I usually don’t get nice mail in my mailbox. It’s just bills, taxes or printed ads. This week was different. I opened the mailbox and there was an envelope with the text “By air mail”. I opened and and saw that I got a Premier League badge from Howard Webb. Fantastic!
Premier League badge from Howard Webb
I’ve interviewed Howard Webb once he went to Belgium to teach young referees. After Webb’s retirement I thought it would be nice if I could interview him for my blog – and so I asked via e-mail. I got no response on that yet, but he agreed to send me a referee badge with his autograph. So happy I got a Premier League badge from Howard Webb 🙂
I’ll send him a “thank you” e-mail and ask about the interview again. Not sure if he has time for that, but please let me know already what you want to know from him. So, what is your question for Howard Webb?
Check my badge collection.
On the Facebook page of Interessengemeinschaft Schiedsrichter, a German referee website, are the new Adidas Champions League 2014-2015 kits released. The moderator allowed me to show you those pictures as well.
What do you think of the new Adidas Champions League 2014-2015 referee kits?
Adidas has already released a new referee kit for the World Cup. It is not announced yet when the Adidas Champions League 2014-2015 referee kits will be in store.
A new badge for my referee badge collection: the Uefa Fair Play badge.
Uefa Fair Play badge
Check out my full referee badge collection. Want to swap? Send me an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also interested in this Uefa Fair Play badge? Someone’s even selling this badge on eBay.
New for football match officials: the Nike 2014-2015 referee kit. You can find them already in the Nike brochure for the 2014-2015 season. The kits have different colours compared to the previous Nike referee kits.
Black, yellow and grey will remain the same, but purple is no longer available in the new collection. The extra colour for the 2015 outfits is green.
According to the Nike team catalogue, the outfits are available from the 1st of July 2013 until 19th of June 2016. So no new kit every season, but after two years. Are they aiming to be sponsoring the European Championships in 2016? That will start in June 2016.
The new outfits will be used in the UK Premiership and probably also in the highest Dutch and French division, because Nike sponsors the referees there as well.
Do you like the new Nike outfits?
Nike 2014-2015 referee kit.
Nike 2014-2015 referee kit.
You can see a photo of the black outfit here.
Fifa World Cup 2014 referee kits ware released by Adidas. You can already order them at refereeworld.com. The kits could be delivered from January.
Click to enlarge them.
Fifa World Cup 2014 referee kits by Adidas for football referees
And, do you like the Fifa World Cup 2014 referee kits by Adidas for football referees?
Check out the new Adidas Champions League referee kits 2013-2014. Do you like them?
refereeworld.com says this: “This exclusive shirt is only manufactured in a very small quantity.”
The material is 100% polyester. The Adidas Champions League referee kits 2013-2014 are only available with short sleeves.
Adidas Champions League referee kits.
Click to enlarge the Adidas Champions League referee kits.
The members of the New York Soccer Referee Academy have got very nice equipment for referees and their trainers.
Found the picture below on the Facebook page of the New York Soccer Referee Academy. I was wondering if this was a new Adidas referee kit, so I send a message.
New York Soccer Referee kits to wear during presentations or for the trainer.
This is the equipment for the referees but not for the games. The blue one is for presentations in the differents fields and the yellow one is for the trainer. We use the USSF uniforms and Adidas too for the games.
I like the idea of offering nice clothing for your referees, something which is not common in The Netherlands. The referees of the New York Soccer Referee Academy can wear it not only when giving presentations, but also before a match when arriving at a football pitch.
That’s what made me think of a blog post in the near future about how referees should present themselves before matches. Already posted the following tweet – would be kind if you reply or retweet – and got a few replies. Want to get a few more. Do you know guidelines by your local FA? Please let me know.