Carlos Velasco Carballo

Born in Madrid on March 16, 1971. He is a former football referee in the Spanish First Division. He belonged to the Committee of Referees of the Community of Madrid. He is currently the president of the RFEF Technical Referees Committee since May 2018.

He has a degree in Industrial Technical Engineering, on leave of absence to dedicate heart and soul to arbitration.

At 16 years of age, he began his career in regional football, progressing in all its categories until reaching the Third Division in 1993. After two seasons, he reached Second Division B, where he stayed for another six seasons until reaching professional football in 2004.

In January 2008, he was named FIFA International Referee, debuting in a friendly match of absolute teams between Israel and Chile in March of that same year.

His progression through the different UEFA refereeing categories culminated in January 2011 with his promotion to the highest international category (Elite).

In 2014, he was one of 25 referees selected by FIFA to referee at the 2014 Football World Cup and one of 18 UEFA-appointed European referees to referee at the 2016 Euro Cup in France.

On May 23, 2018, he was elected President of the Technical Committee of Referees of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, he replaced Victoriano Sánchez Arminio.

As important milestones in his career we can highlight:

Great championships:

- Euro 2012 in Poland - Ukraine, leading the opening match of the championship (Poland-Greece) and another match in the group stage (Denmark-Germany).

- FIFA Club World Cup - Marrakech 2013: semifinal

- Brazil World Cup 2014,

- 2016 Eurocup in France.


- Bronze medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit received in November 2014 by the Higher Sports Council (CSD).

- Guruceta Trophy

– Marca newspaper, 2012-13 season.

- Vicente Acebedo Trophy

– Best 1st Division Referee, 2010-11 season.

- Golden Boot of the Madrid Football Federation in the 2003-04 season.

- Golden Boot of the Madrid Football Federation in the 2000-01 season.

- Tribute Award for Sports Merit, 2003-04 season by the Madrid Football Federation.

- Golden Whistle Trophy for Best Referee of the 1st Division in the 2008-09 season.

- Gold Whistle Trophy for Best Referee of the 2nd Division in the 2003-04 season..

- Nominated as 6th Best Referee in the World by the international organization IFFHS in 2011.