Referees selected for the Gothia Cup China

The 4th edition of the Gothia Cup China takes place August 9th-16th in Qingdao, China. It is China’s and Asia’s biggest international youth tournament, attracting around 300 teams from all over the world. 

A great tournament requires great referees. For this year’s event “Referee Abroad” has selected a total of 67 referees, coming from 19 different nations. The group will be completed by referees from China and other Asian nations and also by a qualified contingent of observers and assessors who will assist Referee Abroad in evaluating the performance of all referees during the tournament. The total number of represented countries will exceed 25. 

Here’s a full list in order of group size:

England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 –  20 people (14 referees, 4 observers, 2 staff members)

Adebayo, Tunde – Observer

Birnea, Alexandru

Brand, Steve – Appointments Officer

Bria, Ramona

Brownrigg, Curtis

Bunting, Samuel

Butler, Alan

Carney, Matthew

Cliffe, James

Day, Matthew

D’Arcy, John – Referee Manager and Observers Coordinator

Keeble, Daniel

Mohamud, Ali

Morton, Peter – Observer

Moules, John – Observer

Roble, Jawahir

Smailes, Ben

Sollis, Max

Vitoria, Liam – Observer

Wood, Jamie

Australia 🇦🇺 – 10 people (8 referees, 2 observers)

Adams, Luke

Arkinstall, Lynda – Observer

Dafkowski, Matthew

Jacobsen, Bailey

Jacobsen, Ryan

Nguyen, Steve – Observer

Paliouras, Dimitrios

Phipps, Anna

Scholefield, Taylah

Woodyatt, Daniel

Romania 🇷🇴 – 9 referees

Cantemir, Constantin

Dragos, Bogdan

Hazi, Vladut

Iftime, Alexandru

Marcu, Claudiu

Naghi, Remus

Neculcea, Stefan

Pislaru, Andrei

Pista, Andrei

Portugal đŸ‡ľđŸ‡š – 9 people (4 referees, 5 observers)

The names will be announced by APAF – the Portuguese Referee Association, shortly before the tournament. 

Germany 🇩🇪 – 6 referees

Bierhals, Andre

Gosselk, Brandon

Palumbo, Michael

Salfeld, Nico

Schuster, Valentin

Sprem, Slavko

USA 🇺🇸 – 5 people (4 referees, 1 staff member)

Azadpour, Omeed

Hasselmann, Will

Garelick, Samuel

Johnson, Ryan – Referee Office and Logistics Coordinator

Will, Brandon

Nepal 🇳🇵 – 4 referees

Karki, Sanjay

Lama, Maya

Neupane, Omnath

Shrestha, Laxmi

Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 – 4 people (2 referees, 2 observers)

Hall, Derek – Observer

Gordon, David – Observer

McGarry, Lewis

Robertson, Darren

China đŸ‡¨đŸ‡ł – 2 referees

Chen, Hao

Mao, Kaijing

The names of the other Chinese referees will be announced by the Chinese Referee Coordinator in due course. 

France 🇫🇷 – 2 referees

Revert, Salohy

Tanguy, Marine

Italy  đŸ‡ŽđŸ‡š – 2 staff members

Curcio, Daniele – Referee Director

Rossino, Gianluca – Referee Office Staff

Poland 🇵🇱 – 2 referees

Dlugokecki, Jan

Swiech, Mateusz

Spain 🇪🇸 – 2 referees

Aguirre, Aitor

Morales Fernandez, Antonio

Sweden 🇸🇪 – 2 referees

Koliakoudakis, George

Yilmaz, Saga

Austria 🇦🇹 – 1 referee

Longoni, Gabriel

Bulgaria 🇧🇬 – 1 observer

Baialtzaliev, Detelin

Canada 🇨🇦 – 1 referee

Castro, Alex 

Denmark 🇩🇰 – 1 referee

Nielsen, Nikolaj

Hong Kong 🇭🇰 – 1 staff member

Hon, Jason – Referee Llaison Officer

Iran  đŸ‡ŽđŸ‡ˇ – 1 referee

Ghorbani, Mohammad

Ireland  🇮🇪 – 1 observer

Judd, Ken

Namibia đŸ‡łđŸ‡Ś – 1 referee

Nghipandulwa, Samuel

Norway đŸ‡łđŸ‡´ – 1 referee

Wibstad, Olav Martin