New Zealand referees appointed to officiate at Paris Olympic tournaments

New Zealand referees Campbell-Kirk Kawana-Waugh and Isaac Trevis have been appointed to officiate at the Olympic football tournaments in Paris.

The FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 89 match officials (21 referees, 42 assistant referees, 20 video match officials and six support referees) from 45 countries for the 2024 Olympics.

The Oceania Football Confederation will be represented by three officials, New Zealand referee Kawana-Waugh and assistant referees Trevis and Bernard Mutukera from the Solomon Islands.

The Paris Olympic Games will be the third global tournament for Kawana-Waugh after the Waikato-based referee last year officiated at the FIFA U-20 men’s tournament and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Main photo: New Zealand referee CK Kawana-Waugh … going to his third global tournament. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Mutukera was also a match official at the same 2023 tournament in Argentina, after earlier appearing at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2019.

Trevis, from Christchurch, will travel to his second global event after appearing at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2019.

Isaac Trevis … appointed to the list of assistant referees for the Paris Olympics. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

The women’s tournament will start on July 25, 2024, and conclude with the gold medal match at the Parc des Princes in Paris on August 10, 2024.

The men’s competition will begin on July 24, 2024, while the gold medal match will take place on August 9, 2024, also at the Parc des Princes.

The match officials’ preparation will be regularly and closely monitored before and during the Olympic Games by a team of FIFA technical trainers, including referees and video assistant referee (VAR) instructors, as well as match analysts, fitness coaches, physiotherapists and sports scientists, all of whom will provide the officials with the best possible guidance and support.

While the Olympic Football Tournaments Paris 2024 are this year’s flagship football competitions, for the selected match officials, they represent the next important step on the road to the 2026 FIFA World Cup and the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Referees in the women’s and men’s tournaments will be supported by goal‑line technology and the VAR system, including semi‑automated offside technology.

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