SSFA nominates 10 female refs for FIFA 2022 list

SSFA nominates 10 female refs for FIFA 2022 list
The nominated referees on physical fitness test at Buluk Playground (photo credit: SSFA)

At least 10 female referees have been nominated by the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) to join the list of FIFA 2022 international referees.

On September 4, 2021, FIFA published the circular with guidelines to be followed by national federations for the nominations of FIFA referees 2022.

According to the SSFA Referee Department, it nominated 10 females and 14 males which makes a total of 24 referees that will join the 2022 FIFA Refereeing International Lists.

“The SSFA Referee Department has nominated 24 referees (10 females and 14 males) to join the 2022 FIFA Refereeing International Lists,” SSFA official Facebook page confirmed.

The 24 referees were from the local football associations (FA) and had been undergoing various assessments as part of their qualifications according to FIFA Communication.

The nominees are currently undergoing a series of technical assessments as well as medical examination which is to be approved by FIFA fitness tests.

On Friday morning they went through a physical fitness test and they were confirmed as qualified to obtain the international badge.

Speaking to the nominated referees during their last fitness test at Buluk Playground, SSFA President Gen. Augustino Maduot advised the nominees to work hard to achieve their goals to become professional referees.

He said women referees representation is one of the policies that the federation induced to increase the number of international referees.

Maduot praised the referees for passing the physical fitness test, commending them for putting in more effort to increase the number of referees in the international roster.

“This is a good opportunity if you take it seriously, you will enter international scout, it will be good for you as well as South Sudan as a whole,” he said.

According to FIFA Circular for 2022 FIFA Refereeing International Lists, the deadline to nominate international match officials for the upcoming year is October 1, 2021.


The proposed referees must be born on or before December 31, 1996, and assistant referees must be born on or before December 31, 1998, to ensure a minimum level of experience.

FIFA reserves the right to require proposed match officials over the age of 45 (born in 1977 or before) to undergo additional technical assessments as well as specific medical examinations and fitness testing on a case-by-case basis.

Each candidate must be ranked based on the marks obtained by officiating games at the national level during the 12 months before being nominated to the list of international referees.

All nominated match officials (except video match officials) must at least have passed a FIFA-approved fitness test and a medical examination on or after 2 June 2021 as part of the qualification requirements.