FIFA World Cup referees

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After the 2006 FIFA World Cup 332 referees have conducted World Cup matches. Ravshan Irmatov from Uzbekistan is the referee with most matches (9). 19 referees have conducted the 19 finals.

Referees in finals of World Cup[edit]

Year Referee Yellow card.svg Yellowred card.svg Red card.svg Assistant referees Fourth official
Fifth official
Notes
1930 Belgium John Langenus[1] - - 0 Bolivia Ulises Saucedo
Belgium Henri Christophe
since 1994 Saucedo was also the Bolivian coach at the tournament
1934 Sweden Ivan Eklind[2] - - 0 Belgium Louis Baert
Hungary Mihaly Ivancsics
1938 France Georges Capdeville[3] - - 0 Switzerland Hans Wuthrich
Belgium Augustin Krist
1950 England George Reader[4] - - 0 England Arthur Ellis
Scotland George Mitchell
1954 England William Ling[5] - - 0 Italy Vincenzo Orlandini
Wales Sandy Griffiths
1958 France Maurice Guigue[6] - - 0 West Germany Albert Dusch
Spain Juan Gardeazábal Garay
1962 Soviet Union Nikolay Latyshev[7] - - 0 Netherlands Leo Horn
Scotland Bob Davidson
1966 Switzerland Gottfried Dienst[8] - - 0 Soviet Union Tofik Bakhramov
Czechoslovakia Karol Galba
Also refereed the 1968 UEFA Euro Final
1970 East Germany Rudi Glöckner[9] 2 0 0 Switzerland Rüdi Scheurer
Argentina Ángel Norberto Coerezza
1974 England Jack Taylor[10] 4 0 0 Uruguay Ramón Barreto
Mexico Alfonso González Archundia
1978 Italy Sergio Gonella[11] 4 0 0 Uruguay Ramón Barreto
Austria Erich Linemayr
Also refereed the 1976 UEFA Euro Final
1982 Brazil Arnaldo Cézar Coelho[12] 5 0 0 Israel Abraham Klein
Czechoslovakia Vojtech Christov
First referee in final from CSF, also refereed the 1979 Copa América Final
1986 Brazil Romualdo Arppi Filho[13] 6 0 0 Costa Rica Berny Ulloa Morera
Sweden Erik Fredriksson
Also refereed the 1987 Copa América Final
1990 Mexico Edgardo Codesal[14] 4 1 1 Colombia Armando Pérez Hoyos
Poland Michał Listkiewicz
First referee in final from CONCACAF
1994 Hungary Sándor Puhl[15] 4 0 0 Paraguay Venancio Zárate
Iran Mohammad Fanaei
Argentina Francisco Lamolina
1998 Morocco Said Belqola[16] 4 1 0 England Mark Warren
South Africa Achmat Salie
Saudi Arabia Rahman Al Zaid First referee in final from CAF, also refereed the 1998 African Cup of Nations Final
2002 Italy Pierluigi Collina[17] 2 0 0 Sweden Leif Lindberg
England Philip Sharp
Scotland Hugh Dallas
2006 Argentina Horacio Elizondo[18] 4 0 1 Argentina Darío García
Argentina Rodolfo Otero
Spain Luis Medina Cantalejo
Spain Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco
Elizondo became the first referee to officiate the opening game and World Cup Final in the same tournament.
2010 England Howard Webb[19][20] 12 1 0 England Darren Cann
England Michael Mullarkey
Japan Yuichi Nishimura
Japan Toru Sagara
All three referees also worked the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final
2014 Italy Nicola Rizzoli[21] 4 0 0 Italy Renato Faverani
Italy Andrea Stefani
Ecuador Carlos Vera
Ecuador Christian Lescano

The yellow card and red card were introduced in 1970. Before, cautions or "bookings" were not registered, only Dismissals or Red card.

By Country[edit]

Before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final 31 countries have been represented in the officials body of the FIFA World Cup Final. Ecuador will be the 32nd country represented in the officials body.

Country Total Referee Assistant Fourth Fifth
 England 9 4 5 0 0
 Italy 6 3 3 0 0
 Argentina 5 1 3 1 0
 Belgium 4 1 3 0 0
 Scotland 3 0 2 1 0
 Spain 3 0 1 1 1
 Sweden 3 1 2 0 0
  Switzerland 3 1 2 0 0
 Brazil 2 2 0 0 0
 Czechoslovakia 2 0 2 0 0
 Ecuador 2 0 0 1 1
 France 2 2 0 0 0
 Hungary 2 1 1 0 0
 Japan 2 0 0 1 1
 Mexico 2 1 1 0 0
 USSR 2 1 1 0 0
 Uruguay 2 0 2 0 0
 Austria 1 0 1 0 0
 Bolivia 1 0 1 0 0
 Costa Rica 1 0 1 0 0
 Ecuador 1 0 1 0 0
 East Germany 1 1 0 0 0
 Iran 1 0 1 0 0
 Israel 1 0 1 0 0
 Morocco 1 1 0 0 0
 Netherlands 1 0 1 0 0
 Paraguay 1 0 1 0 0
 Poland 1 0 1 0 0
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 0
 South Africa 1 0 1 0 0
 Wales 1 0 1 0 0
 West Germany 1 0 1 0 0

Most matches[edit]

Only the referees with 6 matches or more.

Referee World Cups Matches Highlights
Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov 2010, 2014 9 Semi-final (Netherlands vs Uruguay) in 2010
France Joël Quiniou 1986, 1990, 1994 8 Third place match (Italy vs England) in 1990
Semi-final (Bulgaria vs Italy) in 1994
Mexico Benito Archundia 2006, 2010 8 Semi-final (Germany vs Italy) in 2006
Third place match (Uruguay vs Germany) in 2010
Uruguay Jorge Larrionda 2006, 2010 8 Semi-final (Portugal vs France) in 2006[22][23]
Mexico Marco Antonio Rodríguez 2006, 2010, 2014 7 Semi-final (Brazil vs Germany) in 2014
United Arab Emirates Ali Bujsaim 1994, 1998, 2002 7 Semi-final (Brazil vs Netherlands) in 1998
Belgium Frank De Bleeckere 2006, 2010 7
Spain Juan Gardezábal Garay 1958, 1962, 1966 7 Third place match (Chile vs Yugoslavia) in 1962
Wales Sandy Griffiths 1950, 1954, 1958 7 Semi-final (Hungary vs Uruguay) in 1954
Semi-final (France vs Brazil) in 1958
Belgium John Langenus 1930, 1934, 1938 7 Semi-final (Argentina vs United States) in 1930
Final (Uruguay vs Argentina) in 1930
Third place match (Sweden vs Brazil) in 1938
Brazil Carlos Eugênio Simon 2002, 2006, 2010 7
Egypt Gamal Al-Ghandour 1998, 2002 6
Syria Jamal Al Sharif 1986, 1990, 1994 6
Mexico Arturo Brizio Carter 1994, 1998 6
England Arthur Edward Ellis 1950, 1954, 1958 6
Sweden Ivan Eklind 1934, 1938, 1950 6 Semi-final (Italy vs Austria) in 1934
Final (Italy vs Czechoslovakia) in 1934
Soviet Union Nikolay Latyshev 1958, 1962 6 Final (Brazil vs Czechoslovakia) in 1962
Italy Roberto Rosetti 2006, 2010 6
Colombia Oscar Ruiz 2002, 2006, 2010 6

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