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FIFA World Cup 2018 Referees & Assistants (Announced)

FIFA has announced the 2018 FIFA World Cup 36-man referees and assistant referees list which include 2 referees from pro panel . FIFA are also pushing for video assistant referees (VARs) to be part of 2018 World Cup but that will be decided in March 2018 which needs approval from the The International Football Association Board (The IFAB). Referees in the world cup final list comes from all parts of the world, UEFA has 10 names, while CONMEBOL and CONCACAF has 6 officials each. Below is the full list of match officials announced so far.


FIFA has announced the list of 36 match officials heading to Russia for 2018 World Cup which takes place in June-July 2018. This world might become the first in history to use video refereeing and FIFA are pushing hard to make VAR available for world cup and all preparations are done and subject to approval from IFAB in March 2018.

Here some of the major rules ahead of how the referees will be selected for specific games. 

  • The 36 man list announced by FIFA is the final and there won’t be any changes unless some of the official fail fitness test and they will be replaced by reserved officials.
  • Video referee assistance will be announced from the 36-man list in March 2018 after approval from IFAB.
  • No referee can official match of his national team
  • Referees and other officials will be selected max 3 days before the match.
  • Referee for the final match will be announced after the semifinals.

Video Assistant Referees (VARs): Every match will have 1 main referee, 2 assistants and possibly 1 video assistant referee (VAR). FIFA will announce the names of referees from this 36 man list who will be acting as video assistant referees (VAR).

Match Officials For 2018 FIFA World Cup (Announced)
NO# Match Officials (Confirmed) FEDERATION
1 Felix BRYCH UEFA (Elite Panel)
2 Cüneyt CAKIR UEFA (Elite Panel)
3 Sergey KARASEV UEFA (Elite Panel)
4 Bjorn KUIPERS UEFA (Elite Panel)
5 Szymon MARCINIAK UEFA (Elite Panel)
6 Antonio Miguel MATEU LAHOZ UEFA (Elite Panel)
7 Milorad MAZIC UEFA (Elite Panel)
8 Gianluca ROCCHI UEFA (Elite Panel)
9 Damir SKOMINA UEFA (Elite Panel)
10 Clement TURPIN UEFA (Elite Panel)
11 Julio BASCUÑAN CONMEBOL
12 Enrique CACERES CONMEBOL
13 Andres CUNHA CONMEBOL
14 Nestor PITANA CONMEBOL
15 Sandro RICCI CONMEBOL
16 Wilmar ROLDAN CONMEBOL
17 Joel AGUILAR CONCACAF
18 Mark W. GEIGER CONCACAF
19 Jair MARRUFO CONCACAF
20 Ricardo MONTERO CONCACAF
21 John PITTI CONCACAF
22 Cesar Arturo RAMOS PALAZUELOS CONCACAF
23 Fahad AL MIRDASI AFC
24 Alireza FAGHANI AFC
25 Ravshan IRMATOV AFC
26 Mohammed Abdulla MOHAMED AFC
27 Ryuji SATO AFC
28 Nawaf Abdulla SHUKRALLA AFC
29 Mehdi ABID CHAREF CAF
30 Malang DIEDHIOU CAF
31 Bakary Papa GASSAMA CAF
32 Ghead GRISHA CAF
33 Janny SIKAZWE CAF
34 Weyesa Bamlak TESSEMA CAF
35 Matthew CONGER OFC
36 Norbert HAUATA OFC

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