Match officials for FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 appointed
Sao Paulo: With less than three months to go before the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 kicks off, the FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 20 trios of match officials, five Support Referees and 17 Video Assistant Referees (VARs), representing all six Confederations.
Twelve Asian officials have been appointed for the tournament, with the contingent led by referees Khamis Al Marri from Qatar, Australia's Chris Beath and China PR's Ma Ning.
Highly-acclaimed VAR Course to strengthen AFC’s capabilities
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) commitment to embrace the AFC Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system was demonstrated when the Continent’s top 40 match officials completed the second edition of the VAR course on Monday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Led by International Football Association Board (IFAB) Technical Director, David Elleray, and AFC VAR technical experts Ali Al Traifi, Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh, Farkhad Abdullaev and Hakan Anaz, the five-day course included match analysis of more than 20 matches.
Simultaneously, an additional team of VARs worked with a surrogate referee to reinforce the importance of communications, teamwork, the line of intervention as well as VAR protocol and procedures.
Zurich: Reigning AFC U-16 champions Japan will face USA, Senegal and Netherlands in the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil following the draw ceremony in Zurich on Thursday.
Japan, who defeated Tajikistan to lift the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship title in Kuala Lumpur, will fancy their chances of advancing to the knockout stage in their ninth appearance in the Finals.
Tajikistan, meanwhile, were drawn in Group E with Spain, Argentina and Cameroon and the Central Asians - who will be making their second appearance in the Finals - will be eager to test themselves after their fabulous run in the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship.
Sydney: 30 players will put their best foot forward for the Australia squad selection as the build-up continues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019.
Head coach Trevor Morgan and his staff will train the squad at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra between July 11 and 18.
On the first evening of camp, the Joeys will also find out who they will face in the Group Stage in Brazil in October and November, as the draw is conducted at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
New Delhi: With four wins from four matches, scoring 12 goals while conceding just two, Islamic Republic of Iran continued their unstoppable march through the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 by defeating Mexico 2-1 in their Round of 16 encounter in Goa.
Reaching the last eight marks Team Melli’s best result in the history of the competition and continues a remarkable few months of success.
Coach Abbas Chamanian’s charges were the only team in the world to qualify for five different FIFA tournaments in 2016/2017 – an outstanding achievement unparalleled even by nations such as Brazil, Germany and France.