First of all, my special thank to all readers who participated in the voting. Now I'm really proud to present the results, with a short analysis, confederation by confederation.
Bakary Gassama leads his confederation as first option, no surprises on that. The Gambian will attend WC and we have important expectations in his regards. Ghead Grisha has confirmed to be a strong option as well, as he got 153 votes and he is listed as CAF number 2, among the selected officials, by our readers. The Egyptian can surely have a very good WC, in case of appointment as main referee. Interesting that he is considered ahead of a very strong name (at least in my opinion) like Zambian Janny Sikazwe (141), despite of the fact that the latter got many big appointments in FIFA and CAF games and also a major final. Malang Diedhiou is considered as fourth option by our readers, while Mehdi Abid Charef and Bamlak Tessema Weyesa seem destined to be reserve referees.
Differently from most of all the other confederations, things look quite clear in CONCACAF. We have three referees with many votes than the other ones: Mark Geiger, Joel Aguilar and César Ramos seem to have no rivals, and they all should attend WC. The first option among the "other" officials with less votes is John Pitti from Panama, with 73 preferences. To follow, Ricardo Montero, and Jair Marrufo, very likely both reserve referees in Russia.
It has been a head-to-had contention between Néstor Pitana and Sandro Ricci for the first place. The Argentinian has reached it. Only 4 votes separate the two contenders, however, in any case, no doubts that both will attend WC. To follow, we have Wilmar Roldán from Colombia. He is considered the third choice after the aforementioned referees. No doubts on that as well, from my side. My wish is that he can have a better WC than the previous one. Enrique Cáceres of Paraguay is seen as fourth choice. He should attend WC as well. Then, my big doubt about this confederation, is as well the one of our readers. Julio Bascuñán and Andrés Cunha are very close with a difference of only 6 votes. One of them could be main referee while the other one very likely a reserve. These results don't offer the chance to say more about that.
In this confederation the choice is clear, given that we have only two selected referees, our readers are convinced that Matthew Conger from New Zealand (124 votes) will attend WC as main referee, while Norbert Hauata (87) could be there again only as reserve, as it happened in 2014.