The ONSIDE Project

The role of sport officials (umpires, referees, judges etc.) is vital in sport. They ensure participants compete within the spirit of the sport or activity through the impartial and consistent application of its rules and laws.

The ONSIDE project will explore and define, for the first time at the EU level, the generic competences, skills and knowledge expected of sport officials – covering all sports and nations.  The education component of the project will include the development and delivery of brand new training through innovative learning methods, including e-learning courses.

ONSIDE is a three-year project running from January 2018 to December 2020 and is funded through the European Union Erasmus+ Programme.


“Sports officials are essential for all sport competitions, it’s not just the technical skills that are important, but also the development of soft skills, including non-sport specific such as communication, effective management skills, personal brand and many more all of which are vital to the future of sport in Europe. Researching the sector and defining standards for sports officials will provide a solid base for future development of the role of sports official in Europe.”

Howard Webb
ONSIDE Project Ambassador; UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup Final referee.

Latest News

  • The ONSIDE partners are delighted to announce the Final Outputs from this innovative ground-breaking project are now live and available to the entire sport sector. For the first time at the European level ONSIDE brought together partners and stakeholders from different sports to research and......

  • On the 11th of December 2020 the ONSIDE partners came together online for the final time to plan the final actions towards the completion of the project and confirm concrete plans for sustainability and legacy. The meeting began with a review of work achieved, including......

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ONSIDE Partnership

The consortium working together to achieve the ONSIDE project brings together a selection of 11 partners from 9 different Member States having a recognised expertise, knowledge and interest in the area of sport officiating.


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