FIFA World Cup 2018 Referees & their Pay Scale
The much awaited FIFA World Cup 2018 Tournament is going to kick start soon in the month of June, where the 32 participating teams are busy with their preparation for the competition. This year the tournament will be hosted by Russia which will have total 64 matches played against the best teams across the world.
Star Football players are all set to showcase their skills in front of millions of spectators, but apart from the key players there will be one man standing in the middle of the field : the referee. His decisions will certainly put a lot of effect on the overall game play.
So here in this article we have specially covered about who will be the FIFA World Cup 2018 Referees and How much are they paid.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Referees
FIFA has already revealed the identities of the World Cup Referees comprising of 36 individuals from across the globe who will officiate the 2018 event.
The referees are selected from the six continental federations. The maximum number of referees will be from the European governing body UEFA constituting 10 in number. However this time there is not a single British Official in the entire panel amid the threats of a United Kingdom boycott.
The AFC, CAF, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL confederations each have six representatives, while the OFC has just two.
World Cup 2018 Referee Confederation
|Confederation||Number of Referees|
According to FIFA, the selection of the officials “was based on each referee’s skills and personality, as well as his level of understanding of football and ability to read both the game and the various tactics employed by teams.”
A two-week seminar will be held in Italy, at the technical centre of the Italian football association (FIGC) in Florence, during the second half of April. At the conclusion of the seminar FIFA will announce the names of the individuals who will act as video assistant referees (VARs).
World Cup 2018 Referees
|Fahad Al-Mirdasi||AFC||Saudi Arabia|
|Mohammed Abdulla Mohamed||AFC||United Arab Emirates|
|Nawaf Abdulla Shukralla||AFC||Bahrain|
|Medhi Abid Sharef||CAF||Algeria|
|Bakary Papa Gassama||CAF||Gambia|
|Bamlak Tessema Wayesa||CAF||Ethiopa|
|Joel Aguilar||CONCACAF||El Salvador|
|Mark W. Geiger||CONCACAF||USA|
|Ricardo Montero||CONCACAF||Costa Rica|
|Cesar Arturo Ramos Palazuelos||CONCACAF||Mexico|
|Matthew Conger||OFC||New Zealand|
|Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz||UEFA||Spain|
World Cup 2018 Assistant Referees
In the Football World Cup Tournament each Referee is associated with a small team of assistants and thereby FIFA has confirmed total 63 Assistant Referees for the coming tournament.
Generally speaking, the officials who have been selected – both referees and assistants – will be deployed in a number of different roles, such as assistant referee, fourth official and video assistant referee.
|AFC||Yasser Kalil Abdulla Tulefat (Bahrain), Mohammed Al Abakry (Saudi Arabia), Taleb Al Marri (Qatar), Mohamed Alhammadi (UAE), Abdulah Alshalwai (Saudi Arabia), Mohammedreza Mansouri (Iran), Abduxamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan), Toru Sagara (Japan), Jakongi Saidov (Uzbekistan), Reza Sokhandan (Iran)|
|CAF||Redouane Achik (Morocco), Waleed Ahmed (Sudan), Jean Claude Birumushahu (Burundi), Djibril Camara (Senegal), Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos (Angola), Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria), Anouar Hmila (Tunisia), Marwa Range (Kenya), El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal), Zakhele Thusi Silewa (South Africa)|
|CONCACAF||Frank Anderson (USA), Joe Fletcher (Canada), Miguel Angel Hernandez Paredes (Mexico), Juan Carloa Mora Araya (Costa Rica), Corey Rockwell (USA), Marvin Torrentera (Mexico), Gabriel Victoria (Panama), Juan Zumba (El Salvador)|
|CONMEBOL||Carlos Astroza (Chile), Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina), Eduardo Cardozo (Paraguay), Emerson De Carvalho (Brazil), Cristian De La Cruz (Colombia), Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay), Alexander Guzman (Colombia), Hernan Maidana (Argentina), Christian Schiemann (Chile), Nicolas Taran (Uruguay), Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil), Juan Zorrilla (Paraguay)|
|OFC||Bertrand Brial (New Caledonia), Simon Lount (New Zealand), Tevita Makasini (Tonga)|
|UEFA||Anton Averianov (Russia), Mark Borsch (Germany), Pau Cebrian Devis (Spain), Nicolas Danos (France), Elnenito Di Liberatore (Italy), Roberto Diaz Perez (Spain), Dalibor Djurdjevic (Serbia), Bahattin Duran (Turkey), Cyril Gringore (France), Tikhon Kalugin (Russia), Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland), Stefan Lupp (Germany), Tarik Ongun (Turkey), Jure Praprotnik (Slovenia), Milovan Ristic (Serbia), Pawel Sokolnicki (Poland), Mauro Tonolini (Italy), Sander van Roekel (Netherlands), Robert Vukan (Slovenia), Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)|
FIFA World Cup 2018 Referees Pay Scale
FIFA has yet not revealed the amount of pay scale that will be granted to the referees and assistant referees at the World Cup, but according to the reports they will receive a fee plus extras per game.
The most experienced and qualified referees will be paid $70,000 for their services at the World Cup with a further $3,000 per game officiated.
The same report says that assistant referees will receive a lower fee of $25,000 with an extra $2,000 per game.
Which Referees will Officiate Each game?
As the preparations for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 are still going on, Federation has not yet appointed match officials for the World Cup games.
The Final FIFA Referee Seminar before the onset of the World Cup is set to take place on 4th June 2018, which will be 10 days before the opening game between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.
It is for sure that the World Cup 2018 Football event will have the most experienced and qualified Referees which will take charge in important and bigger matches of Knock out stages and Final.