Andrés Cunha

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Andrés Cunha
Andres Cunha FIFA WC 2018 ESP-IRN.jpg
Cunha at Kazan in 2018
Full name Andrés Ismael Cunha Soca
Born (1976-09-08) 8 September 1976 (age 42)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Years League Role
2010–present Uruguayan Primera División Referee
Years League Role
2013–present FIFA listed Referee

Andrés Ismael Cunha Soca (born 8 September 1976) is an international football referee from Montevideo, Uruguay.[1] He has been a FIFA-listed referee since 2013 and has refereed a number of major matches in Copa Libertadores and Copa América. Cunha has also refereed matches in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in the Korea Republic.[2] During international matches, his assistant referees are Nicolás Taran and Mauricio Espinosa. At the domestic level, Cunha regularly referees matches in the Uruguayan Primera División.

Cunha officiated the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between France and Australia on 16 June, where he awarded a penalty kick after consultation with Mauro Vigliano, the video assistant referee. The incident marked the first time a penalty had been awarded after consultation with the VAR in a World Cup match.[3]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia
Date Match Venue Round
16 June 2018  France Australia Kazan Group stage
20 June 2018  Iran Spain Kazan Group stage
10 July 2018  France Belgium Saint Petersburg Semi-final


  1. ^ "Andrés Cunha » Matches as referee". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  2. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Referees – Andrés Cunha". FIFA. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  3. ^ Johnson, Dale (16 June 2018). "How VAR made history with penalty for France". ESPN. Retrieved 16 June 2018.