FIFA International Referees List

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FIFA International Referee Vladislav Bezborodov wearing referees shirt with 2011 FIFA badge

The FIFA International Referees List is the global list of referees in the football-variants controlled by FIFA - Association football (outdoor football), Futsal and Beach soccer. Members of the list are qualified to officiate at international level and are entitled to wear a FIFA badge on their uniform for the year in which they listed.

Nomination[edit]

FIFA member countries are invited annually to nominate male and female officials for association football, futsal and beach soccer. Each country's Referee's Committee selects the referees to be nominated to FIFA.[1][2]

FIFA maintains five lists in total: men's and women's association football referees,[3][4] men's and women's futsal referees,[5][6] and a single list of beach soccer referees.[7] Officials in the association football lists are nominated as either referees or assistant referees.[8] Futsal and beach soccer at international level are usually controlled by two on-field referees and there is no equivalent of the assistant referee.[1]

Fitness[edit]

Referees nominated to the list must pass fitness tests consisting of a series of 40 meter sprints and an interval test consisting of 150 meter sprints and 50 meter recovery walks.[1][9][10]

FIFA badge[edit]

On being selected to the list, referees receive a badge from FIFA. The badge indicates the category of official in which they have been listed - referee, assistant referee, Futsal referee or Beach soccer referee. While officiating matches in the category they have been nominated, the referee is expected to wear the badge. Where a referee is controlling a match outside of their category (e.g. an assistant referee acting as a central referee or a Futsal referee controlling an outdoor match) the badge is not worn. Members of the women's list are only allowed to work men's international matches if they have completed the men's fitness tests. Being listed for the first time is often referred to as receiving a FIFA badge.[1]

Age[edit]

A center referee must be at least 25 years old on January 1 to be eligible for International Referee listing nomination on that calendar year. An assistant referee is eligible at the age of 23 years.

Prior to 2016, a referee had to be no older than 44 years old to be eligible for being listed. Not previously listed referees had to be no older than 38.

In 2014, FIFA announced that they would remove the maximum age requirement. This was confirmed[11] in 2015.

FIFA reserves the right to require referees over the age of 45 to undergo additional technical assessments as well as specific medical examinations and fitness testing on a case by case basis.[11]

Referees by Association[edit]

As of 2016, a total of 3,378 referees from 201 associations worldwide have FIFA international status.[12]

Association Number of Referees Reference
Men Women Men's Futsal Women's Futsal Beach Soccer Total
Afghanistan Afghanistan 2 2 1 1 1 7 [13]
Albania Albania 9 1 1 - - 11 [14]
Algeria Algeria 14 - - - - 14 [15]
American Samoa American Samoa 1 - - - - 1 [16]
Andorra Andorra 3 - 1 - - 4 [17]
Angola Angola 14 4 3 - - 21 [18]
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 2 2 - - - 4 [19]
Argentina Argentina 20 6 4 2 3 35 [20]
Armenia Armenia 6 6 - - - 12 [21]
Aruba Aruba 4 - - - - 4 [22]
Australia Australia 15 6 4 - - 25 [23]
Austria Austria 17 7 2 - - 26 [24]
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 9 6 4 - 3 22 [25]
The Bahamas Bahamas 3 - - - - 3 [26]
Bahrain Bahrain 14 - 3 - 2 19 [27]
Belgium Belgium 17 8 4 - 2 31 [28]
Bhutan Bhutan 4 - 1 - - 5 [29]
Cambodia Cambodia 8 - 1 - - 9 [30]
India India 6 2 - - - 8 [31]
Laos Laos 7 - 1 - - 8 [32]
Thailand Thailand 14 3 4 - 2 23 [33]
Turkey Turkey 17 8 4 1 4 34 [34]
Vietnam Vietnam 9 6 3 - 1 19 [35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Regulations governing the registration of international referees, assistant referees, futsal" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Duties of the Referees Committee" (PDF). Regulations on the Organisation of Refereeing in FIFA Member Associations. FIFA. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Men's Referees List". FIFA.com. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Women's Referees' List". FIFA.com. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  5. ^ "Men's Futsal Referees' List". FIFA.com. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  6. ^ "Women's Futsal Referees' List". FIFA.com. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  7. ^ "Refereeing - Beach Soccer Referees' List". FIFA.com. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  8. ^ For example, the list of Australian men's association football referees is divided into referees and assistant referees: [1]
  9. ^ Park, Madison (4 June 2010). "World Cup referees outrun players". CNN.com. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Morrison, Jim (22 June 2010). "How to Train a World Cup Referee". Smithsonian.com. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Circular No. 1497" (PDF). fifa.com. FIFA. 
  12. ^ Referees by Association. FIFA.com
  13. ^ Afghanistan. FIFA.com
  14. ^ Albania. FIFA.com
  15. ^ Algeria. FIFA.com
  16. ^ Algeria. FIFA.com
  17. ^ Andorra. FIFA.com
  18. ^ Angola. FIFA.com
  19. ^ Antigua and Barbuda. FIFA.com
  20. ^ Argentina. FIFA.com
  21. ^ Armenia. FIFA.com
  22. ^ Aruba. FIFA.com
  23. ^ Australia. FIFA.com
  24. ^ Austria. FIFA.com
  25. ^ Azerbaijan. FIFA.com
  26. ^ Bahamas. FIFA.com
  27. ^ Bahrain. FIFA.com
  28. ^ Belgium. FIFA.com
  29. ^ Bhutan. FIFA.com
  30. ^ Cambodia. FIFA.com
  31. ^ India. FIFA.com
  32. ^ Laos. FIFA.com
  33. ^ Thailand. FIFA.com
  34. ^ Thailand. FIFA.com
  35. ^ Vietnam. FIFA.com

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