Michael passed away


With deep sorrowness we have to state, that on Thursday 3rd November 2022 our founder and family head Michael has passed away.

After intense but short illness he has died in the arms of his family.

The REFEX staff and REFEX family will never forget him, his thoughts, his ideas and his dreams.

We will always fight for the dream to bring the world together in sports.


Apply or EuroGames '23!


Some time ago we proudly announced that we are the only official partner of the EuroGames 2023 for the supply of football (soccer) referees from all over the world. As on many previous Out Games, we have been chosen as a safe and reliable partner for this collaboration. At this moment we can announce that applications for this fantastic event are open!
The city of Bern in wonderful Switzerland is the host of this great tournament where Pride and equality are celebrated in the LGBTQ+ community with a great sporting event. All are welcome, so come with us and be a part of it.
Where? Bern, Switzerland, Europe
When? 27.07 - 28.07
Who? Everyone
Accommodation? 26.07 - 29.07
Classes? 7 vs 7 and 11 vs 11
Contact? Michael Wachowiak
USA Cup '22 is online!


What? USA Cup 2022
Are you ready for a new adventure? Two great tournaments in one. The first part of the tournament is from 09th to 11th, with one day break and the second part from 13th to 17th. Schwan’s USA CUP is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the world that is held over 10 days in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event takes place at the National Sports Center which features over 50 soccer fields in one location.
The NSC has been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest soccer complex in the world. The tournament attracts over 1,000 teams from the US and around the world. USA Cup expands far beyond the soccer field by offering many different activities and attractions such as: Mall of America, Valleyfair Amusement Park, MN United soccer game, MN Twins baseball game, Bunker Beach waterpark, and more. It is an unforgettable cultural experience that will bring memories for a lifetime. A great part of the tournament is the big opening ceremony. At the free day between the tournaments, USA Cup offers a nice day for the foreign referees to enjoy.
When? 08.07.2022 - 16.07.2022
Where? Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA)
Info and applications:
REFEX exclusive refereeing partner for EuroGames Bern '23


REFEX and EuroGames 2023 have signed a cooperation that REFEX will be the exclusive partner for carrying out the football tournament at the EuroGames 2023.

There will be 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 tournaments for male-identified, female-identified and non-binary participants. The EuroGames Bern 2023 will take place from July 26 to July 29, 2023. 

REFEX is joining EuroGames Bern 2023 as official tournament partner for football. Michael Wachowiak and David Hofstetter, board member of EuroGames Bern 2023 signed a cooperation contract on January 29, 2022, in Bern, Switzerland. REFEX will deliver referees, refereeing experience and organization for the complete tournament.

REFEX always showed the importance of relationship, trust and diversity to the world as being the integrative partner for refereeing. REFEX itself stands for inclusion and openness and bringing the world together in sports.

«We are extremely happy to have REFEX on board with us», says Greg Zwygart, co-president of EuroGames Bern 2023.

Football at EuroGames Bern 2023 will be offered as 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 tournaments and is open to all male-identified, female-identified and non-binary participants. All gender mixed tournaments are planned as well.

Ostbärn F.C., Bern’s alternative football club, and Wankdorf Junxx, the queer football fan club of Swiss champion Young Boys, have pledged their support for the EuroGames Bern 2023 football tournament.

The EuroGames – a multisport event dedicated to diversity and inclusion– will take place in Bern from July 26 to 29, 2023. Licensed by the EGLSF (European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation), there will be approximately 20 different sports attracting an estimated 3500 athletes from all over Europe.

REFEX was the official tournament partner for the EuroGames in Budapest 2012, Stockholm 2015, Helsinki 2016, and for the World OutGames in Antwerp 2013. And so, we are very proud to be the official partner of the EuroGames 2023 again and thankful for the trust in our expertise and capabilities.

EuroGames 2023 official page:

#REFEX5DagChallenge: Holland Cup 2022


Please meet our new tournament in Holland!
What? Around 300 teams from all of Europe: now that's an international competition. With the Holland Cup, it's clear to see that football really is a world sport. Whether you're from Scotland or Italy, whatever language you speak - everyone shares the same passion. So get involved in the new edition! You'll be warmly welcomed in Almere, close to Amsterdam. The international competition takes place across four beautiful sports parks around the centre of Almere. And if you want to blow off a little steam, you can visit the nearby Johan Cruijff Arena, the home grounds of Ajax or the famous centre of Amsterdam. It'll be a thrilling weekend in April ...
Where? Almere (Amsterdam) (NED)
When? 16.04.2022 - 17.04.2022
Applications and information:
#REFEX5DayChallenge: Brondby Cup 2022


What? Good tournament, mix of different classes with three tournaments taking place in parallel:

* Elite Cup for up to EU15: Wednesday to Sunday
* Brondby Cup Denmark for all age non-elite age groups: Friday to Sunday
* Mini Cup for U9 and U10-teams: Saturday to Sunday
We are looking for ca. 12 REFEX referees + 2 REFEX observers who will stay for all 5 days of the tournament. In addition we are looking for 13 referees who want to stay for three days (arrival Thursday instead of Tuesday) for games from Friday to Sunday.
Where? Copenhagen (DK)
When? 27.07.2022 - 31.07.2022
Applications and information:
#REFEX5DayChallenge: ReyCup 2022


What? Make a new interesting experience by refereeing in the dual-system (2 refs on the field)! Reykjavik international football and fun festival is a nice tournament where famous teams from Iceland, England and other countries meet. It is located in the heart of Reykjavik. We are guests at a very great host, Trottur Reykjavik, a club that plays in the 2nd highest league of Iceland. We always receive a great service and hospitality there. There are several offers around the tournament to make it a fun festival too.
Where? Reykjavik (ISL)
When? 20.07.2022 - 24.07.2022
Applications and information:
#REFEX5DayChallenge: SingaCup 2022


What? Our Asian pearl, the Singa Cup. Have a great time with us in Singapore. Refereeing with great people from all over the world will give you the chance to get a better view of how cooperation works in other countries. On top of that we will be in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It will be travelling, refereeing and adventure all-in-one. We are sure you will have a fantastic experience! There are many attractions in Singapore which you can visit (Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown and the many malls and restaurants as well as Habour City where the amusement area is). It is also possible to travel in the area before or after the tournament (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Phuket, Thailand is only a 1 hour flight away and there are ferries to Indonesia and the Philipines are not far away as well). We are sure our referees will have a great time in Singapore and will be able to meet fantastic people from all over the world and get the chance to learn what Asian famous hospitality is.
Where? Singapore (SGP)
When? 05.11.2022 - 12.11.2022
Applications and information:
#REFEX5DayChallenge: CEE Cup 2022


Guess who's back?! Are you ready for our #REFEX5DayChallenge?
Starting from today we are, every evening, going to open the applications for one of our tournaments. Stay tuned, contact your friends, tag them, like and share our posts. The tournaments miss us, did we miss our fantastic tournaments? We are really looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as possible and doing what we love to do: refereeing games and making lots of fun. That's what we stand for!
DAY 1: CEE Cup 2022
What? Top class tournament for teams from central and eastern Europe but also famous international youth teams. This tournament is really on a top level that gives the best chance for your own refereeing development. Not only by the challenging games, but also with other top referees to learn from. There will be 15 games on 5 days being played at 2-3 fields in Prague. The games are full 90 minutes, a referee in the middle + two assistants + 4th official. The high level of the tournament requires only the best referees. Referees will have a lot of time to explore the beautiful city of Prague. 2018/2019 winner was Palmeiras from Brazil first league team.
Where? Prague, Czechia (CZE)
When? 21.07.2022 - 26.07.2022
Applications and information:
Welcome to #RefCue


We are happy to announce a new international cooperation.Please meet RefCue, our new Polish partner!

RefCue is an organization led by Krzysztof Malinowski, a highest class Futsal referee and fourth class on grass referee. Krzysiek joined our REFEX staff during the Corona period in 2021.
Who's Krzysiek? Most of you know him from the famous Nørhalne Cup. He's attending the tournament for many years now and is a fixed value. At the end of the last edition he was the main referee of the U16 Boys final in Aab. We asked him why people should choose REFEX, and: 'We are a group of refereeing enthusiasts who are open for everyone and we want to help referees improve.' was his answer. Sure we are, that's what we're trying to do.
We are already looking forward to a fantastic cooperation with Krzysiek, REFCUE and all it's referees!
#REFEX #RefCue #schiedsrichter #dommer
Bye 2021, hello 2022!


On behalf of our team, we would like to wish all our friends and sympathizers all the best in 2022. We're looking forward to having fun with you on one of our tournaments. Happy New Year, friends! 

#REFEX #OneTeamOneFamily 

Welcome to Norway Cup!


We are happy to announce that we opened the applications for the biggest youth tournament in the world!
NORWAY CUP 2022 (Oslo, Norway)
° July 30 - August 6 2022
Welcome to Norway Cup, the biggest youth tournament world wide. You'll meet teams and referees from all over the world. From arrival till departure you'll be able to referee games, make friends and have fun at Ekeberg area. Don't hesitate and make an application for this fantastic tournament and travel with us to Oslo to write your own fantastic memories for life!
Info and applications:
NørhalneCup 2022: applications are open!


We love to announce that we opened the applications for our 'Home' tournament.. Let's travel with us to the beautiful Denmark, create memories for life and make fantastic (international) friendships!

NORHALNE CUP 2022 (Aalborg area, Denmark)
° May 26-28, 2022

Presenting you the 3rd biggest tournament in Denmark with about 550 youth teams and more than 1900 games in elite classes and amateur classes. It's a good experience especially for younger referees who want to gain more experience and qualified feedback. The referees will officiate matches in a team or alone.

Info and applications: and

#REFEX #NørhalneCup #NørhalneCup2022 #Nørhalne2022



REFEX strongly recommends that referees are fully vaccinated when participating in our international tournaments. 


This underlies our vision of being the strong link between referees and tournaments based on:

•RESPECT to our partners (including the tournament organisers, supporters and volunteers)

•RESPECT to the participants in the tournaments

•RESPECT to our friends, the other referees

•TRUST that participating in a REFEX tournament is as safe as possible


We consider that vaccination helps to ensure the ultimate referee experience for all, including meeting new and existing referee friends at our international tournaments.

Whether you have been vaccinated or not, please recognise that there are still significant risks of infection and you should only apply for one of our tournaments if you feel comfortable in participating.  

We also recommend that all referees take a self-test before attending one of our tournaments.  Please do not attend if you have any Covid-19 symptoms or have a positive test outcome.


Vaccination is, based on science and advised by the WHO, key to protect yourself and others against the virus, the disease and a strong course of illness.

Thx to all the female referees. #IWD21


Happy International Women's Day. Thanks to our female referees!
Annual meeting for the staff and management


Due the COVID situation in the world, and with all non-essential travel discouraged, our management and staff organised their yearly meeting online using Teams. Diversity is very important, and this is reflected in our staff group, which consists of people from different countries (USA, UK, GER, DK, BEL, POL, SVK, ESP) in different time zones. One of our members even attended the meeting at 5am in their local time! Our general manager Oliver welcomed our new staff members (who will present themselves in the next few weeks) who joined our staff family, we talked about our social media and discussed some updates about our tournaments. The tournament leaders will keep all referees who applied for their tournaments informed and general information will be shared on our website and socials.

We are really looking forward to seeing you very soon and seeing you doing what you love - having fun and refereeing!

P.S. We have already added some tournaments and opened the applications. Some other tournaments will be added in the next few weeks.

Covid-19 Situation


With the situation given, we are in deep contact to the tournaments about Covid. Still the, and we, are facing lots of challenges about the planning, daily changes about rules, infaction rates and so on.
So, by today, we can not state much about the overall hygien plan of each tournament and there will not be a general one.

We believe that the summer tournaments have a bigger chance to be held, and that the early tournaments must do much more fpr hygiene.
For each tournament we are preparing us in cooperation with the tournament and we will inform the referees applied for the tournament directly, instead of posting something different here each day.
In case we have to cancel a tournament due to the Covid 19 situation, we will refund the paid tournament or yearly fees, but does not include any travel or accomodation cost.

WE hope this works for you. If you, additionally have any questions, please contact your local REFEX partner or tournament responsible.

Lets get ready for Norway


One of the biggest tournaments in the world has just announced the Event for 2021!!

Refex will be part of Norway Cup 2021 again with our great referee group!
Norway Cup provides experiences, fun and great sports.

Follow TEAM REFEX to Norway Cup.

Blackhawk Invitational 2021 Online


We are completing our February tournaments with Blackhawk Invitational 2021. 
This is a nice little tournament in the Phoenix Area, come join us and enjoy Phoenix and Arizona with its wonderful nature. 

For application go to: 
Blackhawk Invitational

Refex Contact: Patrick Lepperhoff
Brøndby Cup 2021 (Copenhagen, Denmark)


Good news for today. We started the applications for the famous Brøndby Cup 2021 (Copenhagen, Denmark)!
A good tournament with a mix of different classes. All the games will be played on one soccer area with 21 fields. Our referees will sleep in a school. The referees need to be experienced in leading games with assistant referees (while in the middle). We require a minimum of two years experience as referee and assistant referee. Referees at Bröndby Cup must have the ability to speak English throughout the tournament! All communication is in English, including observations. The tournament takes place from Wednesday to Sunday and departure is latest Monday 3rd.
Be aware that we can not confirm participation until we know the COViD-19 situation for summer.

Information and application:
REFEX contact: Patrick Lepperhoff
NorwayCup2020 Cancelled


A few moments ago, we received this message from our friends in Oslo.

‘Today came the dull message that we expected, but still feared. It is with sadness in our hearts that we have to cancel this year's Norway Cup.

As a result of the coronavirus, the authorities today decided to cancel all events with over 500 people until September 1st. Of course, this is something we respect in the dire situation the world is currently facing. Thus, there will be no football party at Ekebergsletta in 2020. We want all teams, participants, coaches, team leaders, parents, guardians and the public back to a solid folk party in 2021. We at the Norway Cup management are now working to find alternative and exciting solutions, and will come back with more information.’

Because of that we have to cancel all the participations. We hope to see you in Oslo in 2021 or on one of our other tournaments.
Local Soccer Language


Have you thought about what "dropped ball" / "Schiedsrichterball" is being called in Icelandic?

Thanks to Thorir of Throttur Reykjavik for providing us the terms for our referee dictionary in his native language.

Do you like to prepare for the next tournament?
See our big multilingual referee dictionary.
Corona Update April 24th


Dear friends,

we hear a lot of different informations about the actual situations in the various countries.
We strongly hope that you are all well and do not feel to much interfeared so far.

We’re in close connection with the tournaments to monitor the situation and will make reasonable decisions as soon as we come closer to the tournament. 
You can expect an information whether the tournament will take place or not at the following time:

So far cancelled tournaments:
Norhalne Cup, but Online for 2021
Bröndby Cup, but Online for 2021
Singa Cup

Reycup, Norway Cup and also CEE Cup are still in planning. So, no need for any cancellation for these tournaments so far.

We’ll accept cancellations for a period of 7 days after you’ve received that mail without any need to pay a fee. Please also bear in mind that REFEX can’t reimburse any travel related costs, so please book flexible fares, etc.

Stay at home and be safe. Support us all in not spreading the virus. The fast we all recover, the more chance we have to get to tournaments again. AND more important: SAFE LIFES!
SINGA CUP 2020 Cancelled


Dear referees,
according to the actual corona crisis, Singa Cup has decided that it is not possible to hold an international tournament.
Because of that decision, we will not be able to send any referees to Singapore this year.

The tournament hopes to get back in 2021 and welcome the referees from REFEX again.



We wish you all a happy easter time!
Enjoy the slowed time of the year eventhough there is a virus in the background.

Have you thought these days about a tournament?

We are already open for next years applications for

Enjoy the great time!
Great grief about a friend


In tiefer Trauer teilen wir mit, dass unser lieber Freund und Schiedsrichter, Stephan Menze, am 22.03.2020 nach langer Krankheit, im Alter von 50 Jahren, den Kampf gegen den Krebs, verloren hat.
Stephan war seit 2005 Mitglied und treuer Freund sowie Unterstützer der REFEX und hat an 16 Turnieren teilgenommen. Nicht nur in Nørhalne sondern auch in den USA und Singapore, war Stephan dabei. Besonders in Nørhalne hat Stephan die Arbeit der REFEX durch sein Wissen und seine Erfahrung unterstützt und ist den Kollegen stets ein Vorbild gewesen.
Wir werden Stephan sehr vermissen und unsere Gedanken sind bei seinem Mann und seinen Kindern.

We are deeply saddened to announce that our dear friend and referee, Stephan Menze, lost the fight against cancer March 22nd after a long illness at the age of 50.
Stephan has been a member and loyal friend and supporter of REFEX since 2005 and has participated in 16 tournaments. Stephan was there not only in Nørhalne but also in the USA and Singapore. In Nørhalne in particular, Stephan supported the work of REFEX with his knowledge and experience as well has always been a role model for his colleagues.
We will miss Stephan very much and our thoughts are with his husband and children.

Holland Cup


Good News, next to all the negative things we are having at the moment.

Holland Cup asked REFEX to start a cooperation. So for this year we are going to Holland Cup with six referees! Who likes to participate the big tournament near Amsterdam?

SIgn Up here
Experience in Norway


Lets get ready for the famous Norway Cup, the biggest youth tournament in the world!
Apply for the Cup as part of REFEX here ...