As per an announcement by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), for the first time, women match officials will make their debut at AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™, with Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita, one of six women officials who were historically selected for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, leading the ensemble of five female match officials appointed.
The most experienced male officials include Alireza Faghani, who will be officiating in his third AFC Asian Cup™ as well as Qatar’s Abdulrahman Al-Jassim, who oversaw the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ third-place playoff between Croatia and Morocco.
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will make its full debut in Qatar.
The appointed referees will gather in Kuala Lumpur in October for a final seminar before all specified match officials assemble in Qatar for a seven-day preparatory course before the competition.
Source and cover image credit: Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
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