11/24/2022
FIFA APPOINTS ISMAIL ELGATH FOR PORTUGAL VS GHANA GROUP H, ROUND 1 FIXTURE
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FIFA APPOINTS ISMAIL ELGATH FOR PORTUGAL VS GHANA GROUP H, ROUND 1 FIXTURE 

• Ismail Elgath, born on 3rd March, 1982 (40 years) is a Moroccan-born American soccer Referee.

• He is an Information Technology (IT) Consultant but belong to the Professional Referee Organization.

• He has been a referee in Major League Soccer since 2012 and a FIFA listed referee since 2016.

• Elfath was first a Fourth official in MLS in 2011 and made his MLS refereeing debut in 2012. Elfath became a FIFA listed official in 2016.

• Elfath was the referee during an August 2016 match between New York Red Bulls II and Orlando City B where the worldwide first on-field Video Assistant Referee review took place as the system was being tested in USL.

• On March 26, 2019, Elfath was selected to referee the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland. Elfath along with American assistant referees Corey Parker and Kyle Atkins was selected by FIFA to officiate the final of the tournament, which Ukraine won 2-1 over South Korea.

• On May 17, 2019, Elfath was appointed to officiate in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States following his participation in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

• Later that year Elfath took charge of the Semi-finals match at the FIFA Qatar 2019 Club World Cup. 

• Elfath was named the MLS Referee of the Year for the first time in his career on November 18, 2020.[10] He received the honor for a second time two years later on October 14, 2022.

• In July 2021, Elfath took charge of three matches at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, including a Quarter-finals match between host nation Japan and New Zealand. 

• Elfath was chosen as one of the two referees from CONCACAF for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations held in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022.

• FINALS REFEREED BY ISMAIL ELGATH.

• MLS Cup Playoffs 2022
LAFC                                        vs Philadelphia
LAFC won 6-3 on penalties.

• MLS is Back Tournament, 2020
Portland                                 2-1 Orlando

• U-20 World Cup 2019 18/19
Ukraine U20                          3-1 South Korea U20

• CONCACAF League (2017-2022) 17/18
CD Olimpia                            0-1 Santos FC

• USLC Playoffs 2013
Orlando City SC                    7-4 Charlotte

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