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  • Ahmed Saleh

FIFA approves 27 Saudi international referees for 2024, including three women

RIYADH — The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has revealed that FIFA has approved the list of Saudi international referees for the year 2024, consisting of 27 referees, including three female referees.

The female referees included in the list are Hiba Al-Owaidi (main referee), Shahad Muhammad (assistant referee), and Reem Al-Bishi (futsal referee). Anoud Al-Asmari was the lone female referee who joined the international list in 2023, marking her as the first certified international Saudi female referee. She has officiated matches in the Saudi Women's Premier League.

The referees are classified into four categories: main referees (8 referees), assistant referees (10 referees), video referees (7 referees), and futsal referees (2 referees).

The approved Saudi referees by FIFA for 2024 include:

Main Referees: Mohammad Al-Howaish, Hiba Al-Owaidi, Faisal Al-Balawi, Shukri Al-Hanfoush, Sami Al-Jrees, Abdullah Al-Shahrani, Majed Al-Shamrani, and Khaled Al-Turais.

Assistant Referees: Mohammad Al-Abkari, Abdulrahim Al-Shamrani, Ibrahim Al-Dakhil, Omar Al-Jammal, Faisal Al-Qahtani, Hisham Al-Rifai, Khalf Al-Shamrani, Saad Al-Subaie, Yasser Al-Sultan, and Shahad Mohammed.

Video Referees: Mohammad Al-Howaish, Faisal Al-Balawi, Mahmoud Al-Shahdan, Majed Al-Shamrani, Abdullah Al-Shahrani, Khaled Al-Turais, and Sultan Al-Harbi.

Futsal Referees: Yahya Al-Uthwani and Reem Al-Bishi.


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