The FIFA International Referees List is an annual publication of the global list of FIFA international referees in the football-variants controlled by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) – association football (outdoor football), futsal and beach soccer. Members of the list are qualified to officiate at international level and are entitled to wear a FIFA badge on their uniform for the year in which they listed.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
Futsal is a variant of association football played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It can be considered a version of five-a-side football.
Beach Soccer, also known as beach football or beasal, is a variant of association football played on a beach or some form of sand.
FIFA member countries are invited annually to nominate male and female officials for association football, futsal and beach soccer. Each country's Referee's Committee selects the referees to be nominated to FIFA.
FIFA maintains five lists in total: men's and women's association football referees,men's and women's futsal referees, and a single list of beach soccer referees. Officials in the association football lists are nominated as either referees or assistant referees. Futsal and beach soccer at international level are usually controlled by two on-field referees and there is no equivalent of the assistant referee.
Referees nominated to the list must pass fitness tests consisting of a series of 40 meter sprints and an interval test consisting of 75 meter sprints and 2x 12,5 meter recovery walks. Assistant referees nominated to the list must pass fitness tests consisting of a CODA-drill, series of 30 meter sprints and an interval test consisting of 75 meter sprints and 2x 12,5 meter recovery walks.
On being selected to the list, referees receive a badge from FIFA. The badge indicates the category of official in which they have been listed – referee, assistant referee, Futsal referee or Beach soccer referee. While officiating matches in the category they have been nominated, the referee is expected to wear the badge. Where a referee is controlling a match outside of their category (e.g. an assistant referee acting as a central referee or a Futsal referee controlling an outdoor match) the badge is not worn. Members of the women's list are only allowed to work men's international matches if they have completed the men's fitness tests. Being listed for the first time is often referred to as receiving a FIFA badge.
|FIFA badge insignia since 2019|
A referee must be at least 25 years old on 1 January to be eligible for International Referee listing nomination on that calendar year. An assistant referee is eligible at the age of 23 years.
Prior to 2016, a referee had to be no older than 45 years old to be eligible for being listed. Not previously listed referees had to be no older than 38.
In 2014, FIFA announced that they would remove the maximum age requirement. This was confirmedin 2015.
FIFA reserves the right to require referees over the age of 45 to undergo additional technical assessments as well as specific medical examinations and fitness testing on a case by case basis.Sarkis Demirdjian was the longest serving FIFA-listed referee by 20 years and 10 months, from September 1962 until July 1983.
As of 2016, a total of 3,378 referees from 201 associations worldwide have FIFA international status.
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The Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, although several member states are primarily or entirely located in Asia. It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.
The Canadian Soccer Association is the governing body of soccer in Canada. It is a national organization that oversees the Canadian men's and women's national teams for international play, as well as the respective junior sides. Within Canada, it oversees national professional and amateur club championships.
The Cooper test is a test of physical fitness. It was designed by Kenneth H. Cooper in 1968 for US military use.
The Russian Football Union is the official governing body of the sport of football in the Russian Federation. With headquarters in Moscow, it organizes Russian amateur and professional football, including the men's, women's, youth, beach football, futsal and Paralympic national teams. The RFS sanctions referees and football tournaments for Russian Football Premier League and most football leagues in Russia.
The Somali Football Federation (SFF) was founded in 1951, and it is one of the national administrative governing bodies of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) responsible for organizing and controlling the sport of football and its competitions in the Federal Republic of Somalia, as well as the Somalia national football team. In 1962, the SFF became a FIFA member. It later joined CAF in 1968, and the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) in 1974. The SFF is responsible for organizing matches between local teams and enforcing rules and regulations of the game during matches.
The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) or the full name is the Football Association of Thailand under Patronage of His Majesty the King is the governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer in Thailand. It was founded on 25 April 1916. They joined FIFA on 23 June 1925 and AFC in 1954.
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The following were the scheduled events of association football for the year 2017 throughout the world.
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The following are the scheduled events of association football for the year 2018 throughout the world.
This article contains lists of achievements in major senior-level international association football, futsal and beach soccer tournaments according to first-place, second-place and third-place results obtained by teams representing different nations. The objective is not to create combined medal tables; the focus is on listing the best positions achieved by teams in major international tournaments, ranking the nations according to the most number of podiums accomplished by teams of these nations.