FIFA appoints 40 female match officials for 2022 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica


World football governing body, FIFA has announced a list of 13 women referees, 27 women assistant referees and 14 video match officials to officiate at the forthcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022.


The appointed 13 women referees, 27 women assistant referees and 14 video match officials will take charge of the games at the football tournament.

It would be recalled that in March, Nigeria’s Under-20 female national football team, the Super Falconets qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup after beating their Senegal counterparts by 4-1 in Benin.

The Falconets thrashed their Senegalese counterparts 4-1, qualifying by a 7-2 aggregate scoreline having earlier defeated them by 3-1 in the first leg played in Dakar.

The match which was played, Saturday afternoon, March 26, inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City featured two goals from Sabastine 7′ 20′, Onyenezide (via penalty) 25′ , and Joy Jerry 89′.

Senegal reduced the deficit through Ndiaye (via penalty) in the 45th minute.

“The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is the next important milestone in the preparation of the potential candidates for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™,” said the chairman of FIFA’s Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina, Wednesday.

“After two years of the pandemic and all the difficulties that have arisen with the preparation of match officials, we are looking forward to this important competition in Costa Rica. By working with clear objectives and standards, while always aiming for uniformity and consistency in decision-making, we are convinced that another significant step will be taken towards to the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year,” he added.

History will be made in Costa Rica, given the fact that video technology will be used for the first time in a FIFA youth women’s competition.

 “We are delighted to write a new chapter in women’s football history. The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will not be only the first FIFA youth women’s tournament in which the VAR technology will be used, but it will be also first competition in which the team of video match officials will be all women. FIFA has been working tirelessly to encourage the development of women VARs globally, as most women’s football does not yet use VAR. This event will be a great opportunity to showcase the skills of the selected women VARs and also an opportunity to continue the development our women VARs as part of the Road to Australia/New Zealand 2023 project,” said FIFA’s Head of Refereeing, Women, Kari Seitz.

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022™ will take place in Alajuela and San Jose. The competition will be played between 10 and 28 August 2022, with the final scheduled for 28 August at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose.