Chinese Referee Team to Officiate Men’s Football Asian Cup Final for the First Time
The Asian Football Confederation announced on February 8th that a team of Chinese referees will officiate the men’s football Asian Cup final for the first time in history. The referee team, composed of Ma Ning, Zhou Fei, Zhang Cheng, and Fu Ming, will take charge of the final match, marking a significant moment for Chinese football officials.
The final match, set to take place on February 10th at Lusail Stadium, will see the host Qatar team face off against the Jordan team for the Asian Cup championship. Ma Ning has been appointed as the chief referee for the final, with Zhou Fei and Zhang Cheng serving as assistant referees, and Fu Ming as the video assistant referee.
Throughout the Asian Cup, the Chinese referees have demonstrated their skill and accuracy in officiating matches. Ma Ning officiated three games, including the quarter-finals match between Iran and Japan, while Fu Ming took charge of two games and served as a video assistant referee in several matches.
This milestone for the Chinese referee team comes on the heels of several breakthroughs in international football events. In 2022, Ma Ning and assistant referees Shi Xiang and Cao Yi were selected for the list of referees for the Qatar World Cup. Additionally, Ma Ning and his team officiated the opening match of the 2022 Morocco Club World Cup, marking the first time a Chinese referee team officiated in this top-level competition.
The Chinese officials have made significant progress in recent years, with their involvement in prestigious events such as the FIFA U17 World Cup and the Qatar World Cup. These achievements highlight the growing recognition of Chinese referees on the international stage.
The appointment of the Chinese referee team for the Asian Cup final is a testament to their expertise and continued contributions to the world of football officiating. This historic moment is a significant step forward for Chinese football officials and a proud achievement for the nation’s football community.