Refereeing #WorldCup Group Games

I have been tracking referee performance in the Group games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

I am using the data shared on the official website to monitor: total game time and ball in play time.

My rank order for the 48 games by ball in play time is:

Game ID
Referee Country Game Playing Time
2 Bjorn Kuipers Netherlands Egypt v Uruguay 64
25 Bjorn Kuipers Netherlands Brazil v Costa Rica 64
41 Alireza Faghani Iran Serbia v Brazil 64
6 Szymon Marciniak Poland Argentina v Iceland 62
9 Cesar Ramos Mexico Brazil v Switzerland 62
43 Mark Geiger USA Korea v Germany 62
22 Mateu Lahoz Spain Denmark v Australia 61
34 Wilmar Roldan Columbia Saudi Arabia v Egypt 61
37 Sando Ricci Brazil Denmark v France 61
18 Clement Turpin France Uruguay v Saudi Arabia 60
27 Szymon Marciniak Poland Germany v Sweden 60
45 Damir Skomina Slovenia Engalnd v Belgium 60
16 Damir Skomina Slovenia Colombia v Japan 59
42 Clement Turpin France Switzerland v Costa Rica 59
47 Janny Sikazwe Zambia Japan v Poland 59
4 Gianluca Rocchi Italy Portugal v Spain 58
5 Andres Cunha Uruguay France v Ausralia 58
10 Malang Diedhiou Senegal Costa Rica v Serbia 58
1 Nestor Pitana Argentina Russia v Saudi Arabia 57
21 Mohammed Abdulla UAE France v Peru 57
31 Cesar Ramos Mexico Poland v Colombia 57
36 Ravshan Irmatov Uzbekistan Spain v Morocco 57
8 Sando Ricci Brazil Croatia v Nigeria 56
11 Alireza Faghani Iran Germany v Mexico 56
26 Felix Brych Germany Serbia v Switzerland 56
29 Jair Marrufo USA Belgium v Tunisia 56
38 Sergei Karasev Russia Australia v Peru 56
13 Janny Sikazwe Zambia Belgium v Panama 55
15 Nawaf Shukralla Bahrain Poland v Senegal 55
30 Ghead Grisha Egypt England v Panama 54
46 Nawaf Shukralla Bahrain Panama v Tunisia 54
7 Bakary Gassama Gambia Peru v Denmark 53
12 Joel Aguilar Salvador Sweden v Korea 53
17 Enrique Caceres Paraguay Russia v Egypt 53
19 Mark Geiger USA Portugal v Morocco 53
20 Andres Cunha Uruguay Iran v Spain 53
24 Matthew Conger New Zealand Nigeria v Iceland 53
23 Ravshan Irmatov Uzbekistan Argentina v Croatia 52
28 Milorad Mazic Serbia Korea v Mexico 52
39 Cuneyt Cakir Turkey Nigeria v Argentina 52
32 Gianluca Rocchi Italy Japan v Senegal 51
40 Antonio Lahoz Spain Iceland v Croatia 51
33 Malang Diedhiou Senegal Uruguay v Russia 50
35 Enrique Caceres Paraguay Iran v Portugal 50
44 Nestor Pitana Argentina Mexico v Sweden 50
48 Milorad Mazic Serbia Senegal v Colombia 50
14 Wilmar Roldan Columbia Tunisia v England 49
3 Cuneyt Cakir Turkey Morocco v Iran 45

My grouping of the referees:

60 minutes +

55-59 Minutes

45-54 Minutes

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