The Referees Committee of world football governing body, FIFA has made public the names of match officials who would officiate games during the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020.
They include seven referees and 12 assistant referees for the matches, along with seven video match officials (VMOs) to operate the video assistant referee (VAR) system behind the scenes.
In a remarkable development, three female officials will take part in the tournament. The trailblazers on the big stage are Brazilian referee Edina Alves Batista and assistant referees Neuza Back (Brazil) and Mariana De Almeida (Argentina).
The inclusion of the female trio builds on the precedent that started with the FIFA Under-17 World Cup India 2017 where Swiss referee Esther Staubli officiated one game. The other addition was Uruguayan referee Claudia Umpierrez, who officiated two games at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil two years after.
One of the VMOs will be Khamis Al Marr a Qatari official, while three officials from the United Arab Emirates will participate in the tournament. These are referee Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed and assistant referees Mohamed Al Hammadi and Hasan Al Mahri.
Final preparations for all selected match officials will be completed in Qatar the week before the first whistle is blown. In keeping with COVID-19 precautions, FIFA and the host country will provide the required safeguards to protect the health and safety of all involved in the competition throughout with strict adherence to all protocols.
The FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 will kick-off on Monday 1, February, 2021 and will culminate with the final at Education City Stadium on Thursday 11, February 2021.