Canada Soccer has announced that 15 officials have been named to the 2016 FIFA List of Referees and Assistant Referees. The list includes two officials from Ontario.
All seven Canadian referees were in fact retained from the 2015 FIFA List. Those seven referees are Marie-Soleil Beaudin, Mathieu Bourdeau, Carol Anne Chénard, Sheena Dickson, Drew Fischer, David Gantar, and Michelle Pye.
From the eight Canadian assistant referees, seven return from the 2015 FIFA List while Richard Gamache has been appointed for the first time. The eight assistant referees are Gamache, Daniel Belleau, Chantal Boudreau, Philippe Brière, Marie-Josée Charbonneau, Joe Fletcher, Marie-Han Gagnon Chretien, and Suzanne Morisset.
Along with the list of FIFA officials, Canada Soccer has also announced the 2016 list of national referees and assistant referees. The national list includes 20 referees and 22 assistant referees - 11 of which hail from Ontario.
From this past calendar year, referees were appointed to international competitions including 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers (Belleau, Bourdeau, Brière, Fischer, Fletcher, and Gantar) and the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 (Charbonneau, Chénard, Morisset, and Pye).
Also in 2015, Canadians were appointed to the CONCACAF Gold Cup (Belleau, Brière, Gantar), the CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Bourdeau, Fischer, Fletcher), the CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship (Brière, Gantar), the CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship (Bourdeau, Fischer), and the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship (Beaudoin, Boudreau, Gagnon Chretien).
In Canada, Canadians were appointed to professional matches in the Amway Canadian Championship, Major League Soccer, and the North American Soccer League. Canadians were also appointed to the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games (Beaudoin, Boudreau, Bourdeau) and Parapanamerican Games (Rudolf, Vaughan).
Carol Anne Chénard
FIFA Assistant Referees
Marie-Han Gagnon Chretien
National List Referees
National List Assistant Referees
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