THE biggest tournament in world football is underway, and referee Ismail Elfath is set to be in the thick of it.
Elfath is not the only American official in Qatar and he takes charge ofJapan vs Croatiain the last 16, after whistling forCameroons win over Brazil.
And he gaveCristiano Ronaldo a penalty during the second halfof his first game between Portugal and Ghana, with the decision looking very soft after a foul by Mo Salisu.
Here is all you need to know about him.
Ismail Elfath was born in Morocco in 1982 before moving to the United States at the age of eighteen.
Elfath started his career as a fourth official in 2011, and made his MLS refereeing debut the following year.
Four years on, the 40-year-old became a registered FIFA official.
Later that year, Elfath refereed the first ever match involving VAR, a system now used in the Premier League.
In 2019, the Amercian got his international call-up, officiating at the 2019 Under-20 World Cup final between Ukraine and South Korea.
This led to his involvement with the 2019 Club World Cup where he took charge ofLiverpools semi-final 2-1 win over Monterrey.
Elfath was the referee for the World Club Cup semi-final between Monterrey and Liverpool
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He has since won the MLS Referee of the Year two times and been selected to referee at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
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