World Cup 2022: Who are the referees and other match officials?

Referee Anthony Taylor blows his whistle during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Italy and Switzerland at Olimpico Stadium on November 12, 2021 in Rome, Italy.
Anthony Taylor will be one of two English referees at this year's World Cup (Image credit: Emmanuele Ciancaglini/CPS Images/Getty Images)

In May, FIFA announced its list of 129 match officials for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Thirty-six referees from 29 countries have been chosen to take charge of the tournament’s 64 matches.

Among those 36 are two Premier League referees: Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor.

They’re joined by 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials (VMOs) – with VAR in use at the World Cup once again.

History will be made as referees Stephanie Frappart of France, Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan, along with assistants Neuza Back of Brazil, Karen Diaz Medina of Mexico and Kathyrn Nesbitt of the United States become the first women to officiate at a FIFA men’s tournament.

Here is the full list of referees for the World Cup 2022:

  • Ivan Barton (Slovenia
  • Chris Beath (Australia)
  • Raphael Claus (Brazil)
  • Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
  • Ismail Elfath (United States)
  • Mario Escobar (Guatemala)
  • Alireza Faghani (Iran)
  • Stephanie Frappart (France)
  • Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
  • Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
  • Victor Gomes (South Africa)
  • Istvan Kovacs (Romania)
  • Ning Ma (China)
  • Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
  • Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
  • Antonio Mateu (Spain)
  • Andres Matias Matonte Cabrera (Uruguay)
  • Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed (UAE)
  • Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)
  • Maguette N’Diaye (Senegal)
  • Michael Oliver (England)
  • Daniele Orsato (Italy)
  • Kevin Ortega (Peru)
  • Cesar Ramos (Mexico)
  • Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)
  • Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
  • Daniel Siebert (Germany)
  • Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
  • Anthony Taylor (England)
  • Facundo Tello (Argentina)
  • Clement Turpin (France)
  • Jesus Valenzuela (Venezuela)

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