Football/Women’s U17 World Cup: 9 Africans among the 61 referees selected

Selected African female referees. (Ph:Dr)

Several African referees are part of the official list unveiled on Tuesday August 30, 2022, as part of the U17 Women’s World Cup, said a press release from the FIFA Referee Commission.

Fourteen women referees, 28 assistant referees, three reserve referees and 16 video referees will thus be responsible for the smooth running of the matches. Of the 14 women referees, there are 2 Africans. They are Rivet Maria (Mauritian) and Karboubi Bouchra (Moroccan).

At the level of assistant referees, four are from the African continent. They are Jermoumi Fatiha and Hamdi Soukaina (Moroccans), Victoire Queency (Mauritius) and Atef Saïd Yara (Egyptian).

For Var referees, Abebe Lidya Tafesse (Ethiopia) and Viana Letticia (Eswatini) are among those selected. The Tunisian Ganouati Dorsaf, meanwhile, is taken from among the three reserve referees.

It should be noted that this is the first time that video assistance will be used in a women’s U17 competition. The referees selected to officiate the competition will also be candidates for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023.

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