FIFA has officially announced the selected officials for 2017 FIFA Under 17 World Cup, to be held in India from the 6th to the 28th of October.
21 officiating trios and 7 support referees have been selected from six different confederations. For the first time ever in a FIFA tournament there will be a mixture between male and female officials with all seven support referees being women.
You Are The Ref sends our congratulations and best wishes to UK officials Robert Madden (David McGeachie and Alastair Mather) and Anthony Taylor (Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn), as well as New Zealander Anna-Marie Keighley for her appointment as a support referee.
FIFA, the world governing body of football, believe it’s time for elite female support referees to be involved in a men’s competition. In a statement they said: “FIFA has selected seven support referees, but with a twist: for the first-ever time, FIFA has selected female referees for a men’s tournament.
“The results and improvements seen in the joint preparations have shown the time has come for elite female referees to officiate in men’s competitions together with their male colleagues.”
FIFA’s Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca. went on to say: “We think it’s time for elite female referees to be involved in a FIFA men’s competition. They worked together with male match officials last year and now we want to see them working together in a competition.”
Seven female assistant referees from across the world (one from each continent) have been chosen by FIFA along with 70 male referees to officiate the 52 matches in the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be played in six Indian cities from Friday for three weeks.
YATR wish all those taking part the best of luck as football makes another step forward in increasing the role of women in men’s football.