World Cup 2018 referees

The World Cup 2018 referees are announced. Below you’ll find a list with all the referees. You’ll also find the names of the video referees below.

Referees media briefing

Want to be updated on the latest referee briefing? Check out what Pierluigi Collina says.

Referees have done a FIFA fitness test and are all ready for the World Cup. You also can download a pdf with the World Cup 2018 referees.

AFC referees (6)

Alireza  Faghani (Iran)
Ravshan Irmatov, Ravshan (Uzbekistan)
Mohammed Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrein)

CAF referees (6)

Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria)
Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Ghead Grisha (Egypt)
Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Bamlak Tessema (Ethiopia)

OFC referees (2)

Mattew Conger (New Zealand)
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)

CONCACAF referees (6)

Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Mark Geiger (USA)
Jair Marrufo (USA)
Ricardo Montero  (Costa Rica)
John Piiti (Panama)
César Ramos (Mexico)

CONMEBOL referees (6)

Bascuñán, Julio (Chi)
Cáceres, Enrique (paar)
Cunha, Andrés (Uru)
Pitana, Nestor (Arg)
Ricci, Sandro (Bra)
Roldán, Wilmar (Col)

UEFA referees (10)

Felix Brych (Germany)
Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Sergey Karasev (Russia)
Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Clémet Turpin (France)

Video Assistant Referees

Abdulrahman Al Jassim (AFC, Qatar)

Wilton Sampaio (Conmebol, Brazil)
Gery Vargas (Conmebol, Bolivia)
Mauro Vigliano (Conmebol, Argentina)

Bastian Dankert (Uefa, Germany)
Artur Soares Dias (Uefa Portugal)
Paweł Gil (Uefa, Poland)

Massimiliano Irrati (Uefa, Italy)
Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins (Uefa, Portugal)
Danny Makkelie (Uefa, Netherlands)
Daniele Orsato (Uefa, Italy)
Paolo Valeri (Uefa, Italy)
Felix Zwayer (Uefa, Germany)
Referees World Cup 2018

11 thoughts on “World Cup 2018 referees

    • Because Mark Clattenburg stopped and the other refs where not on the prospective list yet. Oliver and Taylor have now become Elite referees at Uefa, but that’s too late for the World Cup.

  1. Because the English referees re not up to the standard required. Michael Oliver is our best referee and will eventually make it, Anthony Taylor is a joke. He is not up to standard for the Premiership and his only involvement in International football is to be the idiot standing at the side of the goal doing absolutely nothing.

  2. The Premier League is probably the most competitive League in the World and referees, relatively, make few errors. It is sad when none will be at the Workd Cup, especially when you look at Countries who have representatives there. Not sure refs in Bahrain will have officiated in games like the Manchester Derby

    • Every country has it’s derbies. Mazic is from Serbia and I can assure you the Belgrade is quite intense. Don’t know football in Bahrein, but there might be such games as well, plus Asia also has a Champions League. I think Premier League as a very high standard, but these refs do have quite a lot of international experience and a ref like Irmatov has got some important WC games as well.

  3. Antony Taylor is on the Elite List seen him referee Champions League games
    Now they have scrapped the age they have to pack in. Martin Atkinson could have gone trouble is there is less from UEFA countries (10) and more from places never heard of.

    • Hi Ian, Anthony is on the Elite list since January, but in the group lower you also get CL games. Now he is Elite he will probably be shortlisted for the Euro Tournament in 2020.

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