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Referee Ismail Elfath Salary, Height, Stats, Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife, Children, Family

Ismail Elfath Biography – Ismail Elfath Wiki

Ismail Elfath is a Moroccan-born American FIFA referee. He has been a referee in Major League Soccer since 2012 and a FIFA listed referee since 2016. The Morocco native has a gaudy resume of MLS Cups, Concacaf U20 Championship (2017 & 2018), FIFA U-20 World Cup (2019), Concacaf Gold Cup (2019 & 2021), FIFA Club World Cup (2019), Tokyo Olympics (2021) and FIFA World Cup (2022).

In 2020, Ismail Elfath was named MLS Referee of the Year for the first time in his career by the Major League Soccer and the Professional Referee Organization. Nominated by the Professional Referee Organization, candidates for MLS Referee of the Year were voted on by MLS club technical staff, media and MLS players. Elfath was also nominated in 2013 and 2017.

Elfath began this professional journey when he started officiating youth soccer games and Sunday leagues and worked his way up to the professional ranks in 2009 and eventually the MLS competition.

Elfath’s travels have taken him around the world, starting with his trip from Casablanca where he had grown up in his grandfather’s home after his mother passed away when he was 8. His was a close-knit family, which housed close to 16 people including aunts and uncles and offered very little privacy. So when he moved to Austin in 2001, the first thing that struck him was the fact he had just one roommate. He first lived with a cousin for a week, then shared an apartment with a fellow University of Texas student.

He originally had been given two relocation choices by the U.S. government and chose Texas over Indianapolis where he also had a cousin because of this city’s warm weather and the university’s reputation. He got his degree in mechanical engineering at Texas in 2006 and worked in IT corporate sales.

Elfath takes an active role in serving the Austin community and promoting a better understanding of the Muslim community. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that empowers individual freedom, diversity and build bridges with other faiths.

Ismail Elfath World Cup

Ismail Elfath is one of the six officials from the Professional Referee Organization at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The group includes assistant referees Kyle Atkins, Kathryn Nesbitt, and Corey Parker, and video match officials Drew Fischer and Armando Villarreal.

“It’s a dream come true,” Elfath told the Austin American-Statesman. “It’s every referee’s dream. This is the pinnacle. Getting to the world’s biggest sporting event is a big honor. It’s quite surreal.”

“We are delighted that the years of dedication and commitment these officials have invested to develop their skills and serve the game have been rewarded through selection to this prestigious event,” PRO general manager Howard Webb said in a statement.

“I know they will represent our organization in the most positive way. They will undoubtedly inspire others to join the officiating ranks and, as their colleagues did at the 2018 World Cup, again demonstrate to the world the high quality of match officials we have here in North America.”

Ismail Elfath Age

Elfath was born on March 3, 1982, in Casablanca, Morocco. He immigrated to America in 2001 at the age of 18. He is 40 years old as of 2022.

Ismail Elfath Wife

Is Ismail Elfath married? He has a wife and three children.

Ismail Elfath Height

Referee Ismail Elfath stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches (172.72 cm).

Ismail Elfath Salary

Since the World Cup in 2018, the managerial body of the FIFA World Cup decided that each match referee would receive a basic salary of $70,000 for involvement in the FIFA World Cup. At the World Cup, the match referees earn $3,000 per match during the group stage and $10,000 for the knockout matches and the final.

Ismail Elfath Stats

Elfath has been involved in 176 games as a referee, 52 games as a 4th Official and 15 games as a Video Assistant Referee for MLS regular games as of November 15, 2021.

Ismail Elfath Nationality

Elfath is of American nationality.