The World Cup 2018 will kick off in just a few weeks’ time and if you’re a regular GoWin reader, then you may have noticed that we’re all getting involved! Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been creating a huge World Cup guide, which should fill you in on everything you need to know about this year’s international footballing tournament.
In every World Cup there is almost inevitably a refereeing decision which leads to much outcry and indignation from footballing fans across the globe. Whilst it may feel unfair to some fans, it definitely proves one thing; aside from the footballers themselves, there is one other man who can seriously impact a match; the referee.
Thirty six referees have been appointed by FIFA for the World Cup 2018, and sixty three assistant referees will also be present. Read on to find out more about all the referees who will be at the World Cup 2018, including how they were chosen and where they are from.
How are the World Cup 2018 Referees Selected?
According to FIFA, the referees chosen for this year’s World Cup have all been selected ‘based on each referee’s skills and personality, as well as his level of understanding of football and ability to read both the game and the various tactics employed by teams’.
What this means is, essentially, all the officials at the World Cup 2018 will be experienced in overseeing international matches and are to be trusted.
The World Cup 2018 referees are also chosen from across all of the six continental federations that operate under FIFA; the AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC, AND UEFA. The allocation from each confederation, however, is not strictly equal, but FIFA do ensure that at least a couple of referees are selected from each.
In the 2018 World Cup, there will be six referees present from each of the AFC, CAF, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL confederations, whilst there will be 10 UEFA based referees, and 2 officials from the OFC confederation too.
Who Are The World Cup 2018 Referees?
Below you can find out each World Cup 2018 referee’s name, country and which confederation they belong to.
|Fahad Al-Mirdasi||AFC||Saudi Arabia|
|Mohammed Abdulla Mohamed||AFC||United Arab Emirates|
|Nawaf Abdulla Shukralla||AFC||Bahrain|
|Medhi Abid Sharef||CAF||Algeria|
|Bakary Papa Gassama||CAF||Gambia|
|Bamlak Tessema Wayesa||CAF||Ethiopa|
|Joel Aguilar||CONCACAF||El Salvador|
|Mark W. Geiger||CONCACAF||USA|
|Ricardo Montero||CONCACAF||Costa Rica|
|Cesar Arturo Ramos Palazuelos||CONCACAF||Mexico|
|Matthew Conger||OFC||New Zealand|
|Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz||UEFA||Spain|