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U.S. Soccer Referee Kevin Stott Part of Final Referee Workshop Prior to 2006 FIFA World Cup

FIFA To Select World Cup Referees After March Workshop;
44 Candidates Will Attend, About 30 Will Be Chosen

CHICAGO (March 23, 2006) – U.S. Soccer referee Kevin Stott is one of 44 referee candidates contesting a spot at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Stott is currently attending a workshop in Frankfurt, Germany, that begins Tuesday, March 21, and runs through Saturday, March 25. The March workshop is the final World Cup preparation phase for referees, as approximately 30 officials and their assistants will be selected for the World Cup finals.

Officials from the six FIFA confederations will undergo medical testing, fitness testing and will be tested on their knowledge of the rules and their aptitude in English. Candidates will also undergo a psychological test before being invited to a meet with members of the FIFA Referee Committee.

Referee candidates at the Frankfurt workshop also attended a workshop at the same venue in February 2005, after which they were required to further demonstrate their officiating capabilities at various international competitions, including FIFA tournaments and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany will be the first to feature referee teams from the same country or, at least, the same confederation, in an effort to improve the quality of officiating at the tournament.

Stott was named an official candidate to referee at the World Cup in January 2005. He has been a U.S. Soccer referee since he was 16-years-old and a member of the FIFA International Panel of Referees since 1995.

Throughout 2005, Stott officiated three 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying as the center referee. He also was part of the contingent of officials that served at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru, where he officiated the crucial first-round match between Holland and Brazil. He also refereed at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and in 16 professional matches in the United States, including Major League Soccer games, international club games played on U.S. soil and international friendlies.

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany Referee Candidates

AFC (6): Khalil Ibrahim Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia), toru Kamikawa (Japan), Jong Chul Kwon (Korea Republic), Shamsul Maidin (Singapore), Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia), Masoud Moradi (Iran)

CAF (6): Esam El Deen Abd El Fatah (Egypt), Coffi B. Docjia (Benin), Mourad Daami (Tunisia), Jerome K. Damon (South Africa), Mohamed guezzaz (Morocco), Modou Sowe (Gambia

CONCACAF (6): Benito Archunia (Mexico), Carlos Batres (Guatemala), Peter Predergast (Jamaica), Marco Antonio Rodriguez (Mexico), Rodolfo Sibrian (El Salvador), Kevin Stott (United States)

CONMEBOL (7): Carlos Amarilla Demarqui (Paraguay), Carlos Chandia (Chile), Horacio Elizondo (Argentina), Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay), Rene Ortube Betancourt (Bolivia), Oscar Ruiz Acosta (Colombia), Carlos Simon (Brazil)

OFC (2): Mark A. Shield (Australia), Matthew Breeze (Australia)

UEFA (17): Massimo Busacca (Switzerland), Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium), Massimo De Santis (Italy), Herbert Fandel (Germany), Alain Hamer (Luxembourg), Terje Hauge (Norway), Valentin Ivanov (Russia), Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark), Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain), Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez (Spain), Markus Merk (Germany), Lubos Michel (Slovakia), Graham Poll (England), Eric Poulat (France), Roberto Rosetti (Italy), Alain Sars (France), Kyros Vassaras (Greece) is the official website of U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States.