A match-simulation session for referees is way to replicate the physical demands referees need for a game. Werner Helsen was so kind to share an example of a session, which he created for Uefa referees at Euro 2020.
Read the full interview with Werner Helsen, Sports Scientist & Training Expert at UEFA and professor and researcher in Performance Science at KU Leuven.
Pitch-based exercises for match officials
Referees do a pitch-based training, which consists of 4 exercises per set. Referees perform 3 sets, with 2 minutes rest in between. A set:
- 1st exercise: 3x 10m, 2x 20m and 3x 30m sprints with 30 seconds rest
- 2nd exercise: Jog 1 lap of the pitch
- 3rd exercise: Perform 5 laps of the pitch exercise below
- 4th exercise: Jog 1 lap of the pitch
In exercise 3 you run, in a way, an 8-figure on the field of play. Below the image you can read the text description.
Text explanation of match-simulation session for referees
- Start at the corner flag and jog to the half-way line.
- Go in high-speed over the halfway line to the other side of the field of play
- Jog to the corner flag.
- Move at high speed over the goal-line to the other side
- Jog to the halfway line
- High-speed at halfway line to other side
- Jog to the corner flag
- Use goal-line to come back to starting position
More sessions like this?
Watch Anthony Taylor’s match-simulation session on my blog.
Referee specific training for referees
It’s crucial for referees to do referee-specific training, because that helps you prepare in the best way possible. Check out the tip by Werner Helsen.