China News Agency, Beijing, January 10th. On the 10th Beijing time, the FIFA Referees Committee announced the list of referees for the 2023 Women's World Cup.
Chinese referee Xie Lijun was selected as an assistant referee.
The 2023 Women's World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20.
In the list of referees announced by FIFA, there are 33 referees, 55 assistant referees and 19 video assistant referees.
Among them, the main referee and assistant referees are all women, and 6 of the video assistant referees are women.
Xie Lijun is the only Chinese referee selected this time.
She is from Sichuan, and has enforced domestic and international competitions for many times. In 2022, she will participate in the Women's Asian Cup and the U17 Women's World Cup.
Before that, she had also enforced women's football matches in large-scale events such as the National Games, the World Military Games, and the Southeast Asian Games.
According to FIFA, all the candidates are referees who have performed outstandingly in international and domestic competitions in recent years, and the level of each referee has been strictly inspected and screened.
FIFA launched the selection of referees for the 2023 Women's World Cup in 2020, and since then more than 170 candidates have participated in the assessment.
In the 2022 Qatar Men's Football World Cup, Chinese referees Ma Ning, Shi Xiang and Cao Yi were selected as referees. This is the first time in 20 years that Chinese referees have participated in the men's World Cup law enforcement work.
Ma Ning served as the fourth official for six group matches, while Shi Xiang and Cao Yi served as alternate assistant referees for three games respectively.
In the 2023 Women's World Cup, the Chinese women's football team will be in the same group as England, Denmark, and the winner of the play-off group B (the winner between Senegal, Haiti, and Chile).
According to the schedule, the Chinese women's football team will face the Danish team in the first match of the group stage and the England team in the final match.