Al Jassim selected as VAR for Russia 2018
Zurich: Asia's Abdulrahman Al Jassim has been named as a video assistant referee (VAR) for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.
Qatar's Al Jassim is among the 13 referees selected by the FIFA Referees Committee for Russia 2018. The 13 will act solely as VARs during the FIFA World Cup.
The selection criteria for these VARs were primarily based on their experience as video match officials in their respective association and confederation competitions, in addition to their successful participation in several preparatory seminars and FIFA competitions, where they enhanced their VAR knowledge and skills by using the system.
Each match at the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 will have a VAR together with three assistants, AVAR1, AVAR2, AVAR3 (for more information about the different roles and tasks of the VAR team please check fifa.com/VAR).
In addition to these 13 referees who will act solely as video assistant referees, some of the referees and assistant referees who have been selected for the FIFA World Cup will also act as video match officials during Russia 2018. These appointments will be confirmed before each match.
Besides Al Jassim, Asia will also be represented by a record 16 match officials at Russia 2018.
Asian referees who will officiate at Russia 2018 are Al Mirdasi Fahad (Saudi Arabia), Faghani Alireza (IR Iran), Irmatov Ravshan (Uzbekistan), Mohamed Mohammed Abdulla (UAE), Sato Ryuji (Japan) and Shukralla Nawaf Abdulla (Bahrain).
Assistant referees selected are Abdulla Tulefat Yaser Khalil (Bahrain), Al Abakry Mohammed (Saudi Arabia), Al-Marri Taleb (Qatar), Alhammadi Mohamed (UAE), Alshalwai Abdulah (Saudi Arabia), Mansouri Mohammadreza (IR Iran), Rasulov Abduxamidullo (Uzbekistan), Sagara Toru (Japan), Saidov Jakhongir (Uzbekistan) and Sokhandan Reza (IR Iran).