The Tournaments Abroad Referee Academy

The “Tournaments Abroad Referee Academy” is a summer educational program for young up-and-coming referees that takes place during our international tournaments. The idea is that of a “summer school” to which referees from different countries and background can take part in order to improve their refereeing and social skills. It is an innovative project in Referee Education dedicated to a select number of officials who, during the summer, will take part to two events where they will receive coaching and development advice from some of football’s most important referees, observers and instructors. While It doesn’t aim at replacing any development activity organized by the national or local FAs, it intends to build on the work they do every year for their officials. In short, it will be yet another opportunity for promising referees to strive and shine on the international refereeing stage.

The 1st edition of the “TA Referee Academy” took place in the summer of 2017 at the Paris World Games in Paris, France and the Norway Cup in Oslo, Norway. After great feedback from officials and coaches alike, we have decided to organize a second edition that will take place during the following tournaments in 2018:

Donosti Cup in San Sebastian, Spain – July 1st-7th 2018  (read more about the tournament here) or Paris World Games in Paris, France – July 7th-13th 2018 (read more about the tournament here).

Norway Cup in Oslo, Norway – July 28th – August 4th 2018 (read more about the tournament here).

The Selection Process

Every year Tournaments Abroad will select 24 referees for its academy.

Some referees will selected based on their previous performance at our tournaments, while others will be chosen through a detailed selection process consisting of more phases and levels.

Any referee between the ages of 17 (born in 2001) and 23 (born in 1995) will be able to apply.

The selection process will start with an application by the referee on our website (apply at the end of this page from September 1st, but you can already pre-apply) and will continue with a range of different tests for all applicants. In particular, referees will have to submit a motivational statement and letter of recommendation and there will also be a LOTG (“Laws Of The Game” test, a personality test and a video test. One-to-one interviews with the Academy coordinator may be requested.

We aim at announcing the name of the 24 “lucky” officials by the end of November 2017.

Academy Video


The 3 best referees from the Academy will be rewarded with a place on the following year’s elite tournaments in the Netherlands and Czech Republic.

Academy Pictures

Felix Hoffmann

“The Academy raised my refereeing skills to a next level and I got new friends all over the world – an unbelievable experience!”

Felix HoffmannGermany
Viktor Paulinen

“A unique opportunity to meet and get exceptional and instructive advice from professional FIFA and UEFA observers and coaches, not to mention the possibility to get dozens of new lifetime friends from all over the world!”

Viktor PaulinenFinland

Apply for the 2018 edition of the TA Referee Academy

Were you born between 1995 and 2001 and you are interested in our Academy project? then fill out the form below and we will be in touch when the selection process starts.
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