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Posted On: 14 September 2023 09:50 am
Updated On: 14 September 2023 10:40 am

Women to referee at men's AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ for the first time

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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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)