Referees and VARs European Championship 2024 - who are the referees during the tournament?

The Euro 2024 referees, assistants and VARs lead the football matches at the European Football Championship in Germany. During the European Football Championship it is important that all matches are fair, and the referees are responsible for that. But who are these referees, and what is their background?

In this article you can read all about the referees who will be active in Germany during the 2024 European Championship, and find out who is responsible for ensuring that the matches are fair. Learn more about the selection procedure for referees and which criteria are used. 

You can also read about the experiences and performances of the referees, and what challenges they can expect during the tournament. Curious about which English referees and VARs will be present at EURO 2024? Then read on quickly!

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    The UEFA Refereeing Committee has announced 18 referees, their assistant referees, and the video match officials and support match officials, who will be in charge of the 51 matches at the European Football Championship.

    List of referees for Euro 2024

    This is the list of referees for the Euro 2024, in alphabetical order:

    • Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
    • Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
    • Marco Guida (Italy)
    • Istvan Kovacs (Romania)
    • Ivan Kruzliak (Slovakia)
    • François Letexier (France)
    • Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
    • Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
    • Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)
    • Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)
    • Michael Oliver (England)
    • Daniele Orsato (Italy)
    • Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
    • Daniel Siebert (Germany)
    • Anthony Taylor (England)
    • Clément Turpin (France)
    • Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
    • Felix Zwayer (Germany)

    Download the full list of European Championship 2024 referees here.

    Englist referees at the European Championship 2024

    The list of European Championship referees includes 8 Englishmen:

    • Michael Oliver
    • Stuart Burt
    • Dan Cook
    • Anthony Taylor
    • Gary Beswick
    • Adam Nunn
    • Stuart Atwell
    • David Coote

    Referee Michael Oliver is supported by Stuart Burt and Dan Cook. The other referee, Anthony Taylor, is supported by Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn. Stuart Atwell and David Coote are VAR.

    Overview of all referees at the European Football Championship
    Overview of all referees at the European Football Championship

    Selection procedure of the European Championship referees

    Referees, assistant referees, fourth officials and VARs for the European Championship in Germany are appointed by UEFA on a match-by-match basis. The leaders will be selected from the international list and may not lead matches from their own country's group.

    A reserve referee will be present at each match. If a referee or flagger cannot whistle/flag the game, he is replaced by the fourth official.

    VAR at the European Championship in Germany

    A team of 24 video referees will be present in Germany to assist those on the field with technical support.

    VARs will also be present at the tournament. The video referee made his debut at the European Football Championship in 2016.

    At the time of the last European Championship, only Europe and South America had a VAR, but now VARs from Asia, Africa and North America are also present.

    Overview of all assistant referees at the European Football Championship
    Overview of all assistant referees at the European Football Championship

    Referee for the final of the European Championship

    The final is the crowning glory for every referee. Every leader dreams of being able to whistle the final battle once in his life.

    A good performance of the home country stands in the way of reaching the final for a referee. In fact, the chances of refereeing a European Championship final become smaller as a country from the same continent goes far.

    Fees for referees at Euro 2024

    Of course, the referees at the European Championship 2024 will receive substantial compensation per match. The referee earns the most and the VAR also earns more than the touch judges and the fourth official.

    Function Group match Knock-out phase Total payout
    Referee € 5.000 € 10.000 € 300.000
    Assistant € 2.500 € 5.000 € 150.000
    Fourth official € 2.500 € 5.000 € 150.000
    VAR € 3.000 € 5.000 € 175.000

    Training, courses and health of the referees

    The referees are selected by UEFA and must follow special training and courses in the months before kick-off. The first seminars will already start in the summer.

    During these meetings, videos are watched and analysed. Competition situations are also discussed and simulated.

    Tailor-made individual programs are completed with regard to health and fitness. The health, psychological condition and technical ability of each referee is closely monitored.

    Date published: 20-02-2023 | Date updated: 28-04-2024 | Author:

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