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-: I first participated in the Women's World Cup in France, how was that for you?
Reem Hussein: It was a great experience for me. For FIFA, the tournament had a similar value to the men's World Cup. We were prepared for this tournament prior to its launch through a nine-day training workshop, which included refereeing training matches and extensive training on video assistance in arbitration (VAR). Everything about such championships is great, and it's nice to have that experience. With the right tasks, of course, it's more fun.

– There have been many changes in the rules, directly in the most important championship ever, how did you deal with it?
– In theory there have been a large number of changes. My first thought was that we might not think about each other while playing. But it was not well at all. The rulers should have always applied the new rules from the very beginning. For me (in games where I was judging) all the changes were not used. But I think these changes in the rules are good for football and come to the interest of players and matches. For example, a player should take the shortest route to the side line when switched, which increases the movement of the game and its net time.

– Video assistance was first used in this tournament and that was a precedent for you too.
– We have been trained to handle video assistance technology in three training workshops in Abu Dhabi and Doha. But in a tournament like the World Cup, this was the first time for me and my colleagues.

Riem Hussein bei der FIFA Frauen-WM 2019, USA - Chile (picture-alliance / foto2press)

Reem Hussein played the US and Chile match at the Women's World Cup

– And what is the conclusion that came out?
– Positive. Video assistance technology works as a landing umbrella that can save wisdom or judgment from making the wrong decision. It also increases the acceptance of the decision by the participating teams and the public. According to my experience, the players accepted the support of the video assistance technique well, which contributed to reducing the arbitral errors.

– There has been widespread debate about the new rule that requires goalkeepers to put one foot on the line during the penalty kick, not both feet as usual.
– This rule has been applied in principle to help goalkeepers. In video assistance technology, the wrong behavior of the guard is determined during the penalty shootout clearly from the video footage. Such decisions would be realistic, as in cases of infiltration. For the public, a few centimeters may be tolerated, but for video-assisted technology, which has to evaluate the process on screen neutrally, there should be no room for it.

– I refereed three matches in the World Cup, two matches in the group league, and a match in the final price. Will you remember the memory of any match more than the other?
– Memories of all three games, each in its own way. The first game was fantastic. It was between Brazil and Jamaica in Grenoble. All the tickets were sold and the playground was more like a small boil. Although the stadium was only 18,000 spectators, the atmosphere was amazing. The match suited me well.
Kerr was a quick runner from both teams who wanted to win. This game found a perfect start. In my second match, the crowd was a record for me: some 50,000 spectators attended and tickets ran out at the Prinsen Park stadium in Paris. It was the match between the United States, which crowned a world champion afterwards, and Chile. It was something special for me, because my family was also on the field. Two of my brothers were attending the game. The third match was in the quarterfinals (between Norway and Australia), which meant continuing the tournament for both teams. Equivalence in playing was of course something special to me.

Frauen im Männerfußball | Schiedsrichterin Dr. Riem Hussein (picture-alliance / augenklick / firo Sportphoto)

Reem Hussain is also refereed in professional journals in Germany

– Germany came out of the tournament in the quarter-finals. Did not that increase your chances of refereeing another match?
– After the semi-finals, FIFA reduced the number of active referees who were less than half. Certainly, whether or not the country from which the ruling comes from is still considered. But I am personally satisfied with my participation in the tournament, even though I was in the group that had to go back to her country. I led three great and challenging games, and I received positive responses from FIFA and Germany. I would like to take advantage of this in my next tasks.

– Do you think it's good for women to referee in the men's World Cup, and vice versa?
– I think it should be linked in all tournaments to the performance of the referee. The subject should be discussed regardless of gender. If a woman meets physical requirements, why should she not be allowed to participate in such tournaments?

Dr. Reem Hussein is the wisdom of German football of Palestinian origin. Her primary occupation is pharmacy. Before becoming a soccer legend in 2005, she was a second-division player in Germany. Since the 2016/2016 season, Hussain has been refereeing in the third division. It is the second German wisdom, after Bibiana Steinhaus, to referee the professional men's league.

Interviewed by Sarah Wirtz

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