Swiss official Esther Staubli will officiate the Women’s Euro final in The Netherlands. The game will be played in Enschede between The Netherlands and Denmark.
“It’s a little bit of payback for all the efforts put in year after year, all the training”, she says to Uefa. “I’m still trying to gather my emotions, but they’re not there yet. They’ll come when I fly back home on Monday.”
Refereeing team for the final
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
Assistants: Belinda Brem (Switzerland), Sanja Rodjak Karšić (Croatia)
Fourth official: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany)
Reserve assistant referee: Katrin Rafalski (Germany)
Day of a Euro 2017 referee
On Uefa.com Esther Staubli describes her day as a referee. “After breakfast, we go to training for two hours: we have a physical session and a practical session with balls. Volunteers pretend they are football players. In the afternoon, we sometimes have debriefings, but mostly massages and a little time to relax. On matchdays, you wait for the game in the evening. I personally always go for a two-hour nap before the match; that’s very important to me.”
In 2015, after getting the CL final, she describes herself as emotional player. And because of that she has “a certain degree of understanding”. “I don’t take anything personal during the game”. She adds: “I am not proud of” the number of yellow and red cards I got in my career.”.
Preparation for the final
Esther Staubli: “We’re lucky in this tournament because, for the first time, we have a match analyst who gives us clips and very good input about how the teams play, how they organise their set pieces, corner variations and counter-attacks. That helps a lot in our preparation. It also helps to organise our priorities as a refereeing team and our positioning, so that we’re aware of situations.
Previous UEFA Women’s EURO final referees
2013: Germany 1-0 Norway – Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)
2009: Germany 6-2 England – Dagmar Damková (CZE)
2005: Germany 3-1 Norway – Alexandra Ihringová (SVK)
2001: Germany 1-0 Sweden – Nicole Petignat (SUI)
1997: Germany 2-0 Italy – Gitte Lyngo-Nielsen (DEN)
1995: Germany 3-2 Sweden – Ilkka Koho (FIN)
1993: Norway 1-0 Italy – Alfred Wieser (AUT)
1991: Germany 3-1 Norway – James McCluskey (SCO)
1989: Germany 4-1 Norway – Carlos Silva Valente (POR)
1987: Norway 2-1 Sweden – Eero Aho (FIN)