Game Official

FIBA Game Officials Licensing 2021-2023

In October 2020 FIBA enters into the third cycle of the FIBA Game Officials Licensing. 

The concept of the current FIBA Game Officials' Licensing system was first presented to the FIBA Technical Commission in 2013. A range of workshops were held by the FIBA Referee Operations, FIBA Technical Commission, the Licensing Advisory Group and other stakeholders in the following years to develop the most effective system for the new Game Officials' Licensing.
The FIBA Game Officials' Licensing has been aimed at: 
•  Encouraging long-term planning and referee development programs 
•  Engaging more National Federations in the planning, management and training of game officials 
•  Enhancing the participation and training of female referees 
•  Promoting potential and hard-working referees 
•  Offering top quality services and operations for games 

The system has been successfully implemented for the first two periods 2017-2019 and 2019-2021 and has yielded around 800 international referees and 300 commissioners in each cycle.  

According to the FIBA Regulations, FIBA Game Officials Licenses are granted every two years. The Licenses are of 3 different categories: Black, Green and White, which entitle referees to officiate international games for women, men and juniors on global, continental, regional and sub-regional levels.
For the Licensed Period 2021-2023, as part of the Women in Basketball strategic objective, FIBA is placing a special focus on the promotion of female refereeing.
As such, in addition to the other criteria, FIBA has allocated dedicated License allocations for female referees to each eligible national federation. 

Another change is the extension of the candidates’ registration period that includes: selection of candidates by national federations, submission of required documentation, FIBA tests and data verification. 

The registration will be open from 15 October 2020 to March 31, 2021. The process will be divided into 3 phases: candidates’ registration, testing and the final verification. After the final phase, FIBA will publish the list of licensed Game Officials by June 15, 2021. The new Licensed Period 2021-2023 will commence on September 1, 2021. 

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