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).
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.
> Sadio Mane has yet to kick a ball in the Bundesliga and already the former Liverpool striker is facing jibes —– including a tongue-in-cheek volley from Bayern Munich’s opening-day opponents.
Eintracht Frankfurt president Peter Fischer is relishing Friday’s tussle between his team, who lifted the Europa League trophy in May, and German champions Bayern Munich.
There is a feelgood factor around Eintracht Frankfurt as the new season arrives, with a UEFA Super Cup clash against Real Madrid coming up next Wednesday.
Confidence is surging, and even the prospect of facing Bayern Munich is not intimidating the team that trailed in 11th in last season’s Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich have lost Robert Lewandowski since he hit 50 goals last season, and few would expect new addition Sadio Mane to come close to that tally.
Not many would see it wise to be hurling insults his way, though, however light-hearted the intention.
Fischer, in an interview, did just that though, as he said: “Who the f*** is Mane?
” Fischer added: “By the way, we always did relatively well with Robert Lewandowski.
” That is debatable, given that Lewandowski scored 15 goals in 18 appearances against Eintracht Frankfurt, prior to his close-season switch to FC Barcelona.
They came at a rate of one every 91.53 minutes.
Fischer predicted there would be “an exciting mood in the stadium” as Eintracht Frankfurt host the 10-in-a-row champions.
“And of course we have a chance.
If it ends in a draw, I won’t start to cry either.
” Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Oliver Glasner worked with Mane when the Senegalese forward moved from Metz to Salzburg in 2012. He has since admired the 30-year-old from afar, particularly during his stellar six-year Liverpool career.
“I am happy that Sadio is in the Bundesliga now,” Glasner told a news conference.
“It’s been 10 years since I got to know him.
He was just a young boy that was relegated from the French second to third division.
He only spoke French but had enormous talent.
“He was very ambitious and had a clear idea.
When we talked about learning German, he said he wants to learn English because he wants to go to the Premier League.
“I am very happy for him.
And for Bayern Munich to sign a player from Liverpool is evidence of the attractiveness of the Bundesliga which they were afraid of losing.
” Glasner said his team would not be “raising the white flag” of surrender against Bayern Munich.
He said they would “do everything we can” to score the upset win, even if he sees Bayern Munich as champions-in-waiting once again.
After Bayern Munich comes the Real Madrid game for Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki.
“This morning I said it’s actually cool for us,” Glasner added.
“We play the UEFA Champions League winners three years ago on Friday and the current UEFA Champions League winners on Wednesday.
“Quite a cool start.
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Fans in Ebonyi joined millions across the country and the world on Monday to celebrate football maestro and former Super Eagles skipper, Kanu Nwankwo, as he turned 46. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the FIFA U-17 world cup winner had 86 caps for Nigeria between 1994 and 2010, scoring 13 goals in the process.
The two-time African Footballer of the Year winner also had illustrious football careers with defunct Iwuanyanwu Nationale Football Club of Owerri, Ajax Amsterdam of Holland and Arsenal of England.
Fans who spoke with NAN in Abakaliki felicitated with “Papillo’’ and wished him more fruitful years ahead.
Maxwell Anuka, Salt City FC of Abakaliki player, hailed Kanu for being inspirational to youths which had made many of them to be positively engaged.
“I raptly listened to Kanu telling his life story as a resource person during the #EndSARS youth summit organised by the Ebonyi government in 2021. “I became instantly motivated and took a step towards my future after listening to his rags to riches story,’’ Anuka said.
Dr Jude Mbam, an Educationist described Kanu as a legend, noting that what he could not attain academically, he made up with football successes.
“Kanu won FIFA U-17 world cup medal, UEFA Champions League medal and an Olympic Games football gold medal.
“He also won African Cup of Nations (AFCON) silver medal, four AFCON bronze medals and alongside Finidi George, was the first Nigerian to win the prestigious UEFA Champions League,’’ Mbam said.
Kelechi Ekeledo, a journalist and Arsenal FC fan commended Kanu for being the symbol of support which several Nigerians have for the top English side.
“Kanu played 197 times for the north London side, scoring 44 goals and was part of the invincible team that did not lose any match in the 2003-04 English Premier League season.
“This birthday celebration is auspicious because it is coming at the start of the new football season with Arsenal highly impressive in its pre-season tour,’’ he said.
Mrs Bridget Oleru, a teacher and football enthusiast described Kanu as a humanitarian who had impacted positively on peoples’ lives, especially the less-privileged.
“The Kanu Heart Foundation assisted many patients with heart-related ailments and this is coupled with other philanthropic gestures.
“Kanu is also a shining example of prudent celebrities who effectively managed the demands of stardom to still remain financially solvent on retirement,’’ Oleru said.
Atletico Madrid rule out signing Ronaldo Ronaldo Madrid, July 29, 2022 Atletico Madrid will not be signing Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and that decision is final, club president Enrique Cerezo said on Friday.
Speaking at the presentation of defender Nahuel Molina, Cerezo said the newly-recruited Argentina international was “the last piece” of the jigsaw.
That means Diego Simeone’s squad is complete as far as Cerezo is concerned.
Molina has joined from Udinese, and Atletico Madrid have also brought in the likes of Samuel Lino and Axel Witsel to plump up their ranks.
This was after Luis Suarez, Sime Vrsaljko and Hector Herrera moved on.
“With this signing…we have managed to fit the last piece we were looking for,” said Cerezo.
“I repeat, for the journalists, with this signing we have managed to fit the last piece we were looking for.
” The emphasis spoke of how Cerezo wants to move on from the links to Ronaldo, after a group of Atletico Madrid supporters declared their steadfast opposition to his potential arrival.
Cerezo had already said any deal to bring Ronaldo to Atletico Madrid from Manchester United was “practically impossible.
” Ronaldo, who is Real Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer, appears to be set on leaving Manchester United after the Red Devils failed to qualify for the 20222023 UEFA Champions League.
It has been reported that Sporting Lisbon, Ronaldo’s first major club, could be a possible destination for him after scoring 24 goals across all competitions for Manchester United last season.
German champions Bayern Munich have ruled themselves out of contention.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes were at Manchester United’s training ground on Tuesday for talks over his future.
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Ronaldo arrives at Manchester United training ground to discuss future Discussion London, July 26, 2022 Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived at Manchester United’s training ground to discuss his future at the club.
Ronaldo arrived with his agent Jorge Mendes at Carrington on Tuesday morning ahead of talks with manager Erik ten Hag. The Portugal forward missed Manchester United’s pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia because of personal reasons, amid speculation over his future.
New manager Ten Hag has previously said the 37-year-old is “not for sale” and “in our plans”, but it has been reported that Ronaldo wants to play UEFA Champions League football.
Manchester United failed to qualify for this season’s UEFA Champions League after finishing sixth in the English Premier League (EPL) last term.
Ten Hag’s team instead will compete in the Europa League this season.
Ronaldo has a year left on his Manchester United contract after rejoining from Juventus last August.
He made his name at Manchester United after signing from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.
The Portugal captain spent six years at Old Trafford before joining Real Madrid for a then-world record transfer fee of 80 million pounds (96 million dollars).
Ronaldo, who was Manchester United’s top goalscorer with 24 goals last season, has been training at the Portuguese national team’s headquarters in Lisbon.
Manchester United start their 20222023 EPL campaign at home to Brighton on Aug. 7 after final pre-season games this weekend against Atletico Madrid in Norway and Rayo Vallecano at Old OLAL(
Yaya Toure to take on coaching role in Tottenham’s academy Coaching London, July 26, 2022 Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been given a full-time role in Tottenham’s academy.
The three-time English Premier League winner has spent time with the club since December in an unofficial capacity while he worked towards his UEFA A Licence.
The 39-year-old Toure completed his coaching course with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) earlier this summer and will now have his own age group to coach at Spurs.
He has not played professionally since a stint with Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai in 2019 but did train with League Two club Leyton Orient briefly ahead of the 20202021 campaign.
Toure, who is the younger brother of ex-Arsenal defender and current Leicester City first-team coach Kolo, has never announced his retirement from active football.
But he has long held ambitions to move into coaching like his sibling.
A brief spell with QPR, working alongside head of coaching Chris Ramsey at the beginning of 2021, saw the ex-Cote d’Ivoire international get a taste for life on the touchline.
It acted as a catalyst for his first job after playing.
Toure spent time with Ukrainian Premier League side Olimpik Donetsk and then Akhmat Grozny, of the Russian Premier League, before he returned to his home in England at the end of last year.
Back in London with his family, the former FC Barcelona ace started helping out at Tottenham’s academy in December with the under-18s while he worked towards his UEFA A Licence.
Now he has impressed enough to earn a full-time role as an academy coach with the Premier League side.
Toure will work with his own individual age group at Spurs and could be joined at the club’s Enfield training base by ex-forward Jermain Defoe.
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Adeyemi believes Dortmund can have dominant start in spite of Haller absence Belief Bad Ragaz (Switzerland), July 21, 2022 Karim Adeyemi is upbeat that Borussia Dortmund can overcome the indefinite absence of fellow forward Sebastien Haller who has been diagnosed with a testicular tumour.
Adeyemi, newly signed by Borussia Dortmund just like Haller, said on Thursday at their pre-season training camp in Switzerland that “we will try to continue playing football.
“Maybe with a different formation or with someone else in attack.
In the end, we have the quality to play with another striker.” Haller was to take the place of Erling Haaland, who has moved on to Manchester City, after his arrival a few weeks ago from Ajax Amsterdam.
But he was on Monday diagnosed with the tumour after feeling unwell during training.
He was to undergo further examinations, but Borussia Dortmund have no further statements.
Germany winger Adeyemi said he does not expect a stuttering start into the season over Haller’s absence.
Borussia Dortmund start next week Friday with a German Cup match at third-tier 1860 Munich and their first Bundesliga match is a week later against Bayer Leverkusen.
“I am looking forward to start into the season with such a great team.
We want to start in dominant fashion and show the other teams how to defend,” said the 20-year-old who came to Borussia Dortmund from Salzburg.
“It is my role to create unrest with my speed.” Adeyemi also wants to do well in Borussia Dortmund in order to make the German squad.
He made his national team debut last year but has only played five minutes in the recent four UEFA Nations League games.
“Karim must show a development and take the next step at Borussia Dortmund,” Germany coach Hansi Flick has OLAL(
Liverpool fans unfairly blamed for Champions League final match chaos — French Senate
London, July 14, 2022 Liverpool fans were unfairly blamed for the chaos which surrounded last season’s UEFA Champions League final match in Paris to “divert attention” from the failure of the organisers.
A French Senate report discovered this and made it known on Wednesday in Paris.
The Senate has heard from various groups since the match on May 28, which kicked off more than half an hour late.
These groups include the Reds supporters, along with French police and government officials and UEFA’s events director, Martin Kallen.
France’s interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, initially laid the blame for the delays at the door of ticketless Liverpool supporters.
The minister said they were responsible for the build-up of crowds at the perimeter of the Stade de France.
Police also using tear gas on fans as they waited to gain entry.
The provisional report of the Senate’s findings, published on Wednesday, stated: “It is unfair to have wanted to make supporters of the Liverpool team bear the responsibility for the disturbances that occurred.
”The Minister of the Interior did that to divert attention from the inability of the state to adequately manage the crowds present and to curb the action of several hundred violent and co-ordinated offenders.”
The report found the chaos had been caused by a “chain of events and malfunctions” in the days and hours leading up to kick-off.
The report added: “The systems put in place had major shortcomings with regard to the intelligence (absence of hooligans but presence of delinquents in large numbers), the transport routes for supporters (removal of a drop-off route at the surroundings of the stadium) and insufficient communication.
“It is not only in the execution that problems arose. Upstream, the crisis scenarios were insufficiently worked on and did not demonstrate the necessary flexibility in the face of so many unanticipated events.”
The Senate report said the French authorities must learn the lessons from the “serious collective failure” which had occurred.
It added that the authorities need to apply them to the hosting of next year’s Rugby World Cup and the 2024 Olympic Games.
The report described UEFA’s management of the ticketing system as “unsuitable” and criticised a lack of training for stewards, who it said were quickly overwhelmed.
UEFA had failed to put in place a system in advance to detect the extent of forgeries, the Senate found.
The report said the French football federation (FFF) had identified 2,471 counterfeit tickets, 1,644 of them in the southern sector of the stadium dedicated to Liverpool supporters.
It also said the decision to run a first check on ticket validity at pre-screening security points had led to checkpoints becoming blocked.
The Senate recommended the introduction of tamper-proof ticketing for such major events, and improved co-ordination between stewards and OLAL