We’re looking for Assessors/Observers

Are you an observer/assessor?

We’re currently looking for qualified observers to join us for our summer international tournaments in Portugal, Spain, France, USA and China.

One of the main objectives for Tournaments Abroad is to help young up-and-coming referees to develop and improve their refereeing skills. This would not be possible without the support of the many observers, from England, Germany and other countries, who come to our events every year.

For 2018 we’re looking for qualified observers for the following tournaments:

Ibercup Cascais in Lisbon, Portugal (27th-31st March 2018)

- Ibercup Estoril in Lisbon, Portugal (

- Ibercup Barcelona in Lloret, Spain (

- Paris World Games in Paris, France (7th – 13th July 2018)

- Gothia Cup China (13th-19th August 2018)

For more information, please read the dedicated page or take a look at the letter below by our observers coordinator, John D’Arcy.

You can also APPLY here.


To; Observers / Developers

From; John D’Arcy – Observers Co-ordinator

Following on from the announcement that I have joined Tournaments Abroad team to support the strategy that the all the selected tournaments will adopt for 2017-2018 and beyond with regards to Observers and Developers of Match Officials. I have been fortunate to have witnessed the good work many have put into events in Estoril and Paris and know from feedback that this is mirrored across all the competitions. My task is to try and put in place a standardised approach to the events where observers will be invited and the product we supply supports the development of the referees. In a tournament setting it is important that the match officials receive a dynamic post match debrief where any strengths are highlighted and any development opportunities discussed, balanced against the need to reduce the time observers spend after the matches to then returning to their hotels to write match reports late into the evening. I believe that it is the verbal interaction with the match officials which will be the most important aspect to this and then a small report handed to the official at the time or emailed to them shortly after the game. Assistant Referees’ will only receive a verbal debrief. I am currently working on a template which I hope will limit the time you as developers spend with administration and my aim is it will allow you to either print off and hand write /deliver or email to the official(s) later in the day. Having completed this you would then email the form to the designated lead Observer for the tournament and add in the body of the email (not the form) a mark which at present will remain under the UEFA Marking System. The mark will be for the Match Referee and Assistant Referee. No mark will be required for a 4th Official where appointed. I am currently looking at the interest of those willing to support the work already being undertaken across the five nominated tournaments which are – • Ibercup Cascais (27-31 march) • Ibercup Estoril (2-7 July) • Paris World Games (7-13 July) • Ibercup Barcelona (10-14 July) • Gothia Cup China (13-19 August) Once the overall packages are known I will circulate the details but to enable the Leadership team to assess the interest please register on-line at http://www.refereeabroad.com/tournaments/ Alternatively if you have any initial enquiries / questions please email me at darcy030170@sky.com

For your information the selected tournaments for 2017-2018 will be – • Barcelona (10) • Paris (20) • Estoril (10) • Cascais (10) • China (TBC) • Surf Cup (TBC) The exact numbers required are as yet unknown but the largest contingent will be in Paris. I will be looking to ensure we have the right balance at all the tournaments in terms of experience etc across the Observers / Developers team and further information will be circulated as soon they are known. Have a look on the TA Website where some of the dates etc have been released. I offered to support Daniele in this venture as I have enjoyed the tournaments I have been present at and the people I have met and worked alongside. I can assure you I have also developed as a Match Observer back in the UK with the support and guidance from those from the Professional Game as well as our colleagues from UEFA and FIFA.


Staff at the 2018 Summer Tournaments

Tournaments Abroad is once again looking for some staff members for the 2018 tournament season.

If you’re interested in an experience with referees from all over the world, in a supporting role such as member of the referee office or referee staff (basically, helping running referee operations), this is the perfect experience for you.

Every year we recruit around 10 staff members to help us manage referees during the Ibercup Cascais, Ibercup Estoril, Ibercup Barcelona and Paris World Games.

Staff members need to fund their own travel to/from the tournament location however are entitled to:

- Free accommodation in 3/4 stars hotel

- Free meals throughout the week

- Free local transport

- A final certificate to state you’ve helped in organizing and running an international tournament.

You can find out more about the different roles on the “Work for Us” page.

If you are interested, send your candidacy to info@tournamentsabroad.com or by filling out our “Staff Questionnaire”.

The questionnaire is available in English (HERE) or Italian (HERE).

You can also contact us on Facebook!

Referee in California in 2018

Tournaments Abroad is happy to announce that, after a successful 1st edition during the summer of 2017, our “refereeing tour” of California will be back for a 2nd edition in 2018.

Have you ever thought about visiting America’s most famous state while refereeing? now it’s possible.

We will visit California during the month of July 2018, and referee during two of the state’s most famous youth football events: the Davis Legacy Showcase and the Surf Cup.

Our group, led by our President and Academy Director Daniele Curcio, will first visit Northern California and the area around San Francisco and Sacramento where they’ll be invited to referee at a tournament in the college town of Davis (20th-23rd of July 2018). After refereeing the finals of Northern California’s most famous tournament, we will embark on a trip south, to reach San Diego and referee in the Surf Cup, one of America’s most reputable tournaments.

During the days between the tournaments it’ll be possible to do some sightseeing and visit cities or parks in the vicinity such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas or the Grand Canyon. The tour will then finish either at the end of the Surf Cup Olders weekend (30th July) or, for those who want to stay extra, at the end of the Surf Cup Youngers weekend (6th August).

Interested or want to know more?

You can visit each of the tournament pages at the links below.

Davis Legacy Showcase

Surf Cup

If you’re then interested in applying, simply click here.

You can also contact us at info@tournamentsabroad.com for more info.

Four new Staff members

Tournaments Abroad is happy to announce the appointment of four new staff members.

John D’Arcy of England will be Tournaments Abroad’s new Observers coordinator. In his position, he will be responsible for the selection and appointment of all referee observers and assessors to all events in our network. He will also work on standardising all the TA competitions in relation to the observers and the support offered to referees.

John has been involved in Refereeing for over 30 years and works for the English County FA of Kent. In his active days John was fortunate to have officiated on the FA Premier League, Football League as well as the Contributory Leagues in the late 90’s. He is currently the co-ordinator for the Kent FA Advanced CORE which manages referees at Level 4 and is also a FA Match Observer. John is also the Referees Officer of one the UK’s largest youth competitions with over 100 officials appointed every weekend. Recently John has been awarded an ‘Outstanding Contribution Award to Refereeing’ by the Kent FA.
Fabrice Foures of Nimes, France is the new coordinator for Tournaments Abroad in France. Having participated to the Ibercup Cascais and the Paris World Cup previously, where he led the French referee groups, he will now be coordinator for the selection and appointment of all French officials to TA competitions. This will guarantee that all referees from France are properly vetted and selected according to their ability levels for all of our tournaments. Also, he will be the main point of contact for French referees who need more information about Tournaments Abroad or any of our events.
Mick Brants of the Netherlands will instead take over as the new Referee Administration Officer. In this newly created position, he will be responsible for taking care of all admin work before the start of the tournament season. This includes but is not limited to checking the paperwork provided by the referees (letters of permissions from the FA, child protection certificates etc.), and that referees follow and respect processes and deadlines to officialise their participation to the tournaments they’ve been accepted for. He will also act, when needed, as staff member during some of TA’s summer tournaments.
Craig Napier of Glasgow, Scotland has instead been appointed as the new TA Pre-Academy Coordinator. In this role he will oversee all activities of the Pre-Academy such as the selection of the referees, the running of all referee operations during the Pre-Academy tournament and so on. Craig, a veteran of Tournaments Abroad with whom he has attended more than 10 different events in the past few years, is a Level 1 (National) referee in Scotland, where he officiates in the Football League and performs board duties (4th official) in the Premier League.

New Record of Applications for the TA Referee Academy!

The application process for the 2nd edition of the TA Referee Academy, Europe’s newest referee development project, has just recently opened and Tournaments Abroad are proud to announce that it has reached a new record number of applicants, but also a record number of countries represented by the young officials who have signed up for the selection process.

The program, which will give to 24 “lucky” up-and-coming officials the possibility of attending international summer tournaments while being coached and trained by UEFA, FIFA and Premier League officials and observers, has been praised by many as a great opportunity for the young referees who are looking to develop further.

A total of 168 referees have applies so far, coming from 32 different nations.

Almost every European country (except Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Estonia and a couple smaller nations) is represented by at least one match officials, with few exceptions. The three most represented nations are England with 31 applicants, Germany with 23 and Scotland with 10. This year we also welcome applicants from the USA, Canada and Australia.

Want to read more about the TA Referee Academy or apply, then visit this link.

Here’s a map of the countries (UEFA) represented so far.

First Tournament in China!

Tournaments Abroad is happy to announce the agreement with Gothia Cup China, China’s and Asia’s biggest youth football tournament.

TA’s President Daniele Curcio visited China last week where he met with the directors of the tournament, as well as the people responsible for referees, and has therefore agreed to a partnership between Tournaments Abroad the tournament’s organizing committee which will start with the 2018 edition.

“Gothia Cup China is Asia’s most important youth soccer tournament with over 300 teams coming from 30 different countries taking part every year”, said Mr. Curcio. “We’re proud to be part of the Gothia Cup China’s family and I’m impressed by the plans put forward by the tournament’s directors who aim at increasing the quality and prestige of their event by attracting more and more international referees over the years. I’m also very proud that they have chosen Tournaments Abroad to help them in their quest”, he added.

“With this partnership Gothia Cup China and Tournaments Abroad will work together. We’re looking forward to making a difference, thanks to Daniele Curcio and TA”, said Mr. Jeff Wu, tournament director.

Daniele Curcio has also agreed to becoming the tournament’s international referees coordinator, and will work in close contact with the tournament’s referee director Mr. Zhang to select, evaluate and assign all international referees.

The Gothia Cup 2018 takes place August 13th-19th in Shenyang, China.

You can already apply and read more about this great new tournament on the dedicated page.

Partnership with the CONIFA World Cup 2018

Tournaments Abroad are happy to announce the official agreement with CONIFA, the World Federation of the non-recognized nations, to provide referees for the upcoming edition of the Conifa World Cup, which will take place in London, England from May 31st to June 10th 2018.

This great competition will see the participation of the best teams hailing from non-recognized or partially-recognized nation around the World. European Champions Padania (crowned at the recent Euro 2017 in Northern Cyprus) will participate alongside other teams such as the Kiribati Islands, the Isle of Man, Northern Cyprus, Abkhazia and Cascadia.

“This is a great opportunity for all our referees to experience officiating in a World Cup”, said Tournaments Abroad’s President Daniele Curcio. “Having participated as a guest to the recent Euro 2017 competition in Northern Cyprus, I witnessed first-hand the amazing level of play and the professionalism of the Conifa referee group. For any TA referee it will be a great and rewarding challenge to participate in such an high-level competition”.

“For Tournaments Abroad it’s an honour to be invited to send a team of officials to this renowned competition”, he added, “a statement to the work we’ve done over the years to establish Tournaments Abroad as the world’s leading international refereeing network”.

More information will be provided to all interested referees in the coming months, and selection of referees is likely to start in November. We will be sending 2 referees and 2 assistants to this tournament.

For more information on FIFCO and its World Cup, visit the official website here: http://www.conifa.org/en/

The teams of the CONIFA World Cup 2018 (click image)

Partnership with the World Corporate Champions Cup 2018

Tournaments Abroad are happy to announce the official agreement with FIFCO, the International Federation of Corporate Football, to provide referees for the 1st upcoming edition of the World Corporate Champions Cup, which will take place in Montreal, Canada in July 2018.

This incredible competition will see the participation of 16 national teams, all members of FIFCO, from around the World and it will be refereed by FIFCO-associated referees as well as international referees recruited for the competition by Tournaments Abroad, who will be exclusive providers of international referees for the World Cup.

Montreal, being the headquarters of FIFCO, is an obvious choice for the first World Corporate Champions Cup. “Congratulations to Canada”, said Mr. Albert Zbily, President of FIFCO.” FIFCO has an obligation to insure that these worldwide tournaments are properly organised and hosted with the best facilities and accommodations possible.

The Canadian bid has also confirmed the venue of the 2018 World Corporate Champions Cup to be at the Percival Molson Memorial Stadium at McGill University in Montreal. The stadium was renovated in 2010 for approximately $29.4 million and offers a capacity of a little over 25,000 seats. Due to its downtown location, the “Molson Stadium” will be easy to reach for both teams and fans. “The infrastructure is definitely a plus for Montreal”, said the FIFCO-President. “I am sure that we will experience a fantastic tournament on the slope of the Mont Royal.

More information will be provided to all interested referees in the coming months, and selection of referees is likely to start in November.

For more information on FIFCO and its World Cup, visit the official website here: http://www.fifco.org/starting-a-new-area-canada-to-host-first-fifco-world-corporate-champions-cup-in-2018/

The Referees of the Paris World Games 2017

The 3rd edition of the Paris World Games is now just a little more than a month away and the tournament’s officials have now been selected.

For yet another year, we break a record in the number of countries represented by the referees.

156 referees will in fact be involved in this year’s event, coming from more than 30 different countries.

To you all, welcome to Paris! we look forward to working with you from July 7th to July 13th.

The Referees of the Paris World Games 2017 (opens in a new tab)

The Coaches of the TA Referee Academy

Here at Tournaments Abroad we’re incredibly proud of the professionals who have offered their help and support for what will be the 1st edition of the “TA Referee Academy”, our newest effort in referee development.

Launching this summer, the TA Referee Academy is a development scheme aimed at offering advice, support and feedback to 40 young referees that have been selected from 300+ applications around Europe. The referees, who have been divided into two levels, will attend tournaments in Spain, France, Norway and Denmark during which they’ll be coaches by referee instructors and observers from the highest level of the game many of whom are or have been FIFA and UEFA officials.

It is now time to announce who the coaches will be for this 1st edition. Here’s a comprehensive list.

If you want to find out more about the “TA Referee Academy” or apply for consideration for the 2018 edition, please visit the dedicated page at this link.



Andy Himsworth
David Waller
George Cain
Alfonso Vicente Moral
Adrian Bacarisa

Read more about our L1 coaches here.



Sten Klaasen
Gregor Rojko
Detelin Baialtzaliev
Ian Blanchard
Richard Storey

Read more about our L1 developers here.



Jozef Marko
Uno Tutk
Djamel Haimoudi
Adrian Casha

Read more about our L1 observers here.



Donald MacKinnon
George Cain
Craig Napier
Steve Brand
Alfonso Vicente Moral
Art Mitchell

Read more about our L2 coaches here.