Who Are Euro 2020 Referees: Assistants and VAR officials?
|Euro 2020 Referees|
Euro 2020 Referees: Who Are They?
The list was rumoured to be due out at the end of March 2021.
The full list of 18 official Euro 2020 referees are as follows:
Felix Brych (Germany)
Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Carlos Del Cerro Grande (Spain)
Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)
Ovidiu Alin Hategan (Romania)
Sergei Karasev (Russia)
Istvan Kovacs (Romania)
Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Michael Oliver (England)
Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (Portugal)
Daniel Siebert (Germany)
Anthony Taylor (England)
Clément Turpin (France)
Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
In addition, as part of an exchange programme within the framework of the cooperation agreement between UEFA and the South American Football Confederation CONMEBOL, for the first time ever a South American referee will join the European group of referees and a European will travel to South America.
Argentinian referee Fernando Rapallini and his assistants will join the selected European referees for EURO 2020, while a Spanish refereeing team led by Jesús Gil Manzano will be part of the selected CONMEBOL referees for the Copa América 2021 in Argentina and Colombia.
Also for the first time, a female official has been selected for a men’s EURO. Stéphanie Frappart (France), who has officiated at several matches in UEFA’s men’s club and national team competitions this season, has been selected as support match official, and will be acting as fourth official at matches together with other colleagues as per the attached full list of match officials.
Each refereeing team will consist of a referee, two assistant referees, a fourth official, a reserve assistant referee at the stadium, and a team of four video match officials.
The preparation of the officials for UEFA EURO 2020 will include a course for all referees, referee assistants and video match officials, which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 10 to 13 May.
Referees, referee assistants and support referees will have their base camp in Istanbul from 7 June until the completion of the quarter-finals, after which the remaining match officials will move to London for the final three matches.
UEFA ensures that every referee is accompanied by two assistant referees from the same country who have officiate matches together at the biggest stage like UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League. Below is the possible list of 18 referees who are in contention to be selected as UEFA Euro 2020 main-referees. But before we get into the list of Referees here are some of the rules designed by UEFA to make sure refereeing protocols are meet at the highest standard.
The following officials are named as video match officials (VARs).
- Stuart Attwell (England)
- Lee Betts (England)
- Christopher Kavanagh (England)
- Jérôme Brisard (France)
- François Letexier (France)
- Benjamin Pages (France)
- Bastian Dankert (Germany)
- Christian Dingert (Germany)
- Marco Fritz (Germany)
- Christian Gittelmann (Germany)
- Marco Di Bello (Italy)
- Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
- Filippo Meli (Italy)
- Paolo Valeri (Italy)
- Kevin Blom (Netherlands)
- Pol Van Boekel (Netherlands)
- Pawel Gil (Poland)
- João Pedro Silva Pinheiro (Portugal)
- Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (Spain)
- Juan Martínez Munuera (Spain)
- Íñigo Prieto López de Cerain (Spain)
- José María Sánchez Martínez (Spain)
|Referee teams for UEFA EURO 2020|
Uefa also made statement on the appearance of Stéphanie Frappart (France) as support official. She has “officiated at several matches in UEFA’s men’s club and national team competitions this season, has been selected as support match official*, and will be acting as fourth official at matches together with other colleagues as per the attached full list of match officials.”
First you’ll see the name of the fourth official, then the name of the attached reserve AR.
- Stéphanie Frappart (France)
- Mikael Berchebru (France)
- Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)
- Martin Margaritov (Bulgaria)
- Davide Massa (Italy)
- Stefano Alassio (Italy)
- Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
- Marcin Boniek (Poland)
- Srdjan Jovanović (Serbia)
- Uros Stojkovic (Serbia)
- Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
- Stéphane De Almeida (Switzerland)
How were Referees chosen?
The criteria for selecting referees for the tournament is thus:
1. Experience hosting at a previous international tournament, such as a Euros or World Cup
2. A record of officiating high-profile Champions League and Europa League fixtures
3. Track record in domestic football (match performance, level of discipline, number of mistakes made)
3. Experience working with video assistance domestically
4. Languages spoken (a good grasp of English is a must)
5. Ability to control players and clearly explain decisions
6. How many referees from same nation already selected
UEFA Referees Committee chairman, Roberto Rosetti - a former referee who officiated at the 2010 World Cup - discussed the selection criteria in February this year.
“We’ll be looking at the performances of our first-category referees in view of the various duties required at the finals," he said. "Experience will obviously count as a criterion for our choices, but we’ll be closely monitoring everybody in the coming matches before taking our final decision."
Rosetti also offered advice to any referees hoping to force themselves into the reckoning before the announcement is made in the coming weeks.
“Take strong action in cases of mass confrontation between players on the field, as well as when you are being mobbed by players,” Rosetti said. The 57-year-old also highlighted the importance of consistent action in cases of holding, pushing and physical contact in the penalty area, especially at free-kicks and corners. The referees were advised to show understanding of the spirit of the game in taking decisions on potential handball situations in the area.
Will VAR be in use at Euro 2020?
For the first time in competition history, video assistants will be on duty for every game. A unique VAR will be assigned to each of the 18 referees selected for the tournament, forming part of a four-strong team alongside the assistant refs and fourth official. In all, there will be 72 match officials overseeing matters… so best behaviour.
|Some of the major rules which needs to be fulfilled before any referee is selected for a specific match. |
*18-man referee list announced by UEFA in March 2021 will be the final list and there wont be any changes unless a referee in the list fail fitness test or suffer an injury. In such case that referee is replaced with another from reserved list.
*Each referee will have a team of two assistant referee from the same country who will complete the team and they will only officiate matches together.
*Referees can be selected for a match of their national teams.
*UEFA announce the selection for referees for a specific match 3 days before the game.
*Referees for the final match will be announced after the semifinals are played out.
11 host cities at Euro 2020
In what is a stark departure from previous editions where a single country, or at times two nations, hosted the event, Euro 2020 will be played in 11 cities across Europe.
The venues are:
1. Wembley Stadium, London, England
2. Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
3. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
4. Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
5. Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary
6. Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
7. Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
8. Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
9. Estadio La Cartuja, Seville, Spain
10. Arena Nationala, Bucharest, Romania
11. Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia
The Wembley Stadium in London will host both the semi-finals as well as the final following a gruelling month of footballing action that kicks off on June 11.
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