FIFA appoints match officials
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FIFA have confirmed the trios of match officials who will participate in the forthcoming FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009.

Representing all six confederations, the thirty match officials were selected from a list of prospective candidates for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

Preparations for the match officials have been conducted under the guidance of FIFA´s Refereeing Assistance Programme (RAP), which was approved by the FIFA Executive Committee at the end of 2007. The basic objective of the RAP is to professionalise the environment in which referees develop and work at both national and international level.

The programme comprises two distinct but related parts. The first part is the preparation of match officials for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with practical and theoretical sessions focusing on five core areas: technical, physical, psychological, medical and energy performance. The second part of RAP is the development of refereeing at member association level.

The FIFA Confederations Cup, also known as the 'Festival of Champions', will be staged at venues in four cities: Johannesburg, Tshwane/Pretoria, Rustenburg and Mangaung/Bloemfontein.

To be held between 14 and 28 June 2009, the FIFA Confederations Cup includes Brazil as Copa America winners, African champions Egypt, first-time Asian champions Iraq, 2006 FIFA World Cup winners Italy, Oceania champions New Zealand, hosts South Africa, European champions Spain, and CONCACAF Gold Cup winners, the USA.

Confederation

Role

Display name

Country

AFC

Referee

Matthew BREEZE

Australia

 

Assistant referee

Matthew CREAM

Australia

 

Assistant referee

Ben WILSON

Australia

CAF

Referee

Coffi CODJIA

Benin

 

Assistant referee

Komi KONYOH

Togo

 

Assistant referee

Alexis FASSINOU

Benin

CONCACAF

Referee

Carlos BATRES

Guatemala

 

Assistant referee

Leonel LEAL

Costa Rica

 

Assistant referee

Carlos PASTRANA

Honduras

CONMEBOL

Referee

Carlos AMARILLA

Paraguay

 

Assistant referee

Emigdio RUIZ

Paraguay

 

Assistant referee

Nicolas YEGROS

Paraguay

 

Referee

Jorge LARRIONDA

Uruguay

 

Assistant referee

Pablo FANDINO

Uruguay

 

Assistant referee

Mauricio ESPINOSA

Uruguay

OFC

Referee

Michael HESTER

New Zealand

 

Assistant referee

Jan-Hendrik HINTZ

New Zealand

 

Assistant referee

Mark RULE

New Zealand

UEFA

Referee

Massimo BUSACCA

Switzerland

 

Assistant referee

Matthias ARNET

Switzerland

 

Assistant referee

Francesco BURAGINA

Switzerland

 

Referee

Martin HANSSON

Sweden

 

Assistant referee

Henrik ANDREN

Sweden

 

Assistant referee

Fredrik NILSSON

Sweden

 

Referee

Howard WEBB

England

 

Assistant referee

Michael MULLARKEY

England

 

Assistant referee

Peter KIRKUP

England

 

Reserve trio

   

CAF

Referee

Eddy MAILLET

Seychelles

 

Assistant referee

Evarist MENKOUANDE

Cameroon

 

Assistant referee

Bechir HASSANI

Tunisia