FIFA International Referees List

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FIFA International Referee Vladislav Bezborodov wearing his referee's shirt with a 2011 FIFA badge

The FIFA International Referees List is an annual publication of the global list of FIFA international referees in the football-variants controlled by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) – association football (outdoor football), futsal and beach soccer. Members of the list are qualified to officiate at international level and are entitled to wear a FIFA badge on their uniform for the year in which they listed.

Nomination

FIFA member countries are invited annually to nominate male and female officials for association football, futsal and beach soccer. Each country's Referee's Committee selects the referees to be nominated to FIFA.[1][2]

FIFA maintains five lists in total: men's and women's association football referees,[3][4] men's and women's futsal referees,[5][6] and a single list of beach soccer referees.[7] Officials in the association football lists are nominated as either referees or assistant referees.[8] Futsal and beach soccer at international level are usually controlled by two on-field referees and there is no equivalent of the assistant referee.[1]

Fitness

Referees nominated to the list must pass fitness tests consisting of a series of 40 meter sprints and an interval test consisting of 75 meter sprints and 2x 12,5 meter recovery walks. Assistant referees nominated to the list must pass fitness tests consisting of a CODA-drill, series of 30 meter sprints and an interval test consisting of 75 meter sprints and 2x 12,5 meter recovery walks. [1][9][10]

FIFA badge

2016 FIFA referee

On being selected to the list, referees receive a badge from FIFA. The badge indicates the category of official in which they have been listed – referee, assistant referee, Futsal referee or Beach soccer referee. While officiating matches in the category they have been nominated, the referee is expected to wear the badge. Where a referee is controlling a match outside of their category (e.g. an assistant referee acting as a central referee or a Futsal referee controlling an outdoor match) the badge is not worn. Members of the women's list are only allowed to work men's international matches if they have completed the men's fitness tests. Being listed for the first time is often referred to as receiving a FIFA badge.[1]

Age

A referee must be at least 25 years old on 1 January to be eligible for International Referee listing nomination on that calendar year. An assistant referee is eligible at the age of 23 years.

Prior to 2016, a referee had to be no older than 45 years old to be eligible for being listed. Not previously listed referees had to be no older than 38.

In 2014, FIFA announced that they would remove the maximum age requirement. This was confirmed[11] in 2015.

FIFA reserves the right to require referees over the age of 45 to undergo additional technical assessments as well as specific medical examinations and fitness testing on a case by case basis.[11] Sarkis Demirdjian was the longest serving FIFA-listed referee by 20 years and 10 months, from September 1962 until July 1983.[12]

Referees by Association

As of 2016, a total of 3,378 referees from 201 associations worldwide have FIFA international status.[13]

As of 13 April 2018
Association Number of Referees/Assistant Referees Reference
Men Women Men's Futsal Women's Futsal Beach Soccer Total
Afghanistan Afghanistan 3 1 1 1 6 [14]
Albania Albania 9 2 1 12 [15]
Algeria Algeria 14 4 18 [16]
American Samoa American Samoa 0 [17]
Andorra Andorra 3 1 4 [18]
Angola Angola 13 5 3 21 [19]
Anguilla Anguilla 0 [20]
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 1 1 2 [21]
Argentina Argentina 20 6 4 2 4 36 [22]
Armenia Armenia 6 5 11 [23]
Aruba Aruba 3 3 [24]
Australia Australia 12 6 4 22 [25]
Austria Austria 17 5 2 24 [26]
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 9 6 4 3 22 [27]
The Bahamas Bahamas 1 1 [28]
Bahrain Bahrain 14 3 2 19 [29]
Bangladesh Bangladesh 12 12 [30]
Barbados Barbados 1 3 4 [31]
Belarus Belarus 9 4 2 1 16 [32]
Belize Belize 2 2 [33]
Benin Benin 13 8 21 [34]
Bermuda Bermuda 1 1 [35]
Belgium Belgium 17 7 4 2 30 [36]
Bhutan Bhutan 6 2 1 9 [37]
Bolivia Bolivia 11 7 4 4 26 [38]
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 9 5 3 17 [39]
Botswana Botswana 11 5 16 [40]
Brazil Brazil 20 8 4 4 4 40 [41]
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands 0 [42]
Brunei Brunei 5 1 6 [43]
Bulgaria Bulgaria 16 7 4 2 29 [44]
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 10 5 15 [45]
Burundi Burundi 11 5 16 [46]
Cambodia Cambodia 8 1 9 [47]
Cameroon Cameroon 14 8 2 24 [48]
Canada Canada 9 7 1 17 [49]
Cape Verde Cape Verde Islands 9 1 10 [50]
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands 2 2 4 [51]
Central African Republic Central African Republic 9 3 12 [52]
Chad Chad 9 4 13 [53]
China China PR 16 8 4 2 2 32 [54]
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 8 3 2 13 [55]
Chile Chile 14 7 4 2 2 29 [56]
Colombia Colombia 13 9 4 2 28 [57]
Comoros Comoros 9 9 [58]
Republic of the Congo Congo 11 4 15 [59]
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR 13 7 20 [60]
Cook Islands Cook Islands 1 1 2 [61]
Costa Rica Costa Rica 10 4 4 1 3 22 [62]
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 14 5 2 2 2 25 [63]
Croatia Croatia 16 8 4 28 [64]
Cuba Cuba 6 5 3 2 2 18 [65]
Curaçao Curaçao 1 1 [66]
Cyprus Cyprus 12 4 4 20 [67]
Czech Republic Czech Republic 15 8 4 2 29 [68]
Denmark Denmark 17 5 1 23 [69]
Djibouti Djibouti 8 8 [70]
Dominica Dominica 3 3 [71]
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 5 1 1 2 9 [72]
Ecuador Ecuador 14 8 4 4 4 34 [73]
Egypt Egypt 14 6 4 4 28 [74]
El Salvador El Salvador 11 8 2 3 24 [75]
England England 17 7 2 26 [76]
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 9 1 2 12 [77]
Eritrea Eritrea 11 3 14 [78]
Estonia Estonia 9 5 1 2 17 [79]
Ethiopia Ethiopia 14 8 22 [80]
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 5 5 [81]
Fiji Fiji 2 1 1 4 [82]
Finland Finland 13 7 4 24 [83]
France France 20 8 4 3 35 [84]
Republic of Macedonia FYR Macedonia 9 5 2 16 [85]
Gabon Gabon 10 3 13 [86]
The Gambia Gambia 12 4 16 [87]
Georgia (country) Georgia 9 2 2 2 15 [88]
Germany Germany 20 8 4 2 34 [89]
Ghana Ghana 14 8 22 [90]
Gibraltar Gibraltar 3 1 4 [91]
Greece Greece 17 7 2 26 [92]
Grenada Grenada 3 3 [93]
Guam Guam 2 2 [94]
Guatemala Guatemala 12 6 4 1 23 [95]
Guinea Guinea 12 4 16 [96]
Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau 8 8 [97]
Guyana Guyana 7 1 8 [98]
Haiti Haiti 8 6 14 [99]
Honduras Honduras 11 4 2 17 [100]
India India 13 3 16 [101]
Indonesia Indonesia 12 2 2 16 [102]
Iran Iran 16 6 4 3 4 33 [103]
Laos Laos 8 1 9 [104]
Malaysia Malaysia 14 2 3 2 21 [105]
Nepal Nepal 10 2 12 [106]
New Caledonia New Caledonia 2 1 3 [107]
New Zealand New Zealand 7 3 2 12 [108]
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 2 1 3 [109]
Paraguay Paraguay 14 8 4 2 4 32 [110]
Peru Peru 14 8 4 1 3 30 [111]
Russia Russia 19 8 4 2 4 37 [112]
Samoa Samoa 1 1 [113]
Serbia Serbia 15 7 4 26 [114]
Singapore Singapore 12 2 14 [115]
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 6 3 1 10 [116]
French Polynesia Tahiti 4 1 5 [117]
Thailand Thailand 14 3 4 2 23 [118]
Tonga Tonga 3 2 5 [119]
Turkey Turkey 17 8 4 1 4 34 [120]
United States United States 15 9 1 25 [121]
Uruguay Uruguay 14 8 4 1 4 31 [122]
Vanuatu Vanuatu 5 5 [123]
Venezuela Venezuela 14 8 4 3 1 30 [124]
Vietnam Vietnam 9 6 3 1 19 [125]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Regulations governing the registration of international referees, assistant referees, futsal" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Duties of the Referees Committee" (PDF). Regulations on the Organisation of Refereeing in FIFA Member Associations. FIFA. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Men's Referees List". FIFA.com. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Women's Referees' List". FIFA.com. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  5. ^ "Men's Futsal Referees' List". FIFA.com. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  6. ^ "Women's Futsal Referees' List". FIFA.com. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  7. ^ "Refereeing – Beach Soccer Referees' List". FIFA.com. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  8. ^ For example, the list of Australian men's association football referees is divided into referees and assistant referees: [1]
  9. ^ Park, Madison (4 June 2010). "World Cup referees outrun players". CNN.com. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Morrison, Jim (22 June 2010). "How to Train a World Cup Referee". Smithsonian.com. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Circular No. 1497" (PDF). fifa.com. FIFA. 
  12. ^ Glenday, Craig (2013). Guinness World Records 2014. p. 256. ISBN 9781908843159. 
  13. ^ Referees by Association. FIFA.com
  14. ^ Afghanistan. FIFA.com
  15. ^ Albania. FIFA.com
  16. ^ Algeria. FIFA.com
  17. ^ American Samoa. FIFA.com
  18. ^ Andorra. FIFA.com
  19. ^ Angola. FIFA.com
  20. ^ Anguilla. FIFA.com
  21. ^ Antigua and Barbuda. FIFA.com
  22. ^ Argentina. FIFA.com
  23. ^ Armenia. FIFA.com
  24. ^ Aruba. FIFA.com
  25. ^ Australia. FIFA.com
  26. ^ Austria. FIFA.com
  27. ^ Azerbaijan. FIFA.com
  28. ^ Bahamas. FIFA.com
  29. ^ Bahrain. FIFA.com
  30. ^ Bangladesh. FIFA.com
  31. ^ Barbados. FIFA.com
  32. ^ Belarus. FIFA.com
  33. ^ Belize. FIFA.com
  34. ^ Benin. FIFA.com
  35. ^ Bermuda. FIFA.com
  36. ^ Belgium. FIFA.com
  37. ^ Bhutan. FIFA.com
  38. ^ Bolivia. FIFA.com
  39. ^ Bolivia. FIFA.com
  40. ^ Botswana. FIFA.com
  41. ^ Brazil. FIFA.com
  42. ^ British Virgin Islands. FIFA.com
  43. ^ Brunei. FIFA.com
  44. ^ Bulgaria. FIFA.com
  45. ^ Burkina Faso. FIFA.com
  46. ^ Burundi. FIFA.com
  47. ^ Cambodia. FIFA.com
  48. ^ Cameroon. FIFA.com
  49. ^ Canada. FIFA.com
  50. ^ Cape Verde Islands. FIFA.com
  51. ^ Cayman Islands. FIFA.com
  52. ^ Central African Republic. FIFA.com
  53. ^ Chad. FIFA.com
  54. ^ China PR. FIFA.com
  55. ^ Chinese Taipei. FIFA.com
  56. ^ Chile. FIFA.com
  57. ^ Colombia. FIFA.com
  58. ^ Comoros. FIFA.com
  59. ^ Congo. FIFA.com
  60. ^ Congo DR. FIFA.com
  61. ^ Cook Islands. FIFA.com
  62. ^ Costa Rica. FIFA.com
  63. ^ Côte d'Ivoire. FIFA.com
  64. ^ Croatia. FIFA.com
  65. ^ Cuba. FIFA.com
  66. ^ Curaçao. FIFA.com
  67. ^ Cyprus. FIFA.com
  68. ^ Czech Republic. FIFA.com
  69. ^ Denmark. FIFA.com
  70. ^ Djibouti. FIFA.com
  71. ^ Dominica. FIFA.com
  72. ^ Dominican Republic. FIFA.com
  73. ^ Ecuador. FIFA.com
  74. ^ Egypt. FIFA.com
  75. ^ El Salvador. FIFA.com
  76. ^ England. FIFA.com
  77. ^ Equatorial Guinea. FIFA.com
  78. ^ Eritrea. FIFA.com
  79. ^ Estonia. FIFA.com
  80. ^ Ethiopia. FIFA.com
  81. ^ Faroe Islands. FIFA.com
  82. ^ Fiji. FIFA.com
  83. ^ Finland. FIFA.com
  84. ^ France. FIFA.com
  85. ^ FYR Macedonia. FIFA.com
  86. ^ Gabon. FIFA.com
  87. ^ Gambia. FIFA.com
  88. ^ Georgia. FIFA.com
  89. ^ Germany. FIFA.com
  90. ^ Ghana. FIFA.com
  91. ^ Gibraltar. FIFA.com
  92. ^ Greece. FIFA.com
  93. ^ Grenada. FIFA.com
  94. ^ Guam. FIFA.com
  95. ^ Guatemala. FIFA.com
  96. ^ Guinea. FIFA.com
  97. ^ Guinea-Bissau. FIFA.com
  98. ^ Guyana. FIFA.com
  99. ^ Guyana. FIFA.com
  100. ^ Honduras. FIFA.com
  101. ^ India. FIFA.com
  102. ^ Indonesia. FIFA.com
  103. ^ Iran. FIFA.com
  104. ^ Laos. FIFA.com
  105. ^ Malaysia. FIFA.com
  106. ^ Nepal. FIFA.com
  107. ^ New Caledonia. FIFA.com
  108. ^ New Zealand. FIFA.com
  109. ^ Papua New Guinea. FIFA.com
  110. ^ Paraguay. FIFA.com
  111. ^ Peru. FIFA.com
  112. ^ Russia. FIFA.com
  113. ^ Samoa. FIFA.com
  114. ^ Serbia. FIFA.com
  115. ^ Singapore. FIFA.com
  116. ^ Solomon Islands. FIFA.com
  117. ^ Tahiti. FIFA.com
  118. ^ Thailand. FIFA.com
  119. ^ Tonga. FIFA.com
  120. ^ Turkey. FIFA.com
  121. ^ United States. FIFA.com
  122. ^ Uruguay. FIFA.com
  123. ^ Vanuatu. FIFA.com
  124. ^ Venezuela. FIFA.com
  125. ^ Vietnam. FIFA.com

External links

  • "List of Referees". FIFA. 
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