Drew Fischer

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Drew Fischer
Drew Fischer Portland Timbers vs RSL 2016-09-10 (28990088463) (cropped).jpg
Fischer in 2016
Born (1980-07-10) July 10, 1980 (age 42)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Domestic
Years League Role
2012– Major League Soccer Referee
2019– Canadian Premier League Referee
International
Years League Role
2015– FIFA listed Referee
2021- FIFA listed Video Assistant Referee

Drew Fischer (born July 10, 1980) is a Canadian football referee who regularly officiates Major League Soccer games, and was approved for international matches in 2015.

Background[edit]

Fischer was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta.[1] As a teen in Calgary he began officiating to earn extra money. Fischer has been a professional referee since 2007.[2] He was accredited to first-division games in North America in 2012 and has been FIFA referee since 2015, only one of three Canadians at the time.[2][3][4] He has a degree in physics from the University of Calgary.[5]

Refereeing career[edit]

Fischer has officiated several Canadian Championship matches since 2012. He officiated the finals of the Canadian Championship in 2013, 2016, and 2018.[1] Fisher has also officiated several Major League Soccer matches since 2012.[3] After obtaining FIFA status in 2015, Fischer was appointed to referee the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship and the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship.[1] On June 23, 2017, it was announced that Fischer had been appointed to officiate in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[6] He was also appointed to be a Video Assistant Referee for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. In 2019 the Canadian Premier League began play and Fischer was one of the referees appointed during the inaugural season.[1]

Fischer has been involved in numerous high-profile tournaments and matches including:[7]

  • Canadian Interuniversity Sport National Final – 2011 and 2013
  • Amway Canadian Championship Final – 2012 and 2013
  • CONCACAF Men’s U17 Championship 2015
  • FIFA Men’s World Cup 2018 Qualifying
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup 2017[8]
  • FIFA Men’s U17 World Cup Brazil 2019[9]
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019[10]
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup 2021
  • FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020[11]
  • MLS Cup Final [VAR] – 2020[12]
  • Concacaf Nations League Final [VAR] – 2021[13]
  • FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021[14]
  • FIFA Men’s World Cup 2022 Qualifying
  • CONCACAF League Final (1st Leg)- 2022 [15]
  • MLS Cup Final [VAR] - 2022[16]


On May 19, 2022, Fischer was announced as one of 24 Video Match Officials appointed by FIFA for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Canada Soccer". www.canadasoccer.com. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Calgarian now qualified to ref soccer at FIFA World Cup, Olympics - CBC News". Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Profiles: Drew Fischer". proreferees.com. Professional Referee Organization.
  4. ^ "Referees: Canada". FIFA. Archived from the original on June 18, 2007.
  5. ^ Thibeault, Marie-Hélène (June 17, 2015). "Physics alumnus scores international soccer referee job". Archived from the original on May 17, 2019. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Match Officials Announced for Gold Cup". www.goldcup.org. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  7. ^ "Profile". Canada Soccer. Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  8. ^ "Drew Fischer – Professional Referee Organization ®". Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  9. ^ "Match officials for FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 appointed". www.fifa.com. Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  10. ^ "2022 MLS Cup crew confirmed – Professional Referee Organization ®". Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  11. ^ "2022 MLS Cup crew confirmed – Professional Referee Organization ®". Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  12. ^ "2022 MLS Cup crew confirmed – Professional Referee Organization ®". Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  13. ^ "2022 MLS Cup crew confirmed – Professional Referee Organization ®". Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  14. ^ "2022 MLS Cup crew confirmed – Professional Referee Organization ®". Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  15. ^ "2022 Scotiabank Concacaf League Referees Appointments Final first leg match". Concacaf. October 24, 2022. Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  16. ^ "2022 MLS Cup crew confirmed – Professional Referee Organization ®". Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  17. ^ "36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials appointed for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™". www.fifa.com. Retrieved November 3, 2022.

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