Qatar’s Al Marri set for World Cup debut
DOHA: Qatar’s Taleb Al Marri will make his debut appearance at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in
Russia taking up his position as an assistant referee in the 32-team tournament.
World governing body FIFA has released the final list of referees and assistant referees for the Jun
14-July 15, 2018, event.
Al Marri will join nine other assistant referees representing the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
“I am proud to be the first referee to represent Qatar in a World Cup,” Al Marri tweeted.
Iran, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia each will have two representatives in the list of 10 assistant referees.
Other AFC assistant referees are from the Bahrain, the UAE and Japan.
Al Marri featured as an assistant referee in the matches of the 2016 FIFA World Club Cup held in Osaka
in December that year.
Fifa also announced a full list of referees who will feature in the 2018 World Cup. Six referees are from
Asia whereas a total of 10 will represent UEFA, the European football governing body.
In total, the FIFA Referees Committee has selected 36 referees and 63 assistant referees, representing
46 different countries, for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, details showed today.
“The choice of the final group of match officials selected to officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
was based on each referee’s skills and personality, as well as his level of understanding of football and ability
to read both the game and the various tactics employed by teams,” Fifa said on its website.
“Over the last three years, preparatory seminars have taken place for referees and assistant referees focusing
on fair play, protecting players and the image of the game, as well as consistency and uniformity.
“The selected FIFA World Cup match officials will attend another dedicated seminar for two weeks in
the second half of April at the technical centre of the Italian Football Association in Coverciano, Italy. The
officials will be divided into two groups, which will also include video assistant referee (VAR) candidates,”
Fifa added while announcing the list of referees.