How are World Cup referees selected

Referee of the 2018 World Cup in Russia: nomination, origin, association

FIFA has nominated 36 referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. There are only twelve referees left for the games from the semi-finals. SPOX introduces the World Cup referees and gives you all the important information about the referees.

Due to the introduction of video evidence at the 2018 World Cup, the world association increased the number of referees for the tournament from 25 to 36 referees. The 36 main referees and 63 assistants come from 46 countries.

World Cup 2018: From the semi-finals only twelve referees left

With the two semi-finals, the game and third place and the final, there are four more games to play at the World Cup. For this purpose, FIFA has selected twelve referees, all of whom are eligible for further assignments. At least one referee from each continental association is represented. The only German referee Felix Brych is no longer there.

SurnameCountry of originAssociation
Alireza FaghaniIranAFC
Malang DiedhiouSenegalCAF
Mark GeigerUnited StatesCONCACAF
Cesar Arturo RamosMexicoCONCACAF
Andres CunhaUruguayCONMEBOL
Nestor PitanaArgentinaCONMEBOL
Sandro RicciBrazilCONMEBOL
Matthew CongerNew ZealandOFC
Gianluca RocchiItalyUEFA
Cuneyt CakirTurkeyUEFA
Bjorn KuipersNetherlandsUEFA
Milorad MazicSerbiaUEFA

World Cup 2018: Brych the only German main referee

As with the 2014 World Cup, only one German main referee made it to the World Cup, Felix Brych. He will be assisted at the tournament by Stefan Lupp and Mark Borsch. "We were very happy about being nominated for the World Cup four years ago. But the second time it is maybe even more, because it confirms that we as a team have maintained our level of performance over four years," said Brych .

Brych was also in action at the Euro 2016 and last season whistled the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus Turin. The man from Munich was also named World Referee of the Year 2017 by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics. This makes Brych the seventh German referee to have been nominated for at least two world championships.

Felix Zwayer and Bastian Dankert are on site as video assistants.

Felix Brych only with one mission

The German representative had to hope for his first appearance at the 2018 World Cup for a long time, but on June 22, 2018 Brych led a game for the first time at this World Cup. Brych whistled the clash between Serbia and Switzerland in Kaliningrad. Mark Borsch (Mönchengladbach) and Stefan Lupp (Zossen) supported Brych as assistants. But it was the last mission for the German.

Dankert and Zwayer, on the other hand, have been in action several times.

German referees with at least two World Cup appearances

refereeWorld Cup participation
Markus Merk2002, 2006
Siegfried Cherries1986, 1990
Kurt Tschenscher1996, 1970, 1974
Rudi Glöckner1970, 1974
Albert shower1958, 1962
Alfred Birlem1934, 1938
Felix Brych2014, 2018

World Cup 2018: For the first time since 1938 no English referee

At the World Cup in Russia, for the first time since 1938, there will be no referee from the motherland of football at a World Cup. Mark Clattenburg, who was still referee in the final of the European Championship and world referee in 2016, lost his place when he moved to Saudi Arabia in 2017. Howard Webb, world referee in 2010 and 2013, ended his career after the last World Cup.

The head of the 2014 World Cup final and the world referee for 2014 and 2015 will also no longer be at this World Cup: the Italian Nicola Rizzoli ended his career in July 2017.

World Cup referee from Saudi Arabia convicted of match fixing

Because of the attempted match manipulation in the run-up to the cup final, the referee Fahad Al Mirdasi, who was nominated for the World Cup, was banned for life by the Saudi Arabian football association SAFF. In his home country, Al Mirdasi will no longer be allowed to lead a football game after he admitted to asking the president of Al-Ittihad about a bribe for match-fixing before the cup final.

The SAFF has now forwarded the case to FIFA and asked that Al Mirdasi be removed from the list for the World Cup in Russia.

World Cup 2018: which referee will whistle the final?

It is not yet clear who will whistle the final at the World Cup in Russia. FIFA will announce this in good time. At the 2014 World Cup, the Italian Nicola Rizzoli whistled the final between Germany and Argentina.

The referees of the 2018 World Cup at a glance

In addition to Felix Brych, two other nominated colleagues led a Champions League final: In 2014, the Dutchman Björn Kuipers whistled the game between Real Madrid and Atletico, a year later Cuneyt Cakir was referee for the final between Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona. The Slovenian Damir Skomina whistled the Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax Amsterdam last season.

SurnameCountry of originAssociation
Fahad Al-MirdasiSaudi ArabiaAFC
Alireza FaghaniIranAFC
Ravshan IrmatovUzbekistanAFC
Mohammed Abdulla-Hassan MohamedUnited Arab EmiratesAFC
Ryuji SatoJapanAFC
Nawaf ShukrallaBahrainAFC
Mehdi Abid CharefAlgeriaCAF
Malang DiedhiouSenegalCAF
Bakary GassamaGambiaCAF
Gehad GrishaEgyptCAF
Janny SikazweZambiaCAF
Bamlak Tessema WeyesaEthiopiaCAF
Joe AguilarEl SalvadorCONCACAF
Mark GeigerUnited StatesCONCACAF
Jair MarrufoUnited StatesCONCACAF
Ricardo MonteroCosta RicaCONCACAF
John PittiPanamaCONCACAF
Cesar Arturo RamosMexicoCONCACAF
Julio BascunanChileCONMEBOL
Enrique CaceresParaguayCONMEBOL
Andres CunhaUruguayCONMEBOL
Nestor PitanaArgentinaCONMEBOL
Sandro RicciBrazilCONMEBOL
Wilmar RoldanColombiaCONMEBOL
Matthew CongerNew ZealandOFC
Norbert HauataTahitiOFC
Felix BrychGermanyUEFA
Gianluca RocchiItalyUEFA
Cuneyt CakirTurkeyUEFA
Antonio Mateu LahozSpainUEFA
Clement TurpinFranceUEFA
Bjorn KuipersNetherlandsUEFA
Szymon MarciniakPolandUEFA
Milorad MazicSerbiaUEFA
Sergei KarasevRussiaUEFA
Damir SkominaSloveniaUEFA