|Gianluca Rocchi, Italian FIFA referee and UEFA Elite since 2010 will leave the scene|
The only sure change so far about Elite panel is the leaving of Gianluca Rocchi, FIFA referee since 2008 and UEFA Elite since 2010. Italian Referees Association (AIA) has decided to replace him due to age reasons. He has officiated internationally in 2019 thank to a special derogation, reaching the chance to be appointed for Europa League final, otherwise he would have had to leave the list already at the end of 2018.
In recent years the most significant changes and promotions to Elite Category have been made on June's update, but maybe at least a name could get this chance due to Rocchi retirement.
This is a list of Category 1 referees with some chances of being promoted, main criterion used to justify their presence is at least a Champions League GS appearance over the recent seasons, while the recently (6 months ago) promoted referees to Category 1 have been excluded. Just make your choices and then we will discuss the results when the updates will be revealed.