2010 FIFA World Cup officials

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Officials for the 2010 FIFA World Cup are selected from a pool of 30 trios of referees and assistant referees announced by the association football governing body, FIFA, on 5 February 2010.[1] The final cut was selected from a group of 38 referees revealed in October 2008,[2] themselves whittled down from an initial group of 54 selected for the Refereeing Assistance Programme in 2007.[3] From the quarter-finals onwards, the pool of referees was reduced to 19.

Selection process[edit]

In 2007, the FIFA Executive Committee set up the Refereeing Assistance Programme (RAP) to help prepare the referees in contention to officiate at the 2010 World Cup; 54 were selected to make up the initial group. Over the following months, they were assessed based on their performances at FIFA tournaments, RAP seminars and in their domestic leagues.[3] In September 2008, 53 of the original 54 referees attended an "Elite Referee" seminar in Zürich, Switzerland, where their technical, physical and mental abilities were analysed.[4] The results were presented to the FIFA Referees' Committee, who preselected 38 trios of referees and their assistants on 22 October.[2]

From this group of 38, ten trios – representing all six confederations – were selected to referee at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, hosted by South Africa as preparation for the World Cup 12 months later.[5] This assignment was viewed by FIFA as part of the referees' assessment, to ensure that they are prepared for the technical and physical demands of the World Cup in South Africa.[6]

The final 30 trios of officials were announced at a meeting of the FIFA Referees Committee in Zürich on 5 February 2010. The trios were assessed using the same criteria as for the original cut.[1] Following their selection, each official underwent FIFA's pre-competition medical assessment (PCMA) at the Schulthess Clinic in Zürich between 25 February and 6 March.[7]

However, on 27 May 2010, two referees – Carlos Amarilla and Mohamed Benouza – and their assistants were removed from the final list, following the assistant referees' failure in the standard fitness tests, the same tests as those held in Zurich. Uruguayan referee Martín Vázquez and his assistant referees were called up as a replacement trio.[8]

For the quarter-finals onwards, FIFA trimmed their list of match officials, allowing 10 teams of referees to return home. The teams sent home were those of Roberto Rosetti (Italy), Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay), Stéphane Lannoy (France), Massimo Busacca (Switzerland), Martin Hansson (Sweden), Koman Coulibaly (Mali), Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia), Peter O'Leary (New Zealand), Martín Vázquez (Uruguay) and Joel Aguilar (El Salvador).[9]


Confederation Referee Assistants
AFC Yuichi Nishimura (Japan) Toru Sagara (Japan)
Jeong Hae-Sang (South Korea)
Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia) Mu Yuxin (China)
Jeffrey Goh (Singapore)
Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia) Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)
Saleh Al Marzouqi (United Arab Emirates)
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan)
Bahadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
CAF Koman Coulibaly (Mali) Inácio Cândido (Angola)
Redouane Achik (Morocco)
Eddy Maillet (Seychelles) Bechir Hassani (Tunisia)
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Jerome Damon (South Africa) Enock Molefe (South Africa)
Célestin Ntagungira (Rwanda)
CONCACAF Joel Aguilar (El Salvador) William Torres (El Salvador)
Juan Zumba (El Salvador)
Carlos Batres (Guatemala) Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)
Carlos Pastrana (Honduras)
Benito Archundia (Mexico) Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Héctor Vergara (Canada)
Marco Rodríguez (Mexico) José Luis Camargo (Mexico)
Alberto Morín (Mexico)
CONMEBOL Héctor Baldassi (Argentina) Ricardo Casas (Argentina)
Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Carlos Simon (Brazil) Altemir Hausmann (Brazil)
Roberto Braatz (Brazil)
Pablo Pozo (Chile) Patricio Basualto (Chile)
Francisco Mondria (Chile)
Óscar Ruiz (Colombia) Abraham González (Colombia)
Humberto Clavijo (Colombia)
Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay) Pablo Fandiño (Uruguay)
Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay)
Martín Vázquez (Uruguay) Carlos Pastorino (Uruguay)
Miguel Nievas (Uruguay)
OFC Michael Hester (New Zealand) Jan-Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand)
Tevita Makasini (Tonga)
Peter O'Leary (New Zealand) Brent Best (New Zealand)
Matthew Taro (Solomon Islands)
UEFA Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium) Peter Hermans (Belgium)
Walter Vromans (Belgium)
Howard Webb (England) Mike Mullarkey (England)
Darren Cann (England)
Stéphane Lannoy (France) Éric Dansault (France)
Laurent Ugo (France)
Wolfgang Stark (Germany) Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany)
Mike Pickel (Germany)
Viktor Kassai (Hungary) Gábor Erős (Hungary)
Tibor Vámos (Hungary)
Roberto Rosetti (Italy) Paolo Calcagno (Italy)
Stefano Ayroldi (Italy)
Olegário Benquerença (Portugal) José Cardinal (Portugal)
Bertino Miranda (Portugal)
Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain) Fermín Martínez Ibánez (Spain)
Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain)
Martin Hansson (Sweden) Henrik Andrén (Sweden)
Stefan Wittberg (Sweden)
Massimo Busacca (Switzerland) Francesco Buragina (Switzerland)
Matthias Arnet (Switzerland)


  1. ^ a b "30 referees from 28 countries appointed for 2010 FIFA World Cup". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "List of referees preselected for South Africa 2010". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Crunch time for top referees". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Referees gear up for FIFA World Cup". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "FIFA appoints match officials". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 May 2009. Archived from the original on 9 May 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Referees honing skills in South Africa". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 27 June 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Referees medically assessed in Zurich". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Two referee trios will not officiate in South Africa following fitness tests". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "List of referees for remaining matches announced". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 

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