Referees Committee

Pierluigi Collina chairs the UEFA Referees Committee
Pierluigi Collina chairs the UEFA Referees Committee ©Getty Images

The Referees Committee is composed of a chairman, a deputy chairman and the number of vice-chairmen and/or ordinary members deemed necessary for the committee to function properly.

The UEFA Executive Committee appoints a Chief Refereeing Officer, who is the chairman of the committee, and four Refereeing Officers, one of whom is the deputy chairman of the committee.

The Refereeing Officers are members of the Referees Committee, and their main responsibilities are:

a) to set the technical strategy for refereeing in Europe;
b) to appoint referees, assistant referees and referee observers for UEFA competitions, to set guidelines for appointments and assessments, and to monitor performance;
c) to rank international referees in the existing UEFA categories, with updates at least once a year;
d) to set development topics and conduct education programmes to instruct and educate referees, assistant referees, futsal referees, referee instructors and referee observers, in order to ensure the correct, uniform and consistent application of the Laws of the Game;
e) to develop refereeing in the UEFA member associations through the implementation of the UEFA Convention on Referee Education and Organisation (hereinafter UEFA Referee Convention).

The Referees Committee:
a) assists the Refereeing Officers in the appointment of referees for UEFA competitions and the evaluation and ranking of referees and referee observers;
b) participates in development programmes to instruct and educate referees, assistant referees, futsal referees, referee instructors and referee observers, in order to ensure the correct, uniform and consistent application of the Laws of the Game;
c) identifies and supports promising international referees;
d) assists the Refereeing Officers in the development of refereeing in the UEFA member associations through the implementation of the UEFA Referee Convention;
e) studies proposals from the Referee Convention Panel;
f)  studies proposed amendments to the Laws of the Game;
g) proposes members for the list of referee instructors, the list of referee
observers and the Referee Convention Panel.

The Referees Committee is supported in its work by the referee instructors, the referee observers and the Referee Convention Panel.