Visit from Cameroon…!

Elvis Noupue in action at the Africa Cup

Elvis Noupue, FIFA referee assistant from Cameroon, was the first of the invited VIPs to announce today (June 10) that he has received his visa. Welcome to the Referee Cup!
First the Referee Cup, then the World Cup: the 38-year-old referee was recently nominated for the World Cup in Qatar.

Carine Atezambong Fomo

Another colleague was due to come from Cameroon – unfortunately she had to cancel at short notice because the African Football Association send her to a tournament in Morocco: Carine Atezambong Fomo, who was nominated for the U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica in August. But the organizers were quick and pulled Melina Willig from the neighboring Heidekreis out of her hat. The 26-year-old from Benefeld officiates in the women’s 4th league and is an assistant to Eintracht’s top referee Celina Boehm in the second women’s Bundesliga.
An overview of the referees of the 15th Referee Cup can be found HERE.

Match schedule is online!

24 teams are registered, so the group draw was made on June 15th. Linda Kunzelmann (President of SV Eintracht Lueneburg) had a special touch and draw the both finalists from 2019, the Referee Association (SRV) Hannover and the NFV-Kreis Harburg into one group. So these two teams will play the opening match on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
The schedule can now be found here on the homepage (Tournament –> Results), an overview can be HERE can be downloaded.

Arbitro, Erotoumari, Scheidsrechter, Dyfarnwr, Sudija

As you can easily see at the list of participants, the field of participants has increased in the meantime. It can be assumed that more than 20 teams will be at the start at the end of June – a proud result after the long Corona break.
In the meantime, six foreign teams have also registered, of course the Finnish friends from Lahti, then two referee associations from near Rome (Albano Laziale and Rieti) and, for the first time in 29(!) years, the Scheidsrechtersvereniging Noord-Oost Twente (NOT) from the Netherlands. Older participants will remember what is probably the best final so far in 1991, when the NOT referees lost 4-1 to their Russian FIFA and Premier League colleagues. Back then in the team: the later so famous and valued FIFA referee Björn Kuipers.
And that’s not the end of it: shortly before the registration deadline expired, two more teams, the referee association Zrenjanin (Serbia) and Cymdeithas Dyfarnwyr Caerdydd from Wales (okay, “Cardiff Referees’ Society” is a bit easier), registered for the first time will be guests in Lüneburg – all together:
Welcome to our referee family!

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