Supporting referee development at Referee Abroad tournaments

Referee 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 2023 we hope to welcome up to 90 referee assessors at our tournaments. Join us today!

Interested? Please find more information below!


How it works


The committee


What the conditions are


What our observers say


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Features: What our observers program is all about

Observers and referees from many 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: Four 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 our tournaments in Spain (multiple cities), Portugal (Lisbon), France (Paris) and China (Qingdao). 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!

The Observers Committee

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How it works

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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.

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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.

Interested in knowing more? Check out our FAQs or contact our observers coordinators.

Hear from our observers

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Apply to be an observer at one of our tournaments

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to receive more information on our observers scheme please do not hesitate to contact us by writing an e-mail to or by submitting your message in our contact form.