Europa League final referee Kovacs ready for action

As we anticipate a scintillating UEFA Europa League final between Atalanta and Leverkusen, there is one man who will be closer than the rest of us to the action – referee István Kovács. This appointment comes at the end of another impressive campaign for the Romanian official and represents the third consecutive season he has been on duty at a UEFA club final. He took charge of the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League showpiece in Tirana in 2022 and was fourth official at the UEFA Champions League decider in Istanbul last June. Such experiences stand him in good stead for what awaits on Wednesday night in Dublin. "This will be my second UEFA final as a referee, and it really is a dream come true," says the 39-year-old. "To have refereed the Europa Conference League final in 2022 is of course helpful for this occasion. I still remember the feelings and the experience from that night, but I still need to work and prepare well for the match to make sure everything goes well on the night. It's a big responsibility to be appointed for this match and I want to prove I am ready for this challenge." Kovács is used to the big stage and is also preparing to officiate at his second UEFA European Championship this summer, but there is still a sense of pride at handling such high-profile matches. "I like the adrenaline when I am on the field; it is one of the best things about being a referee," he explains. "If I take good decisions during the game, I am proving to myself that I can handle these big matches."
Wednesday night's showpiece in front of 50,000 fans will be a far cry from Kovács' first-ever game as a referee when he was just 14 years old, and it is the perfect time to reflect on 25 years in the role. "I love football. For me, being a referee is the most beautiful job in the world and I recommend that youngsters come and embrace this opportunity," he says. "During my career, I have made a lot of connections, built good relationships with my colleagues and have enjoyed visiting many different countries through my work." It is a journey, however, that Kovács acknowledges he could not have made alone. "The Europa League final will be a proud moment for me but also for the team alongside me and more broadly, Romanian football," he says. "I owe a lot of people at home a big 'thank you' for the success I have had in my career. Many people have helped me with good advice or support when I have had difficult times. The chairman of the referees committee in Romania, Kyros Vassaras, has helped to improve a lot of things in the domestic game for us, and there is one person who has been next to me since I started – István Szilágyi – and I thank him in particular because he has always supported me." Kovacs will clearly have plenty of well-wishers on Wednesday night, but nothing will distract him until the job is done. "I don't change anything in the way I prepare for matches," he explains. "I do the same thing whether it is a European final or a Romanian league match, and this helps to ensure I am fully focused. Once the game is finished, we can reflect and enjoy the occasion." (Source: UEFA)

22 May 2024
Atalanta – Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Istvan Kovacs (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Reserve AR: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Catalin Popa (ROU)
SVAR: Rob Dieperink (NED)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Sajn (SVN)

UEFA Women's Euro 2025 – Qualifying Round (Matchday 4)

4 June 2024

Spain – Denmark
Referee: Maria Ferrieri Caputi ITA (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Francesca Di Monte ITA
Assistant Referee 2: Veronica Martinelli ITA
Fourth Official: Martina Molinaro ITA
Referee Observer: Anja Kunick GER

France – England
Referee: Ivana Martinčić CRO
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodjak-Karšić CRO
Assistant Referee 2: Maja Petravić CRO
Fourth Official: Sabina Bolić CRO
Referee Observer: Ivana Vlaić BIH

Israel – Scotland
Referee: Jelena Kumer CRO
Assistant Referee 1: Ivona Pejić CRO
Assistant Referee 2: Gordana Katušić CRO
Fourth Official: Jelena Pejković CRO
Referee Observer: Gitte Holm DEN

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Malta
Referee: Sofik Torosyan ARM
Assistant Referee 1: Liana Grigoryan ARM
Assistant Referee 2: Kristine Grigoryan ARM
Fourth Official: Araksya Saribekyan ARM
Referee Observer: Aneliya Sinabova BUL

Azerbaijan – Turkey
Referee: Nanna Andersen DEN
Assistant Referee 1: Sidsel Dall DEN
Assistant Referee 2: Anna Schmidt DEN
Fourth Official: Frida Klarlund Nielsen DEN
Referee Observer: Cristina Ionescu-Babadac ROU

Latvia – Slovenia

Referee: Sofiya Prychyna UKR
Assistant Referee 1: Iryna Chayka UKR
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Vdovina UKR
Fourth Official: Lyudmyla Telbukh UKR
Referee Observer: Silvia Spinelli ITA

Hungary – Switzerland
Referee: Eleni Antoniou GRE
Assistant Referee 1: Georgia Komisopoulou GRE
Assistant Referee 2: Dimítra Tsaganou GRE
Fourth Official: Irini Pingiou GRE
Referee Observer: Ana Minić SRB

Faroe Islands – Greece
Referee: Laura Mauricio SUI
Assistant Referee 1: Laetitia Nuara SUI
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Dos Santos SUI
Fourth Official: Deborah Anex SUI
Referee Observer: Wendy Toms ENG

Finland – Netherlands

Referee: Sandra Bastos POR
Assistant Referee 1: Andreia Sousa POR
Assistant Referee 2: Catia Tavares POR
Fourth Official: Sara Alves POR
Referee Observer: Knarik Grigoryan ARM

Poland – Germany
Referee: Olatz Rivera Olmedo ESP
Assistant Referee 1: Iragartze Fernandez Esesumaga ESP
Assistant Referee 2: Silvia Fernandez Perez ESP
Fourth Official: Marta Huerta de Aza ESP
Referee Observer: Esther Azzopardi MLT

Slovakia – Serbia
Referee: Monika Mularczyk POL
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Dabrowska POL
Assistant Referee 2: Julia Bukarowicz POL
Fourth Official: Michalina Diakow POL
Referee Observer: Olga Tanschi MDA

Georgia – Cyprus
Referee: Farida Lütfaliyeva AZE
Assistant Referee 1: Sevda Nuriyeva AZE
Assistant Referee 2: Gülnura Akbarzada AZE
Fourth Official: Ali Aliyev AZE
Referee Observer: Nelly Viennot FRA

Moldova – North Macedonia
Referee: Ioanna Allagiotou CYP
Assistant Referee 1: Despina Dimosthenous CYP
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Savvidou CYP
Fourth Official: Zoi Stavrou CYP
Referee Observer: Marta Atzori ITA

Bulgaria – Romania
Referee: Jurgita Mačikunyte LTU
Assistant Referee 1: Irina Pozdejeva LTU
Assistant Referee 2: Guoste Jonikaite LTU
Fourth Official: Ugne Šmitaite LTU
Referee Observer: Rachel Kohen ISR

Albania – Luxembourg
Referee: Melek Dakan TUR
Assistant Referee 1: Mürvet Yavuztürk TUR
Assistant Referee 2: Merve Turan TUR
Fourth Official: Gamze Pakkan TUR
Referee Observer: Marta Frias Acedo ESP

Italy – Norway
Referee: Rebecca Welch ENG
Assistant Referee 1: Emily Carney ENG
Assistant Referee 2: Anastasiya Voloshchuk ENG
Fourth Official: Kirsty Dowle ENG
Referee Observer: Lilach Asulin ISR

Sweden – Ireland
Referee: Alina Peșu ROU
Assistant Referee 1: Daniela Constantinescu ROU
Assistant Referee 2: Petruța Iugulescu ROU
Fourth Official: Roxana Timiș ROU
Referee Observer: Anri Hänninen FIN

Andorra – Montenegro
Referee: Joanna Vassallo MLT
Assistant Referee 1: Erinda Kume ALB
Assistant Referee 2: Koleta Prenga ALB
Fourth Official: Eglantina Pjetrushaj ALB
Referee Observer: Emilia Wnuk POL

Belgium – Czechia
Referee: Ewa Augustyn POL
Assistant Referee 1: Paulina Baranowska POL
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandra Ulanowska POL
Fourth Official: Anna Adamska POL
Referee Observer: Blaženka Logarušić CRO

Northern Ireland – Portugal
Referee: Franziska Wildfeuer GER
Assistant Referee 1: Sina Diekmann GER
Assistant Referee 2: Anne Uersfeld GER
Fourth Official: Davina Lutz GER
Referee Observer: Jenny Palmqvist SWE

Ukraine – Wales
Referee: Caroline Lanssens BEL
Assistant Referee 1: Margot Jacobs BEL
Assistant Referee 2: Irmgard Van Meirvenne BEL
Fourth Official: Manon Plandsoen NED
Referee Observer: Christine Frai GER

Croatia – Kosovo
Referee: Michaela Pachtova CZE
Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Šafrankova CZE
Assistant Referee 2: Zuzana Špindlerova CZE
Fourth Official: Natalie Čampišova CZE
Referee Observer: Graziella Pirriatore ITA

Iceland – Austria

Referee: Desiree Gründbacher SUI
Assistant Referee 1: Susann Küng SUI
Assistant Referee 2: Linda Schmid SUI
Fourth Official: Stefan Horisberger SUI
Referee Observer: Katarzyna Wierzbowska POL

UEFA Women's Euro 2025 – Qualifying Round (Matchday 3)

31 May 2024

England – France
Referee: Marta Huerta de Aza ESP (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Guadalupe Porras Ayuso ESP
Assistant Referee 2: Eliana Fernandez Gonzalez ESP
Fourth Official: Olatz Rivera Olmedo ESP
Referee Observer: Gyöngyi Gaal HUN

Portugal – Northern Ireland
Referee: Tess Olofsson SWE
Assistant Referee 1: Almira Spahic SWE
Assistant Referee 2: Emelie Elfstrand SWE
Fourth Official: Lovisa Johansson SWE
Referee Observer: Dilan Gökçek Işcan TUR

Armenia – Kazakhstan

Referee: Elena Gobjilă MDA
Assistant Referee 1: Natalia Ceban MDA
Assistant Referee 2: Ana Ciobotaru MDA
Fourth Official: Oxana Cruc MDA
Referee Observer: Sandra Renon FRA

Kosovo – Croatia
Referee: Kristina Georgieva BUL
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Marinova BUL
Assistant Referee 2: Pavleta Rashkova BUL
Fourth Official: Hristiyana Guteva BUL
Referee Observer: Esther Azzopardi MLT

North Macedonia – Moldova
Referee: Audrey Gerbel FRA
Assistant Referee 1: Clementine Dubreil FRA
Assistant Referee 2: Berangere Jourdain FRA
Fourth Official: Elisa Daupeux FRA
Referee Observer: Petra Pavlikova SVK

Greece – Montenegro
Referee: Sarah Zangeneh NOR
Assistant Referee 1: Line Nymoen NOR
Assistant Referee 2: Tomke Poppen NOR
Fourth Official: Marit Skurdal NOR
Referee Observer: Regina Belksma-Konink NED

Estonia – Albania
Referee: Tatiana Sorokopudova KAZ
Assistant Referee 1: Dinara Idirisova KAZ
Assistant Referee 2: Liga Didrike LVA
Fourth Official: Jeļena Jermolajeva LVA
Referee Observer: Galina Doneva BUL

Faroe Islands – Andorra
Referee: Marisca Overtoom NED
Assistant Referee 1: Ashley de Haan NED
Assistant Referee 2: Isabelle van Gilst NED
Fourth Official: Sterre Bijlsma NED
Referee Observer: Bente Skogvang NOR

Norway – Italy
Referee: Stephanie Frappart FRA
Assistant Referee 1: Camille Soriano FRA
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Rossignol FRA
Fourth Official: Emeline Rochebiliere FRA
Referee Observer: Antonia Kokotou GRE

Austria – Iceland
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara FIN
Assistant Referee 1: Heini Hyvönen FIN
Assistant Referee 2: Tonja Weckström FIN
Fourth Official: Minka Vekkeli FIN
Referee Observer: Hilda McDermott IRL

Serbia – Slovakia
Referee: Elvira Nurmustafina KAZ
Assistant Referee 1: Nargis Magau KAZ
Assistant Referee 2: Madina Almaskyzy KAZ
Fourth Official: Aidyn Tasybaev KAZ
Referee Observer: Irina Mîrț ROU

Cyprus – Georgia
Referee: Karoline Jensen NOR
Assistant Referee 1: Silje Thoresen NOR
Assistant Referee 2: Helle Reiten NOR
Fourth Official: Emilie Torkelsen NOR

Slovenia – Latvia
Referee: Ana Terteleac ROU
Assistant Referee 1: Mihaela Țepușă ROU
Assistant Referee 2: Roxana Ivanov ROU
Fourth Official: Roxana Timiș ROU
Referee Observer: Eleni Kyriou GRE

Romania – Bulgaria
Referee: Kathrin Huber AUT
Assistant Referee 1: Amina Gutschi AUT
Assistant Referee 2: Lena Hirtl AUT
Fourth Official: Olivia Tschon AUT
Referee Observer: Sharon Sluyts BEL

Czechia – Belgium

Referee: Silvia Gasperotti ITA
Assistant Referee 1: Giulia Tempestilli ITA
Assistant Referee 2: Stefania Signorelli ITA
Fourth Official: Anna Frazza ITA
Referee Observer: Pernilla Larsson SWE

Denmark – Spain

Referee: Ivana Projkovska MKD
Assistant Referee 1: Vjolca Izeiri MKD
Assistant Referee 2: Elena Soklevska-Ilievski MKD
Fourth Official: Marjan Dejanoski MKD
Referee Observer: Elke Günther GER

Turkey – Azerbaijan
Referee: Alexandra Collin FRA
Assistant Referee 1: Elodie Coppola FRA
Assistant Referee 2: Clothilde Brassart FRA
Fourth Official: Clemence Gonçalves FRA
Referee Observer: Jelena Banjeglav-Rankov SRB

Switzerland – Hungary
Referee: Emanuela Rusta ALB
Assistant Referee 1: Edjena Kapxhiu ALB
Assistant Referee 2: Mirjeta Salla ALB
Fourth Official: Kejsi Tafili ALB
Referee Observer: Rhona Coombes IRL

Scotland – Israel
Referee: Deborah Bianchi ITA
Assistant Referee 1: Tiziana Trasciatti ITA
Assistant Referee 2: Doriana Lo Calio ITA
Fourth Official: Maria Marotta ITA
Referee Observer: Snježana Fočić CRO

Wales – Ukraine
Referee: Shona Shukrula NED
Assistant Referee 1: Martina Boer NED
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Lejear BEL
Fourth Official: Wendy Gijsbers NED
Referee Observer: Maria Villa Gutierrez ESP

Ireland – Sweden
Referee: Katalin Kulcsar HUN
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Gavalla-Kulcsar HUN
Assistant Referee 2: Noemi Hegedűs-Barath HUN
Fourth Official: Eszter Urban HUN
Referee Observer: Paloma Quintero Siles ESP

Germany – Poland
Referee: Jelena Cvetković SRB
Assistant Referee 1: Ivana Jovanović SRB
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandra Kostić SRB
Fourth Official: Milica Milovanović SRB
Referee Observer: Caroline De Boeck BEL

Netherlands – Finland
Referee: Frida Klarlund DEN
Assistant Referee 1: Fie Bruun DEN
Assistant Referee 2: Katrine Stensholm DEN
Fourth Official: Nanna Andersen DEN
Referee Observer: Teodora Albon ROU

FIFA Video Support challenge system

FIFA has held the first trials of a new system of VAR which allows coaches to challenge a referee's decision, rather than the reviews only being undertaken by video officials. The new system, Football Video Support (VS), allows for the same situations to be challenged as in VAR - goals, penalties, red cards, and mistaken identity. Each team will be able to make two challenges per match. If the challenge is successful, the team keeps that review. The decision to request a review is the responsibility of the coach, who does so by twirling a finger in the air and giving the fourth official a card. The coach then says which kind of incident he wants to be reviewed. The players can recommend to the coach that a review is made but activating it will remain with the coach. A replay operator would ensure the correct footage is shown.
Pierluigi Collina, chairman of FIFA Referees Committee, said the first tests held during the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup, a FIFA youth competition in Zurich last week, went well. "The outcome was very, very positive," Collina explained at the FIFA Congress in Bangkok. "Our aim is to continue to trial this new system, namely in our youth competitions. We hope to be able to give all of you who have indicated an interest in the possibility to implement this system in your competitions."
For now, the challenge system is an internal FIFA trial and there is no option for leagues or competitions to request to be part of it, and there are no plans to introduce it at the top of the game. VS is not intended to replace the version of VAR seen at the elite level, where there are the resources to have multiple cameras and officials working as video assistants. However, it will give hope to leagues who have requested to trial a challenge system but have been repeatedly turned down by FIFA. Serie A first made the request to implement challenges in 2020, believing it would be less intrusive in the game. If the trials prove successful and move through the levels to enter the Laws of the Game, there would be no reason why a league couldn't choose to implement Video Support over the full VAR system.

Source: ESPN

UEFA U-17 Euro 2024

Cyprus, 20 May - 5 June 2024

1. Jasper Vergoote BEL (photo)
2. Antoni Bandic BIH
3. Radoslav Gidzhenov BUL
4. Ante Čulina CRO
5. Menelaos Antoniou CYP
6. Jan Petrik CZE
7. Jakob Sundberg DEN
8. Mohammed Al-Emara FIN
9. Pierre Gaillouste FRA
10. David Fuxman ISR
11. Miguel Nogueira POR
12. Nenad Minaković SRB

Assistant Referees
1. Martijn Tiesters BEL
2. Stefan Tešanovic BIH
3. Petar Mitrev BUL
4. Luka Pušic CRO
5. Kyriakos Sokratous CYP
6. Marek Podany CZE
7. Victor Skytte DEN
8. Turkka Valjakka FIN
9. Alexis Auger FRA
10. Rostislav Talis ISR
11. Nelson Pereira POR
12. Nikola Borović SRB

Referee Observers
1. Hugh Dallas SCO
2. Elmir Pilav BIH
3. Haim Jakov ISR
4. Costas Kapitanis CYP

Turkish FA removes FIFA badge due to referee pregnancy

Turkish referee Betül Nur Yılmaz is preparing to take the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for its decision to remove her FIFA badge after learning about her pregnancy.
Yılmaz received an invitation from FIFA to referee a tournament to be held in Belgium in the summer of 2023, according to May 16 reporting by the daily BirGün. During training sessions in Belgium, Yılmaz felt unwell, and a medical examination revealed that she was pregnant. Yılmaz reported her condition to the Referee Affairs Directorate and requested to suspend her refereeing duties with the TFF due to her pregnancy. When the directorate informed FIFA about the situation, UEFA Referees Committee Chairman Roberto Rosetti sent Yılmaz a congratulatory email, expressing his desire to see her back on duty as soon as possible. However, the TFF decided that her pregnancy and responsibilities as a mother would make it difficult for her to continue as an active FIFA referee and did not include Yılmaz in the FIFA referees list prepared in January 2024.
Betül Nur Yılmaz objected to being removed from the FIFA referee list due to her pregnancy, noting that male referees could suspend their refereeing duties during military service. She appealed to the refereeing board, where three out of seven members voted in her favor, while four voted against her. The TFF denied the allegations regarding Yılmaz and maintained that their decision was based on the referee’s yearly performance. However, Yılmaz revealed that she had received scores above 8 (prolific performance) in all the matches she refereed in that year. In Europe, pregnant female referees can remain on the list for two years. Yılmaz shared that she suffered psychological problems after being ostracized from her profession due to her pregnancy. She felt as if she was being punished for being pregnant, said the referee.

Source: duvaR

UEFA Women’s U-17 Euro Final 2024: Pachtova (CZE)

18 May 2024

England – Spain
Referee: Michaela Pachtova CZE (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Ainhoa Ruiz AND
Assistant Referee 2: Ivona Pejić CRO
Fourth Official: Lotta Vuorio FIN
Referee Observer: Rhona Coombes IRL

Match for Third Place
Poland – France
Referee: Martina Molinaro ITA
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolett Bizderi HUN
Assistant Referee 2: Roxana Ivanov ROU
Fourth Official: Miriama Bočkova SVK
Referee Observer: Dagmar Damkova CZE

CAF Champions League Final 2024 (Second Leg)

25 May 2024

Al Ahly – ES Tunis
Referee: Jean Ndala (COD, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Souru Phatsoane (LES)
Assistant Referee 2: Seydou Tiama (BFA)
Fourth Official: Mahamat Alhadji (CHA)
VAR: Lahlou Benbraham (ALG)
AVAR 1: Daniel Laryea (GHA)
AVAR 2: Mohamed Ibrahim (SDN)

CAF Confederation Cup Final 2024 (Second Leg)

19 May 2024

Zamalek – RS Berkane
Referee: Issa Sy (SEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Nouha Bangoura (SEN)
Fourth Official: Omar Artan (SOM)
VAR: Pierre Atcho (GAB)
AVAR 1: Maria Rivet (MRI)
AVAR 2: Khalil Hassani (TUN)

Referees set for Euro 2024 adventure

Match officials selected for duty at UEFA EURO 2024 are ready for action after a two-day workshop in Frankfurt. The event brought together the 19 selected referees and their assistants, as well as VARs and supporting officials, for an in-depth briefing a month ahead of the tournament, which runs from 14 June to 14 July. The workshop was the first gathering of all 89 EURO 2024 officials, and a perfect opportunity to familiarise themselves with their tournament base camp, a country hotel complex just outside Frankfurt, selected as a convenient central location for travel to each of the ten match venues across the country. The group, which also features a team of officials from Argentina thanks to UEFA's on-going collaboration with CONMEBOL, will spend more than one month together as they prepare for the 51 matches to come.
Such a high-profile tournament, the third-biggest sporting stage in the world, brings with it plenty of pressure to perform, but also represents a high point in officials' careers, a point Roberto Rosetti, UEFA's managing director of refereeing, was keen to emphasise. "Welcome to Germany and congratulations on being here. You are at one of the best tournaments in the world, so enjoy these moments. They are among the most important and beautiful moments in all your life. I am fully convinced that this is the best list of referees ever for a football tournament. We are so proud of the names on this list and you must be proud to be here too", said Rosetti. "I was very pleased to be selected for EURO 2024, it is a big achievement and was one of my personal goals, but I am also aware that it is a big responsibility and the most difficult part is still to come. This workshop is the best way to prepare, all here together to receive the same messages in a focused, friendly environment", said François Letexier.
During the workshop, the referees received wide-ranging updates around match organisation, medical, technology and integrity matters, but the main focus was on their roles across the all-important 90 minutes. One of the key points on the agenda was how referees should manage player and coach behaviour during matches. Rosetti published an open letter earlier this week detailing the importance of working with teams to present a positive image and set the right example for younger players and supporters. It was a topic also discussed with team coaches at the recent finalists' briefing in Düsseldorf and with UEFA's Football Board, and presented once more to officials here in Frankfurt. "We are talking about the image of the game. Players and coaches must respect our job and if they don’t, we will take action," Rosetti explained. To encourage respect and fair play, UEFA has issued a new directive for EURO 2024, whereby referees will speak directly with team captains to explain key decisions on the pitch. The directive will be discussed in detail with each of the 24 participating teams at their base camps ahead of the tournament.
It is not just players that need to be in peak condition for EURO 2024. Match officials must also be ready for action at the highest level, prepared to run up to 13 kilometres per match at high intensity while making split-second decisions. UEFA monitors officials' fitness throughout the season, providing bespoke training programmes and testing to ensure optimal performance. In Frankfurt, they were put through their paces by specialist fitness coaches with a series of drills aiming to keep them sharp ahead of the tournament. "Referees and assistant referees have no choice. You need to be injury free, fresh and fit when you come to the tournament. Training quality has been very high and we are very confident that you are doing a good job", said Werner Helsen, UEFA referee fitness coach
Rosetti and UEFA's refereeing team presented different match situations to the officials, discussing the occasions when interventions should take place. UEFA's approach during the tournament will mirror that in our club competitions. VAR will not overrule referees' on-field decisions unless the video reviews shows evidence of a clear and obvious mistake, with the final call always being made by the referee. It is a message Rosetti shared with team coaches in Düsseldorf last month, where he emphasised "minimum interference for maximum benefit", with referees urged to trust their judgment and make strong decisions on the field. With this encouragement and confidence from UEFA's refereeing leaders ringing in their ears, officials now return home to complete their domestic, and in some cases, European club seasons, before they reconvene in Germany in early June. The countdown is well and truly on!

Source: UEFA