FIFA (www.FIFA.com) organized seminars for 129 match officials, on three continents; seminars were held in Asunción, Doha and Madrid, in May and June; the goal is to prepare referees to use technology only for support.
Between May 31 and June 22, FIFA held three seminars to thoroughly prepare the 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials from the six confederations chosen to officiate at the upcoming FIFA World Cup. FIFA Qatar 2022™.
The three-day seminars saw officials from each confederation meet in Asunción, Paraguay (CONCACAF/Conmebol), Doha, Qatar (AFC/OFC/CAF), and Madrid, Spain (UEFA), led by Pierluigi Collina, president of the Committee of FIFA Referees, and Massimo Busacca, FIFA Director of Refereeing.
Match officials were put to the test in theory classes and on-field training sessions each day, allowing them to simulate and practice various live game situations.
“Our goal is to prepare the referee as best as possible to avoid the use of technology, but the technology is there to reduce the possibility of human error that could affect the outcome of a match.
Even the best referee can make a mistake; he is a human being, and we know it,” said Pierluigi Collina.
The success of the seminars on three continents was particularly pleasing considering that during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA refereeing had to move all education online (https://fifa.fans/3SUIPiX ).
36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials appointed for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ (https://fifa.fans/3SPG4iS) For selected match officials, their participation in the FIFA World Cup FIFA Qatar 2022™ is the ultimate realization of a professional dream.
For Danny Makkelie from the Netherlands, one that he had had since childhood.
“When I received the invitation and the confirmation that he had been selected with my team, it was an incredible feeling.
When I started as a referee, I was 12 years old and my goal was already that I wanted to reach the top, and I dreamed of the World Cup," said the Dutchman, who was also a video assistant referee at the World Cup final of the FIFA Russia 2018™ For assistant referee Karen Diaz (Mexico), she hopes to be one of six pioneering women, along with referees Stéphanie Frappart (France), Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda) and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan), and assistant referees Neuza Back (Brazil) and Kathryn Nesbitt (USA: Participating in a men's FIFA World Cup will open up opportunities for more women.
"I feel very happy and very grateful to all the people who have given me this opportunity."
“We have to make sure that this time it doesn't become the only time women are selected, but the first of many to come."
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is now just over 100 days away As Massimo Busacca concludes: "It's like a football team; t They have to prepare everything very well for the most important competition we have in sport.
I expect a great World Cup. We know what we are doing.
The sacrifice we are making, the seminars, talking and talking, is because we want to achieve a goal.
I'm sure the referees understand that.
their message, and they will do very well.” Living Football, July 2022 (https://fifa.fans/3SLWWr3).
FIFA U- 20 Women’s World Cup: Falconets defeat South Korea 1-0 FIFA U- 20 Women’s World Cup: FalcNigeria’s Under-20 National Women’s Football Team (Falconets) defeated South Korea 1-0 on Sunday in their Group C Match Day Two of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) report that the Falconets got a vital boost at the Estadio Alajuela Morera Soto Stadium with the defeat of the South Koreans to reach the knock-out round.
The Falconets also got off to a winning start on Thursday with a 1-0 win over highly-rated France.
However, the South Koreans shot to the top of the group when they beat Canada 2-0.Falconets got on a sound footing with excellent passes to the admiration of few spectators but no goal to show for their display in the first half of the match.
They started very well, but their Korean opponents grew into the game, and even hit the post from a free kick but the Nigerian girls held on.
Both teams played almost all their tactics and skills all to no avail in the pursuit of a goal that never cameThe Falconets dominated possession with 64 per cent as against the South Koreans’ 36 per cent.
Both teams continued from where they stopped with the Falconets dominating in the second half of the game .
Esther Onyenezide finally scored for the Falconets in the 83rd minute of the game for the winning goal.
Nigeria will be up agsinst Canada on Aug.19 in their next match.
NAN reports that the victory lifted Falconets to the knockout rounds of the World Cup even before a final group game against Canada.
The Falconets were paired in Group C along with France, South Korea and Canada.
Meanwhile, in another match played earlier in Group D, Japan defeated Ghana 2-0.The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which started on Aug. 10, is expected to end on 28 in Costa Rica.
Reality TV show, Big Brother Naija “Level Up” edition, has continued to dominate social media trends since the show kicked off on July 23.The News Agency of Nigeria while keeping tab on trends, noted that a “record breaking” disqualification of a housemate and other dramas generated several reactions on the social media during the week.
On Aug. 7, BBN housemate, Beauty Tukura, known as Beauty, was disqualified after actions which Big Brother described as “out of line”.
Beauty had earlier in the week been given a strike for an altercation between her and Ilebaye, during which she pulled the housemate’s wig.
Also, on Aug.6, Beauty had a misunderstanding with Groovy after the Saturday night party and threw her wig and glasses at him while she also attempted to break the housemate’s microphone.
She was eventually issued a double strike by Big Brother, which made her the first housemate to receive a strike and also get disqualified in the first week before an eviction.
On Monday, Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel was arrested in Tanzania during his Afroclassic Tour after he did not show up for a show which he had been paid for.
The social media was agog after Kizz Daniel was seen escorted to a police station by policemen on the orders of the show promoter.
There were different reports alleging that Kizz Daniel refused to perform because his gold chain or some clothes were left behind on his previous flight.
Kizz Daniel’s Road Manager, however, in live streamed conference on Instagram with media personality, Daddy Freeze, said lack of coordination and proper arrangement of the slated event by promoters of the show led to the misunderstanding.
Kizz Daniel subsequently apologised for the incident and decided to perform at a later date for free.
While the social media was cooling off with Kizz Daniel’s arrest, reality TV show, BBN began trending after housemates Khalid and Daniella were seen making movements under the duvet.
The housemates turned lovers were wrapped under the sheets as the camera showed movements which viewers described as “aggressive cuddling”, on social media.
On Tuesday, Nollywood was once again thrown into darkness after the news of the death of 54-year-old filmmaker, Biyi Bandele, filled the air.
NAN gathered that Bandele has a yet-to-be-released work, “Elesin Oba” (the King’s Horseman),an adaptation of Prof. Wole Soyinka’s classic drama, “Death and The King’s Horseman”.
The movie which he directed for EbonyLifeFilms is slated to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF, in September.
While the industry waa mourning the death of Bandele, another Nigerian filmmaker, Otu Njama, reportedly died on Wednesday after his lifeless body was discovered in his apartment at Badore, Ajah area of Lagos.
Njama, who was said to be in his thirties was reported to have seen his doctor before he was being told to get rest which he did but did not wake up after.
On Thursday, Nigeria’s under-20 National Women’s Football Team (Falconets), trended with about 20,000 searches in anticipation of their match against France at the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose.The Falconets later defeated France 1- 0 after Flourish Sabastine converted a pass from Mercy Idoko to a late winning goal in the 85th minute.
On Friday, Nigeria striker, Asisat Oshoala, joined the trends after she was shortlisted for the 2022 Women’s Ballon d’Or Award.
Oshoala was recently crowned the 2022 CAF Women’s Player of the Year. An award she won for the fifth time to surpass other contenders.
On Saturday, English Premiere League (EPL) team, Manchester United, trended with over 500, 000 searches on Google after the team suffered a 4-0 defeat against Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium.
This is, however, the team’s second loss of the new Premier League season after successful pre-season matches which had given fans hope of an interesting season.
Fans of other English football clubs have continued to troll Manchester United fans with memes suggesting that other games of the team be moved to kids channel for more serious ones to occupy the sports channel.
On the same day, Gospel singer, Mercy Chinwo, trended with over 20, 000 searches after she and her husband, Pastor Blessed Uzochikwa, tied the knot in a church ceremony.
Fans and well wishers have continued to congratulate the singer, after singer and politician, Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, shared a photo of himself and the groom on his Instagram page.
The opening ceremony and match were moved up one day as a separate event; Change in line with the long-standing tradition of opening matches involving hosts or reigning champions; Senegal will face the Netherlands at 7:00 p.m. on November 21.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup™ will kick off with an even bigger celebration for local and international fans as host country Qatar will now play Ecuador on Sunday 20 November at 19:00 as part of a separate event.
The opening match and ceremony of this year's tournament at Al Bayt Stadium were brought forward one day after a unanimous decision by the FIFA Council Bureau today (https://fifa.fans/3Pj8UW2).
Consequently, the match between Senegal and the Netherlands has been rescheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 21.
The change ensures the continuation of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the FIFA World Cup™ with an opening ceremony for the first match involving either the hosts or the defending champions.
The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and agreement with key stakeholders and the host country.
The release period, as previously decided and governed by the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, will remain unchanged, from 14 November 2022.
Ticket holders will be duly notified by email of that the corresponding matches have been rescheduled and your tickets will remain valid regardless of the new date/time.
Additionally, FIFA will attempt to address any issues arising from this change on a case-by-case basis.
The match schedule for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ (https://fifa.fans/3JQoOpV), as well as the competition regulations, have been changed accordingly.
Nigeria’s under-20 National Women’s Football Team (Falconets) defeated France 1- 0 in their opening game of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica on Friday at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria’s women, playing in group C, began their opening match with their French counterparts but barely 32 minutes of the first half, the match was suspended due to heavy rainfall.
Centre Referee halted the match to save both teams from the bad weather.
On resumption, both teams continued from where they stopped with the Falconets showing supremacy in the game .
They dictated the pace of the match from the start and had the majority of ball possession with 52 per cent as against France with 48 per cent.
While both teams’ shots on goal against each other were tied, they also had one yellow card each.
On resumption in the second half, both teams struggled for the ball with Mercy Idoko trying to score for team Nigeria but the French goal keeper frustrated her efforts in the 56th minute.
France fought well few minutes later and netted the ball but was overruled by the referee.
In the 85th minute, Flourish Sabastine broke the deadlock with a Mercy Idoko’s pass which fetched them the late winning goal.
The French girls continued to fight back but were unable to get any goal until the game closed in favour of Nigeria.
Nigeria will face South Korea on Sunday in their next match.
NAN reportd that Falconets were paired in Group C along France, South Korea and Canada.
Meanwhile, in another match played earlier, the U.
S. Under-20 team opened its run with an emphatic 3-0 victory against Ghana .
Falconets beat Senegal 4-1 in Benin on Mar. 26 to qualify for the World Cup holding from Aug. 10 to 28 in Costa Rica.(
FIFA+ to stream every match of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup™ (www.FIFA.com) for free in more than 100 territories, giving fans around the world access to new depths of women's football; The tournament will be live to fans in trophy contenders Brazil, Germany, Ghana and Nigeria, and in major centers of women's football such as England and Sweden; The 16-team tournament, which takes place in Costa Rica, begins with Germany taking on Colombia on August 10, before the final is played in San José on August 28.
Taking place in Costa Rica from August 10-28, the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2022™ will be broadcast live for free on FIFA+ in more than 100 territories, providing audiences around the world a new access to the events of tomorrow.
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Matches will be live on FIFA+ in 114 countries, including tournament hopefuls Germany, Brazil, Ghana and Nigeria.
FIFA+ will also be home to fans of women's football powerhouses England and Sweden.
In addition to live match coverage, FIFA+ will also be home to premium editorial content for the tournament, news tracking, interviews and analysis throughout.
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Charlotte Burr, FIFA Director of Strategy, Development and FIFA+, said: “After a summer in which women's football has captured the hearts and minds of fans around the world, with continental champions crowned in every region important, we are delighted to be bringing the stars of tomorrow to the world in FIFA+.
“For years, the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup™ has been a fascinating window into the next generation of women's football superstars, and 2022 promises to be no different.
Costa Rica will provide a stunning backdrop for elite soccer and drama galore – we are excited to bring fans from around the world closer to the tournament and the future stars of the women's game.”
The upcoming football World Cup in Qatar is to start a day earlier than planned to allow hosts Qatar to play the first match.
Dpa and other media have learnt that the council of the world governing body FIFA is dealing with a request.
The match between Qatar and Ecuador on Nov. 20 would start at 7p.
m. (1700 GMT) at Al Bayt Stadium.
FIFA is yet to comment on the issue.
Under the original tournament format, the game would have been the third of four matches scheduled for the first day, Nov. 21 with Netherlands v Senegal, England v Iran and the U.
S. v Wales.
Under the requested change, Netherlands game would move from a 1p.
m. kick-off time to the 7p.
m. time originally for Qatar v Ecuador, while England and U.
S. games would not be affected.
The request was made after an agreement of both teams and the South American confederation CONMEBOL.
It won’t lead to changes of release dates for players.
The host nation has played the first match between 1958 and 1970, and again since the 2006 tournament in Germany.
The 1974-2002 tournaments were opened by the defending champion who is no longer automatic qualifiers.
There was no official opening game between 1930 and 1954.
PIFS and FIFA (www.FIFA.com) signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding in April; In July, Pacific Islands Forum leaders declared a climate change emergency in the Pacific; The association focuses on action against climate change and climate-resilient football infrastructure.
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and FIFA have jointly launched a 12-month plan to implement the partnership on climate change they signed in April and turn the commitment into concrete climate action.
Key activities will include the use of FIFA Legends to raise awareness of climate change and adapt existing infrastructure in one of the world's most vulnerable regions to make it more climate resilient.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino and PIF Secretary General Henry Puna signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to combat climate change during the FIFA Congress in Doha, Qatar, in April.
The MOU focuses on using football diplomacy to educate and raise awareness about climate change and disaster resilience.
It also aims to improve climate-resilient infrastructure, focus on the development of climate-resilient football, and mobilize funding for resilience building in the region, including support for the Pacific Resilience Facility.
According to Secretary General Puna, the implementation plan is a demonstration to the people and communities of the Pacific that both FIFA and PIFS are serious about addressing the climate emergency facing the region and building the resilience of vulnerable communities.
“The Pacific region recognizes that 2022 is a watershed year for urgent and strong climate action, where promises and commitments must be translated into action,” said SG Puna. “This is the key message that the Pacific will take to the international community ahead of COP 27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, in November.
COP 27 must comply with the implementation”.
“At their July meeting, the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers supported new ways to elevate regional climate change priorities to the international community, including through sports diplomacy, such as the recent MOU on Climate Change.
with FIFA," he added.
“This marks recognition and support from across the region for the MOU as an innovative approach to climate advocacy, harnessing the global influence of football.” Gianni Infantino said: “Certainly football is not immune to climate change and is affected at all levels, from grassroots and fan to elite, with the Oceania region facing a particularly high risk of climate impacts and disasters.
“At FIFA, we also have a duty to society at large: helping to draw attention to and take action on climate change in one of the most vulnerable regions of the world is one of the best ways we can use the power and the popularity of football to have a positive impact."
Key activities include: creating a climate change literacy program for schools and training to support FIFA Legends' climate change awareness; Joint communications plan and promotion ahead of COP 27 and the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand; Support climate protection and modernization of football infrastructure in the Pacific; Convene a regional workshop on developing resilient football infrastructure; conduct an audit of the regional soccer infrastructure; and Explore collaboration with the Pacific Resilience Facility in the m arc of the FIFA Climate Strategy.
The United States continues to lead the Women's World Ranking; Changes to the top three; A record 185 teams listed in the rankings.
July 2022 was a busy month for women's football, with five major tournaments taking place around the world.
In addition to UEFA Women's Euro 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.
Since June 17, 2022, when the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement up the rankings.
And while the USA (1st, -), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women's Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new challenger in the form of Germany (2nd, plus 3).
The EURO 2022 runners-up overtake Sweden (third, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.
Newly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).
The relegations of the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1) and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in the Top 10 of this edition.
Like the Lionesses, South Africa (54th, plus 4) also moved up four places thanks to their 2022 CAF Women's Africa Cup of Nations title.
Semi-finalists in that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are the team that has improved the most in this edition after ascending 23 positions.
Nigeria (46th, minus 7), which surprisingly lost 1-0 to She-polopolo in the match for third place, recorded the biggest decline in terms of points (minus 69.33).
Another notable improvement in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest placement (42, plus 9), after their third place in the Concacaf Championship.
Also enjoying record highs are Iceland (14 plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26 plus 1), Portugal (27 plus 3) and Zambia.
Four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022: Cambodia (120, -), Turkmenistan (137, -) Timor-Leste (152, -) and Guinea-Bissau (169, -), giving the August edition of 2022 a record - breaking 185 FIFA member associations.
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The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking will be published on 13 October 2022, ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ Draw on Saturday 22 October 2022 in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau.
Leader USA (no change) Moves into top 10 None Moves out of top 10 None Total games played 221 Most games played England, Philippines, Senegal (9 each) Most movement by points Zambia (plus 89.78) Most movement by ranks Zambia (23+ places) Biggest Drop by Points Nigeria (minus 69.33)Biggest Drop by Ranks Mexico (10+ places)Newly Qualified Teams Cambodia, Turkmenistan, Timor-Leste, Guinea-BissauTeams No Longer Qualified None
The Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped by seven spots in the July FIFA Ranking, to be placed 46th, after ending 4th at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.
In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Friday, Nigeria garnered 1535.09 points in the month under review and lost 69.33 points, which is the biggest decline in terms of points.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the former African champions surprisingly went down 1-0 to the She-polopolo of Zambia in the match for the third place match of 2022 WAFCON.
At the continental level, the drop in spot however did not displace the Falcons as the 1st placed team in Africa with the current WAFCON winner, South Africa placed 2nd.
Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast are the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams, respectively.
South Africa (54th, plus 4) moved up four places on the back of their title triumph at the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Semi-finalists at that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are this edition’s most-improved side after surging 23 places.
At the global scene, July 2022 was a busy month for women’s football, with five major tournaments taking place across the globe.
In addition to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.
Since 17 June 2022, when the -Cola Women’s World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement in the standings.
And while USA (1st), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new pursuer in the shape of Germany (2nd, plus 3).
The EURO 2022 runners-up move ahead of Sweden (3rd, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.
Freshly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).
Drops for the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1), and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in this edition’s Top 10. Another notable improver in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest-ever placing (42nd, plus 9), following their third-place at the Concacaf Championship.
Also enjoying all-time highs are Iceland (14th, plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26th, plus 1), Portugal (27th, plus 3) and Zambia.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022 namely Cambodia (120th), Turkmenistan (137th) Timor-Leste (152nd) and Guinea-Bissau (169th), giving the August 2022 edition a record-breaking 185 FIFA member associations.