The lattermost of the many FIFA competitions we have enjoyed (and at times endured) this year is the upcoming Under-17 World Cup. For the referees who will travel to Brazil, they face the matches that will begin to determine their futures at a FIFA level - the importance of which is universally agreeable - whilst handling matches contested by players who might not have finished adolescence yet.
At least personally, I always found that dynamic fascinating (though it would be naïve to say that only performance matters on a FIFA level) and especially this competition - U17 a year after WC - gives us a chance to see some exciting young names who are relative unknowns in the international field. At least, I can say having watched a multitude of continental competitions this year, that in general the performance principle has been applied regarding the selection of referees.
Indeed, Law 5 - The Referee blog can present a preview of each and every referee at the Under-17 World Cup 2019. We hope you find them insightful and interesting.
This would not have been possible without the excellent work from our friend Carlos at the Árbitro Internacional blog, our team member Howard Maxi - to them, I can offer a huge 'thank you'. Furthermore, we hope this is the start of further integration between ourselves and our South American partners where possible.
We have sorted out each preview by association, and you can reach them by simply clicking on the links below. Enjoy!