Representing all six confederations, the 30 match officials were selected from a list of prospective candidates for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Preparations for the match officials have been conducted under the guidance of Fifa’s Refereeing Assistance Programme (RAP), which was approved by the Fifa Executive Committee at the end of 2007. The basic objective of the RAP is to professionalise the environment in which referees develop and work at both national and international level. The programme comprises two distinct but related parts. The first is the preparation of match officials for the World Cup, with practical and theoretical sessions focusing on five core areas: technical, physical, psychological, medical and energy performance. The second part of RAP is the development of refereeing at member association level. OFFICIALS Referees: Matthew Breeze (Australia), Coffi Codjia (Benin), Carlos Batres (Guatemala), Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay), Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay), Michael Hester (New Zealand), Massimo Busacca (Switzerland), Martin Hansson (Sweden), Howard Webb (England), Eddy Maillet (Seychelles, reserve). Assistant referees: Matthew Cream (Australia), Ben Wilson (Australia), Komi Konyoh (Togo), Alexis Fassinou (Benin), Leonel Leal (Costa Rica), Carlos Pastrana (Honduras), Emigdio Ruiz (Paraguay), Nicolas Yegros (Paraguay), Pablo Fandino (Uruguay), Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay), Jan-Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand), Mark Rule (New Zealand), Matthias Arnet (Switzerland), Francesco Buragina (Switzerland), Henrik Andren (Sweden), Fredrik Nilsson (Sweden), Michael Mullarkey (England), Peter Kirkup (England), Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon, reserve), Bechir Hassani (Tunisia, reserve).