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Three S. Koreans selected to referee FIFA U-20 World Cup

All News 16:28 April 05, 2017

SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) -- Three South Koreans will work as referees at the upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup in their homeland, the nation's football governing body said Wednesday.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said Kim Jong-hyeok, Yoon Kwang-yeol and Kim Young-ha have been named match officials for the 2017 U-20 World Cup by FIFA. South Korea will host the biennial international men's youth football tournament in six local cities -- Cheonan, Daejeon, Incheon, Jeju, Jeonju and Suwon -- from May 20 to June 11.

The three South Koreans are one of the 22 refereeing trios -- comprised of one main referee and two additional assistant referees -- from 34 countries.

Among them, Kim Jong-hyeok is one of the three main referees representing the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The 34-year-old won the top referee award by the KFA last year and also officiated matches at the AFC Asian Cup as well as the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand in 2015.

Yoon also worked as an assistant referee at the 2015 U-20 World Cup.

Meanwhile, for the first time in a FIFA youth competition, the U-20 World Cup in South Korea will use a video reviewing system. FIFA on Tuesday unveiled 22 video assistant referees, who will provide information to the referee on the pitch after watching broadcast feeds of the match.

In this file photo taken on Jan. 24, 2015, South Korean football referees Kim Jong-hyeok (C) and Yoon Kwang-yeol (L) speak with reporters at Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Australia, after officiating matches at the Asian Cup. (Yonhap)


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