September 22, 2012

Inofficial Referee Categories for UEFA zone

Joining this blog's "Elite Group": Pavel Královec
World of Football Refereeing will prospectively feature an own but naturally inofficial referee category system as counterpart to UEFA's official group system classifying their officials into Elite Group, Elite Development Group, First, Second and Third Group. There will be merely small changes related to the group system itself, but significant ones concerning the officials belonging to the respective groups.
Its implementation strengthens the opinion-related part of this blog on the basis of its great community.
It must be emphasized that this system is certainly not perfect at all due to the limited opportunities one has as neutral observer being not involved in UEFA's procedures. The allocation of the officials to their groups depends on the collected impressions of the performances received and communicated by our community of this blog.
Furthermore, the referee categories will be updated every quarter year; the next update will be hence made shortly after the last matchday in UEFA's club competitions in December.
A feedback in form of comments is very much appreciated.

System Overview
Referee Categories 22/09/2012


  1. I think it's a good ranking considering those 'elites' from each category. It's quite obvious UEFA has such categories too. We can see that taking into account appointments (i.e. Stark, Webb, Kassai vs Meyer, Rocchi). Good job!

  2. UEFA U-17 qualifications:

    Group 1 (host country - Serbia):
    Belarus - Moldova (Jonathan Lardot - BEL)
    Serbia - Armenia (Aleksandrs Anufrijevs - LVA)
    Belarus - Armenia (Dennis Antamo - FIN)
    Moldova - Serbia (Jonathan Lardot - BEL)
    Serbia - Belarus (Aleksandrs Anufrijevs - LVA)
    Armenia - Moldova (Dennis Antamo - FIN)

    Group 2 (host country - Finland):
    Germany - San Marino (Dzianis Shcharbakou - BLR)
    Finland - Andorra (Peter Kráľovič - SVK)
    Andorra - Germany (Mitja Žganec - SVN)
    Finland - San Marino (Dzianis Shcharbakou - BLR)
    Germany - Finland (Mitja Žganec - SVN)
    San Marino - Andorra (Peter Kráľovič - SVK)

    Group 3 (host country - Belgium):
    Netherlands - Latvia (Danilo Grujić - SRB)
    Belgium - Lithuania (Gunnar Jarl Jónsson - ISL)
    Lithuania - Netherlands (Ádám Németh - HUN)
    Belgium - Latvia (Danilo Grujić - SRB)
    Netherlands - Belgium (Ádám Németh - HUN)
    Latvia - Lithuania (Gunnar Jarl Jónsson - ISL)

    Group 5 (host country - Bosnia and Herzegovina):
    Greece - Slovenia (Vladimir Kazmenko - RUS)
    France - Bosnia and Herzegovina (Aleksandr Gauzer - KAZ)
    Greece - Bosnia and Herzegovina (Eiko Saar - EST)
    Slovenia - France (Aleksandr Gauzer - KAZ)
    France - Greece (Eiko Saar - EST)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina - Slovenia (Vladimir Kazmenko - RUS)

    Group 9 (host country - Malta):
    Norway - Malta (Bardhyl Pashaj - ALB)
    Portugal - Iceland (Alexander Harkam - AUT)
    Norway - Iceland (Bardhyl Pashaj - ALB)
    Malta - Portugal (Radu Marian Petrescu - ROU)
    Portugal - Norway (Alexander Harkam - AUT)
    Iceland - Malta (Radu Marian Petrescu - ROU)

    Group 10 (host country - FYR of Macedonia):
    Republic of Ireland - Sweden (Stavros Tritsonis - GRE)
    Romania - FYR of Macedonia (Wim Smet - BEL)
    Republic of Ireland - FYR of Macedonia (Oleksandr Derdo - UKR)
    Sweden - Romania (Stavros Tritsonis - GRE)
    Romania - Republic of Ireland (Oleksandr Derdo - UKR)
    FYR of Macedonia - Sweden (Wim Smet - BEL)

    Group 11 (host country - Czech Republic):
    Czech Republic - Russia (Igor Pristovnik - CRO)
    Denmark - Montenegro (Siarhey Tsynkevich - BLR)
    Montenego - Czech Republic (Arnold Hunter - NIR)
    Denmark - Russia (Sierhey Tsynkevich - BLR)
    Czech Republic - Denmark (Arnold Hunter - NIR)
    Russia - Montenegro (Igor Pristovnik - CRO)

    Žganec, Németh, Harkam, Hunter, Pristovnik, Tsynkevich got the best matches of this phase in my humble opinion. And I just can't imagine what a big spectacle will be San Marino - Andorra match...

  3. UEFA U-19 qualifying round

    Group 12 (host country - Estonia)
    Ukraine - Faroe Islands (István Kovács - ROU)
    England - Estonia (Anar Salmanov - AZE)
    Faroe Islands - England (Jakob Kehlet - DEN)
    Ukraine - Estonia (István Kovács - ROU)
    England - Ukraine (Jakob Kehlet - DEN)
    Estonia - Faroe Islands (Anar Salmanov - AZE)

    Two strange things here: referee from Denmark in group with Faroe Islands and not Anar Salmanov but Jakob Kehlet will referee England - Ukraine.

    By the way, I don't like that system of appointments. All matches are appointed before a mini-tournament. Referees' performances should be checked after each matchday and then appointments would be more logical. In example: referee A made a terrible performance and then he's appointed for a top-clash in third decisive matchday. AFC is more normal in referees cases...

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  5. I think that UEFA doesn't give so much importance to these matches, we are taking about qualifying rounds of youth tournaments. It's already a miracle that they appoint a referee and we can read it on the site :D

    And about the categories (the topic of this post): I agree with your work Niclas, the decision to put Benquerença in the First Category is anyway brave, I could agree, but I want to wait other matches, after his return from the injury, he could show important performance.
    Don't forget that he was a WC quarterfinals referee...

    1. Important or not this appointments policy is just stupid and should be changed. And of course less or more we can see referees who can be talents and future hope of European refereeing.

      Benquerenca should be in Elite Category. Injury is not deliberate act of referee. He can come back and be still great referee. Injury doesn't write referee off the category I think.

    2. But his performances definitely do, at least in my opinion.


    An interesting article about the meeting of the 52 Pre-selected for razil 2014 in Zurich this week. Busacca and Blatter are there, too. By the way, it seems that Blatter's purpose about WC referee's age has been totally forgotten (luckily).

  7. Cann and Ul replace Kirkup and Rojko.

  8. Anonymous26/9/12 12:18

    To be honest, I don't really see any significant point in making these complicated "wannabe" categories. We have official rankings to comment and we have our own opinions about specific referees. I can't see how this could be of any help. There is sometimes just too much "theory" on this (nevertheless wonderful) blog.

  9. These official rankings are based on UEFA's decisions, we must comment on them, that is right. I however think that the officials' allocation to these groups does not always correspond to their real performances, therefore this is no trial to allocate them to groups (because it would not have any effect), but to summarize our opinion of what should (!) be. It could be of certain help if we outline those we predict for promotions, on the basis of these development groups we could focus our observing on them and not on referees who are generally stuck in their group without prospect. It might be a chance to follow the officials path in their careers, too.
    As I stressed, just a trial, no guarantee that this will be continued or that it will have any benefit at all, therefore thanks for the feedback!

    1. Anonymous26/9/12 13:51

      However, FIFA and UEFA have to take other aspects than only performances into consideration. For exmaple, an official who wants to participate in a World cup, has to be able to communicate fluently in English language.

    2. Anonymous26/9/12 13:59

      All FIFA referees from each country all over the world are able to communicate fluently in English, otherwise they couldn't be on the international lists.
      When they get the badge, in January they have to pass a test about language.

    3. Anonymous26/9/12 14:16

      Of course, Niclas, take no offense. I think you're doing a great job on this interesting blog, it was just my opinion about this specific issue.

    4. Anonymous26/9/12 14:17

      I know many FIFA referees from different countries who are not even able to justify decisions in national match reports in their own native languagues in grammatically correct sentences. Or take a look at some private website of FIFA referees.

      There is a significant difference between communicating in a matter that can (hardly) be understood and "business fluent". I can answer an observer's question with "yes" und "no" which is also "fluent English" when spoken quickly ...

    5. No problem, as I said, I am grateful for positive and negative feedback, I do not want pseudo opinions.

      And that is right, we only consider a small part of refereeing, how they act on the pitch. We neither know medical data of the officials, nor their knowledge of the English language, the way they deal with criticism issued by an observer and so on. DFB has for example analyzed the medical data and cardiac frequencies of their officials to analyze how the respective official is able to deal with common distances in a match. Mark Borsch as an example:

      Red: Maximum intensity, Orange: High ~, Green: moderate ~, blue: low ~, grey: very low intensity. The test's course: 20 minutes warm-up, then 6 sprints of 40 metres, then after 38 minutes, a hit-test (= 24 sprints within 30 seconds each running 150 m).

  10. Anonymous26/9/12 17:40

    Hi bloggers,

    i just found a YouTube movie from 1987 with a 12-year-old Swedish referee called Jonas Eriksson interviewing Jan Oscar Sverre Lucien Henri Guillou.

    Could this be "our" well-know Jonas Eriksson?

    Kind regards from Vienna,

  11. He is it, thanks for the link :D
    Born in 1974, he could be this guy and to be honest, one detects it considering his smile and facial features.

    1. Anonymous26/9/12 20:49

      I can confirm that it's him! Later on he actually went on and studied journalism and worked for one of the biggest newspapers in Sweden before his very successful career as a business man - he started at IEC in Sports when they were a newly started company with only three employees... In 2007 they sold the firm and Eriksson himself got 75 000 000 SEK (about 8 million euro) for his share.

      I actually like the ranking, mainly for the reasons Niclas mentioned in his previous comment.

      Greetings from Sweden!


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