FIFA announces 2022 World Cup referees in Qatar

The International Football Association Board (FIFA), Thursday, May 19, announced the list of referees selected to participate in the 2022 World Cup, which will be hosted by Qatar from November 21 to December 18.

36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video referees were selected in cooperation with the six continental federations, given several criteria, most notably; The quality of the level of these referees and their performance in the “FIFA” tournaments and other international and local competitions in the past years.

The President of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pier Luigi Collina, said: “As always, quality is the first criteria that we take into consideration. We will do everything in our power to be able to perform at a similar or better level in the Qatar Championship in a few months.”

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The “Road to Qatar 2022” project was launched in 2019 with more than 50 potential candidates, and they are undergoing extensive preparations, despite the fact that the Corona pandemic caused the suspension of activities for a long time.

The Qatar 2022 edition will be the first in the history of the FIFA World Cup in which the FIFA Referees Committee will appoint 3 women referees and 3 others as assistants to them. from France, Salima Mukasanga from Rwanda, Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan, along with aids Noisa Pak from Brazil, Karen Diaz Medina from Mexico and Catherine Nesbitt from the USA at the World Cup.”

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Qatar is hosting the finals for the first time in an Arab country, and has prepared 8 stadiums to host the tournament; These are Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, Education City Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium, 974 Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, which will host the opening match, and Lusail Stadium, which will host the final match.

The tournament officially opens with the host country facing the Qatari national team against Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium on November 21, in Group A competitions, which also includes Senegal and the Netherlands.

The draw for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar resulted in difficult groups for the Arab teams. In addition to the Qatar team, which came in the first group with the Netherlands, Ecuador and Senegal, the Saudi team was in the third group along with Argentina, Mexico and Poland, while the Moroccan team placed it in the sixth group along with Belgium and Croatia And Canada, while the Tunisian team finished in Group D along with France (the defending champion), Denmark, and qualified for the international playoffs (UAE / Australia) against Peru.

Among the strong groups presented by the World Cup 2022 draw, Group E, which includes Spain and Germany, along with the Japanese team, and qualified for the World Cup, which brings together Costa Rica and New Zealand.

Qatar 2022 World Cup groups

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