Referees in EURO 2020/2021 – Referees, VAR and much more!

Which referees will participate in the European Football Championship 2021? Here at, we have the list of all referees who will have the honour to participate in the European Championships, which starts on June 11th.

Which referees will participate in the EURO 2020/2021? Here at, we have the list of all referees who will have the honour to participate in the European Championships, which starts on June 11th. There are 19 main referees and this is what the entire list of European Championship referees looks like:

  • Felix Brych (Germany)

Assistant referees: Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp

  • Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)

Assistant referees: Bahattin Duran and Tarik Ongun

  • Carlos Del Cerro Grande (Spain)

Assistant referees: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez and Roberto Alonso Fernández

  • Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)

Assistant referees: Mehmet Culum and Stefan Hallberg

  • Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)

Assistant referees: Roy Hassan and Idan Yarkoni

  • Ovidiu Alin Hategan (Romania)

Assistant referees: Sebastian Gheorghe and Radu Ghinguleac

  • Sergei Karasev (Russia)

Assistant referees: Igor Demeshko and Maksim Gavrilin

  • Istvan Kovacs (Romania)

Assistant referees: Vasile Marinescu and Ovidiu Artene

  • Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)

Assistant referees: Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra

  • Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

Assistant referees: Hessel Steegstra and Jan de Vries

  • Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

Assistant referees: Pau Cebrián Devís and Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar

  • Michael Oliver (England)

Assistant referees: Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett

  • Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Assistant referees: Alessandro Giallatini and Fabiano Preti

  • Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (Portugal)

Assistant referees: Rui Tavares and Paulo Soares

  • Daniel Siebert (Germany)

Assistant referees: Daniel Siebert and Rafael Foltyn

  • Anthony Taylor (England)

Assistant referees: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn

  • Clément Turpin (France)

Assistant referees: Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore

  • Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)

Assistant referees: Tomaz Klancnik and Andraz Kovacic

  • Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)

Assistant referees: Juan Pablo Belatti and Diego Bonfá

In total, UEFA has selected 18 referees, but there are a total of 19 on the list. The reason is that one of the main referees: Fernando Rapallini is from Argentina. This is because UEFA and CONMEBOL have an exchange of referees. In the Copa America, that is South America’s equivalent of the European Championship, a Spanish referee: Jesus Gil Manzano will be present with his team.

VAR and fourth referee’s in EURO 2020/2021

In addition to the referee teams above, there will also be 22 Video officials and 12 acting as fourth referees. Among these we find the French woman: Stéphanie Frappart, who will be the first female referee in a European Championship in men’s football.

VAR referees

The following will act as VAR referees during EURO 2020/2021

  • Stuart Attwell, Chris Kavanagh and Lee Betts, England
  • Jérôme Brisard, François Letexier and Benjamin Pagès, France
  • Bastian Dankert, Christian Dingert, Marco Fritz and Christian Gittelmann, Germany
  • Marco Di Bello, Massimiliano Irrati, Paolo Valeri and Filippo Meli, Italy
  • Kevin Blom and Pol van Boekel, Netherlands
  • Paweł Gil, Poland
  • João Pinheiro, Portugal
  • Alejandro Hernández Hernández, Juan Martínez Munuera, José María Sánchez Martínez and Íñigo Prieto López de Cerain, Spain

Fourth referees in EURO 2020/2021

The following have been selected as fourth referees for EURO 2020/2021

  • Georgi Kabakov and Martin Margaritov, Bulgaria
  • Stéphanie Frappart and Mikaël Berchebru, France
  • Davide Massa and Stefano Alassio, Italy
  • Bartosz Frankowski and Marcin Boniek, Poland
  • Srdan Jovanovic and Uros Stojkovic, Serbia
  • Sandro Schärer and Stéphane De Almeida, Switzerland

Which matches are the referees in charge of?

In a European Championship, a referee team can be awarded several matches and if they perform well, there is a good chance that they will continue to be trusted on and may even be allowed to referee one or two matches after the group stage. In the end, the referee who received the most praise during the tournament usually gets the honour of refereeing the European Championship final, if he is not of the same nationality as one of the final teams.

A couple of days before kick-off, UEFA will decide which matches the different referee teams will get. It will probably happen quite early during the European Football Championship 2021, as the matches are played in different countries and that means long journeys for the referees. Below, we at will post which referees that will referee the upcoming matches. When it comes to the European Football Championship, a referee may not be in charge of his own country’s matches.

List of referees in the European Football Championship matches:


11.07. 19:00 GMT, Italy – England


  • Björn Kuipers, Netherlands

Assistant referees:

  • Sander van Roekel, Netherlands
  • Erwin Zeinstra, Netherlands

Fourth official:

  • Carlos Del Cerro Grande, Spain

Video Assistant Referees:

  • Bastian Dankert, Germany
  • Pol van Boekel, Netherlands
  • Christian Gittelmann, Germany
  • Marco Fritz, Germany


06.07. 20:00 Italy vs Spain


  • Felix Brych, Germany

Assistant referees

  • Mark Borsch, Germany
  • Stefan Lupp, Germany

Fourth official

  • Sergei Karasev, Russia

Video Assistant Referee

  • Marco Fritz, Germany

07.07. 20:00 England vs Denmark


  • Danny Makkelie, Netherlands

Assistant referees

  • Hessel Steegstra, Netherlands
  • Jan de Vries, Netherlands

Fourth official

  • Ovidiu Haţegan, Romania

Video Assistant Referee

  • Pol van Boekel, Netherlands

VAR in EURO 2020/2021

VAR – Video Assistant Referee is an aid to the referees during the European Football Championship 2021. This aid gives the referees the opportunity to contact video referees who are in a control room with better TV pictures to decide a dubious decision.

The video referees have access to TV images from a number of different angles, which means that they can examine a situation in the smallest detail. It can for example be about a handball situation inside the penalty area where the referee has acquitted as he did not see that the ball touched the hand. Then the referee can choose to blow the whistle if he gets info in his earpiece from the video referees.

If the video officials consider that the situation need to be investigated, then the main referee can run out to the side line to check in a TV monitor whether a penalty should be awarded or not, he or she also has the video officials in the control room for extra help.

With VAR, four different situations can be examined.

  • Goal situations – Example: Whether the ball is over the goal line or not.
  • Penalty situations – Example: Hand ball or tackle on a ball or player.
  • Situations that can lead to a red card – Example: Careless tackle with the studs.
  • Identity Check

Referee statistics EURO 2016

In the European Football Championship 2016, a total of 51 matches were played and 205 yellow cards and 3 red cards were awarded. On average, the referees gave 4.02 yellow cards per match and only 0.06 red. In the case of penalty kicks, a total of 12 were awarded. However, it should be added that they did not apply VAR in the European Championships in 2016, and there is much to suggest that we will see more penalties in the European Championships 2021.

The difference between the World Cup 2018 and 2014 was 16 penalties. In the 2014 World Cup where no VAR was used, the referees awarded 13 penalties and only 4 years later when VAR was applied for the first time, the number of penalties awarded was a full 29.

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