Liydia Tafese, an Ethiopian international referee, has been chosen to officiate at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 in India. The FIFA Referees Committee has officially released the lists of referees and assistant referees for the event.
The matches will be overseen by 14 female referees, 28 female assistant referees, three support referees, and 16 video match officials.
Liydia is one of the authorities designated as a video match official.
VAR technology will be utilized for the first time at a U-17 FIFA women’s youth championship, according to FIFA. Match officials chosen for the tournament are likely to be contenders for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023.
“We are delighted that the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup has returned after a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited about this significant competition, which will be held in India in October,” said Pierluigi Collina, chairman of FIFA’s Referees Committee.
For Collina, it is another important stage in the preparation of the probable candidates for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023. “As I’ve stated on multiple occasions, and following the appointment of referees for various FIFA competitions, we’ve always sought to achieve uniformity and consistency in decision-making.”
“We are confident that the nominated match officials will receive valuable experience in preparation for the world’s largest women’s football competition, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand next year,” he added.
The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will provide substantial insight into the qualities of match officials who have been appointed, according to a FIFA statement.
“We are thrilled that VAR technology will be used at a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for the first time. As part of the Road to Australia/New Zealand 2023 project, this event will be another wonderful occasion to display the talents of the appointed VARs and continue the growth of our female VARs,” Kari Seitz, FIFA’s Head of Refereeing for Women, stated.
Bhubaneswar, Goa, and Navi Mumbai will host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022.
The competition will take place between October 11 and October 30, 2022, with the final taking place at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.