FIFA World Cup Referees Selected

FIFA has announced its referees for the 2018 World Cup and there are no representatives from the  English Premier League. The United States will have World Cup representation in the form of two referees but no British officials will be present at Russia 2018.

FIFA confirmed its list of 36 referees and 63 assistants for the tournament on Thursday, with the officials spanning 46 different countries. However, there’s none from the English Premier League, despite English football’s top-flight drawing upon a group of full-time professional referees.

The officials selected will attend two weeks of preparatory seminars at the Italian Football Federation’s (FIGC) technical center in Coverciano, which will also include training for video assistant referee (VAR) candidates. Trialing the VAR system, which will be rolled out in Russia despite receiving a lukewarm reception, does not appear to have influenced the selection of officials.

Australia, Belgium, Portugal and South Korea will not have referees at the World Cup despite their leagues using VAR, which has also been introduced during England’s FA Cup this season. Germany and Poland join Italy and the USA as nations to have trialed VAR domestically and had referees selected for the finals.

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