2020 UEFA Champions League final referee is Daniele Orsato

2020 UEFA Champions League final referee is Daniele Orsato. He will officiate the game between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. The final will be held in the Benfica stadium in Lisbon at 9pm CET on Sunday August 23rd. 

Below the image you’ll get 4 tips from the 44-year-old Italian, an international referee since 2010. You can apply these in your own game. From Uefa.com: “Orsato was officiating at eight matches in the UEFA Champions League this season, including Real Madrid’s round of 16 first leg against Manchester City in February.”

The 2020 Europa League final was officiated by Danny Makkelie. Tips from Orsato and the full refereeing team of the UCL final below the image.

Tip 1: keep dreaming

“You dream about these moments coming in your career,” Orsato reflects on Uefa.com, where I quote from in this article with tips. “And for me, the dream of a lifetime – to referee an international final, and the UEFA Champions League final at that – has come true. The first feeling I had when [UEFA Referees Committee chairman] Roberto Rosetti called me to tell me I’d been chosen was one of great excitement.”

Always know as referee what the bigger picture of your career is. That’s something you can work to when setting goals.

Tip 2: humility is crucial

It’s been 10 years since Orsato became a FIFA referee, but getting that badge doesn’t mean you’re there yet. “I think humility is a great characteristic for a referee to have”, he explains. “It means that you always keep the desire to work hard and improve your standards.”

A question to ask yourself: how much do I do to improve my standards? What commitments do you make to keep working hard and sticking to your training routines?

Tip 3: have the desire to learn

Learning never stops.  “You have to have the desire to learn and study refereeing”, Orsato says to Uefa.com. “You must also be prepared to make sacrifices if you want to make progress – and you must never be satisfied; it’s vital to keep wanting to get better.”

It’s something also suggested by Premier League assistant referee Lee Betts. In lockdown he wanted to be more with his family, but always tried to find ways to learn and improve. “The priority is at home with the family”, says Betts. “But at the same time after physical training, I like to spend 1 hour on referee-related activities. They are quite varied.”

Because you also need to improve, you also need that desire to study the Laws of the Game, watch the clips in Uefa’s Referee Assistance Programmes or learn new things in terms of fitness.

Tip 4: teamwork is crucial

Daniele Orsato will officiate the final with assistants Lorenzo Manganelli and Alessandro Giallatini. “We’ve a terrific relationship, we’re great friends. We study every detail together and support each other on and off the field.”

Full 2020 UEFA Champions League final referee  team

From Uefa.com the fulll 2020 UEFA Champions League final referee  team

  • Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
  • Assistants: Lorenzo Manganelli, Alessandro Giallatini (both from Italy)
  • 4th official: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
  • VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
  • VAR Assistant: Marco Guida (Italy)
  • Offside VAR: Roberto Diaz Pérez del Palomar (Spain)
  • VAR Support: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (Spain)

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2020 UEFA Europa League final referee is Danny Makkelie

The 2020 UEFA Europa League final referee is Danny Makkelie. Uefa appointed him and his Dutch team for the game between Sevilla and Internazionale. “This is a dream come true”, says Danny Makkelie on the KNVB website. “Being on the field during a European final is one of the highest achievements.”

“I see the Europa League final as an appreciation for the performances that we have delivered as a team in recent years”, continues Makkelie. Recently they officiated the Champions League quarter final between Manchester City and Olympique Lyon.”Everyone in my team feels responsible for the success and also knows how they contribute to the team. We understand each other flawlessly and go through fire and water for each other.”

After a semi-final between Valencia and Arsenal in 2018-2019 for Team Makkelie, they officiate the final now. Below you’ll find the full refereeing team, including VARs.

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Danny Makkelie

Full 2020 UEFA Europa League final referee  team

The full 2020 UEFA Europa League final referee  team as announced by Uefa.com

Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

Assistants: Mario Diks, Hessel Steegstra (Netherlands)

Fourth official: Anastasios Sidiropolous (Greece)

VAR: Jochem Kamphuis (Netherlands)

VAR assistants: Kevin Blom (Netherlands), Pawel Gil (Poland)

Offside VAR: Tomasz Sokolnicki (Poland)

Makkelie, who is 37, has been an international referee since 2008. This season, he has officiated at seven UEFA Champions League matches, as well as at the UEFA Europa League round of 16 return leg between Bayer Leverkusen and Rangers FC in Germany. This will be the first UEFA Europa League final that Makkelie has overseen as referee, having been an additional assistant referee at the competition’s 2018 final between Olympique de Marseille and Club Atlético de Madrid. He was also the video assistant referee at last season’s UEFA Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC.

Laws of the Game changes for 2020-2021

Laws of the Game changes for 2020-2021. Some highlights first, then the summary. You can also download the full text pdf (English).

There are also options in:

Watch back: webinar about these changes

IFAB also made a presentation with videos on the changes, as presented above. Plus you can find available full docs with recent LOTG (also 2020-2021) on my LOTG page.

Facebook live session on changes

Below I’ve highlighted the five most important changes in a YouTube clip, but I’ve also done a Facebook session. In this 1 hour video I get into the details of the LOTG changes. Watch below or on Faceboook.

IFAB LOTG changes 2020-2021
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Refereeing Assistance Programme

Uefa launches a Refereeing Assistance Programme twice a year. It contains clips of recent match situations. You can install this on your pc or mac and train your refereeing knowledge. In case you missed it, it’s quite interesting material to develop yourself.

Refereeing Assistance Programmes 2020:1

The Uefa has released the Refereeing Assistance Programmes 2020:1. And now it’s been shared at summer courses, whether online or at FA headquarters, I share a link I’ve seen online too. Download the 2020:1 version (for both Mac and pc).

Note: to use the 2020:1 version you need the Mulppy App (pay for download). At my laptop it opens, but doesn’t work well yet. It depends on your own laptop quality and restrictions, so download and pay at own risk.

Refereeing Assistance Programme 2019:2

You’ll find earlier versions below the image.

And to help Mac users

Some referees experience problems with installing MAC versions.

Refereeing Assistance Programme 2019:2

Refereeing Assistance Programme 2019:1

Refereeing Assistance Programme 2018:2

Thanks to my readers I got the 2018:2 Refereeing Assistance Programme 2018:2

Refereeing Assistance Programme 2018-1

Refereeing Assistance Programme 2018:1

Thanks to readers of my blog I can present you Refereeing Assistance Programme 2018-1. Please be aware the files are huge (10GB), so download via wifi.

Refereeing Assistance Programme 2017-2

Thanks to readers of my blog I can present you Refereeing Assistance Programme 2017-2.

New situations from the last six months. Quite interesting for us all. Download the files and practice at home.

Some experience problems with installing MAC versions. This document might help you.

Refereeing Assistance Programme 2017-2

RAP Women’s Euro 2017

A great download with match situations from the Women’s Euro in 2017.

Refereeing Assistance Programme Women's Euro

Referee Assistance Programme 2017-1

I am trying to get the 2017-2 version for you, but can already share the first edition of 2017 with you. In a few days I hopefully also have the Women’s Euro version.

Download Refereeing Assistance Programme 2017-1.

(below you’ll also find older versions)

Refereeing Programme Euro 2016 in France

Refereeing Assistance Programme Uefa

Download the Refereeing Assistance Programme files

Please note the files are links to WeTransfer files. Because the size is about 5 GB, make sure you have your wifi on. I personally have not tested the MAC-link, because I have a PC.

RAP Euro 2016 for PC

RAP 2016 (edition 2)

Download for PC
Download for MAC

I got these links via Arbiter Café on Twitter. Much appreciated!

How the RAP works

You can watch video’s in different categories, but will not see the correct call immediately. Make sure you think for yourself what decision you will make. Then you can click at the right bottom text, which gives you an explanation.

Good luck and enjoy!

Explanation RAP2016

Why the SDS fitness test for referees is so important

The SDS fitness test for referees has been introduced by UEFA 2 years ago. It is part of their innovations for the physical preparation of elite referees. Following 3 test sessions during winter and summer courses, it was observed that referees showed a better standard of fitness. Referees deliver more high intensity runs than before, especially in UEFA competitions compared to domestic matches. Before, other tests were used like the FIFA fitness test or the Yo Yo test. Why does this relatively new test by Uefa help you and why has it been developed?

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Return to officiating post Covid19: a panel discussion

Return to officiating post Covid19. How do we do that? I am excited to take part in a discussion panel about the return to officiating post Covid19, with some fantastic contributors from around the world. The session will consider the uncertain environment, how we can best support match officials, plus the opportunities and challenges that exist. 

The panel discussion took place on July 23rd. Below you can watch it back.

Speakers of the panel discussion

  • Dr. Tom Webb
  • Prof. Carlo Castagna
  • Dr. Phil Cooper MBE
  • Dr. Jacob Tingle
  • Michael Cooke
  • Jan ter Harmsel (me)

Video: panel discussion

Poster return to officiating post Covid19

Scoring an indirect free kick in opponents’ goal

Scoring an indirect free kick in opponents’ goal. That’s something you don’t want to deal with as referee. Especially when they make such a wonderful goal as Joao Pedro did in the Serie A. Do you disallow it? What signal do you give and for how long? And how do you restart the game?

All of that is explained in this case study, including a video clip of the incident.

Screenshot from referee from tv channel Ziggo Sport.
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