Stage Development Group WOMEN 8/9 December 2018

After our first successful international internship in Pinatar (Spain), it was the turn of the female referees to get invited to an Expo-Line Referee College in Knokke-Heist.

This 2-day internship took place on December 8 and 9 2018 in Knokke-Heist (Hotel Pavillon du Zoute).

These days women's football is on the rise, it's getting more professional and gaining popularity. The Belgian coast was the perfect setting for this Referee College.
It was a very busy program with technical sessions as well as a physical training.

It's with greath satisfaction that we look back at this first female internship of the Expo-Line Referee College in collaboration with Voetbal Vlaanderen.
The attention and cooperation from the ladies during the technical sessions were great and during the physical training they went to the limit. 
Thank you for this!

What can you expect on our internships?

1. Technical session / Frank De Bleeckere

Fundamental steps in refereeing

a. Making logical decisions

For a referee making logical decisions is the easiest and the most difficult thing at the same time. Making decisions everyone understands and accepts. Herefore, the referee must stay focused during the entire game.

We show how important this is by using images in one specific situation. If the referee succeeds, there will hardly be any protest, the credibility will rise and the self-confidence of the referee will grow.

b. Physical condition / anticipation/ position

To make logical decisions a referee has to be in good shape on the field. The teamwork with both assistant referees is crucial.

Using clips we show the referees how to move to make the right decision.

Referees must move like a "mirror" facing the situation. Anticipating and feeling the game at the right time is very important. If you wait too long or hesitate, you get a backlog than can not be compensated and you may misjudge the logical decision.

2. Technical session / Wesli De Cremer

Match experiences

Wesli came to speak about his own experiences as a referee.

Among other things, he spoke about his decisions durong his game KV Mechelen - Roeselare. There were group discussions between the referees and the assistant referees to discuss different points of view.

3. Physical training / Thibaut Nijssen

a. Decision making


  • warming up
  • decision-making with integrated sprint
    - offside decisions for assistant referees
    - throw-in / goal kick / corner decisions for REFs
    - feedback on decision making and body language

b. Endurance


  • speed endurance with integrated sprint
    - throw-in / corner kick / goal kick at the corner flag
    - penalty situations (inside/outside) short side
    - penalty situations (inside/outside) long side

4.  Technical session / Kris Bellon

Image / presence/ mental preparation 

During this technical session we talked about the image of the referee

  • What are the strengths?
  • What do you stand for? Own awareness is important
  • What are your mental qualities?
  • What do you want to show as a referee?
  • Body language

5. Technical session / Stephanie Forde

Game Debriefing

On 11 November 2018 our Red Flames played an exhibition game against France in Tubize. 

  • match moments were discussed
  • different learning moments were brought up

Self-evaluation is very important for a referee.

To give you a better insight we have added the daily schedule here.

Finally, we would like to give you some impressions of some participants:

SHAUNI DEPRUYST - 19 years old- Assistent referee in 3rd class Amateur

For me, the internship surely was a learning moment!
We were positively influenced by the different channels and felt comfortable as from the moment we arrived. The 4 theoretical sessions redirected and guided us to solve difficult situations in an easy way. The physical session was very well done, not only was it a training about game determining decisions but we also had a lot of fun! In short, it was awesome to learn from the experiences of the instructors!

The group was tight-knit. As we are spread all over Flanders, we don't see each other very often so it was nice to get to know the other ladies better

Finally I would like to give a huge compliment to everyone who made this possible for us. The organisation, the lessons, the training in Knokke but also the hotel booking and the clothes... It was top! Thank you very much! 

" We felt comfortable as from the moment we arrived"

VIKI DE CREMER - 25 years old- Referee 1st Provincial Men - Super League Women - FIFA Referee 2019

13 of us were invited to attend an awesome organised internship.

We got technical sessions from inter alia Frank De Bleeckere, Wesli De Cremer, Kris Bellon and Stephanie Forde. These technical sessions made me theoretically and technically stronger. We also were confronted to our own footage. These videos teached us to evaluate ourselves in a critical way and gave me a new insight on my development process as a referee. By analysing and discussing our own games, we can assess our strenghts and weaknesses. 

Thanks to the open communication, I also learned soms tips and tricks from the other referees. Strengthen our weaknesses or at least improve them and make the strenghts stronger.

A physical training under the supervision of Thibaut Nijssen was also organised. This training contained exercices about decision making. The theorie could immediately be converted into practice. He also gave us a lot of tips and tricks.

Wesli De Cremer took the injured referees under his care to do some core stabilty and after that he took his time to look at the injuries and treat them.

In short, it was a well organised internship, where the supervisors tried to teach and help us as much as possible within a short time.

I came in with a half-full backpack and left with a chockfull one. Now it's time to reorganise this backpack and to use what I've learned.

"I came in with a half-full backpack and left with a chockfull one"

INE PAESEN - 23 years old- referee in 2nd Provincial Limburg and Super League

The whole team warmly welcomed us in the morning. We all received the same equipment for the whole weekend.

The first session was a technical one. Frank De Bleeckere teached us about phases in first division games. He showed us videos and we discussed them in group. The next session came from Wesli de Cremer and also contained videos but this time from his own game. 

Discussing phases as a group provides you a larger mindset but also a better insight of a yellow or red card. These moments were very instructive! It's also a pleasant way to learn. After viewing the clips it was time to exercise. The fit ladies got the chance to train on the field. I stayed in the hotel with 3 other injured ladies where they'd organised a strength training for us. We did several exercises on time and music. Working together on your recovery is much nicer than doing it on your own! 
After this training we had some time left to eat and relax.

The last session of the day made us reflect about ourselves. Reflecting about our strengths but also the things that can be improved. And if we are disposed to give up some things to grow further. Reflecting about yourself is a good thing, to set your own achievable goal.

On Sunday we had ons last session with Stephanie Forde. We discussed a match some ladies of our group whistled. That was a very good session. We were able to give each other tips. Especially the 4 ladies that led the game. After that, the internship was done. We had a lot of learning moments that I surely will use!