Supporting Referee development
at Referee Abroad tournaments

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eferee observers play an important role at Referee Abroad events. They provide our young up-and-coming referees feedback and support in order to become better match officials. Every year welcome referee observers and assessors at all our “experiences” and “elite events”, which are tournaments particularly focused on referee development. 

If you are a qualified referee observer or coach and you’d like to experience yourself a tournament abroad, why not consider joining our assessors groups at one of the tournaments below?

You’ll live a great international experience while, at the same time, provide invaluable support to the careers of many promising referees from all around the world. 

In 2024 we hope to welcome up to 90 referee assessors at our tournaments. Join us today!


What our observers
program is all about


Different countries

Every year referees and observers from all over the world join Referee Abroad at our international tournaments.

By joining our observers team you’ll be able to know, work and make friends with officials from all over Europe, the Americas, Asia and even Oceania. A truly unforgettable experience!

Observe abroad

Various countries to choose from

Choose what country you’d like to visit and observe in. Our tournaments are all around the world. 

We are looking for referee developers for all our development. A great travelling mix!

Working alongside

FIFA/UEFA observers

Observers of all experiences and levels are welcome to join our tournaments.

By attending you’ll also be able to meet some of the world’s most famous referee assessors, many of whom with experience at FIFA and UEFA level. See who attended in the past. 

A great social experience

Make friends for life

Attending a Referee Abroad tournament as an observer is also a great social experience. 

Mix with referee developers from all over the world, share with them your free time while visiting beautiful cities around the world and become friends for life.  We are sure you’ll be back!


Our Observers Committee

John D'Arcy

Director of Development

Referee Coach


Martin Prinzler

Observers Manager

Referee Coach


Jan ter Harmsel

Observers Committee

Referee Coach

netherlands (1)

Adrian Casha

Referee Development Advisor

Vice President Malta FA



Reason to apply as an observer with Referee Abroad.


How it works



All observers can expect free accommodation at our tournaments. Accommodation ranges, depending on the tournament of your choice, from student dormitories to 4-star hotels.

Occupancy is either double or triple and all rooms have private bathrooms.



Observers are responsible for their own travel expenses to/from the country the tournament takes place in.

Transport to/from the airport is organized or reinbursed by the tournament.

Some tournaments may offer a partial travel refund.



Observers can expect three meals per day free of charge at any of our tournaments. Breakfast is generally offered at the accommodation, while lunch and dinner are usually available at local food establishments in the city.

We will do our best to accommodate, when possible, special dietary requirements.

Customer testimonials
on google

Chintushig Tumenbayar (Tuscig)
Chintushig Tumenbayar (Tuscig)
Such a great experience!
Einari Sario
Einari Sario
Amazing. Would recommend to any referee
Attended several tournaments as an observer. Very competitive games where officials can learn and improve. Recommended.
Laxmi Shrestha
Laxmi Shrestha
It was great experience doing referring. Referees from different countries shares their culture, experience and friendship. One of best platform for everyone to learn and explore their skills on the field. I made many new friends and I enjoyed the moment. See you all in next tournaments.
I went with refereeabroad too Bethesda Premier Cup, it was a great experience and Dan took really good care of us referees. Would recommend to all referees to go to one of the tournaments if you are able too. Besides that some really good observers was there helping us to improve.
Falar dos torneios que participei é falar de Daniel, um amigo de longa data, competente, companheiro um excelente profissional, possibilitando a pessoas comuns uma experiência fantástica, que enriquece o acervo cultural, técnico, emocional e pessoal transformando o homem em um árbitro de ⚽️.
giovanni Janssen
giovanni Janssen
Geweldige ervaring om mee te maken, met een super organisatie en geweldige toernooien! Een aanrader voor als je in het buitenland wilt fluiten met andere internationale scheidsrechters!