A top Gambian international Referee has been named among officials officiating the global soccer giants Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid game as part of 2022 Soccer Champions US Tour at Allegiant stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, TAT sports understands.
Referee Baboucarr Jallow is selected as a senior assistant referee, one among the top referees, for this mammoth task on Saturday, 23 July 2022.
The El Clasico between the two soccer powerhouses will be watched by millions of soccer fans worldwide. Likewise, Gambians will watch their man on the pitch.
Allegiant Stadium will host current La Liga and 2022 UEFA Champions League winner Real Madrid CF, La Liga powerhouse FC Barcelona, Serie A’s Juventus, and Chivas de Guadalajara.
“I dedicate this game to the late Uncle Badou Jasseh and Pa Suwarreh Faye, the two men who picked me up from the sandy fields of Kerr Mama, believed in me and showed me what is possible as a referee.
I am thankful for the support of my wife, family, friends, GFF, US Soccer Referee Federation, and the Professional Referee Organization in the US,” the top Gambian Referee told Alkamba Times Sport from his base in Seattle, Washington State.
Baboucarr Jallow began his career as a referee in 1996 in The Gambia, attaining his FIFA badge in 2001. A highlight of his career in The Gambia was his assignment as Referee of the FA Cup Championship Finals in 2002.
Baboucarr moved to America in 2003. He continued his refereeing career in the United States, becoming a grade 5 state referee in Washington state and working his way to National Referee.
In 2010 Baboucarr began working with the MLS as an assistant referee through2013. He was fortunate to be selected as a senior assistant referee in a western conference semi-final game. The same year, Baboucarr was also chosen as the 5th Official in the MLS Cup Finals. Baboucarr continued his work in the league as a 4th Official in the MLS, Referee with NASL and USL.
He works with the NWSL, USL Championship, and MLS Next. He takes pride in his work as a mentor to many upcoming referees. Baboucarr is passionate about DE &I efforts in the US and abroad and giving back to uplift and empower those less fortunate.