UEFAs "Be a Referee!" campaign wants to inspire young people to become a match official. The campaign is part of a wider UEFA programme to support member national associations in their activities to recruit new referees.
UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti:
"With the number of matches increasing we currently need around 277,000 officials in European football, but we are lacking almost 40,000 referees in order to have enough for the running of the game at grassroots level. This is why UEFA has decided to invest in a programme which supports the national associations in recruiting and retaining young referees. It is essential for the lifeblood of European football."
How do I become a referee in my country?
The pathway into refereeing varies depending on your national association. Click on your country to find out more and take your first steps into the game!
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