CHICAGO (Nov. 30, 2017) – U.S. Soccer referees have been selected to officiate the 2018 Algarve Cup in Portugal and attend the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Women Referee Candidate Seminar in Doha, Qatar. FIFA Referee Ekaterina Koroleva will attend the Seminar from Feb. 12 to 16 as one of 35 female candidate referees for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
Seminar attendees will take part in practical on-field sessions, theoretical sessions which include topical discussions and video tests, as well as medical evaluations and fitness testing.
A few weeks later, Koroleva will head to Portugal to lead a U.S. group of referees at the prestigious Algarve Cup from Feb. 28 to March 7. U.S. Soccer FIFA Referees Felisha Mariscal and Deleana Quan will serve on her crew at the tournament.
A member of the FIFA Panel since 2014, Koroleva has quickly climbed the ladder to officiate some of the world’s premier soccer events. She refereed the 2015 NWSL Championship Final and spent last fall in Jordan as an official for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
It will be the second Algarve Cup for Mariscal, whose résume also includes the 2016 Women’s Olympic Qualifers and the 2014 North American Soccer League Final. Quan joined the FIFA panel of referees last year, but she’s already officiated a number of international events, including the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship as well as joining Koroleva at the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup.
CONCACAF referees from Costa Rica and El Salvador will join the U.S. crew in Portugal. Koroleva is one of six CONCACAF referees selected for the pre-Women’s World Cup seminar alongside representatives from Costa Rica, Canada, Honduras and Mexico. FIFA selects its best match officials from around the world for FIFA competitions.