THE World Cup is here and Ivan Barton has been announced as one of the referees who will make sure games run smoothly in Qatar – and he is in charge of Germany’s opening game against Japan.

Barton is one of three officials representing Central America at this year’s tournament.

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Ivan Barton took charge of Germany’s group game against Japan at the 2022 World Cup[/caption]

Here is some more information on him.

Who is Ivan Barton?

Ivan Barton was born in Santa Ana in 1991, making him the third-youngest referee at the World Cup, behind Kevin Ortega and Said Martinez.

Barton currently referees in El Salvador’s Primera Division and was appointed as a FIFA referee in 2018.

The 31-year-old has plenty of experience officiating international tournaments, taking charge of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Under-17 World Cup in Brazil.

Here, he came across the likes of Manchester city star Phil Foden, who will be in Gareth Southgate’s plans for Qatar.

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Ivan Barton officiated at the Brazil Under-17 World Cup in 2017[/caption]


Aside from football, Barton obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Sciences from the University of El Salvador.

He has since become a professor at the institution.

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