4 Hungarian FIFA referees away on UEFA courses

Viktor Kassai and Katalin Kulcsár, our 2 elite referees, are due to attend the UEFA 27th Advanced Referee Course later this month. The course is due to be held in Lisbon, Portugal. They are due to arrive for the course during the evening of Sunday 27th January with the course lasting until 31st January. The main topic on the men's course will be VAR, which is due to be implemented from the Champions League knockout stage.

Kassai has already been named as one of the 24 elite referees eligible to be appointed for games involving VAR, either as referee or in the VAR role itself. He is the only one of our referees eligible. Neither István Vad nor Tamás Bognár are attending the course and will therefore remain ineligible.

Balázs Berke and Katalin Sipos will be heading to Lisbon the day before our elite referees, to attend the UEFA 28th Introductory Course for International Referees. The new referees course starts during the day of 27th January and also runs to the 31st. During the course Katalin Sipos will be required to take her English test, Balázs Berke has already passed his English test. All FIFA level referees are required to be proficient in English.

Due to the overlap the new referees will have the opportunity to meet and train with the more experienced referees. All 4 will be required to take and pass their FIFA fitness tests during the course.

It should be noted that if they do not travel back to Hungary until Friday 1st February, it is not inconceivable that they will be missing from the appointments when the NB1 returns on 2nd February.

FIFA updated referee list officially released

FIFA have published the full updated list of referees and assistant referees who will appear on the FIFA list for 2019. As previously reported Balázs Berke has replaced Sándor Andó-Szabó on the mens referee list. As expected Balázs Szalai has replaced the retiring Zsolt Varga and Gergő Vígh-Tarsonyi has replaced Oszkár Lémon on the men's list of Assistant Referees. On the women's list, Katalin Sipos has replaced Gyöngyi Gaál, who has retired, and Noémi Baráth has been added to the list of Assistant Referees. Annamaria Tolnay has been added to the Men's Futsal referee list. The full list is below.

Congratulations to all of the newly promoted match officials.

Referee - Men

  • Viktor Kassai (Elite Category)
  • Tamás Bognár (First Category)
  • István Vad (First Category)
  • Ádám Farkas (Second Category)
  • Balázs Berke (Third Category)
  • Ferenc Karakó (Third Category)

Assistant Referee - Men

  • István Albert
  • Péter Berettyán
  • Balázs Buzás
  • Theodoros Georgiou
  • Péter Kóbor
  • György Ring
  • Balázs Szalai
  • Balázs Szert
  • Vencel Tóth
  • Gergő Vígh-Tarsonyi

Referee - Women

  • Katalin Kulcsár (Elite)
  • Katalin Sipos
  • Eszter Urbán

Assistant Referee - Women

  • Noémi Baráth
  • Judit Gavalla-Kulcsár
  • Katalin Török
  • Anita Vad

Referee - Men's Futsal

  • Balázs Farkas
  • Gábor Kovács
  • Norbert Szilágyi
  • Annamaria Tolnay

Referee - Beach Soccer

  • Csaba Baghy
  • László Legeza

Péter Solymosi voted NB1 referee of 2018.

Csak Foci have announced the result of the votes for the NB1 referee of 2018 and my personal favourite NB1 referee, Péter Solymosi, was the clear winner with 4/12 votes cast. István Vad came 2nd with 2/12 votes, whilst Viktor Kassai, Balázs Berke, Ádám Farkas, Zoltán Iványi, Ádám Németh & Csaba Pintér all received 1 vote each.

The votes were as follows (listed by club in table order):

Kubatov Gábor (President - Ferencváros)
Vad II István

Garancsi István (Owner - MOL Vidi)
Berke Balázs

Szima Gábor (Chairman - DVSC)
Solymosi Péter

George F. Hemingway (Owner - Honvéd)
Solymosi Péter

Berta Csaba (Managing Director - Újpest)
Farkas Ádám

Zakor Sándor (Owner - MTK Budapest)
Kassai Viktor

Tállai András (President - Mezőkövesd)
Solymosi Péter

Haraszti Zsolt (Managing Director - Paks)
Vad II István

Komjáti András (Club Director - Puskás Akadémia)
Pintér Csaba

Leisztinger Tamás (Owner - DVTK)
Iványi Zoltán

Révész Attila (Sports Director - Kisvárda)
Németh Ádám

Tóth Miklós (Managing Director - Haladás)
Solymosi Péter

Congratulations Péter.

Referee Appointments for the NB1 Match Day 18

Puskás Akadémia V Mezőkövesd Zsóry
2018.12.15 - 17:00
Felcsút, Puskás Akadémia Pancho Aréna
Ref: Pintér Csaba
4O: Bornemissza Norbert
AR: Kóbor Péter, Medovarszki János
AAR: Karakó Ferenc, Bogár Gergő

Kisvárda Master Good v MTK Budapest
2018.12.15 - 17:00
Kisvárda, Kisvárda Várkerti Sporttelep (Várkert Sportpálya)
Ref: Radványi Ádám
4O: Varga Zsolt
AR: Ring György, Márkus Tamás
AAR: Szőts Gergely, Molnár Attila

Paks v DVTK
2018.12.15 - 17:00
Paks, Paksi FC Stadion
Ref: Németh Ádám
4O: Georgiou Theodoros
AR: Farkas Balázs, Szalai Balázs
AAR: Szilasi Szabolcs, Pillók Ádám

Szombathelyi Haladás v DVSC
2018.12.15 - 17:00
Szombathely, Szombathelyi Haladás Stadion
Ref: Kassai Viktor
4O: Becséri Gergely
AR: Szécsényi István, Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő
AAR: Farkas Ádám, Zierkelbach Péter

Budapest Honvéd v Újpest
2018.12.15 - 19:30
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Ref: Solymosi Péter
4O: Horváth Róbert
AR: Berettyán Péter, Szert Balázs
AAR: Berke Balázs, Takács János

Ádám Farkas with full Europa League debut match

In a week where it has now been confirmed by the UEFA referee committee that Sándor Andó-Szabó will step down from the FIFA list at the end of the month and be replaced by Balázs Berke, Ádám Farkas has now been handed his full Europa League debut match. To date Farkas has taken charge of 5 Europa League qualifying matches, 1 Champions League qualifier, 2 International friendlies and several matches in various UEFA youth tournaments/leagues. He has a young team in terms of Assistant referees and the 4th official out with him but that is balanced by 2 very experienced AAR's. Sándor Piller is also out in this round as a UEFA referee observer.

Good Luck Ádám & team.

Group J
13 December 2018, 18:55 CET - Akhisar/Manisa (Spor Toto Akhisar Stadyumu)
Akhisarspor (TUR) - Royal Standard de Liège (BEL)
Referee: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Szert (HUN)
Fourth Official: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Péter Solymosi (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lucílio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Sergiu Lisnic (MDA)

Group K
13 December 2018, 18:55 CET - Rennes (Roazhon Park)
Stade Rennais FC (FRA) - FC Astana (KAZ)
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Davie Goossens (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Siemen Mulder (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Álvaro Albino (POR)

Referee Appointments for the NB1 Match Day 17

DVSC V Budapest Honvéd
2018.12.08 - 17:00
Debrecen, Debreceni Nagyerdei Stadion (Nagyerdei Stadion)
Ref: Erdős József
4O: Varga Gábor
AR: Szécsényi István, Szalai Balázs
AAR: Takács János, Nagy Róbert

Ferencváros V Mezőkövesd Zsóry
2018.12.08 - 17:00
Budapest, Groupama Aréna
Ref: Andó-Szabó Sándor
4O: Medovarszki János
AR: Georgiou Theodoros, Király Zsolt
AAR: Szilasi Szabolcs, Gaál Gyöngyi

Puskás Akadémia V Paks
2018.12.08 - 17:00
Felcsút, Puskás Akadémia Pancho Aréna
Ref: Bognár Tamás
4O: Lémon Oszkár
AR: Huszár Balázs, Garai Péter
AAR: Radványi Ádám, Zierkelbach Péter

DVTK V Kisvárda Master Good
2018.12.08 - 17:00
Miskolc, Diósgyőri Futball És Atlétikai Stadion (Dvtk Stadion)
Ref: Berke Balázs
4O: Berettyán Péter
AR: Szert Balázs, Horváth Róbert
AAR: Bogár Gergő, Molnár Attila

MTK Budapest V Szombathelyi Haladás
2018.12.08 - 17:00
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Ref: Karakó Ferenc
4O: Csatári Tibor
AR: Buzás Balázs, Bornemissza Norbert
AAR: Iványi Zoltán, Kulcsár Katalin

Újpest V Mol Vidi
2018.12.08 - 19:30
Budapest, Szusza Ferenc Stadion
Ref: Farkas Ádám
4O: Király Krisztián
AR: Kóbor Péter, Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő
AAR: Pintér Csaba, Németh Ádám

Viktor Kassai was unavailable this weekend as he was doing UEFA AAR training on Thursday, along with Vencel Tóth, György Ring & Péter Solymosi.

The appointments I forgot to publish from Match day 16

Kisvárda Master Good V Puskás Akadémia
2018.12.01 - 17:00
Kisvárda, Kisvárda Várkerti Sporttelep (Várkert Sportpálya)
Ref: Iványi Zoltán
4O: Szalai Balázs
AR: Lémon Oszkár, Szécsényi István
AAR: Pintér Csaba, Molnár Attila

Mezőkövesd Zsóry V Újpest
2018.12.01 - 17:00
Mezőkövesd, Mezőkövesd Városi Stadion
Ref: Berke Balázs
4O: Garai Péter
AR: Szert Balázs, Varga Gábor
AAR: Takács János, Kulcsár Katalin

Szombathelyi Haladás V DVTK
2018.12.01 - 17:00
Szombathely, Szombathelyi Haladás Stadion
Ref: Andó-Szabó Sándor
4O: Farkas Balázs
AR: Ring György, Becséri Gergely
AAR: Karakó Ferenc, Németh Ádám

MTK Budapest V DVSC
2018.12.01 - 17:00
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Ref: Bogár Gergő
4O: Huszár Balázs
AR: Tóth II. Vencel, Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő
AAR: Bognár Tamás, Gaál Gyöngyi

Paks V Ferencváros
2018.12.01 - 19:30
Paks, Paksi Fc Stadion
Ref: Erdős József
4O: Buzás Balázs
AR: Varga Zsolt, Márkus Tamás
AAR: Radványi Ádám, Zierkelbach Péter

Mol Vidi V Budapest Honvéd
2018.12.02 - 18:00
Székesfehérvár, Mol Aréna Sóstó
Ref: Kassai Viktor
4O: Horváth Róbert
AR: Berettyán Péter, Georgiou Theodoros
AAR: Solymosi Péter, Szilasi Szabolcs