Internationally it started out well for Joeri van de Velde. Not long after his debut he took charge of a group stage match in the UEFA Cup in 2005. But from then on his career went downhill and he seemed to be stuck doing intertoto matches.
In 2007 he had to make place on the FIFA list for a new Belgian talent Jérôme Efong Nzolo
Like so many referees Joeri van de Velde used to play football. When he was 16 he got injured and started refereeing instead.