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FIFA World Cup 2018 Referees & Assistants (Announced)









FIFA has announced the 2018 FIFA World Cup 36-man referees and assistant referees list which include 2 referees from pro panel . 

FIFA are also pushing for video assistant referees (VARs) to be part of 2018 World Cup but that will be decided in March 2018 which needs approval from the The International Football Association Board (The IFAB).






 Referees in the world cup final list comes from all parts of the world, UEFA has 10 names, while CONMEBOL and CONCACAF has 6 officials each. Below is the full list of match officials announced so far.

FIFA has announced the list of 36 match officials heading to Russia for 2018 World Cup which takes place in June-July 2018. 

This world might become the first in history to use video refereeing and FIFA are pushing hard to make VAR available for world cup and all preparations are done and subject to approval from IFAB in March 2018.






Here some of the major rules ahead of how the referees will be selected for specific games. 

  • The 36 man list announced by FIFA is the final and there won’t be any changes unless some of the official fail fitness test and they will be replaced by reserved officials.
  • Video referee assistance will be announced from the 36-man list in March 2018 after approval from IFAB.
  • No referee can official match of his national team
  • Referees and other officials will be selected max 3 days before the match.
  • Referee for the final match will be announced after the semifinals.





Video Assistant Referees (VARs): 

Every match will have 1 main referee, 2 assistants and possibly 1 video assistant referee (VAR). 

FIFA will announce the names of referees from this 36 man list who will be acting as video assistant referees (VAR).

Match Officials For 2018 FIFA World Cup (Announced)
NO#Match Officials (Confirmed)FEDERATION
1Felix BRYCHUEFA (Elite Panel)
2Cüneyt CAKIRUEFA (Elite Panel)
3Sergey KARASEVUEFA (Elite Panel)
4Bjorn KUIPERSUEFA (Elite Panel)
5Szymon MARCINIAKUEFA (Elite Panel)
6Antonio Miguel MATEU LAHOZUEFA (Elite Panel)
7Milorad MAZICUEFA (Elite Panel)
8Gianluca ROCCHIUEFA (Elite Panel)
9Damir SKOMINAUEFA (Elite Panel)
10Clement TURPINUEFA (Elite Panel)
11Julio BASCUÑANCONMEBOL
12Enrique CACERESCONMEBOL
13Andres CUNHACONMEBOL
14Nestor PITANACONMEBOL
15Sandro RICCICONMEBOL
16Wilmar ROLDANCONMEBOL
17Joel AGUILARCONCACAF
18Mark W. GEIGERCONCACAF
19Jair MARRUFOCONCACAF
20Ricardo MONTEROCONCACAF
21John PITTICONCACAF
22Cesar Arturo RAMOS PALAZUELOSCONCACAF
23Fahad AL MIRDASIAFC
24Alireza FAGHANIAFC
25Ravshan IRMATOVAFC
26Mohammed Abdulla MOHAMEDAFC
27Ryuji SATOAFC
28Nawaf Abdulla SHUKRALLAAFC
29Mehdi ABID CHAREFCAF
30Malang DIEDHIOUCAF
31Bakary Papa GASSAMACAF
32Ghead GRISHACAF
33Janny SIKAZWECAF
34Weyesa Bamlak TESSEMACAF
35Matthew CONGEROFC
36Norbert HAUATAOFC


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