DALLAS, Texas – Among the 16 head referees who will be at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is Qatar’s Abdulraham Al-Jassim.
Al-Jassim’s opportunity to officiate a match at the Gold Cup comes from the referee exchange agreement between Concacaf and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Earlier this year at the Asian Cup, Cesar Ramos of Mexico officiated four matches, and so now Al-Jassim will be afforded a similar opportunity in the Gold Cup.
As part of his preparation, Al-Jassim attended the Gold Cup referee seminar in Dallas that took place before the start of the tournament and spoke with Concacaf.com about the experience.
“This has been a very valuable seminar and I want to express my thanks to Concacaf for its hospitality,” said Al Jassim. “This is an important seminar because we all need to be on the same page and make sure we all understand the new laws of the game,” added Al-Jassim.
Among the notable items on Al-Jassim’s resume are the 2019 Asian Cup quarterfinal between Iran and China, the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and serving as a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Al-Jassim believes that the experience of working a Gold Cup match will make him a better referee.
“Every confederation has its own style of football, the way they think about football, different cultures, so I think refereeing in Concacaf will help me improve as a referee. It will help me for future FIFA tournaments and for the next step in my career,” said Al-Jassim.
Al-Jassim also praised the initiative undertaken by Concacaf and AFC to provide a referee exchange, and feels it would be beneficial for referees everywhere.
“This exchange offers new challenges. You get to experience new things as a referee and I think it would be helpful for ever confederation. Most important, we are all on the same page and we are united,” concluded Al-Jassim.