Stephanie Forde, Operations Director at the Professional Refereeing Department of the KBVB is therefore a satisfied woman. “We seem to be reaching the target of 700 new refs, which is a very good thing for football.”

The football association makes a lot of effort for the newcomers. “The majority are young people between 15 and 25 years old. In the coming years we will provide them with good guidance and support, so that some of them grow to the national and even international level,” emphasizes Forde.

Due to the influx of new field referees, the Belgian referee corps, both indoor and outdoor, is breaking through the limit of 5,000 officials.

But the KBVB, Voetbal Vlaanderen and the French-speaking counterpart ACFF want to increase that figure even further in the coming years, because a new registration period for aspiring referees will start from next summer.

“This campaign is a success, but we remain ambitious,” emphasizes Kris Bellon, Head of Refereeing at Voetbal Vlaanderen. “Before we started this campaign, more than half of our force was over 40 years old.”

“Thanks to the new recruits, the average age will now decrease a bit, but we have to add people to our referee corps every year to cope with the outflow and to recruit new talent – both indoor and outdoor and both as main referee and assistant role. to discover.”

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