Baojie Sun of China will officiate the opening match of the FIFA World Youth Championship Argentina 2001 between Argentina and Finland in Velez Sarsfield's José Amalfitani Stadium in Buenos Aires on Sunday, 18 June 2001.

The assistant referees at the match will be Hector Osvaldo Vergara of Canada and David Sau of the Solomon Islands, with Carlos Amarilla Demarqui of Paraguay as the fourth official.

At its meeting of June 15, the FIFA Referee's Committee appointed the referees and assistant referees for the first 24 matches of the tournament.

A total of 22 referees and 22 assistant referees from all six FIFA continental confederations have been appointed for the 52 matches of the Championship, the Final of which is to be played in Buenos Aires on Sunday 8 July.