Referee Toru Kamikawa bio

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Born
1963-06-08
Intl. since
1998-01-01
Hometown
Ebina City
Country
Japan
Speaks
Japanese, English
Occupation
Clerk and Referee
Hobbies
Reading, cycling and music
 
Matches Bio Did you know? Palmares

Once

2009-11-15

Kamikawa, before becoming a referee, played football as a forward. In 1981 he represented Japan at a youth level. In 1991 he finished his playing career the Japan Soccer League, he played for the Fujita S.C side.

Great career
In 1994 Kamikawa received the JFA's top referee license. He received his FIFA badge in 1998.
In 2002 Kamikawa became Asian Football Association (AFC) Referee of the Year. In 2003 he was the J. League Referee of the Year.

merits
Toru Kamikawa's was a full-time referee. He was very experienced, having officiated matches for the AFC Asia Cup 2004, the Club World Championship 2005 as well as many preliminaries for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
Kamikawa refereed one match in the 2002 and three in the 2006 World Cup, one being the third place playoff match between Germany and Portugal.

WC 2002
When co host country Korea's referee Kim was sent home after the first stage, FIFA had to send home Kamikawa as well, not because he wasn't good enough, but because it wouldn't look right to Korea to have him stay. Politics....

Retired
In january 2007 Kamikawa quit refereeing entirely partly because of a knee injury and joined the Japan Football Association to help younger referees in developing their skills.

FIFA
Kamikawa is a member of the FIFA referee committee.

From our reporter: James Ng