Two female referees from Morocco appointed for the Paris Olympics football competition

Bouchra Karbaoui and Fatiha Jermoumi will take part in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to referee matches in the football competition 
Una fotografía tomada en Saint-Denis, al norte de París, el 28 de marzo de 2024, muestra una vista de la sede del Comité Organizador de los Juegos Olímpicos y Paralímpicos de París 2024 – PHOTO/JOEL SAGET/AFP
A photograph taken in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on 28 March 2024, shows a view of the headquarters of the Organising Committee of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games - PHOTO/JOEL SAGET/AFP

The next Olympic Games in Paris 2024 will have Moroccan players in the football competition, in addition to the Moroccan national team that will take part in the French capital.

These Moroccan protagonists for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games are head referee Bouchra Karboubi and assistant referee Fatiha Jermoumi. The two are on the list unveiled by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) of referees selected to officiate matches at the Olympic football tournament in the Parisian capital this summer.

"The FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 89 referees - 21 centre referees, 42 assistant referees, 20 video referees and six reserve referees - from 45 different nationalities to officiate the matches of the Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024," FIFA said in an official statement. 

The women's tournament will begin on 25 July and end on 10 August with the final at the Parc des Princes, the world football governing body said, adding that the men's tournament will run from 24 July to 9 August, with the final also to be played at the Parc des Princes in the French capital.  

Gianni Infantino, presidente de la FIFA - REUTERS/ASANKA BREDON
FIFA President Gianni Infantino - REUTERS/ASANKA BREDON

The entire refereeing delegation for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be supported by a large team of coaches, physical trainers, physiotherapists and technical and video refereeing assistants to ensure that the referees can carry out their work with the best possible guarantees. In addition, FIFA staff will monitor the performance of all referees to examine the refereeing during the competition.  

"While the Olympic football tournaments are shaping up to be the flagship competitions of 2024, they also represent an important milestone for referees ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup? and the 2027 FIFA Women's World Cup," FIFA said, also in relation to the next major world football events immediately after the Olympic Games. 

At the Olympic football competition in Paris this summer, referees in the men's and women's tournaments will be assisted by video refereeing and will benefit from goal-line technology as well as the semi-automatic offside detection system.  

The inclusion of women referees in official competitions is already quite widespread, even for the officiating of football matches in men's tournaments. In fact, for example, in 2022, a quartet of female referees officiated for the first time in a men's Africa Cup of Nations match, the match between Guinea and Zimbabwe at the tournament in Cameroon.