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Federation Internationale de Football Association confirmed on Thursday the 36 referees and 63 assistants who will work the 64 games in Russia.

Arguably Uganda's best assistant referee, Ssonko was shortlisted among the CAF referees for the World's biggest football showpiece alongside 17 officials of which 11 were assistants but missed out on the final list released by FIFA on March 29. "Mark Geiger becomes the second USA official to work in two World Cups". The U.S. Soccer referee community extends their congratulations to all four selected.

Gerisha thanked all the officials who helped him reach that point in his career, including Essam Seyam and Gamal El Ghandour, former Egyptian presidents of the Referees Committee, along with Ahmed El-Shenawy, Nasser Abbas, Azab Hagag, Ahmed Badawy and Hossam Taha, members of the committee.

England's Howard Webb took charge of the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, where Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0 to win their first title.

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There are also no British officials among the 63 assistant referees selected, while video assistant referees will be chosen from the pool of officials at the tournament.

The 36 refs have been selected from an initial group of 53 when the potential candidates were first identified just months after the last World Cup in Brazil.

The absence of British officials makes Russian Federation 2018 the first World Cup since 1938 without representation from the four home nations.

Siwela was rewarded for his efforts domestically in 2016 when he was named as the PSL's Assistant Referee of the Year, and being called up to the World Cup can now be added to his list of achievements.

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