Canadian officials return from FIFA World Cup in Russia
Posted on 19 July 2018 in FIFA
Canadian officials have returned from duties at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. While Joe Fletcher was appointed as an Assistant Referee for the second time, both Charmaine Crooks and Charlie Cuzzetto took part in their first FIFA World Cup Russia™ this summer.
Joe Fletcher was appointed as an Assistant Referee to three FIFA World Cup™ matches, specifically the Portugal v Morocco and Korea Republic v Germany group matches as well as the Colombia v England Round of 16 match. He also served as Video Assistant Referee for six matches including the Belgium v England Match for Third Place.
Hector Vergara, who was previously appointed to three editions of the FIFA World Cup™ (2002, 2006, 2010), attended the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia as a FIFA referee assessor and instructor.
Charmaine Crooks served as a Match Commissioner for FIFA World Cup™ matches in Rostov-On-Don. She was appointed to group matches at Rostov Arena for Brazil v Switzerland, Uruguay v Saudi Arabia, Korea Republic v Mexico, and Iceland v Croatia. Ms. Crooks is the first female Match Commissioner at the men’s competition.
Charlie Cuzzetto, meanwhile, served on the FIFA Disciplinary Committee throughout the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Cuzzetto has been a member of that committee since 2017.
Also of interest from the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, more than 14,000 tickets to the 52-match finals were sold to Canadians. Back home in Canada, more than 25.8 million Canadians watched the FIFA World Cup on CTV, TSN and RDS, with the France’s victory over Croatia in the Final reaching 9.3 million unique Canadian viewers.
Looking ahead, the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ will take place in Qatar followed by the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Canada Soccer will use the opportunity to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ to innovate and align football in our country over an eight-year roadmap, to advance the development of the sport across the nation, and to invest in the game in communities from coast to coast to coast.