List of AFC Asian Cup 2024 Referees, Assistant Referees (Official Announcement)

AFC Asian Cup 2024 Referee
AFC Asian Cup 2024 Referee

The AFC Asian Cup 2024 is set to be the 18th edition of this quadrennial international men’s football championship, and it promises to be a spectacle of the highest order. Organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), this prestigious tournament has seen considerable expansion, involving 24 national teams since 2019. Qatar, the defending champions, will host the competition from January 12 to February 10, 2024. As every football enthusiast knows, a successful tournament requires meticulous organization and, crucially, adherence to the rules of the game. This is where the dedicated team of referees and assistant referees comes into play. In this article, we are going to share the list of AFC Asian Cup 2024 Referees, Assistant Referees.

List of AFC Asian Cup 2024 Referees, Assistant Referees (Official Announcement)

On September 14, 2023, the AFC made a highly anticipated official announcement, unveiling the list of referees and assistant referees selected for the AFC Asian Cup 2024. The 33 referees, 37 assistant referees, two stand-by referees, and two stand-by assistant referees are a testament to the AFC’s commitment to ensuring fair and professional officiating during the tournament. Notably, this list includes the historic inclusion of two female referees and three female assistant referees, marking a significant step towards gender equality in football.

The use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will also be a significant feature of this tournament. Following its successful implementation from the quarter-final stage onwards in the 2019 edition of the AFC Asian Cup, VAR will be employed throughout the 2024 competition. This technology is designed to assist the on-field referees in making accurate decisions, reducing the likelihood of critical errors.


The list of appointed referees boasts an international roster of seasoned officials who will ensure the games are played within the bounds of fairness and respect for the rules. Here are the referees for the AFC Asian Cup 2024:

  1. Shaun Evans (Australia)
  2. Kate Jacewicz (Australia)
  3. Fu Ming (China)
  4. Ma Ning (China)
  5. Mooud Bonyadifar (Iran)
  6. Alireza Faghani (Iran)
  7. Mohanad Qasim Sarray (Iraq)
  8. Yusuke Araki (Japan)
  9. Jumpei Iida (Japan)
  10. Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
  11. Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)
  12. Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
  13. Kim Hee-gon (South Korea)
  14. Kim Jong-hyeok (South Korea)
  15. Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea)
  16. Mohammed Al Hoish (Saudi Arabia)
  17. Khalid Al-Turais (Saudi Arabia)
  18. Ahmad Al-Ali (Kuwait)
  19. Abdullah Jamali (Kuwait)
  20. Muhammad Nazmi Bin Nasaruddin (Malaysia)
  21. Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
  22. Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
  23. Abdulla Al-Marri (Qatar)
  24. Khamis Al-Marri (Qatar)
  25. Salman Ahmad Falahi (Qatar)
  26. Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
  27. Hanna Hattab (Syria)
  28. Sivakorn Pu-Udom (Thailand)
  29. Omar Al-Ali (United Arab Emirates)
  30. Adel Al-Naqbi (United Arab Emirates)
  31. Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
  32. Akhrol Riskullaev (Uzbekistan)
  33. Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)

Assistant Referees

The assistant referees play a vital role in assisting the main referees in their duties, ensuring that the matches are officiated with precision and fairness. Here is the list of assistant referees for the AFC Asian Cup 2024:

  1. Ashley Beecham (Australia)
  2. Anton Shchetinin (Australia)
  3. Zhang Cheng (China)
  4. Zhou Fei (China)
  5. Ildorom Alireza (Iran)
  6. Saeid Ghasemi (Iran)
  7. Ahmed Al-Baghdadi (Iraq)
  8. Watheq Al-Swaiedi (Iraq)
  9. Makoto Bozono (Japan)
  10. Jun Mihara (Japan)
  11. Takumi Takagi (Japan)
  12. Naomi Teshirogi (Japan)
  13. Mohammad Al-Kalaf (Jordan)
  14. Ahmad Al-Roalle (Jordan)
  15. Kim Kyoung-min (South Korea)
  16. Park Sang-jun (South Korea)
  17. Yoon Jae-yeol (South Korea)
  18. Ahmad Abbas (Kuwait)
  19. Abdulhadi Al-Anezi (Kuwait)
  20. Mohd Arif Shamil Bin Abd Rasid (Malaysia)
  21. Mohamad Zairul Bin Khalil Tan (Malaysia)
  22. Abu Bakar Al-Amri (Oman)
  23. Rashid Al-Ghaithi (Oman)
  24. Saoud Al-Maqaleh (Qatar)
  25. Taleb Al-Marri (Qatar)
  26. Zaid Al-Shammari (Saudi Arabia)
  27. Yasir Al-Sultan (Saudi Arabia)
  28. Abdul Hannan Bin Abdul Hasim (Singapore)
  29. Ronnie Koh Min Kiat (Singapore)
  30. Ali Ahmad (Syria)
  31. Mohamad Kazzaz (Syria)
  32. Tanate Chuchuen (Thailand)
  33. Rawut Nakarit (Thailand)
  34. Mohamed Al-Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)
  35. Hasan Al-Mahri (United Arab Emirates)
  36. Timur Gaynullin (Uzbekistan)
  37. Andrey Tsapenko (Uzbekistan)

Stand-by Referees

The stand-by referees are ready to step in when needed, ensuring the continuity and consistency of officiating in case of emergencies. The stand-by referees for the AFC Asian Cup 2024 are:

  1. Majed Al-Shamrani (Saudi Arabia)
  2. Sadullo Gulmurodi (Tajikistan)

Stand-by Assistant Referees

The stand-by assistant referees, like their stand-by referee counterparts, are prepared to take on crucial roles if required. The stand-by assistant referees for the AFC Asian Cup 2024 are:

  1. Cao Yi (China)
  2. Mohammed Al-Abakry (Saudi Arabia)

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