Argentina Iran World Cup Referee Assignments

FIFA have selected 36 referees and support referees that will be heading out to Russia next summer for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with two officials from the PRO roster making the list.

Mark Geiger, who recently refereed the World Cup Qualifying Playoff between New Zealand and Peru, has been named, as has colleague Jair Marrufo. Marrufo was fourth official in that goalless first leg in Wellington.

Geiger has been on the FIFA list since 2008 and refereed three matches at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, taking charge of two group stage match-ups and the Round of 16 game between France and Nigeria.

Marrufo has yet to officiate at a World Cup, but the 2008 MLS Referee of the Year has been a FIFA-listed official since 2007, and was on Copa America duty last year.

It is the first time that two PRO referees have been selected for the tournament by FIFA, and the pair will join the other 34 officials at a World Cup seminar in Abu Dhabi between November 25 and November 29.

Full list:


Fahad Al Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Abdulla Mohamed (UAE)
Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)


Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria)
Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Ghead Grisha (Egypt)
Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Bamlak Tessema (Ethiopia)


Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Mark Geiger (USA)
Jair Marrufo (USA)
Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
John Pitti (Panama)
Cesar Ramos (Mexico)


Julio Bascunan (Chile)
Enrique Caceres (Paraguay)
Andres Cunha (Uruguay)
Nestor Pitana (Argentina)
Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Wilmar Roldan (Colomnia)


Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)


Felix Brych (Germany)
Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)
Sergei Karasev (Russia)
Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Milorad Mazic (Serbia)
Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Clement Turpin (France)

After the 2006 FIFA World Cup 332 referees have conducted World Cup matches. Ravshan Irmatov from Uzbekistan is the referee with most matches (9). 19 referees have conducted the 19 finals.

Referees in finals of World Cup[edit]

The yellow card and red card were introduced in 1970. Before, cautions or "bookings" were not registered, only Dismissals or Red card.

By Country[edit]

After the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final 32 countries have been represented in the officials body of the FIFA World Cup Final.

Most matches[edit]

Only the referees with 6 matches or more.

RefereeWorld CupsMatchesHighlights
Ravshan Irmatov2010, 20149Semi-final (Netherlands vs Uruguay) in 2010
Joël Quiniou1986, 1990, 19948Third place match (Italy vs England) in 1990
Semi-final (Bulgaria vs Italy) in 1994
Benito Archundia2006, 20108Semi-final (Germany vs Italy) in 2006
Third place match (Uruguay vs Germany) in 2010
Jorge Larrionda2006, 20108Semi-final (Portugal vs France) in 2006[22][23]
Marco Antonio Rodríguez2006, 2010, 20147Semi-final (Brazil vs Germany) in 2014
Ali Bujsaim1994, 1998, 20027Semi-final (Brazil vs Netherlands) in 1998
Frank De Bleeckere2006, 20107
Juan Gardezábal Garay1958, 1962, 19667Third place match (Chile vs Yugoslavia) in 1962
Sandy Griffiths1950, 1954, 19587Semi-final (Hungary vs Uruguay) in 1954
Semi-final (France vs Brazil) in 1958
John Langenus1930, 1934, 19387Semi-final (Argentina vs United States) in 1930
Final (Uruguay vs Argentina) in 1930
Third place match (Sweden vs Brazil) in 1938
Carlos Eugênio Simon2002, 2006, 20107
Gamal Al-Ghandour1998, 20026
Jamal Al Sharif1986, 1990, 19946
Arturo Brizio Carter1994, 19986
Arthur Edward Ellis1950, 1954, 19586
Ivan Eklind1934, 1938, 19506Semi-final (Italy vs Austria) in 1934
Final (Italy vs Czechoslovakia) in 1934
Nikolay Latyshev1958, 19626Final (Brazil vs Czechoslovakia) in 1962
Roberto Rosetti2006, 20106
Oscar Ruiz2002, 2006, 20106


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