Friday, December 8, 2023

Four PRO officials selected for FIFA World Cup Final on Sunday

PRO would like to congratulate Kyle Atkins, Ismail Elfath, Kathryn Nesbitt, and Corey Parker on becoming the first Americans to be part of the officiating crew at a men’s FIFA World Cup Final.

Elfath will serve as the fourth official with Nesbitt named as the reserve assistant referee for the showpiece game between Argentina and France. Atkins will operate in the booth as the Offside VAR, while Parker is the Standby AVAR.

In addition, Armando Villarreal will be the Support VAR for the third-place game between Croatia and Morocco on Saturday.

The World Cup in Qatar has seen PRO officials receive 58 assignments across 26 of the 64 tournament games.

Howard Webb, PRO GM, said: “Everyone at PRO would like to congratulate Corey, Ismail, Katy, and Kyle on being selected to be part of the officiating crew for the men’s FIFA World Cup Final on Sunday.

“It is with great pride that we all learned today that they had been recognized for their performances in Qatar with the opportunity to represent their country and PRO at the final. It is an incredible honor and one I know they will take in their stride, as they have all the games before that have led to this moment.

“The same goes for Armando, who is working the playoff for third place, and Drew Fischer, who has had a fantastic tournament and was assigned as the VAR for France’s win over Morocco in the semifinals.

“We are all very proud of their achievements and wish them every success for the weekend.

“I am sure their successes will inspire a future generation of soccer officials in North America.”

This weekend’s FIFA World Cup games for PRO officials:

Playoff for third place – Croatia vs Morocco (12/17/22)
Support VAR: Armando Villarreal

Final – Argentina vs France (12/18/22)
4TH: Ismail Elfath
RAR: Kathryn Nesbitt
Offside VAR: Kyle Atkins
Standby AVAR: Corey Parker

Read more: See all the 2022 FIFA World Cup Assignments PRO officials have received

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