Where do the tournaments take place?

Mainly in Europe, over an array of countries ranging from Spain to Denmark via France, but also in North America, in the USA and Canada, and now in China too. See our complete tournament list.

Is there a minimum age to participate in the tournament?

Yes, though it varies from tournament to tournament. Usually you must be 18 years of age but some tournaments also accept referees at 15, 16 and 17. Where there is a limit of 18, some tournaments allow some leeway for those aged 17 with parental consent and experience as a referee.

What costs are involved?

Not many tournaments pay referees, namely only the American tournaments. The vast majority of events however offers everything else: full board, accommodation and transportation to the pitches and airport. The referee, beside the Tournaments Abroad tournament fee, must usually only fund the flight, and the tournament provides everything else!

What do the tournaments offer?

It varies from tournament to tournament. In general, referees are given full board and accommodation along with some payment which ought to cover travel costs (although this will depend when flights/trains/etc are booked!). Where there is no payment, the tournament usually offers more luxurious accommodation, possibly some extra nights and other things like tournament gifts!

Tournaments do not supply referee kits, so make sure you bring your own ones! We strongly recommend that referees bring more than one colour of referee top, as teams can wear any colour (i.e. the no-black rule doesn’t apply, as in England!).

How is the travel organised?

Each referee will have to organise themselves in regard to travel to and from the tournament, once they receive confirmation of acceptance. Of course, we will provide assistance in this process if desired and ample information will be given about getting to each tournament. Confirmed travel details must be sent to Tournaments Abroad at least six weeks prior to the start date of the tournament.

Will I be accepted into any tournament I ask for?

No – each tournament has limits on the number of referees, varying with each tournament. Each application will be considered and we will respond to you promptly regarding your acceptance or otherwise. Usually the enrollment will be on a first-come first-serve basis – so the earlier you apply, the greater chance you have.

What happens if I can not longer participate in a tournament for which I have inscribed?

Please tell us promptly so a replacement can be found, and at least six weeks prior to the start of the tournament, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Failure to do so without good reason will mean you are unlikely to be considered for future tournaments through the website.

What is the TA Referee Academy?

You may have noticed on our tournament list that some of our events are labeled as “Elite”. This means participation is reserved for those referees belonging to our new and exciting referee development project – the TA Referee Academy.

If you are interested in knowing more about it, or how to apply, make sure you check the dedicated page on our website.

What are the TA Referee Levels?

Since 2017 we have been slowly introducing the “TA referee levels” as a way to compare the levels of refereeing of officials across countries and leagues. While we expect this system to become fully operational only in 2019, calculations are currently being made to eventually assign to each referees his/her level.

You can read more about the “TA Referee Levels” work here.

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