Corporate | 14 June 2018

Redouane Achik: Group Employee, World Cup Referee!

2018 - Groupe Renault - REDOUANE ACHIK - Formateur SOMACA - Arbitre FIFA
Training paint shop workers may be his day job, but Redouane Achik is also set to be part of the great 2018 Soccer World Cup adventure. Your work and personal interests may not be so different. They might even complement each other...
by Simon Marembert

Redouane is an instructor at Société Marocaine de Construction Automobile (SOMACA), a Moroccan car manufacturer. Set up jointly by Fiat, the government and Simca, the company was bought by the Renault Group in 2004. Today, it builds vehicles for Spain, France, Egypt and Tunisia.
A huge soccer fan, Redouane has been picked by FIFA to be one of 63 World Cup assistant referees and will officiate in Russia from June 14 to July 15..

  • Redouane Achik is Moroccan and 46 years old. He joined SOMACA in 1998.
  • Since 2008, he has worked as an instructor at the Dexterity School, training future paint shop staff.
  • When he is off work, Redouane pursues his passion for soccer, a sport in which he is a well-known international referee.

Previous refereeing experience at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups

He began refereeing in 1994, following in his father's footsteps. At first, Redouane refereed for fun, but he eventually turned semi-professional and in 2008 was certified as an assistant referee* by FIFA, the sport's international governing body.
Since then, he has refereed at the world's top competitions, including the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Redouane also referees matches for the Africa Cup of Nations, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and the African Football Confederation.

Key values in any company

On March 29, the FIFA Referees Committee revealed the names of the 36 referees and 63 assistant referees for the 2018 World Cup. On the list was Redouane**!

Portrait of Redouane Achik, SOMACA trainer, Morocco.
“I’m delighted to be representing Morocco at the World Cup. I would like to thank SOMACA and my colleagues for their unflagging support, and I hope I’ll do them proud at this great international competition.” 
Redouane Achik, SOMACA trainer, Morocco.

World Cup referees are selected for their skills and personality, as well as their level of understanding of soccer and ability to read both the game and the tactics employed by teams. All of these qualities are valued assets in any company.

Redouane’s team spirit, orderly approach and consistent decision-making show through both in his work as a trainer and on the field as a referee. The Renault Group is proud to support Redouane and help him live his passion to the full.

Portrait of Redouane Achik, SOMACA trainer, Morocco.Outside interests are vitally important. They are distinctive features that express the individual personality of each employee. They help to drive forward our teams and the company as a whole. Striking the balance between vocation and profession is crucial to getting the best from everything we do. At the Renault Group, we showcase individual talents so that everyone can flourish and be an ambassador for the Group.

Portrait of Mohamed Bachiri, CEO of SOMACA.
“Our referee has been on an incredible journey! I knew him when he first started out. He sets an amazing example, because he has managed to find a balance between his love of soccer and his work at SOMACA.”
Mohamed Bachiri, CEO of SOMACA.

“We are behind him 100% and we are sure that he will be a great ambassador for the Renault Group and Morocco!”
Messaoud Boutayeb, Head of Paint Shop.


* The assistant referee of a soccer match has a very important role. His tasks include indicating when the whole of the ball leaves the field of play, which team is entitled to a corner kick, goal kick or throw-in, when players are in offside positions and when a substitute is requested.

** The matches referred by Redouane will not be known until the last moment.

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