All referees of the 2022 World Cup

Who are the referees at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

Ivan Barton (Slovenia)

Chris Beat (Australia)

Raphael Claus (Brazil)

Matthew Conger (New Zealand)

Ismail Elfath (USA)

Mario Escobar (Guatemala)

Alireza Faghani (Iran)

Stephanie Frappart (France)

Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)

Victor Gomes (South Africa)

Istvan Kovacs (Romania)

Ningma (China)

Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

Antonio Mateu (Spain)

Andrés Matias Matonte Cabrera (Uruguay)

Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed (UAE)

Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)

Maguette N’Diaye (Senegal)

Michael Oliver (England)

Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Kevin Ortega (Peru)

Cesar Ramos (Mexico)

Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)

Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)

Daniel Siebert (Germany)

Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)

Anthony Taylor (England)

Facundo Tello (Argentina)

Clemens Turpin (France)

Jesus Valenzuela (Venezuela)

How many assistant referees and video referees are there?

There are 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials. Var is in action at the World Cup.

Which referees in Qatar have a history with England?

Dutchman Danny Makkelie officiated England’s Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark and was criticized for giving the foul on Raheem Sterling in extra time.

Slavko Vinčić of Slovenia has a wealth of continental competitive experience; Arsenal fans may remember him from their 2021 Europa League semifinals with Villareal. He also refereed the 2022 UEFA Europa League final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers.

Antonio Mateu Lahoz, the Spaniard, refereed the 2021 Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea.

Do they mix and match referees and assistant referees?

No, they come as a power trio.

How do you choose the referees at the FIFA World Cup?

All referees are Fifa Grade 1, they must be nominated by their national association. They also have to pass fitness tests over 40m sprints and an interval test of 75m sprints and two 12.5m recovery walks – presumably in conditions like those at Doha in November, not Doncaster.

Who are the strictest referees at the World Cup?

Look out for Italy’s Daniele Orsato; he dealt 33 cards (one of which was a red one) and scored two penalties in just five European qualifiers against Qatar.

Frappart only made two qualifiers but produced 10 maps.

Further afield, Brazil’s Raphael Claus saw fit to put 30 people on his naughty list in just five qualifiers.

Young master Michael Oliver, who became the youngest referee in the Premier League aged just 25, also has a high yellow card rate, recording 26 in his five qualifiers.

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