FIFA World Cup 2018 Referees – The list of 36 referees for FIFA World Cup 2018 has been declared by FIFA recently. Two referees have also been incorporated in this list from pro panel. It has been reported that FIFA is emphasizing for video assistant referees (VARS) to be appointed for World Cup 2018 but the final decision is still pending on the verdict of Board of International Football Association. Inductees in the list of FIFA World Cup 2018 have been included from all over the world, 10 members from UEFA, 6 members from CONMEBOL and another 6 from CONCACAF. The list of FIFA World Cup 2018 referees which is going to be held between June, 2018 and July, 2018 has been finalized by FIFA. They will be leaving for Russia soon. Constant efforts are being made by FIFA to include the video assistant referees (VARS) in the matches to make use of the video refereeing technology, only if IFAB grants permission by March this year. This is going to mark history in the world of football.
Rules and regulations are all set for the FIFA World Cup 2018 referees to be selected for respective games. These go as follows:
- The list of FIFA World Cup 2018 referees declared by FIFA is ultimate and it will not be altered except it any member fails to excel the fitness test, only then there can be made certain arrangements.
- After being approved from IFAB, FIFA World Cup 2018 referees for video assistance will be selected from the same list.
- To eliminate bias, FIFA World Cup 2018 referees can not conduct matches for their respective country.
- Referees shall be finalized three days prior to the matches.
- The official who is going to conduct the final match will be selected subsequent to the semifinals.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Video Assistant Referees (VARS):
The scheme for each match goes something like this: One chief referee, two assistant referees, and if the odds are in our favour, one video assistant referee. Names (of video assistant referees) will be announced later.
|NO#||Match Officials (Confirmed)||FEDERATION|
|1||Felix BRYCH||UEFA (Elite Panel)|
|2||Cüneyt CAKIR||UEFA (Elite Panel)|
|3||Sergey KARASEV||UEFA (Elite Panel)|
|4||Bjorn KUIPERS||UEFA (Elite Panel)|
|5||Szymon MARCINIAK||UEFA (Elite Panel)|
|6||Antonio Miguel MATEU LAHOZ||UEFA (Elite Panel)|
|7||Milorad MAZIC||UEFA (Elite Panel)|
|8||Gianluca ROCCHI||UEFA (Elite Panel)|
|9||Damir SKOMINA||UEFA (Elite Panel)|
|10||Clement TURPIN||UEFA (Elite Panel)|
|18||Mark W. GEIGER||CONCACAF|
|22||Cesar Arturo RAMOS PALAZUELOS||CONCACAF|
|23||Fahad AL MIRDASI||AFC|
|26||Mohammed Abdulla MOHAMED||AFC|
|28||Nawaf Abdulla SHUKRALLA||AFC|
|29||Mehdi ABID CHAREF||CAF|
|31||Bakary Papa GASSAMA||CAF|
|34||Weyesa Bamlak TESSEMA||CAF|