September 30, 2016

Applications for Tournaments Abroad are open

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At the end of August, Daniele Curcio gave our readers valuable insights into his organization called Tournaments Abroad - an opportunity to "become a more complete referee" in foreign refereeing tournaments. For the case that your interest has been awaken - applications for the 2017 competitions are open since last Monday.



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September 26, 2016

Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 2

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UEFA Referees Committee has decided to appoint the following officials for 2016-17 Europa League Group Stage Matchday 2. 


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Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 2 (II)

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These referees will be in charge of Wednesday's CL MD2 games. Among others, Polish Szymon Marciniak will handle the clash between Atlético Madrid and Bayern München, while Dutch Danny Makkelie will be observed by Hugh Dallas. 


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September 25, 2016

Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 2 (I)

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UEFA has appointed  the following officials to handle Tuesday's Champions League Matchday 2 games. Among others, English Michael Oliver will make his debut in the highest club competition.



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September 21, 2016

UEFA Youth League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Domestic Champions Path First Round

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UEFA has appointed the following match officials to referee Youth League Domestic champions path's first round.


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UEFA Youth League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 2

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UEFA has appointed the following match officials to referee next week's Youth League Matchday 2. The assignments for the domestic champions path's first round are about to follow in due course.




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September 19, 2016

Guess The Referee: Predict & Win (UCL Matchday 2)

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Second matchday of UEFA Champions League means that our prediction game "Guess The Referee" is going into its second matchday, too. Our partners from Refsworld UK are offering you some goodies from their store.


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Three Laws of the Game Changes (Not) Brought to UEFA Praxis

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When the IFAB defined almost 100 changes to the Laws of the Game, some of them appeared to be quite theoretical, not to say irrelevant. Even the referee instructors in my own association told us, their referees, that most of the changes would be probably never needed in praxis. Last week's Champions League and Europa League Matchday 1 disabuse those voices.


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September 15, 2016

Guess The Referee: Predict Champions League Referees and Win Refereeing Equipment (Matchday 1 Results)

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Guessing the referees for the next Champions League round has been a nice element in this blog for a couple of years. Why not making a game or even contest out of that?



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September 12, 2016

Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for 2016/17 Europa League Matchday 1. 


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Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1 (II)

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The following officials will complete the appointments for 2016/17 Champions League's Group Stage Matchday 1. 

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September 11, 2016

Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1 (I)

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UEFA has chosen these officials to kick off the 2016/17 Champions League group stage. Among others, Category 1 referee Anthony Taylor will be observed by Marc Batta in München, while Hungarian Viktor Kassai will control the top clash involving PSG from France and Arsenal from England.

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September 09, 2016

UEFA Youth League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1

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UEFA has appointed the officials for next week's Matchday 1 of this season's Youth League group stage. 
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September 08, 2016

Referee Observers, Delegates and Predictions for Champions League Matchday 1

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UEFA has appointed the Referee Observers and Delegates of next week's first Champions League matchday of the new 2016/17 campaign. As the observers usually indicate the type and level of referee who is about to handle the respective match, they are contrasted with the predictions made by the community (84 voters) and me.



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August 30, 2016

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - UEFA Zone - Referee Appointments for Matchday 1

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Thanks to some federations, we already know the names of a few referees appointed for the first Matchday of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA Zone). The missing names, including observers, will  be added in due course. 


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Referee Appointments for International "Friendly Matches" - August / September 2016

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These are some appointments for friendly games to be played on next days. If you know an appointment that is still missing in the list below, don't hesitate to inform us!


31/08

Albania - Morocco
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (Slovenia)
Fourth Official: Enea Jorgji (Albania)

Czech Republic - Armenia
Referee: Vladimír Vnuk (Slovakia)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondrej Brendza (Slovakia)
Assistant Referee 2: Michal Tomčík (Slovakia)

Denmark - Liechtenstein
Referee: Þóroddur Hjaltalín (Iceland)
Assistant Referee 1: Frosti Viðar Gunnarsson (Iceland)
Assistant Referee 2: Birkir Sigurðarson (Iceland)
Fourth Official: Jens Grabski Maae (Denmark)

Estonia - Malta
Referee: Michael Tykgaard (Denmark)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (Denmark)
Assistant Referee 2: Niels Høg (Denmark)
Fourth Official: Sten Klaasen (Estonia)

Germany - Finland
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (Belarus)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Masylyanko (Belarus)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Shcharbakou (Belarus)

Norway - Belarus
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (Denmark)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakob Bille (Denmark)
Fourth Official: Jon Michael Knutsen (Norway)

Rep of Ireland - Oman
Referee: Demetrios Masias (Cyprus)
Assistant Referee 1: Marios Demetriades (Cyprus)
Assistant Referee 2: Ioannis Lazarou (Cyprus)
Fourth Official: Paul Mc Laughlin (Ireland)
Turkey - Russia
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (Slovenia)
Fourth Official: Alper Ulusoy (Turkey)

01/09

Belgium - Spain
Referee:  Benoît Bastien (France)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (France)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (France)
Fourth Official: Frank Schneider (France)

Italy - France
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1: Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 2: Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Fourth Official: Richard Liesveld (Netherlands)
Video Assistant Referee: Danny Makkelie - Pol van Boekel (Netherlands)

Netherlands - Greece
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 2: Kerem Ersoy (Turkey)

Portugal  - Gibraltar
Referee: Erez Papir (Israel)
Assistant Referee 1: Roy Hassan (Israel)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahmud Mahagna (Israel)
Fourth Official: João Pinheiro (Portugal)

02/09

Latvia - Luxembourg
Referee: Andrew Davey (Northern Ireland)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Donaldson (Northern Ireland)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgios Argyropoulos (Northern Ireland)
Fourth Official: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)

06/09

Russia - Ghana
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (Azerbaijan)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Mammadov (Azerbaijan) 

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August 29, 2016

Clips & Tips: DOGSO inside the penalty area

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The following video clip collection focuses on the topic "Denying an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity" (DOGSO) inside the penalty area. Since the IFAB's revision of Law 12, the difference between DOGSO offences outside and inside the penalty area is crucial and mainly determines the disciplinary sanction.

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August 24, 2016

Becoming a "More Complete" Referee at Tournaments Abroad - Interview with Referee Director Daniele Curcio

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When Mark Clattenburg blew the final whistle in Saint-Denis’ EURO 2016 Final between Portugal and France, he concluded what can be seen as the most successful tournament in terms of refereeing in recent history. Participating in such international tournaments as a referee or referee observer is only possible for FIFA match officials or international referee observers - at least that's what you might have thought until now. 

Leading the teams out like the pros: That is possible at Tournaments Abroad

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Clips & Tips: DOGSO outside the penalty area

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The following video clip collection focuses on the topic "Denying an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity" (DOGSO) outside the penalty area. Since the IFAB's revision of Law 12, the difference between DOGSO offences outside and inside the penalty area is crucial and mainly determines the disciplinary sanction.

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August 23, 2016

Video Training: Handballs blocking shots on goal (solved)

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Creating uniformity while maintaining an adequate and situation-based judgment is a task every referee instructor knows when training his or her match officials. This particularly counts for handballs that are undoubtfully one of the blindest spots in terms of consistent Laws of the Game application and that are often judged diametrically different from one referee to the other.


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