FIFA International Referees List

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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 Team field sport

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 Ballgame-team sport, variant of association football

Futsal is a variant of association football played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It features similarities to five-a-side football.

Beach soccer football played in beach

Beach Soccer, also known as beach football, sand 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. [1] [2]

FIFA maintains five lists in total: men's and women's association football referees, [3] [4] men's and women's futsal referees, [5] [6] and a single list of beach soccer referees. [7] Officials in the association football lists are nominated as either referees or assistant referees. [8] Futsal and beach soccer at international level are usually controlled by two on-field referees and there is no equivalent of the assistant referee. [1]


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. [1] [9] [10]

FIFA badge

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. [1]

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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 confirmed [11] in 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. [11] Sarkis Demirdjian was the longest serving FIFA-listed referee by 20 years and 10 months, from September 1962 until July 1983. [12]

Referees by Association

As of 2016, a total of 3,378 referees from 201 associations worldwide have FIFA international status. [13]

As of 13 April 2018
AssociationNumber of Referees/Assistant RefereesReference
MenWomenMen's FutsalWomen's FutsalBeach SoccerTotal
Flag of Afghanistan.svg Afghanistan 31116 [14]
Flag of Albania.svg Albania 92112 [15]
Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria 14418 [16]
Flag of American Samoa.svg American Samoa 0 [17]
Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra 314 [18]
Flag of Angola.svg Angola 135321 [19]
Flag of Anguilla.svg Anguilla 0 [20]
Flag of Antigua and Barbuda.svg Antigua and Barbuda 112 [21]
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 20642436 [22]
Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia 6511 [23]
Flag of Aruba.svg Aruba 33 [24]
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia 126422 [25]
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 175224 [26]
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan 964322 [27]
Flag of the Bahamas.svg Bahamas 11 [28]
Flag of Bahrain.svg Bahrain 143219 [29]
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh 1212 [30]
Flag of Barbados.svg Barbados 134 [31]
Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus 942116 [32]
Flag of Belize.svg Belize 22 [33]
Flag of Benin.svg Benin 13821 [34]
Flag of Bermuda.svg Bermuda 11 [35]
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium 1774230 [36]
Flag of Bhutan.svg Bhutan 6219 [37]
Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia 1174426 [38]
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina 95317 [39]
Flag of Botswana.svg Botswana 11516 [40]
Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 20844440 [41]
Flag of the British Virgin Islands.svg British Virgin Islands 0 [42]
Flag of Brunei.svg Brunei 516 [43]
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria 1674229 [44]
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg Burkina Faso 10515 [45]
Flag of Burundi.svg Burundi 11516 [46]
Flag of Cambodia.svg Cambodia 819 [47]
Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon 148224 [48]
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada 97117 [49]
Flag of Cape Verde.svg Cape Verde Islands 9110 [50]
Flag of the Cayman Islands.svg Cayman Islands 224 [51]
Flag of the Central African Republic.svg Central African Republic 9312 [52]
Flag of Chad.svg Chad 9413 [53]
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China 16842232 [54]
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chinese Taipei 83213 [55]
Flag of Chile.svg Chile 14742229 [56]
Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia 1394228 [57]
Flag of the Comoros.svg Comoros 99 [58]
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Congo 11415 [59]
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Congo DR 13720 [60]
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg Cook Islands 112 [61]
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica 10441322 [62]
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia 168428 [63]
Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba 6532218 [64]
Flag of Curacao.svg Curaçao 11 [65]
Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus 124420 [66]
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic 1584229 [67]
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark 175123 [68]
Flag of Djibouti.svg Djibouti 88 [69]
Flag of Dominica.svg Dominica 33 [70]
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic 51129 [71]
Flag of Ecuador.svg Ecuador 14844434 [72]
Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt 1464428 [73]
Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador 1182324 [74]
Flag of England.svg England 177226 [75]
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg Equatorial Guinea 91212 [76]
Flag of Eritrea.svg Eritrea 11314 [77]
Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia 951217 [78]
Flag of Ethiopia.svg Ethiopia 14822 [79]
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands 55 [80]
Flag of Fiji.svg Fiji 2114 [81]
Flag of Finland.svg Finland 137424 [82]
Flag of France.svg France 2084335 [83]
Flag of Gabon.svg Gabon 10313 [84]
Flag of The Gambia.svg Gambia 12416 [85]
Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia 922215 [86]
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 2084234 [87]
Flag of Ghana.svg Ghana 14822 [88]
Flag of Gibraltar.svg Gibraltar 314 [89]
Flag of Greece.svg Greece 177226 [90]
Flag of Grenada.svg Grenada 33 [91]
Flag of Guam.svg Guam 22 [92]
Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala 1264123 [93]
Flag of Guinea.svg Guinea 12416 [94]
Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg Guinea-Bissau 88 [95]
Flag of Guyana.svg Guyana 718 [96]
Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti 8614 [97]
Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras 114217 [98]
Flag of India.svg India 13316 [99]
Flag of Indonesia.svg Indonesia 122216 [100]
Flag of Iran.svg Iran 16643433 [101]
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Ivory Coast 14522225 [102]
Flag of Laos.svg Laos 819 [103]
Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia 1423221 [104]
Flag of North Macedonia.svg Macedonia 95216 [105]
Flag of Nepal.svg Nepal 10212 [106]
Flag of FLNKS.svg New Caledonia 213 [107]
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 73212 [108]
Flag of Norway.svg Norway 177226 [109]
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea 213 [110]
Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay 14842432 [111]
Flag of Peru.svg Peru 14841330 [112]
Flag of Romania.svg Romania 1785333 [113]
Flag of Russia.svg Russia 19842437 [114]
Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa 11 [115]
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland 175123 [116]
Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia 157426 [117]
Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore 12214 [118]
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg Solomon Islands 63110 [119]
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 17104-31 [120]
Flag of French Polynesia.svg Tahiti 415 [121]
Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand 1434223 [122]
Flag of Tonga.svg Tonga 325 [123]
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey 17841434 [124]
Flag of the United States.svg United States 159125 [125]
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 14841431 [126]
Flag of Vanuatu.svg Vanuatu 55 [127]
Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela 14843130 [128]
Flag of Vietnam.svg Vietnam 963119 [129]

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  13. Referees by Association.
  14. Afghanistan.
  15. Albania.
  16. Algeria.
  17. American Samoa.
  18. Andorra.
  19. Angola.
  20. Anguilla.
  21. Antigua and Barbuda.
  22. Argentina.
  23. Armenia.
  24. Aruba.
  25. Australia.
  26. Austria.
  27. Azerbaijan.
  28. Bahamas.
  29. Bahrain.
  30. Bangladesh.
  31. Barbados.
  32. Belarus.
  33. Belize.
  34. Benin.
  35. Bermuda.
  36. Belgium.
  37. Bhutan.
  38. Bolivia.
  39. Bolivia.
  40. Botswana.
  41. Brazil.
  42. British Virgin Islands.
  43. Brunei.
  44. Bulgaria.
  45. Burkina Faso.
  46. Burundi.
  47. Cambodia.
  48. Cameroon.
  49. Canada.
  50. Cape Verde Islands.
  51. Cayman Islands.
  52. Central African Republic.
  53. Chad.
  54. China.
  55. Chinese Taipei.
  56. Chile.
  57. Colombia.
  58. Comoros.
  59. Congo.
  60. Congo DR.
  61. Cook Islands.
  62. Costa Rica.
  63. Croatia.
  64. Cuba.
  65. Curaçao.
  66. Cyprus.
  67. Czech Republic.
  68. Denmark.
  69. Djibouti.
  70. Dominica.
  71. Dominican Republic.
  72. Ecuador.
  73. Egypt.
  74. El Salvador.
  75. England.
  76. Equatorial Guinea.
  77. Eritrea.
  78. Estonia.
  79. Ethiopia.
  80. Faroe Islands.
  81. Fiji.
  82. Finland.
  83. France.
  84. Gabon.
  85. Gambia.
  86. Georgia.
  87. Germany.
  88. Ghana.
  89. Gibraltar.
  90. Greece.
  91. Grenada.
  92. Guam.
  93. Guatemala.
  94. Guinea.
  95. Guinea-Bissau.
  96. Guyana.
  97. Guyana.
  98. Honduras.
  99. India.
  100. Indonesia.
  101. Iran.
  102. Ivory Coast.
  103. Laos.
  104. Malaysia.
  105. Macedonia.
  106. Nepal.
  107. New Caledonia.
  108. New Zealand.
  109. Norway.
  110. Papua New Guinea.
  111. Paraguay.
  112. Peru.
  113. "Arbitrii români de pe lista FIFA | Federația Română de Fotbal" . Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  114. Russia.
  115. Samoa.
  116. Scotland.
  117. Serbia.
  118. Singapore.
  119. Solomon Islands.
  120. Sweden.
  121. Tahiti.
  122. Thailand.
  123. Tonga.
  124. Turkey.
  125. United States.
  126. Uruguay.
  127. Vanuatu.
  128. Venezuela.
  129. Vietnam.