Bjorn Kuipers

The team at You Are The Ref sends our congratulations to the thirty-six selected referees who will officiate at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Bearing in mind that at this World Cup, FIFA will be operating with Video Assistant referees so the specific roles for the officials are still unknown.

We have already expressed our disappointment that England will not have a representative next year and that is sadly down to the lack of a clear succession plan by the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd who really failed to encourage Mark Clattenburg, the nominated English referee, to delay his departure from the Select Group.

Having worked closely with Poll, Webb and Clattenburg, it is essential that in the two seasons leading up to nomination and selection you ensure that your referees are in top form. You have only to look at the appointment records of Poll and Webb that they enjoyed been regularly challenged by officiating the top Premier League games.

Sadly this did not appear to be the strategy adopted by PGMOL Managing Director Mike Riley with regard to Mark Clattenburg who was not treated in the same way.

With no English referee appointed then sadly we are not going to see the fantastic record that has been achieved in previous World Cups by our Assistant Referees who have demonstrated their unique skills by getting appointed to officiate the World Cup final.

I will comment at a later date on what I feel needs to be done to ensure that we do not miss out at the next World Cup.

My view is that Michael Oliver should be earmarked and every effort made in the four years leading up to the next World Cup to prepare him.

He should also be fully supported by the English representative on the UEFA Referees Committee when it comes to appointment to the UEFA Elite Panel of Referees.

Finally I offer my sincere congratulations to Rod Pelosi and Ken Wallace who have clearly produced a winning formula that ensures that another New Zealand Referee will be officiating at the 2018 World Cup Finals.

AFC

Fahad AL MIRDASI (KSA)
Alireza FAGHANI (IRN)
Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)
Mohammed Abdulla MOHAMED (UAE)
Ryuji SATO (JPN)
Nawaf Abdulla SHUKRALLA (BHR)

CAF

Mehdi ABID CHAREF (ALG)
Malang DIEDHIOU (SEN)
Bakary Papa GASSAMA (GAM)
Ghead GRISHA (EGY)
Janny SIKAZWE (ZAM)
Weyesa Bamlak TESSEMA (ETH)

CONCACAF

Joel AGUILAR (SLV)
Mark W. GEIGER (USA)
Jair MARRUFO (USA)
Ricardo MONTERO (CRC)
John PITTI (PAN)
Cesar Arturo RAMOS PALAZUELOS (MEX)

CONMEBOL

Julio BASCUÑAN (CHI)
Enrique CACERES (PAR)
Andres CUNHA (URU)
Nestor PITANA (ARG)
Sandro RICCI (BRA)
Wilmar ROLDAN (COL)

OFC

Matthew CONGER (NZL)
Norbert HAUATA (TAH)

UEFA

Felix BRYCH (GER)
Cüneyt CAKIR (TUR)
Sergey KARASEV (RUS)
Bjorn KUIPERS (NED)
Szymon MARCINIAK (POL)
Antonio Miguel MATEU LAHOZ (ESP)
Milorad MAZIC (SRB)
Gianluca ROCCHI (ITA)
Damir SKOMINA (SVN)
Clement TURPIN (FRA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. If Mark Clattenburg had been supported properly by the PGMOL I have no doubt that he could have followed in the footsteps of George Reader in 1950, Bill Ling in 1954, Jack Taylor in 1974 and Howard Webb in 2010 in refereeing the World Cup Final. Mike Riley, Neil Barry (who never made the FIFA list) and David Elleray should be ashamed of themselves, refereeing in England is at an all time low due to their ineptitude.

  2. Clearly our Premier league referees are not considered fit for purpose to referee the next World Cup or league one and two, for that matter, considering their recent performances displayed week in week out. Their positioning and decision making is pathetic. They rarely consult the fourth official, other than to send a manager to the stands, when a decision is challenged. Why do the believe they are the ‘font of all knowledge, and refuse to consult the TV monitors or match officials. Roll on VAR and let’s see correct decisions at last.

  3. Not to have an English referee on this list is unbelievable. Yet it confirms the dearth of quality in the top flight here. I did think that Michael Oliver would have made the list but obviously not.

    While I accept that the appointments are spread around the footballing nations, to see officials from Slovenia, Serbia and Tahiti and two from the USA appointed, considering the likely strength of their leagues, makes it shameful reading for officials from what is supposed to be the strongest league in the world.

    Surely those at the helm in the PGMOL should consider their position.

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