May 18, 2017

Jens Maae in charge of UEFA Under-17 EURO 2017 Final

Danish international referee Jens Maae has been chosen to officiate the final of UEFA's Under-17 EURO 2017 between Spain and England in Croatia. He will be assisted by Finnish Mika Lamppu and Russia's Aleksey Vorontsov on the sidelines. Anastassios Papapetrou from Greece will serve as fourth official. UEFA Vice Refereeing Officer Marc Batta will observe and assess their performance. 

Good luck!

Underneath, you find all assignments (thanks to our readers!).


19/05/2016, 20:00 CET
Spain - England
Referee: Jens Maae (Denmark)
Assistant Referee 1: Mika Lamppu (Finland)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksey Vorontsov (Russia)
Fourth Official: Anastassios Papapetrou (Greece)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (France)


WCPO: Hungary - France
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Assistant Referees: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU) , Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer Alain Hamer (LUX)

SF: Turkey - England
Referee: Fabio Verissimo (POR)
Assistant Referees: Manuel Fernandes (AND) , Jevgenijs Morozovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Laforge (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

SF: Spain - Germany
Referee: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
Assistant Referees: Ian Bird (WAL) , Paul Robinson (NIR)
Fourth Official: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)


Hungary - Turkey
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Assistant Referees: Paul Robinson (NIR), Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

Spain - France
Referee Fran Jović (CRO)
Assistant Referees: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU), Mika Lamppu (FIN)
Fourth Official: Jens Maae (DEN)
UEFA Referee observer Alain Hamer (LUX)

England - Republic of Ireland
Referee: Nicolas Laforge (BEL)
Assistant Referees: Goce Petreski (MKD), Manuel Fernandes (AND)
Fourth Official: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Germany - Netherlands
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Ian Bird (WAL), Jevgenijs Morozovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Fabio Verissimo (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)


Turkey - Spain
Referee: Dominik Ouschan (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Idan Yarkoni (Israel)
Assistant Referee 2: Goce Petreski (FYR Macedonia)
Fourth Official: Duje Strukan (Croatia)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)

Croatia - Italy
Referee: Fábio José Costa Veríssimo (Portugal)
Assistant Referee 1: Samat Tergeussizov (Kazakhstan)
Assistant Referee 2: Paul Robinson (Northern Ireland)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Laforge (Belgium)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (France)

Scotland - Faroe Islands
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
Assistant Referee 1: Atom Sevgulyan (Armenia)
Assistant Referee 2: Jevgēņijs Morozovs (Latvia)
Fourth Official: Fran Jović (Croatia)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (Austria)

Hungary - France
Referee: Dimitris Massias (Cyprus)
Assistant Referee 1: Mika Lamppu (Finland)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel António Nogueira Fernandes (Andorra)
Fourth Official: Tihomir Pejin (Croatia)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (Luxembourg)

Netherlands - Ukraine
Referee: Jens Maae (DEN)
Assistant referee: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU) , Ian Bird (WAL)
Fourth official: Duje Strukan (CRO)
UEFA Delegate:Ludovico Micallef (MLT)
UEFA Referee observer:Stefano Podeschi (ITA)

Germany - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee Nicolas Laforge (BEL)
Assistant referee:Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS) , Paul Robinson (NIR)
Fourth official:Mario Zebec (CRO)
UEFA Delegate:Rudolf Zavrl (SVN)
UEFA Referee observer:Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Norway - England
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant referee:Radek Kotik (CZE) , Atom Sevgulyan (ARM)
Fourth official :Fran Jović (CRO)
UEFA Delegate:Mustafa Erögüt (TUR)
UEFA Referee observer:Marc Batta (FRA)

Serbia - Republic of Ireland
Referee:Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Assistant referee:Jevgenijs Morozovs (LVA) , Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Fourth official:Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
UEFA Delegate:Christian Schmölzer (AUT)
UEFA Referee observer:Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)

France - Faroe Islands
Referee Jens Maae (DEN)
Assistant referee Ian Bird (WAL) , Samat Tergeussizov (KAZ)
Fourth official Mario Zebec (CRO)
UEFA Delegate Mustafa Erögüt (TUR)
UEFA Referee observer Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Croatia - Turkey
Referee Nicolas Laforge (BEL)
Assistant referee Mircea Grigoriu (ROU) , Manuel Fernandes (POR)
Fourth official Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
UEFA Referee observer Alain Hamer (LUX)

Scotland - Hungary
Referee Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant referee Goce Petreski (MKD) , Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS)
Fourth official Duje Strukan (CRO)
UEFA Delegate Ludovico Micallef (MLT)
UEFA Referee observer Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)

Spain - Italy
Referee Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Assistant referee Radek Kotik (CZE) , Mika Lamppu (FIN)
Fourth official Fran Jović (CRO)
UEFA Referee observer Stefano Podeschi (ITA)

Germany - Serbia
Referee Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
Assistant referee Goce Petreski (MKD) , Atom Sevgulyan (ARM)
Fourth official Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
UEFA Referee observer Alain Hamer (LUX)

England - Ukraine
Referee Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Assistant referee Samat Tergeussizov (KAZ) , Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Fourth official Mario Zebec (CRO)
UEFA Delegate Mustafa Erögüt (TUR)
UEFA Referee observer Stefano Podeschi (ITA)

Republic of Ireland - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee Fabio Verssimo (POR)
Assistant referee Manuel Fernandes (POR) , Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)
Fourth official Duje Strukan (CRO)
UEFA Referee observer Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Netherlands - Norway
Referee Dimitrios Massias (CYP)
Assistant referee Mika Lamppu (FIN) , Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS)
Fourth official Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
UEFA Delegate Ludovico Micallef (MLT)
UEFA Referee observer Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Spain - Croatia
Referee Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant referee Atom Sevgulyan (ARM) , Ian Bird (WAL)
Fourth official Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
UEFA Referee observer Alain Hamer (LUX)

Italy - Turkey
Referee Jens Maae (DEN)
Assistant referee Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS) , Jevgenijs Morozovs (LVA)
Fourth official Mario Zebec (CRO)
UEFA Referee observer Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)

France - Scotland
Referee Nicolas Laforge (BEL)
Assistant referee Idan Yarkoni (ISR) , Radek Kotik (CZE)
Fourth official Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
UEFA Delegate Ludovico Micallef (MLT)
UEFA Referee observer Fritz Stuchlik (AUT

Faroe Islands - Hungary
Referee Fran Jović (CRO)
Assistant referee Paul Robinson (NIR) , Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth official Duje Strukan (CRO)
UEFA Delegate Mustafa Erögüt (TUR)
UEFA Referee observer Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Serbia
Referee Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Assistant referee Radek Kotik (CZE) , Ian Bird (WAL)
Fourth official Mario Zebec (CRO)
UEFA Referee observer Alain Hamer (LUX)

Republic of Ireland - Germany
Referee Fabio Verissimo (POR)
Assistant referee Mika Lamppu (FIN) , Samat Tergeussizov (KAZ)
Fourth official Jens Maae (DEN)
UEFA Referee observer Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)

England - Netherlands
Referee Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Assistant referee Manuel Fernandes (AND) , Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)
Fourth official Duje Strukan (CRO)
UEFA Delegate Ludovico Micallef (MLT)
UEFA Referee observer Marc Batta (FRA)

Ukraine - Norway
Referee Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
Assistant referee Paul Robinson (NIR) , Jevgenijs Morozovs (LVA)
Fourth official Fran Jović (CRO)
UEFA Delegate Mustafa Erögüt (TUR)
UEFA Referee observer Stefano Podeschi (SMR)


  1. This might seem a stupid question: but as the officials are from different countries, are they still able to communicate well with one another? And do they all speak English well enough as I assume that's the main language?

    1. I know from some officials who went to such tournaments that at times there are indeed communication problems - not always due to acoustic reasons.

  2. FIFA U 20 WC Referee appointments
    Matcday 1
    Referee: Ghead Grisha (EGY)
    Fourth official: Tessema Weysea (ETH)

    Referee: mohammed Abdulla Hassan (UAE)
    Fourth official: Ahmed Al Kaf (OMA)

    Referee: Sergey Karasev (RUS)
    Fourth official: José Argote (VEN)

    Referee: Julio Bacunan (CHI)
    Fourth official: Mario Diaz De Vivar (PAR)

    1. VAR officials not announced...

    2. But we can already see, that VARs are used as 4th officials (Argote) - makes sense in my opinion.

    3. VARs:
      Venezuela-Germany: Charef (ALG), Otogo (GAB)
      Argentina-England: Shukralla (BHR), Bin Jahari (SIN)
      Vanuatu - Mexico: Zwayer (GER), Moen (NOR)
      Korea - Guinea: Vargas (BOL), Sampaio (BRA)

  3. Why are the names of the VARs for a match not being announced along with the rest of the referees?? Really strange from FIFA this!! 🤔🤔

  4. For Italy, Alfredo Trentalange is there as well with Orsato.

  5. FIFA U20 World Cup South Korea


    Zambia - Portugal
    Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)
    Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
    Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Angel Hernandez Paredes (Mexico)
    Fourth Official: Yadel Martinez (Cuba)

    Iran - Costa Rica
    Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (Turkey)
    Fourth Official: Ivan Kruzliak (Slovakia)

    South Africa - Japan
    Referee: Matt Conger (New Zealand)
    Assistant Referee 1: Simon Lount (New Zealand)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Makasini (Tonga)
    Fourth Official: Diego Haro (Peru)

    Italy - Uruguay
    Referee: Walter Lopez (Guatemala)
    Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (Guatemala)
    Assistant Referee 2: Hermenerito Leal (Costa Rica)
    Fourth Official: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)

    1. Cakir has been replaced by Eriksson.

    2. Maybe for political reasons (Iran & Turkey)? Would not have been the most tactful appointment.

      It should be Leonel Leal instead of Hermenerito.

    3. This is hilarious!!! If they were to change the appointments they should've surely done it beforehand before publishing the appointments... FIFA always ends up making a bit of joke of itself really!!! 🤔

    4. It's correct, is Hermenerito Leal, but the right country is Guatemala. Leonel Leal was injured. Moreover FIFA put VAR for only two matches of tomorrow, something strange.

    5. It's my mistake actually... I apologize for that... FIFA has mentioned Hermenerito Leal's country as Guatemala but I thought it's Costa Rica and I changed it... Sorry for the error!!!

      Anyway FIFA and Bussacca as strange as ever!!

    6. VARs:
      Zambia-Portugal: Garcia (MEX), Pitti (PAN)
      Iran-Costa Rica: Orsato (ITA), Sidiropolous (GRE)
      South Africa-Japan: Waldron (NZL), Kralovec (CZE)
      Italy-Uruguay: Montero (CRC), Vargas (BOL)

  6. OT: Bibiana Steinhaus has been promoted to Bundesliga from next season on. She will be the first female referee to officiate Men's first division matches. Confirmed by DFB!

    1. Also Sven Jablonski, Martin Petersen and Sören Storks are promoted. So the number of referees increases from 23 to 24 (Drees, Perl and Stark end their career).

  7. U20 WC, 22/05:
    France - Honduras
    Referee: Andres Cunha
    Assistants: Nicolas Taran, Mauricio Espinosa (all URU)
    4th official: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
    VARs: Mauro Vigliano (ARG), Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

    Ecuador - USA
    Referee: Björn Kuipers
    Assistants: Sander van Roekel, Erwin Zeinstra (all NED)
    4th official: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
    VARs: Danny Makkelie (NED), Ryuji Sato (JPN)

    Vietnam - New Zealand
    Referee: Neant Alioum
    Assistants: Evarist Menkouande, Elvis Noupue (all CMR)
    4th official: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (ETH)
    VARs: Malang Diedhiou (SEN), Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)

    Saudi-Arabia - Senegal
    Referee: Viktor Kassai
    Assistants: György Ring, Vencel Toth (all HUN)
    4th official: Sergey Karasev (RUS)
    VARs: Daniele Orsato (ITA), Jose Argote (VEN)

  8. VAR review minute 77' in ARG - ENG: possible RC for violent conduct (elbow) while challenging for the ball.
    RC confirmed.

    1. 74:01 - elbow
      consultation with VAR while the hit player receives medical treatment
      75:57 - 'screen' gesture
      checking video
      77:07 - RC is shown

    2. IMO, in 86th minute Argentina should have had a penalty, but no visible VAR input.


    4. That took too much time. Understandable to let the referee decide, whether the elbow was used as weapon or tool, because that's not totally clear. But the whole procedure must be faster.

    5. Would be nice to show the referee the situation from 86th minute...

    6. The procedure in this case could have been indeed faster, the fact that this was a significant incident was clear. However, step by step, the system is going to be improved. I want to say a thing based on my feeling: this RC is surely supportable, but at the same time not a 100% / clear one. Very often we have such situations during a game, in which a referee either misses the incident or decides for a YC. I think that with VAR review we will see more "harsh" RC, because in front of a video referee will have a different perception and in most of the cases he will go for the major punishment. That is a good thing under some aspects, of course, but there are also some possible points for discussion: can a referee be influenced by the fact that VAR is there and people expect a RC rather than YC in a situation? Hope you got what I mean, what do you think?

    7. No VAR intervention, no on-field review... Argentina should have had a penalty!

    8. Given that VAR officials surely checked this incident, very likely they assessed it as not enough for a penalty / not clear situation.
      But indeed, it is a penalty.

    9. But they also assessed elbow as not 100% clear incident as they wanted the referee to review the incident. So my question is: why some unclear incidents are reviewed by the referee and some not?!

    10. That's a big point of discussion :) Of course, we can't answer. It depends on VAR officials and their opinions.

    11. Well, even more chaos, subjectivity and ambiguity than before...

    12. From the same game, excellent ONSIDE by AR1 when England scored the second goal.

  9. Predictions MD2 (order: Referee, 4th, VARs)
    ENG-GUI: Aguilar, Martinez, Pitti, Montero
    KOR-ARG: Mateu, Garcia, Moen, Zwayer
    VEN-VAN: Sikazwe, AlKaf, Kralovec, Otogo
    MEX-GER: Zambrano, Conger, Vargas, Waldron
    ZAM-IRN: Marciniak, Kassai, Sidiropolous, Orsato
    CRC-POR: Haro, de Vivar, Argote, Sampaio
    RSA-ITA: Kim, Vigliano, BinJahari, Shukralla
    URU-JPN: Cakir, Alioum, Collum, Diedhiou
    FRA-VIE: Hauata, Martinez, Montero, Vargas
    NZL-HON: AlJassim, AlKaf, Sato, Makkelie
    ECU-KSA: Grisha, Tessema, Otogo, Charef
    SEN-USA: Conger, Kruzliak, Waldron, Kralovec

    1. Conger was born in American and first became a referee here. He won't--or at least shouldn't--be assigned to a USA match.

  10. My predictions for MD 2 : (Head referees only)

    ENG-GUI : Roddy Zambrano (Ecuador)
    KOR-ARG​ : Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
    VEN-VAN : Kim Jong-hyeok (South Korea)
    MEX-GER : Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
    ZAM-IRN : Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
    CRC-POR : Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
    RSA-ITA : Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
    URU-JPN : Cüneyt Çakir (Turkey)
    FRA-VIE : Diego Haro (Peru)
    NZL-HON : Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
    ECU-KSA : Walter Lopez (Guatemala)
    SEN-USA : Sergei Karasev (Russia)

  11. Match Korea Republic - Guinea:
    Minute 00:40 in the video, again VAR was used. I think AR missed offside, it looks quite clear even live. Then, it should have been checked also whether the ball was out before the final pass. Correctly disallowed goal.

    1. Hm, when I stop the video, the offside is not obvious to me, it rather looks like onside. Probably the VAR had a better perspective though.
      Same counts for the question, whether the ball was out. Judging by this video, rather not.

    2. I agree. Thought it was an excellent onside decision. At worst, maybe 2cm offside. Is this really a "clear and obvious error?" I think not.

  12. Coming back to the incident at 75-78' of ARG-ENG (, I have a lot of questions. In this case, the correct decision was taken.
    1- What takes so long? Surely the VARs should be able to judge in 1-2 replays that this is a) a reviewable case of potential VC; and b) necessitates the referee to view the play. Why does it take 1 min 45 to reach that decision?
    2- We can see on the replays that the 4th official is both near and has a clear line of sight. He also has the duty to assist the referee with cases of SFP/VC. Should he have caught it? Is the VAR really needed here, or would a better teamwork have resolved the situation?
    3- VAR rules state that players who protest VAR decisions should be cautioned; why does the referee allow himself to be followed by a bunch of players? Shouldn't that be an automatic YC to the first who draws near? In my mind, the application of dissent YC should be stringer on VAR decisions than anything else; otherwise it will be chaos. If the claim (I say, the "claim") is that a referee with VAR is infallible, then surely any dissent is unsporting?
    4- How does play resume? I assume they returned to the free kick?
    5- VARs review suspected cases of VC. Suppose in this case, they inform the referee of this; he watches the video, deems it reckless but not violent. Is he allowed to give a FK+YC? Or is it RC or nothing, since VARs are not allowed to review YC? Can VARs review it themselves and suggest a YC?

    So again, I am not convinced by the VAR, and I believe that the rushed roll-out by FIFA will be disastrous (as you may have seen, all MLS matches after the All-Star game in July will have live VAR. No idea who they'll put in the cabin as they barely have enough top refs to put on the field).

    1. 5 is a very interesting point for discussion, and I must be honest, I was wrong. Indeed, it shouldn't be possible for referee to issue YC. This situation has been presented as black or white case: so RC, in case, otherwise nothing. This would make more evident what I stated before: will a referee be influenced by the fact that VAR is proposing a certain decision? Will referee have the "courage" to confirm his original choice, in case?
      When the reason of the review is a potential RC...

    2. And in a case like this, where there is an obvious contact, would a referee be tempted to lean toward RC just to avoid giving 'nothing' where there is an obvious foul?

    3. I think it is not like that. If a situation is a possible RC (SFP/reckless), if the answer is reckless, the YC should be shown anyway. When they say that VAR is for RC only, I think they mean that if a situation is a possible case of VC/SFP, it can be reviewed, but not if it is between careless and reckless. It would make no sense not to show a clear YC because they thought it could have been RC but then decided it was not so. The YC was clear: it should be issued, even after watching the replay.

    4. George: Yet discipline committees in league all over the world function like that: they issue retroactive RCs, but not YCs. It makes sense to have it that way: otherwise, it removes all meaning to 'only cases of potential VC are reviewable' (plus other categories, of course).
      VARs could still recommend/lead to YCs for DOGSO in the penalty area, for instance, but it seems to me the current rules exclude YCs for missed reckless fouls.

    5. Yes, YC for missed reckless fouls are excluded. But if the foul is not missed and what is being questioned is the color of the card, and VAR is used, if the final decision is "reckless", the YC must be issued. LotG are above the VAR rules, for me at least.

      Take into account review situations after the game, and usually it does not make much difference to issue a YC afterwards. However, in this situation the game must still go on. If a YC is not shown because the VAR was used although it is completely clear that it was deserved, that alters the progress of the match while that, after the game, doesn't change a thing of it.

    6. I agree with Emil: FIFA's VAR programme has the power to deliver fatal results in next year's World Cup. And I think the main reason for that is a lack of opportunities to learn and train. There have been some seminars, yes, but no continuous learning experience.

      Compare that with Germany: Every weekend those referees who are not appointed themselves as referees gather in Cologne and watch Bundesliga games in an offline mode, make a protocol. On top of that, there have been some real games behind closed doors where referees were able to train and learn with VAR input in a real game scenario. That's how you can prepare the VAR programme before it is officially used. What FIFA does is not going far enough, but I would also like to say that being fair it is quite a complex task to unify and teach the VAR experiment to officialswho are coming from 6 continents and not using the VAR regularly.

      So there is also the danger that FIFA's referee department might slightly (ab)use this competition to justify the deployment of VARs in Russia. So actionism is not impossible.

      Finally, I would also like to say that we should not be biased in any way to this programme. Just highlighting doubtful or maybe even bad examples of VAR decisions is only one side of the coin. There have been many positive cases so far, too. And most of those decisions which went wrong or were dubious were, IMO, the result of poor preparation and misunderstood guidelines. Just take the Kassai example: Was an AR among the VARs? Did any of the 3 FIFA referees Skomina, Geiger and Gassama even think of the possibility that there was an offside offence by the player fouled a second later? ...


  14. For me it's a correct decision by the VAR to recommend the referee for an onfield review. The action of the player is violent conduct for me. Clear use of the elbow with force and speed. I agree that the time waisting could be shorter, however we must take in consideration the stress which the VAR will dealing and he has to be 100% sure. Perhaps he was checking the incident too many times before feeling confident and sure. This could be the reason of less experience and the pressure of a call during such a big tournament. We have to give this process some time to develop.

    When an incident/situation is under review, either by the referee or the VAR, then the correct decision has to be taken. So in case of a potential red card and after the review it's only yellow for the referee, this card must be given in order to take the correct final decision.

  15. Oh and, offside is a factual decision. So if the VAR use technology to identify if it's on- or offside, even 2 centimeters is offside then.

    1. It's video. Calling it "technology" is a bit much. You think the VAR has the tools needed to both pause at the precise moment and do a mathematical analysis of the still frame to be certain with a precision of 2 cm?

      The VAR protocols say "clear and obvious" for a reason. This is neither clear and obviously offside nor clear and obviously onside. As such, the decision on the field should have been supported. At least that's what we've been told so far. I'd love to hear FIFA's justification for annulling the Korean goal.

    2. Sorry you are not correct. Offside is a factual decision. They can use lines to indicate if it's offside yes or no. So if the line (like on tv) shows it's 5 cm offside, the goal will be disallowed. Clear is clear. Only in case of intepretations you can speak about clear or not clear.

      Maybe better to read the protocol carefully on the IFAB website before saying anything.

    3. Sorry you are not correct. Offside is a factual decision. They can use lines to indicate if it's offside yes or no. So if the line (like on tv) shows it's 5 cm offside, the goal will be disallowed. Clear is clear. Only in case of intepretations you can speak about clear or not clear.

      Maybe better to read the protocol carefully on the IFAB website before saying anything.

    4. No, I think I'm correct. Or at least certainly not "incorrect."

      You didn't answer my question. You are saying it's possible to determine with 100% certainty if offside is right or not because it's a "factual decision." You're right. Ultimately, it is a factual decision. But the question is whether or not the VAR has the tools to make such a decision with certainty, based on video. He doesn't. The line drawn on television? That's not scientific. It's impossible to freeze frame the point the ball is played with 100% certainty--that freeze frame is a very good estimate, not a guarantee. And then there's the fact that the camera angle will not always be perfectly in line. This is basic science. There are at least three variables that have a margin of error to take into account. It's theoretically a factual decision, but a VAR does not have the tools necessary to be 100% certain on instances that are this close.

  16. 23/05

    England - Guinea
    Referee: Joel Antonio Aguilar Chicas (El Salvador)
    Assistant Referee 1: Juan Francisco Zumba Galán (El Salvador)
    Assistant Referee 2: William Alexander Torres Mejía (El Salvador)
    Fourth Official: Mario Alberto Díaz de Vivar Bogado (Paraguay)

    Venezuela - Vanuatu
    Referee: Kim Jong-Hyeok (Korea Republic)
    Assistant Referee 1: Yoon Kwang-Yeol (Korea Republic)
    Assistant Referee 2: Kim Young-Ha (Korea Republic)
    Fourth Official: Ahmad Abu Bakr Said Al-Kaf (Oman)

    Korea Republic - Argentina
    Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (Turkey)
    Fourth Official: Jihad Zaghloul Jarisha (Egypt)

    Mexico - Germany
    Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
    Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Emiliano dos Santos (Angola)
    Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Thusi Siwela (South Africa)
    Fourth Official: Muhammad Abdullah Hassan Muhammad (United Arab Emirates)

    1. VARs
      England-Guinea: Garcia (MEX), Pitti (PAN)
      Venezuela-Vanuatu: Bin Jahari (SIN), Shukralla (BHR)
      Korea-Argentina: Zwayer (GER), Collum (SCO)
      Mexico-Germany: Charef (ALG), Otogo-Castane (GAB)

  17. Minute 42' in Italy - Uruguay: VAR review for a penalty decision, penalty assigned to Uruguay but in this case it looked like López Castellanos didn't check the monitor and he whistled directly after having been informed by VAR officials.
    Must be rewatched.

    1. Why must be rewatched?

    2. Because referee should check the incident before deciding.
      Here the video:
      Minute 00:20
      In my opinion one can even discuss about the penalty call. Is that a clear and evident penalty missed? Why referee whistled without checking again the incident?

    3. You don't have to go to the review area necessarily. If the VAR is 100% sure, the referee can follow his decision immediately.

    4. To me, clear penalty, so I don't have an issue with the decision being given by the VAR directly. That being said, as Ralph points out, DOGSO for holding is a RC, not a YC - the new DOGSO rules strikes again...

  18. Yes correct Niclas. For me it's not a clear mistake to not give a penalty. This is more play on. And if you give a penalty then it should be a red card for dogso too.

  19. 24/05

    Zambia - Iran
    Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
    Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (Spain)
    Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (Spain)
    Fourth Official: Yadel Martínez Pupo (Cuba)

    South Africa - Italy
    Referee: Roddy Alberto Zambrano Olmedo (Ecuador)
    Assistant Referee 1: Christian Daniel Lescano Guerrero (Ecuador)
    Assistant Referee 2: Byron Norberto Romero Ibarra (Ecuador)
    Fourth Official: Julio Alberto Bascuñán González (Chile)

    Costa Rica - Portugal
    Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
    Assistant Referee 1: Talib Salam Al-Marri (Qatar)
    Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Ahmad Al-Maqalah (Qatar)
    Fourth Official: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)

    Uruguay - Japan
    Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
    Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland)
    Fourth Official: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)

    1. Çakir in the middle on 23rd in Jeonju and then FO the very next day on 24th in Suwon... Not too great workload management in this case!!!

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