FIFA Announces U-17 World Cup Referees as Ko ‘Selected to Referee’

FIFA Announces U-17 World Cup Referees as Ko ‘Selected to Referee’

The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has announced the referees for the 2023 U-17 World Cup in Indonesia, which kicks off this November. A minimum of three and a maximum of five referees have been selected from each continental football confederation, with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) selecting referee Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea).

“The Refereeing Committee has selected 18 referees and 36 assistant referees for the 2023 U-17 World Cup in Indonesia,” FIFA said on Sunday (June 27). In addition, 18 VARs (video assistant referees) have been selected. We aim to ensure consistency of judgment throughout the tournament and look forward to seeing them demonstrate their skills on the international stage.”

The announced list includes referee Ko Hyung-jin. He is a member of the Korean Football Association (KFA) and a FIFA international referee. He was also selected to officiate at the 2019 U-17 World Cup in Brazil. He has also officiated in tournaments organized by the K League and the AFC.

In addition to Ko Hyung-jin, the assistant referees include Park Sang-jun and Yoon Jae-yeol (South Korea). In the AFC, Omar Al Ali (UAE) and Fu Ming (China) were selected as head referees, Jassem Al Ali and Saeed Rashid Al Marzouki (UAE), and Cao Yi and Ma Zhi (China) as assistant referees. In addition, Khalid Saleh Al-Turais (Saudi Arabia), Kate Jayswich (Australia) and Abdullah Jamali (Kuwait) have been selected as VARs.

“The selected officials will take part in a final preparation seminar in the days leading up to the tournament, where they will review and analyze video footage of real-life situations and participate in practical exercises with the players, allowing them to receive immediate feedback from their instructors,” FIFA explained.

Meanwhile, the 2023 U-17 World Cup in Indonesia will kick off on November 10 and conclude on December 2. It was originally scheduled to take place in 2021, but was postponed by two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic at the time. Peru was also supposed to host the tournament, but was stripped of the honor after a series of natural disasters caused by extreme weather.

The draw took place on July 15 at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. A total of 52 matches will be played between the 24 nations that qualified from each continental region. The 12 nations that finish first and second in each of the six groups will advance to the round of 16, while the four best performers from the top three in each group will advance to the knockout stage. 레모나토토

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