First Nepalese Referee!

One of the goals of Tournaments Abroad is to allow young referees from all around the globe to experience international refereeing. Over the years, officials from more than 40 different countries and all six continents have become part of the Tournaments Abroad family.

In 2018 we will, for the first time, welcome a referee from the beautiful himalayan country of Nepal. Sanjay Karki is 23 years old and is a qualified referee for the All Nepal Football Association. He will be attending the Ibercup Cascais in Lisbon, Portugal and the Paris World Games in Paris, France.

Hello Sanjay, nice to meet you. You are the 1st ever Nepalese referee to take part to one of the events organized by Tournaments Abroad. How does it feel?

First of all, I’d really like to thank everybody at Tournaments Abroad for giving me this huge opportunity. I’d like to thank Mr Daniele Curcio for believing and encouraging me to be part of these fantastic events. Being able to represent our Motherland is for me an unbelievable opportunity, and a very proud moment. I can’t deny there is also a lot of pressure on me, being the first ever Nepalese referee. It’s really a unique opportunity for me.

Tell us a bit about your refereeing career. When did you become a referee? and how does refereeing work in Nepal?

I started refereeing in August 2012 after completing my referee course. Since that I’ve never looked back and taken refereeing as my profession. Refereeing in Nepal is not easy, you have to deal with a lot of pressure and problems, especially the players who don’t know the laws of the game.  In Nepal there are two levels of refereeing: National and FIFA. In order to attain National status you need to prove to have good experience and good knowledge of the laws of the game, and also passion for refereeing. If you succeed in all this, you may get FIFA status after a recommendation from the All Nepal Football Association.

You’re attending two different tournaments this year – The Ibercup Cascais in Lisbon, Portugal and the Paris World Games in France. What are your expectations about these events? What do you think you will learn from them?

Becoming a referee for Tournaments Abroad is for me a huge opportunity and a life changing moment. I believe it’s the same for every referee. I’m really looking forward to the Ibercup Cascais and the Paris World Games. I hope I will learn new things after meeting so many referees from so many different countries, and I hope I will also make new friends with whom I can share thoughts and ideas. I’m sure that thanks to these tournaments I’ll be able to broaden my knowledge of refereeing, and take my refereeing to the next level.

Are you looking forward to working with referees and observers from 15 other countries? How are you preparing ahead of the event?

I am, very much. I love the idea of working with observers and referees from Europe, America and a lot of different nations. They will help me a lot. I’m trying to be prepared both physically and mentally for the upcoming events. For example, I’m watching a lot of refereeing videos, refreshing the laws of the game and increasing my fitness levels too.

“Counting on the first ever Nepalese referee is a great honour for us, we hope this is just the start and we will be able to get more and more Asian referees involved in our project in the future”, said Tournaments Abroad President Daniele Curcio. Nepal is the 53rd country to be represented by one of his own referees in a Tournaments Abroad event.

Thank you Sanjay, we look forward to working with you very soon!

We’re going to South America!

Tournaments Abroad is going to South America!

We’re happy to announce that, following successful negotiations with our partners at the Ibercup, Tournaments Abroad has been named responsible for organizing and managing the referee department of yet another great international youth football tournament: the Ibercup Brasil.

Taking place in the charming city of Porto Alegre, the home of internationally renowed clubs Gremio and Internacional in southern Brasil, the tournament will be the first Ibercup edition to take place in the Conmebol area.

Co-hosted by Gremio Football Club, which will lend some of its top class facilities, the tournament will see top clubs from all around the region compete in what promises to be a great tournament, and a unique opportunity for our referees.

All Tournaments Abroad referees are welcome to apply for this event which will take place in January 2019. For those who literally “can’t wait”, we can also offer the possibility of attending the Ibercup Brasil qualification tournaments which will be organized in Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre ahead of the main tournament. The dates are as follows:

- Ibercup Brasil (15th-20th January 2019)

- Ibercup qualifier in Sao Paulo (19th-22nd July 2018)

- Ibercup qualifier in Sao Paulo (12th-14th October 2018)

If you wish to apply for the Ibercup Brasil, please visit the dedicated page. If instead you’d like to apply for one of the qualifiers send us an email to

For all referees interested in the Ibercup Brasil, we have also secured a deal with a tournament in Argentina for a limited number of referees who would like to make this a tour and stay longer in South America. More information will be available soon.

Two World Cups for TA Referees.

A gret new opportunity for all Tournaments Abroad referees who, for the first time in our history, will be involved in two different World Cups.

2018 will in fact be the year of the CONIFA (Confederation Of Indipendent Football Associations) World Cup, which will be held in London, England, UK from June 1st to June 10th 2018 but also the year of the FIFCO (Federation International Football COrporate) World Cup which will instead take place in Montreal, Canada from June 28th to July 2nd 2018.

For the CONIFA World Cup, Tournaments Abroad will be involved in the selection of 4 officials who will work together throughout the tournament and referee national teams the likes of North Cyprus, Abkhazia, Padania and Tibet.

For the FIFCO World Cup instead, Tournaments Abroad will be involved in the selection of 3 referees from North America, 3 from Europe, 1 from South America, 1 from Asia/Oceania and 1 from Africa, who will be the officials taking care of the games there.

All referees selected for the CONIFA World Cup in London will receive free accommodation, meals and local transport throughout the event, as well as CONIFA referee uniforms. All referees selected for the FIFCO World Cup in Montreal will also receive free accommodation, meals, local transport, FIFCO referee uniforms as well as some moderate game fees.

In order to be considered for both event, you must be over the age of 21, and have been a referee in one or more Tournaments Abroad events previously.

Interested, then send your candidacy with a short motivational statement to either our Facebook page or specifying which World Cup you’d like to apply for. Selection will be finalized by the end of February 2018.

More information on the CONIFA World Cup is available here:

More information on the FIFCO World Cup is available here:

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 Alternatively if you have any initial enquiries / questions please email me at

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 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 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:

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