Women’s World Cup 2023: Eleven African referees selected

Women’s World Cup 2023: Eleven African referees selected

Four referees from Africa, the Rwandan, Salma Mukansanga, the Togolese, Vincentia Amédomé, the Moroccan, Bouchra Karboubi, and the South African, Akhona Zennith Makalima, are among the 33 field referees appointed on Monday to officiate the matches of the Cup of the 2023 women’s football world, we learned from Fifa.

The 9th edition of this competition will take place in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20, 2023, the world football body said in a statement. She unveiled, on Monday, the list of members of the FIFA Referees Commission.

Five women from African countries are among the 55 assistant referees. They are the Zambian, Diana Chikotesha, the Moroccans, Soukaina Hamdi and Fatiha Jermoum, the Malian, Fanta Koné, and the Kenyan, Mary Njoroge.
For the first time in the history of the Women’s World Cup, Fifa has selected six women, including Moroccan Adil Zourak, for video assistance in refereeing.

“Our selection quite simply corresponds to the best in women’s refereeing in the world”, explained Pierluigi Collina, the president of the Referees Committee.

The selected arbitrators will participate in January and February in preparatory seminars in Doha. They will also take part, in Montevideo, in filmed training sessions and in the “analysis of video extracts from real match situations”.

In particular, we will see a total of 107 judges divided into 33 referees, 55 assistants and 19 in charge of video. We will also see 11 from Africa: 4 centrals, 6 linesmen and a video assistant.