Pre-season fitness tips for referees

Some pre-season fitness tips for referees to get back into officiating. When the professional season starts many amateur referees will officiate friendlies and get ready for their season too. But some of you might have just come back from your holidays or are still relaxing on a sunny beach. This story has a few great pre-season fitness tips to get you back on track, so you will be ready for the season.

Personally, my season starts at the end of August. My fitness test is mid-September. That’s why KNVB’s professional referee fitness instructor Hilco de Boer send out some pre-season fitness tips. These tips might be useful for you too, that’s why I share them on my website as well.

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Webinar on 2021-2022 Laws of the Game changes

Webinar on 2021-2022 Laws of the Game changes. Jan from Dutch Referee guides you through an IFAB presentation on the new laws. Some clips are blocked by YouTube, but most of the presentation is available.

There are lots of handball situations in there, so it’s very useful for you then.

You can also view the full presention by IFAB on their website. If any errors in the explanation in the video below, that’s my bad. I hope this video is useful in preparation for the upcoming season. Enjoy and feel free to share it with your refereeing friends.

Björn Kuipers retires as referee

Björn Kuipers retires as referee. That is what KNVB has confirmed. He’ll finish his career with officiating the Johan Cruijff Schaal, the Dutch Super Cup game between Ajax and PSV.

After landing on Amsterdam airport after Euro 2020 Björn Kuipers still had doubts about continuing, but during his holidays he made the decision. “After the Euro final I got a lot of positive reactions and appreciation from all over the world”, he says to KNVB, the Dutch FA. It made him doubt. “Moreover, I am still fit and have a lot of fun.” But on vacation he made the decision. “I realised I’ve been everywhere and experienced everything. I will not get more beautiful. There’s no better moment to stop”

This means Björn Kuipers retires in the Amsterdam Arena and officiates his last game on the 7th of August.

Want to know how Björn Kuipers reached the top? Read my profile “From whining player to top class referee”.

Share your thoughts retirement of Björn Kuipers

Please share your thoughts on the retirement of Björn Kuipers via comments below or on Instagram.

Kuipers’ Classroom

I’ve also made lots of stories with tips from Björn Kuipers over the years. check them out below.

2018 Europa League final referee Björn Kuipers
2018 Europa League final referee Björn Kuipers. Photo by KNVB Media.