Taki Jahari makes history with Women’s World Cup 2023 appointment – ​​Football Association of Singapore

Taqi Jahari in the VAR room ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 match between Spain and Costa Rica on November 23, 2022 (Photo courtesy of Taqi Jahari)

Singapore, 11 January 2023 – Upon joining the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ later this year, Taki Jahari will become the first Singaporean to referee both the men’s and women’s World Cups.

36 years old Video Match Official (VMO) for the competition FIFA announced on Monday, will be part of a team of 19 people operating a video assistant referee (VAR) system. The ninth edition of the Women’s World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 20 July to 20 August, will feature 33 referees and 55 assistant referees.

This is a historic achievement for Taki. Experienced the first men’s World Cup in Qatar last year. He will be the only Southeast Asian referee in his 107 matches at the upcoming Women’s World Cup, and in four matches (three in the group stage, one for him in the round of 16) he will be the fourth referee. He is the second Singaporean to do so, after Abira Minaidoo. 2015. Taqi previously said that players under the age of 17 (2017) and three U-20s (2015, 2017, 2019) World Cup.

Taqi Jahari leads the VAR team ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 match between Brazil and Serbia. LR: Anton Shchetinin, Paulus van Boekel, Abdullah Al-Marri, 24 November 2022 (Photo credit: Taqi Jahari)

“I had recently returned from Qatar and had no idea that I would be participating in this Women’s World Cup, so my initial reaction was a surprise,” he said. FASMore“I am grateful for the trust and belief that FIFA has given me this appointment and I aim to perform my duties to the best of my ability. I am honored and proud to be selected as this is only the second edition of the Women’s World Cup.”

Nazir Hussain, Director (Referee) of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said:Yet another feather in his cap after his similar appointment in Recent FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Tournaments And an ongoing testament to Taqi’s level of competence, dedication, commitment and sacrifice. With this appointment, he will become the first Singaporean to referee both the men’s and women’s World Cups, and we are confident Taqi will make his country proud once again. “

Taki Jahari watching a match at the FIFA World Cup 2022 on November 21, 2022 (Photo Credit: Taki Jahari)

Taqi is looking forward to the tournament, saying the standards of women’s international football have “evolved dramatically” since the last Women’s World Cup in 2019.experience from his appointment in Qatar and 2020 Tokyo Olympicswhere he was the VMO for both the men’s and women’s competitions.

As part of the preparation, all selected match officials underwent a preparation seminar in Doha and Montevideo in January and February this year, including review and analysis of ‘video clips of real match situations’, Participate in hands-on training sessions with Taqi independently monitors international matches involving qualified nations and observes his style of play. He will also be part of the refereeing roster for his three inter-coalition qualifying play-offs from February 18 until he will be on the 23rd.

Taqi Jahari at a VAR training session, November 20, 2022 (Photo courtesy of Taqi Jahari)

Taqi also welcomed the increased involvement of women officials at football’s highest levels. The latest example is Qatar, where Stéphanie Frappart, Karen Diaz and Neuza Back became the first female referees to officiate a Men’s World Cup match, following the upcoming Women’s World Cup where six female VMOs were appointed for the first time. . Among them are Sian Massey Ellis, who has been playing in the English Premier League since 2010.

“At the end of the day it comes down to how much you can contribute to the tournament with your experience and whether you can work hand in hand with the female referees. I think it’s going to be,” he said.

“I believe that football is a universal game and should not be gender biased, so I am very happy to see a female referee in a men’s competition. , (from other major competitions) have different experience and refereeing styles, so I can learn from them too.

“When we talk about the World Cup, it doesn’t matter if it’s men or women. Football as a whole understands that the World Cup is the biggest stage for all footballers.”

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