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PRO crew selected for Club World Cup

Nov 4, 2013

Referee Mark Geiger and ARs Sean Hurd and Joe Fletcher have been selected for the FIFA Club World Cup in December.

The champion of champions competition to find the best club team in the world will be staged in Morocco and PRO’s team is one of five crews selected to work the event.

The officials, who worked the finals of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2011 and the Olympics in England in the summer of 2012, will arrive December 4th in Marrakech, Morocco for meetings and a physical fitness test.

Referee Geiger said: “It is an honor for the team and I to be selected for this prestigious FIFA tournament. 

“Any time that you have the best teams from around the world playing together, it is going to be an exciting event. 

“We are looking forward to representing ourselves, PRO, US Soccer, the CSA, and CONCACAF to the best of our abilities. 

“We are very grateful for the support and guidance that we have received over the years from our colleagues, respective associations, PRO, and CONCACAF to help get us to where we are today.” 

PRO General Manager Peter Walton said: "PRO is honored to have three of its officials chosen for the Club World Cup.

"It is great news for the individuals and also a reflection of the overall quality of officials we have in PRO. I am sure they will perform at the highest levels amongst some of the world's best club sides."  

The FIFA Club World Cup is a knockout tournament contested each season by seven teams. The winners of that year's AFC Champions League, CAF Champions League, CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Libertadores, OFC Champions League and UEFA Champions League, along with the host nation's national champions, compete for the trophy.

So far the confirmed competing teams are: Bayern München (Germany); Raja Club Athletic (Morocco); Club de Futbol Monterrey (Mexico); Auckland City (New Zealand) and Atlético Mineiro (Brazil). The remaining slots (CAF and AFC) will be confirmed in the next week.

The tournament runs from 11-21 December 2013 and goal-line technology will be used in the Club World Cup for the first time, ahead of use in the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

Click here for more information about the Club World Cup

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