Having reflected on the difference between a National and International referee, there’s plenty in distinction.
Something not obvious to the everyday viewer is that both National and International referees can work in a country’s National league such as MLS and the EPL. A big difference is that only international referees are eligible for FIFA appointments such as the Olympics, National qualifiers and World Cups.
One of the challenges, I realised, was knowing multiple languages. If they were working a game with two nations who speak in two different languages (not English), how do we send our message across?
Body language is a great way given that it transcends language barriers however is it enough? Unfortunately not. To truly become an international referee, learning multiple languages is an expectation.
I hope to build a list of common phrases in multiple languages useful to referees below.