Vietnam’s Lan becomes FIFA elite referee

By Hoang Nguyen   July 28, 2019 | 08:26 pm PT
Vietnam’s Lan becomes FIFA elite referee
Ngo Duy Lan is one of two Vietnamese referees in FIFA's elite category. Photo acquired by VnExpress.
Ngo Duy Lan has passed the final test to become a FIFA elite referee, the Vietnam Football Federation Referee Committee says.

This is the highest level, with elite FIFA referees getting to officiate in important events like 2022 World Cup qualifiers and the AFC Champions League.

To reach the elite level, Lan had to referee three important matches selected and supervised by the AFC. His final test was a V. League game between Thanh Hoa FC and Ho Chi Minh City FC on July 21. Lan also must be fluent in English and pass standard physical tests.

Elite FIFA referees will first get to officiate in a few games in their region and some international friendlies.

Lan has refereed many important games that could affect the outcome of V. league like Hanoi FC vs. Hoang Anh Gia Lai and Thanh Hoa FC vs. Ho Chi Minh City FC earlier this year.

Vietnam has five FIFA-verified referees, Hoang Ha (verified in 2010), Nguyen Hien Triet (verified in 2015 and reached elite level in 2017), Tran Dinh Thinh (2019), and Truong Hong Vu (2019) being the others.

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