First Ever Gibraltar Referees to be FIFA Listed

Gibraltar has, for the first time 3 match officials, on FIFA's refereeing list for 2017. 

Jason Barcelo makes FIFA's list as a Referee, Johan Ward as an Assistant Referee & Zyl Sheriff as a Futsal Referee. This means that they can now officiate matches outside of Gibraltar including potential selection for internationals, and indeed continental club competitions such as the Champions League, Europa League & Futsal Cup. 

Never before have Gibraltarian match officials been recognised at this level or indeed had the ability to officiate official competitions abroad.


Gibraltar's 2017 FIFA Listed Match Officials:



Jason Barcelo – DOB 16th January 1980

Started refereeing at the age of 16 years in 1997. Quickly progressed through the promotion ladder achieving his Category 1 Referee Certificate in time for Season 2001/02. He has refereed abroad on previous occasions. Very recently he refereed in the Malta FA Premier Division.


Assistant Referee:

Johan Ward – DOB 26th August 1982

Took up refereeing at the start of Season 2013/14 and quickly developed into a very competent Assistant Referee officiating in top domestic matches by the end of his first season. In February 2015 he gained promotion to the GFA’s Assistant Referee Elite List.


Futsal Referee:

Zyl Sheriff - DOB 24th September 1987

On the recommencement of futsal competitions in Gibraltar, Zyl Sheriff took up the whistle qualifying as a Futsal Referee in August 2013. He obtained his Futsal Category 1 Certificate towards the end of 2014. He has experienced refereeing international futsal in December 2014 when he officiated in a triangular tournament in Malta.


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