Are you ready to join the “Refereeing Erasmus”?

Welcome to Referee Abroad, the world’s largest international refereeing network. Referee Abroad is a non-profit organization that aims to unite referees with international tournaments with the objective of expanding their refereeing experience and meeting new cultures both on and off the pitch. Referees in their own right are unique and extraordinary, usually inspired by an internal and natural desire to follow such a passion. Pursuing refereeing abroad with colleagues from across the globe is, in our opinion, the zenith of such a passion.

Referee Abroad welcomes referees from all backgrounds and countries, and all levels.

Joining the project is easy!

Our tournaments are divided into four major levels, this means that we always have a tournament suitable for any kind of referee and level of experience. The majority of our tournaments accept all levels of referees and so this presents a fantastic opportunity to integrate refereeing with a break from the hassle of daily life. Tournaments can help improve each referee – through meeting new colleagues, refereeing in a new country and culture, officiating teams from all continents across the globe. With tournaments providing accommodation and board, and payment too (this depends on the tournament), there is no reason not to try one out.

We’re now adding new sports!

Referee Abroad started its journey as an international network of football/soccer referees. Upon request of many we’ve now decided to offer officials from other sports the same opportunity of travelling around the world, while improving as referees, having fun and meet new friend from all around the world. If you are a basketball, hocket handball or volleyball referee we now have tournaments for you!

Check our other sports page for more information.  

Check out some of our featured tournaments:

Want to know more? 

Take a look at our FAQs which explain how “Referee Abroad” works.

Check out some our guests and partners.

And read our President’s interview on one of the most important international refereeing blogs.

“How you can become an international referee yourself” – Dutch Referee Blog

Want to contact our team member in your country for more information?