: John Pitti (PAN)
Fifth Official: Leonel Leal (CRC)

Match for Third Place
USA – Panama
Referee: Oscar Moncada (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Garnet Page (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: David Gantar (CAN)
Fifth Official: Octavio Jara (CRC)