On May 17th, 2019, the Confederation of North and Centra American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced that one of the 16 referees for this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup will be a Qatari national.
CONCACAF stated that such decision was part of an agreement in which CONCACAF officials were able to work at this year’s Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Mexican referee, Cesar Ramos, was the only CONCACAF referee that officiated four matches at the Asian Cup, including Qatar’s striking 4-0 victory over the UAE in the semifinals.
The Qatari referee for the Gold Cup will be Abdulrahman Al Jassim, who has previously officiated 4 Asian Cup matches, including Iran’s 3-0 victory over China.
In addition, three American referees will be at the Gold Cup: Ismael Elfath, Jair Marrufo and Armando Villareal. The Gold Cup starts on June 15h and terminates on July 7th. Most of the matches will be held in the United States, with games also in Jamaica and Costa Rica.