Miami: Qatar referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim alongside assistant referees Taleb Al Marri and Saoud Al Maqaleh have been selected to officiate in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup as part of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and CONCACAF.
The trio will be part of the 48 match officials officiating in the competition co-hosted by the United States, Costa Rica and Jamaica from June 15 to July 7.
AFC Director of Referees, Shamsul Maidin said: “The AFC is delighted to continue our strategic partnership with CONCACAF and continue to strengthen the refereeing standards in both Continents."
“We congratulate Abdulrahman Al Jassim, Taleb Al Marri and Saoud Al Maqaleh on their appointments and wish them success in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup which is a fantastic competition for them to gain experience and knowledge.”
As part of the successful exchange programme, Mexicans Cesar Arturo Ramos and his compatriots Miguel Hernandez and Alberto Morin were selected to be part of the match officials at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 earlier this year.
Prior to their appointments, Ravshan Irmatov from Uzbekistan, the youngest ever FIFA World Cup referee, took charge of a CONCACAF Champions League semi-final second-leg in April last year.
In return, Mark Geiger, from the United States and a FIFA referee since 2008, took control of the AFC Champions League semi-final between Korea Republic’s Suwon Bluewings and Japan’s Kashima Antlers at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in October 2018.
CONCACAF Director of Refereeing, Brian Hall said: “Following the successful participation of CONCACAF Referees in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, we are proud to continue collaborating with the AFC in our tournaments. This is the first time that a trio of match officials from AFC will be participating in a CONCACAF Gold Cup, as part of our partnership with the Confederation. This exchange complements our efforts to raise the level of refereeing across CONCACAF.”