Record Forty-One U.S. Soccer Match Officials Named to 2024 FIFA International Panel

CHICAGO (Jan. 10, 2024) – As part of U.S. Soccer’s strategic vision to foster best playing environments , the Federation’s Referee Program, in conjunction with U.S. Soccer’s Referee Committee and FIFA, have appointed a record 41 U.S. Soccer match officials to the 2024 FIFA International Panel. With their appointments, the 14 referees, 20 assistant referees, 10 video match officials and three futsal referees have the distinction and opportunity to represent the United States at the highest international levels in 2024, including FIFA Men’s, Women’s and Youth World Cups. The 18 women selected tie the record set in 2023 for the most female U.S. Soccer officials appointed to the FIFA panel. Additionally, seven of the 10 video match officials are also on the FIFA Panel as referees or assistant referees. 2024 FIFA PANEL – REFEREES (First Year on FIFA Panel) Alexandra Bileter (2023) Danielle Chesky (2020) Joe Dickerson (2023) Ismail Elfath (2016) Jon Freemon (2024)* Katja Koroleva (2014) Alyssa Nichols (2023) Tori Penso (2021) Victor Rivas (2023) Natalie Simon (2022) Lukasz Szpala (2024)* Rubiel Vazquez (2020) Armando Villarreal (2015) Anya Voigt (2024)* The 14 U.S. Soccer referees on the 2024 FIFA International Panel include three newcomers in Jon Freemon, Lukasz Szpala and Anya Voigt. Freemon, who officiated the 2023 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final between Houston Dynamo and Inter Miami, becomes the first Black man to represent U.S. Soccer on the FIFA Panel. The list also includes Tori Penso, who served as the referee for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final between Spain and England. Appointed in 2014, Katja Koroleva is the longest tenured female referee on the FIFA Panel, while Armando Villarreal (2015) is the longest serving male referee. ASSISTANT REFEREES (First Year on FIFA Panel) Kyle Atkins (2018) Cameron Blanchard (2019) Logan Brown (2020) Jose Da […]

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