FIBA takes important steps to increase opportunities for female referees

MIES (Switzerland) – FIBA is taking action to ensure there is an increase of licensed FIBA female referees around the world in the new cycle of the FIBA Game Officials Licensing (2021-23).

As part of one of the strategic objectives for the 2019-2023 cycle, Women in Basketball, measures are being put in place by FIBA’s Central Board that allows an extra female referee license allocation for every National Federation for the license period of 2021-23. The expectation is that there will be a 20-30% rise in the number of female licensed referees.

FIBA is also to grant additional license allocations for commissioner candidates for the same licensed period with a priority for female candidates.

FIBA is determined to deliver on its commitment to enhancing all aspects of Women in Basketball and will be expecting not only an increase in the number and overall quality of female referees but to also have a bigger number working at the top women’s and men’s competitions and to keep them in their positions longer, while at the same time assisting them with their career planning.

Also, FIBA’s Central Board has approved changes to the Internal Regulation that provides 50-year-old referees an opportunity to continue in the same role. According to these changes, candidates must hold a Black or Green license; they must have held a Black or Green license for the preceding license period; and they must have consistently attained high performance ratings according to FIBA assessment criteria for main FIBA official competitions. The extension of the license can be valid for up to two licensing periods, namely a total of four years.

Carl Jungebrand, FIBA Head of Refereeing, said: “The introduction of both these measures is a very positive step for our Game Officials. This unified effort by FIBA and the National Federations will not only create more opportunities to develop female referees around the globe but also will enable FIBA to retain their most experienced referees who have reached the age of 50. Current trends show that more experienced referees demonstrate a very professional approach towards their physical preparation as well as other aspects of officiating, and are a great benefit in regards to mentoring programs and knowledge sharing.”

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