Two U.S. VARs headed to 2022 U-17 Women's World Cup

U.S. referees Felisha Mariscal (left) and Ekaterina "Katja" Koroleva are among the 16 Video Assistant Referees (VAR) assigned to work at the 2022 U-17 Women's World Cup in India (Oct. 11-30). The tournament marks the first U-17 World Cup to use Video Review.

(The 2020 U-17 Women's World Cup and 2021 U-17 Men's World Cup were canceled because of the Covid pandemic.)

Appointed game officials for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022.


U.S. Referees at 2022 World Cups
U-20 Women's World Cup (Aug. 10-28)
Referee Tori Penso (3 games)
Assistant referee Brooke Mayo (3 games)

U-17 Women's World Cup (Oct. 11-30)
VARs Ekaterina Koroleva, Felisha Mariscal

Men's World Cup (Nov. 20-Dec. 18)
Referee Ismail Elfath
Assistant referees Kathryn Nesbitt, Kyle Atkins, Corey Parker.
VAR Armando Villarreal


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Mariscal recently worked as assistant referee and assistant VAR at both men's and women's Concacaf U-20 Championships, and the Concacaf W Championship. The Southern California school teacher, in addition to NWSL work, has covered 76 MLS games as assistant referee since 2014 and 10 games as a VAR since 2019.

Washington state-based Koroleva, who was born in Russia and raised in Iowa, has refereed two NWSL finals and at the 2016 U-17 Women's World Cup, and served as 2019 Women's World Cup fourth official. At this year's Concacaf W Championship, she served as referee, fourth official and VAR. She was also a VAR at the Concacaf U-20 Championship. Koroleva is a Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant.

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