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2,858 is the number of names on the 2007 FIFA List of Referees, which includes all the referees and assistant referees and futsal and beach soccer officials who are entitled to wear the FIFA badge on their kit this year. The confederation with the most male referees is UEFA (261), followed by CAF (231) ant the AFC (187). In total 856 men and 231 women worldwide are entitled to call themselves FIFA referees.
The confederation providing the most football, futsal and beach soccer officials is UEFA, with total of 927, whereas the OFC contributes the fewest with 32.
Last year, the total number of FIFA referees and assistant referees in activity was 2.824.