36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video referees were selected in cooperation with the six continental federations and in view of the quality of these referees and their performance in FIFA tournaments and other international and local competitions in the past years.
The Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina, said: “As always, quality is the first criterion we take into account. Our efforts are to be able to perform at a similar or better level in the Qatar Championship in a few months.”
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.
Mr. Collina said in this regard: “The epidemic affected our activities, especially in the years 2020 and 2021, and fortunately, the tournament was still far away, and we had enough time to prepare the candidates well, and we are announcing today in advance about these choices because we want to direct and work More firmly in the coming months with our chosen referees, and our message is very clear: Don’t stop building glory, keep working hard and prepare well for the World Cup.”
FIFA Refereeing Manager Massimo Busacca confirmed that match officials will receive the necessary FIFA support as their preparation is critical. It has been the situation in the past years, and this makes us expect a greater improvement in the FIFA World Cup 2022™ refereeing, and there will also be individual programs designed specifically for these referees, especially with regard to their health and fitness, and we will monitor them carefully over the next few months, and we will give them a final assessment on the aspects Technical, physical and medical, with the aim of putting them in the best conditions before the start of the tournament in Qatar.”
The selected match officials will participate in several seminars this summer (in Asuncion, Madrid and Doha) in order to review and analyze videos of situations that occurred in real matches, and participate in practical training sessions with the players, which will be filmed and sent to the mentors so that the participants can later obtain their feedback and opinions .
Mr. Busacca added: “The most important points that must be focused on in preparation remain the protection of players, the reputation of the game, consistency and unity, reading the game from a technical and tactical perspective and understanding the mentalities of players and teams. Despite that, we cannot eliminate all mistakes, but we will do our best to reduce them.”
VAR was first implemented at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and today, after four years, we see a team of 24 VARs in Qatar ready to provide their colleagues in the field with the necessary technological support, given the very limited number of FIFA Member Associations that have implemented Video assistant technology at that time, most of the video assistant referees in the World Cup Russia 2018 were chosen from Europe and South America, and today, after the video assistant technology is used in all major competitions in the world, we will see video assistant referees from Asia, Africa, Central and North America At the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
The Qatar 2022 edition will be the first in the history of the FIFA World Cup™ in which the FIFA Referees Committee will appoint three women referees and three others as assistant referees. From Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan along with assistants Noisa Pak from Brazil, Karen Diaz Medina from Mexico and Catherine Nisbet from the USA at the FIFA World Cup, the first time in history that women have officiated some matches of the tournament, and this is the result of tireless efforts Which was launched several years ago in order to publish female referees in FIFA tournaments for young and old males, and thus we clearly affirm that all that matters to us is quality and not gender, and I hope that in the future the presence of female referees in the elite matches of the most important men’s competitions will be seen as normal, They have the right to be at the FIFA World Cup because they are always playing their roles at a very high level, and that is the most important factor for us.”
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