ZURICH (AP) — World Cup final referee Howard Webb was chosen by FIFA on Wednesday among 25 who will officiate at this year's tournament in Brazil.
Webb, who showed 14 yellow cards and one red in a bad-tempered Spain vs. Netherlands final in 2010, was selected ahead of fellow Englishman Mark Clattenburg.
Each referee was chosen with his regular team of two assistants. FIFA selected a further eight referees and eight assistants going to Brazil as reserves.
"The referees selected for the World Cup in Brazil have been chosen based especially on their personality and their quality in football understanding by being able to read the game and the teams' tactical approaches toward each game," FIFA said.
Europe provides nine of the 25 officiating teams, South America has five, Asia four, Africa and the CONCACAF region three each and Oceania one.
The youngest referee chosen is 33-year-old Wilmar Roldan of Colombia, and the oldest is 43-year-old Noumandiez Doue of Ivory Coast.
"FIFA has implemented a comprehensive program to ensure that the referees for its flagship competition are in peak condition," the governing body said in a statement.
A referee and his assistants can still be dropped from duty if they fail a fitness test before the June 12 kickoff.
2014 World Cup referees:
AFC: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan), Yuichi Nishimura (Japan), Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain), Ben Williams (Australia).
CAF: Noumandiez Doue (Ivory Coast), Bakary Gassama (Gambia), Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria).
CONCACAF: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador), Mark Geiger (United States), Marco Rodriguez Moreno (Mexico).
CONMEBOL: Enrique Osses (Chile), Nestor Pitana (Argentina), Wilmar Roldan (Colombia), Sandro Ricci (Brazil), Carlos Vera Rodriguez (Ecuador).
Oceania: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand).
UEFA: Felix Brych (Germany), Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey), Jonas Eriksson (Sweden), Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands), Milorad Mazic (Serbia), Pedro Proenca (Portugal), Nicola Rizzoli (Italy), Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain), Howard Webb (England).