USA is only country with two referees invited to World Cup referee seminar

U.S. referees Mark Geiger and Jair Marrufo were invited to take part in a seminar organized by the FIFA Referees Committee in Abu Dhabi as part of the preparations for the 2018 World Cup.

The seminar, which ran five days and wrapped up on Wednesday, marked the start of the selection process for referees, assistant referees and video assistant referees for the 64 games.

Geiger, who worked three games at the 2014 World Cup, recently refereed the World Cup qualifying playoff between New Zealand and Peru. Marrufo, who was fourth official in the first leg in Wellington, worked at the Copa Centenario in 2016.

CONCACAF
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Mark Geiger (USA)
Jair Marrufo (USA)
Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
John Pitti (Panama)
Cesar Ramos (Mexico)

AF
Fahad Al Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Abdulla Mohamed (UAE)
Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

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

CONMEBOL
Julio Bascunan (Chile)
Enrique Caceres (Paraguay)
Andres Cunha (Uruguay)
Nestor Pitana (Argentina)
Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Wilmar Roldan (Colombia)

OFC
Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)

UEFA
Felix Brych (Germany)
Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)
Sergei Karasev (Russia)
Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Milorad Mazic (Serbia)
Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Clement Turpin (France)
1 comment about "USA is only country with two referees invited to World Cup referee seminar".
  1. beautiful game, November 29, 2017 at 10:02 p.m.

    If Marrufo & Geiger are what FIFA has in mind; that's two whistle swallowers too many.

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