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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Webinars for referees

Webinars for referees and match officials from all over the world. These sessions will be held on Zoom and you can participate by registering via the form below.

Pre-season fitness tips

Webinar: LOTG changes

Best season ever

LOTG: ask me anything

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Referee podcast My life on the line with ME

The referee podcast My life on the line is a pleasure to listen to. And it’s not because I’m in there, but they really make some good stuff. Love the other episodes as well.

I had a great time with the lads from RefCoach on their podcast. You can listen to the episode with me. Make sure you subscribe to their podcast channel, from whichever app you’re using. 

And make sure to join their FB Group too . Lots of great discussions there.