Just dawned on me that I forgot to start a thread like this. And, without it, conversations are going to be everywhere. So this thread is to generally discuss assignments. Predictions, announcement or changes, thoughts, analysis of the assignments, rumors, etc., etc. Hopefully this keeps that sort of discussion centralized and focused and allows the match threads to be about the matches! So, fire away! My first thought is that FIFA has come out with the big guns and--as expected--referees intimately familiar with VAR. The opener, Portugal-Spain and even Uruguay-Egypt were always going to have some big name referees. But FIFA has gone with three referees who also have loads of VAR experience. The next batch or two of assignments is where things have to start to get interesting.