After officiating the final match of the 2018 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship, Italian referee Fabrizio Pasquali announced his retirement. He will instead focus on his new role as the head of officials for Italy’s Serie A.
Pasquali was also the 2nd referee in the men’s final at the new Volleyball Nations League in 2018, and was the 1st referee in the women’s final of the 2014 Women’s Volleyball World Championship, where the Americans beat the Chinese 3-1. In his long career on the stand, Pasquali refereed virtually every kind of major tournament, including 6 matches in the men’s tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games. He was the 1st referee in the bronze medal match, where the United States topped Russia 3-2.
Passquali is the only Italian referee to have worked 3 World Championships, having also called matches at the 2010 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championships.