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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    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.

    Englist referees at the European Championship

    The previous list of European Championship referees contained 4 Englismen.

    Women referees at the European Championship in Germany

    For the second time in the history of European football, female referees have been selected to officiate the matches.

    Stéphanie Frappart (France), Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda) and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan) were the female referees at the previous European Championship. They were assisted by assistants Neuza Back (Brazil), Karen Díaz Medina (Mexico) and Kathryn Nesbitt (USA).

    Years ago, FIFA started having women lead official men's matches. In 2024, the level will be high and constant enough to be able to participate in the highest achievable in the football world.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    List of referees for Euro 2024

    The final list of referees for Euro 2024 has not yet been released by UEFA.

    Date published: 20-02-2023 | Date updated: 16-08-2023 | Author:

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