At the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, South Korean referees were assigned to Japan’s first game, and Japanese and Chinese referees were assigned to Korea’s first game.
AFC announced on Wednesday the first round of its referee lineup for Group D, which includes Japan, and Group E, which includes Korea. At the match between Japan and Vietnam, which will take place at Al Thumama Stadium at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Korean referee Kim Jong-hyuk, assistant judges Yoon Jae-yeol and Park Sang-joon were assigned.
In addition, referee Kim Hee-gon will be in charge of VAR referee and referee Ko Hyung-jin will be in charge of VAR deputy referee, so five Korean referees will be in charge of the game.
Referee Ko Hyung-jin also played in the opening match of the tournament between Qatar and Lebanon. 안전놀이터
South Korea’s first game at 8:30 p.m. on the 15th at Jasim bin Hamad Stadium, and the judges of the match against Bahrain consisted of judges from China and Japan.
Manning was the referee, Zupay was the assistant referee, and Zhang Cheng (both from China). Araki Yusuke and Takagi Takumi (both from Japan) are in charge of the preliminary and waiting trials.
Referee Manning, who took the whistle in Korea’s first match, played as an international referee for FIFA in 2011 and served as a number of referees in friendly matches between Korea and Canada in 2016, Korea-Serbia in 2017, and Korea-Costarica in 2018.
Meanwhile, Korea has six judges. The country with the most judges is Japan with eight judges.