U.S. Soccer FIFA Referee Jair Marrufo has been selected as a match official for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. FIFA announced 21 groups of match officials from all six confederations for the competition, which begins October 6 in New Delhi. Fellow U.S. Soccer FIFA Assistant Referees Frank Anderson and Corey Rockwell will serve on Marrufo’s crew.
Marrufo’s selection comes after a busy summer officiating matches at last month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and at June’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. A top American referee, Marrufo has been on the FIFA International Panel of Officials since 2007, working his first international match that October between Fiji and New Zealand. This will be his third U-17 World Cup and his international experience also includes the Olympic Games, Copa America and every Gold Cup since 2009.
Working in the MLS since May 2000, Marrufo has officiated two MLS Cup Finals (2006, 2015), an MLS All-Star Game (2014) and was named MLS Referee of the Year in 2008. He comes from a lineage of officiating, as his father Antonio was also a referee and served on the Mexican Referee Commission.
Anderson and Rockwell, Marrufo’s assistant referees, are also established international match officials. The two have been on the FIFA International Panel of Officials since 2012 and 2007, respectively. Both referees have won MLS Assistant Referee of the Year, Anderson last year and Rockwell in 2011. They’ve both worked MLS Cup Playoff matches, Anderson has officiated for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game, the Pan-American Games and CONCACAF U-20 Championship while Rockwell has seen action at the 2012 U.S. Open Cup Final and last summer’s Copa America Centenario.
Referees from Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras will also represent CONCACAF at the U-17 World Cup. FIFA selects its best match officials from around the world for FIFA competitions, and some of the selected officials will referee the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The tournament will also mark the first time that female referees will officiate a FIFA men’s tournament. Seven female support referees will join the 21 selected crews.