FIFA World Cup
Canadian referee Drew Fischer was appointed as the Video Assistant Referee for the FIFA World Cup Semi-Final on 14 December at Al Bayt Stadium. Fischer from Calgary, Alberta has been appointed as part of an international crew including Referee César Ramos, Assistant Referees Alberto Morin and Miguel Hernandez, Fourth Official Jesus Valenzuela, Assistant VAR Nicolas Galas, Offside VAR Neuza Back, and Support VAR Armando Villarreal.
Fischer is one of 24 Video Match Officials appointed to the men’s FIFA World Cup from 21 November to 18 December. In all, 129 officials were selected for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
Fischer has served on the FIFA List of Referees since 2015 and has been on the National List since 2007. Fischer has officiated tournaments such as the 2015 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship, the 2015 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup, Major League Soccer matches since 2012 and Canadian Premier League matches since 2019. He was also appointed to be a Video Assistant Referee for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Before Fischer, previous Canadian referees that officiated at a men’s FIFA World Cup were Ray Morgan (1962), Werner Winsemann (1974, 1978) Héctor Vergara (2002, 2006, 2010) and Joe Fletcher (2014, 2018). Fischer was recently awarded the Ray Morgan Memorial Award, presented to the referee who has shown the greatest progress at the national and international levels.
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