UEFA has announced the assistant referees and additional assistant referees who will be in action at the UEFA EURO 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
They join the 12 referees who were chosen by the UEFA Referees Committee last December. The committee has come to its decision on the assistant referees and additional assistant referees after closely monitoring their progress in recent UEFA club competition matches.
Each team is made up of five match officials from the same country: one main referee, two additional assistant referees who are also FIFA referees, and two FIFA assistant referees. In addition, a third assistant referee from each country has also been named, and he will remain on standby until the start of the tournament to take the place of a colleague if required.
A total of 80 match officials – the six officials in each team, as well as the previously selected four fourth officials and four reserve assistant referees – will attend the UEFA EURO 2012 Referee Preparatory Workshop which will be held in Warsaw from 30 April to 3 May. During this course, on 2 May, all officials will undergo the FIFA fitness test and the final selection of quintets will follow that test.
The additional assistant referees are being deployed at UEFA EURO 2012 as part of a continuing experiment, authorised by football's lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB). The additional assistants stand on the goal line and help the referee in the decision-making process, especially with regard to penalty-area incidents.
UEFA EURO 2012, featuring 16 teams, will be played at eight venues – Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw (Poland), and Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kyiv and Lviv (Ukraine) – between 8 June and 1 July.
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