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

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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.

in close connection with the tournaments to monitor the situation and
will make reasonable decisions as soon as we come closer to the
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
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 ...

Christmas 2019


To all our refrees and partners at the tournaments

REFEX likes to whish you a merry christmas and a happy new year!
Thanks for the good cooperation that we had this year.
We are looking forward to 2020 to see you again.
USA Cup 2020 online


Friends, Follow us to the biggest tournament in the US.
1400 Teams, 55 fields, many spactators, great nature and a wonderful experience with us.
The Ultimate Referee Experience

Reycup 2019


REFEX has served Reycup on iceland again. Our referees were happy to participate in such a nice tournament.
Find more pictures here: "pictures of Reycup".
The host was very satisfied with the performance of the REFEX-referees. They've been nominated for participating in the finals in the national stadium of iceland.
Congratulations to Jörg Irle for his 100th game and Michael Imhof for his 50th game in Reycup. Great job!