Referees from Switzerland

Massimo Busacca
Intl. since: 1999
Hometown: Monte Carrasso
Massimo Busacca won WorldReferee's silver whistle in 2009 and again in 2010.
Urs Meier
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown: Würenlos
Urs Meier is one of the great Swiss referees. Two world Cups (1998 and 2002), two European Championships (2000 and 2002) and a Champions League final, are just the top of the icebe
Bruno Galler
Intl. since: 1979
Hometown: Untersiggenthal
Galler is quoted often saying "Der Schiedsrichter hat eine andere Wahrheit."
Kurt Röthlisberger
Intl. since:
Hometown:
UEFA stated that Röthlisberger contacted Grasshoppers-Manager Erich Vogel before the Champions League match between Grasshoppers from Zürich and Auxerre from France in 30th.
Gottfried Dienst
Intl. since: 1956
Hometown: Basel
If you look closely, you can see the ball just above the line.
Claudio Circhetta
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown: Muttenz
Cladio Circhetta once said he became a referee because as a player he often disagreed with the referees he encountered and thought he shouldn't only criticize but try it himself.
Serge Muhmenthaler
Intl. since: 1989
Hometown: Grenchen
Serge Muhmenthaler took charge of a match in the 1996 European Championships. See his palmares for more. Muhmenthaler was both successful as a referee and a player.
Stephan Studer
Intl. since: 2009
Hometown: Grand Lancy
Stephan Studer is a UEFA Category 1 referee, promoted in 2011.
Adrien Jaccottet
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Basel
Adrien Jaccottet, like Stephan Klossner the other new Swiss referee, has an impressive day job and one wonders how much time they will have left to train for and take charge of int
Stephan Klossner
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Berne
Now he is a FIFA referee, Stephan Klossner probably has to take it easy on his day job at the Berne University doing research into "the effects of mechnical stress on skeletal musc
Alain Bieri
Intl. since: 2011
Hometown:
Part-time Human Resources manager Alain Bieri is a UEFA category 3 referee. He acts in the highest Swiss League since July 2008.
Andre Daina
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Eclepens
Daina played until 1971 became a ref in 1973, first Liga from 1975, FIFA from 1978.
Sascha Kever
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vezia
There is more known about Sascha Kever as a banker than as a referee. He started refereeing in 1991 and reached the highest level in Switzerland in 2001. He works for Banca Sempion
Rudolf Scheurer
Intl. since: 1967
Hometown: Bettlach
Four matches in two World Cups (a quarter-final) and a quarter-final in the 1972 European Championships, Rudi Scheurer was an important referee in his time. Oddly enough he was onl
Sandro Schaerer
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
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Anton Bucheli
Intl. since: 1962
Hometown: Luzern
A FIFA referee from 1962 until 1973.
Cyril Zimmermann
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Münsingen
This Swiss referee officiated an 8th final of the Coupe de Tunisie in Tunis in 2009.
Othmar Huber
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Thun
A quarter-final in the 1964 European Cup and a leg of the 1961 Intercontinental Cup, Huber was a FIFA referee from 1958 until 1968..
Sascha Amhof
Intl. since: 2013
Hometown:
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Nikolaj Hänni
Intl. since: 2011
Hometown:
Nikolaj Hänni is a new FIFA ref for 2011, He is a A UEFA category 3 referee.
Rene Rogalla
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown: Wallisellen
Fedayi San
Intl. since: 2016
Hometown:
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Jean Dubach
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: Nidau
Highlights of his international career must have been the one match of the 1978 World Cup and the final of the 1976 Asian(!) Cup. Jean Dubach played for FC Nidau, became a r
Walter Hungerbühler
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: St Gallen
Walter Hungerbuhler started refereeing in 1955 at the age of 25. It took him a while - 16 years - to get his FIFA badge. He took charge of a match in the 1976 European Championship
Paul Raymond Wyssling
Intl. since:
Hometown: Zurich
Paul Raymond Wyssling took charge of four matches in two World Cup finals and four matches in two European Cup finals. He died in 1970.
Paul Ruoff
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bern
Jakob Baumann
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Schaffhausen
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Carlo Bertolini
Intl. since: 1997
Hometown:
UEFA Category 3 referee Carlo Bertolini played football for FC Camorino for ten years. One day he volunteered to be the referee and he has been one since 1982. In 1994 he entered t
Philippe Leuba
Intl. since: 1999
Hometown: Chexbres
Leuba wrote a book called La cohésion fédérale, le chêne et le roseau (Federal cohesion, the oak and the reed)
Daniel Mellet
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Lausanne
A semi-final in the 1964 European Championship his last year as an international referee.
Andreas Schluchter
Intl. since:
Hometown: Schönenbuch
Retired internationally in 2001, Andreas Schluchter is still active in refereeing, locally (as seen on his picture) and as a FIFA observer.
Ernst Dörflinger-Buser
Intl. since:
Hometown:
There are two former FIFA referees called Ernst Dorflinger. One was active in the 1950s and one in the late 1970s.
Jérôme Laperrière
Intl. since: 2006
Hometown: Begnins
In 2009 Laperriere was hit by a lighter thrown at him while he walked off the field at the end of a Young Boys - Xamax match. He went down and had a bloody lip.
George Sandoz
Intl. since: 1984
Hometown: Peseux
Sandoz played for (among other teams) Xamax and Sion. He was a ref from 1976, first League from 1981 and FIFA from 1984
Markus Nobs
Intl. since: 2001
Hometown: Wohlen (Bern)
FIFA referee from 2001 till the end of 2006. Markus Nobs, a high school teacher, is now ausbildungschef der schiedsrichter, boss of the referee school in Switzerland. He
Dieter Schoch
Intl. since:
Hometown: Basel
In the Itertoto match Aston Villa - Celta de Vigo in 2000, Dieter Schoch showed 12 cards and sent off three players. Official protests were sent to UEFA and that match may be the r
Rene Mercet
Intl. since:
Hometown:
When the 1934 World Cup quarter-final Italy-Spain ended 1-1 after extra time it had to be replayed and Rene Mercet got the job to referee. He openly favoured the Italians, by for i
Joseph Heymann
Intl. since: 1962
Hometown: Basel
International ref 1962-1968.
Rudolf Renggli
Intl. since: 1977
Hometown: Stans
Referee from 1962, first Liga ref since 1974, FIFA three years later. Swiss Cup final in 1979 Young Boys vs Servette.
Claude Détruche
Intl. since:
Hometown: Thonex
In 2008 Claude Detruche ran the 4000 metres in 17'14"85.
Werner Müller
Intl. since:
Hometown:
A referee chief since 1996, Werner Muller died of a heart attack while playing squash in 2006.
H.P. Devitte
Intl. since:
Hometown: Geneva
An Englishman living in Geneva, H.P. (Henry?) Devitt became known for having taken charge of the first official match of the German national team.
Karl Göppel
Intl. since: 1964
Hometown: Zurich
An international referee from the 1960s and early 1970s, who's decision to give a penalty in the 1967 Swiss competition match Basel - Lausanne is still talked about. The Lausanne t
Josef Gulde
Intl. since: 1955
Hometown: St Gallen
Sepp Gulde was a FIFA referee from season 1955/56 until 1961. There was the 1958 Swiss Cup final Grasshoppers-Young Boys and there was the six months' invitation to Brazil as a pro
Franz Gächter
Intl. since:
Hometown: Aarau
Internationally: first round matches and friendlies in the 1980s, Franz Gachter also took charge of a few matches in the German Budesliga.
Hans Wüthrich
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bern
Perhaps the most famous Italian player ever, Guiseppe Meazza, took the penalty in the semi-final against Brazil. His shorts were torn and kept sliding down his legs, he had to hold
Karl Keller
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Basel
A player in his youth, Karl Keller also tried his luck at speed cycling. He started refereeing in 1948 and went through the ligas until he reached the first one in season 1955/56.
Gilbert Droz
Intl. since: 1965
Hometown: Marin
His son Michel Droz sent us some pictures the referee in the middle of the picture far below is Gottfried Dienst.:
Daniel Roduit
Intl. since:
Hometown:
National League ref from 1985, FIFA from 1990.
Jean Lutz
Intl. since:
Hometown: Geneve
One match at the 1950 World Cup, a year later he retired from international football.
Kurt Zuppinger
Intl. since:
Hometown: Zurich
A UEFA Cup first round/ Intertoto kind of international referee who later became the vice president of the Swiss FA, Human resource person with the Swiss railroads and member of al
Nicole Petignat
Intl. since: 1996
Hometown: Watt
There are many not very interesting male referees, but there is only one woman. So as a woman in a men's world, Nicole Petignat gets a lot of coverage in (Swiss) newspapers and mag
Gerard Racine
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: Prilly
Gerard Racine was a FIFA referee (1972-1976). Among the matches he took charge of was one at the 1977 under 20 World Cup.
Lionel Tschudi
Intl. since: 2018
Hometown:
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Guido Wildhaber
Intl. since: 2002
Hometown:
International referee from 2002 till the end of 2005. Referee of the year 2001 in Switzerland. Only a few international matches.
Felix Herren
Intl. since:
Hometown:
One match at the 1924 Olympic Tournament (the World Cup before the World Cup) and many friendlies, Felix Herren was active as an international referee in the 1920s.
René Baumberger
Intl. since: 1952
Hometown: Lausanne
As we are to believe, Swiss referee Rene Baumberger took charge of matches in the Small World Cup, a tournament held every year in Venezuela in the 1950s. He was also a lines man a
Urs Schnyder
Intl. since: 2018
Hometown:
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Eugen Scherz
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bern
Season 1951/52 was his last as an international referee. He started internationally in 1946 and was active in Switzerland before and during WWII.
Albert Guinnard
Intl. since: 1959
Hometown: Fribourg
According to the (excellent) site Linguasport.com the 1962 Inter Cities Fairs Cup match between Red Star Belgrade and Espanyol was played on a pitch covered in 20 centimetres of sn
Esther Staubli
Intl. since: 2006
Hometown:
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Ernst Dörflinger
Intl. since: 1950
Hometown: Grenchen
Ernst Dorflinger was a lines man at the 1954 World Cup, his last year as an international referee.
Pius Kamber
Intl. since: 1969
Hometown: Zurich
Pius Kamber was a Swiss international referee for one or two seasons 1970/71. He took charge of qualifiers and UEFA Cup matches. And the 1971 Swiss Cup final.
Jean-Marie Macheret
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Rueyres
A FIFA referee from around 1980.
Arturo Martino
Intl. since: 1989
Hometown:
A referee from the early 1990s, Arturo Martino died in 2006 at the age of 60.
Mario Clematide
Intl. since: 1967
Hometown: Zollikofen
International referee from 1968 (or a little earlier) until 1972. Active in friendlies and the Fairs Cup (pre-UEFA Cup).
Ulrich Nyffenegger
Intl. since: 1981
Hometown: Nidau
A player for FC Thun, referee since 1972 First League since 1979 and FIFA since 1981.
Philippe Mercier
Intl. since:
Hometown: Pully
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Freddy Philippoz
Intl. since:
Hometown: Sion
Now in politics for the PDC, a FIFA referee in the 1990s.
Paul von Wartburg
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bern
Paul von Wartburg's last season as an international referee was 1952/53.
John Forster
Intl. since:
Hometown:
John Forster was an Englishman who moved to Switzerland and became a Swiss citizen.
Rolf Blattmann
Intl. since:
Hometown: Zeiningen
His son Olivier sometimes officiated as an assistant in his matches.
Jacques Hirrle
Intl. since:
Hometown: Basel
Jacques Hirrle was active in Basel in the 1920s as a president of the regional referee commission, organizer of tournaments etc. And he was a referee and probably a player (a few y
Dominique Tavel
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Referee in the Swiss first League in the 1990s, Tavel was internationally active from 1998 until the end of 2000. We only found a few friendlies.
Renzo Peduzzi
Intl. since: 1982
Hometown: Roveredo
A FIFA referee between 1982 and 1989.
Michel Zen-Ruffinen
Intl. since: 1993
Hometown: Leuk-Stadt
When he was a referee Michel Zen-Ruffinen and his assistants were taken to El Corte Ingles, a famous Spanish department store, by the Atletico Madrid club officials. They were told
Karl Wunderlin
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Victor Werner Schicker
Intl. since: 1955
Hometown: Bern
Victor Werrner Schicker was at first listed as a "deputy referee" from 1954 until 1956. He then became a FIFA referee until the end of 1961. Schicker was a lines man in the 1954 Wo
Roland Keller
Intl. since: 1969
Hometown: Kehrsatz
International referee from 1970 (or 1969) until 1973
Nicolas Daina
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown:
An international referee (1998-1999) and now a (right wing) politician.
Peter Scherz
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Brugg / Aegerten
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Bruno Della Bruna
Intl. since: 1975
Hometown: Lumino
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W. Bangerter
Intl. since:
Hometown:
His first name might be William or Wilhelm, he took charge of matches in the 1930s.
E/M Dizerens
Intl. since:
Hometown: Lausanne
It's either E. or M. Dizerens (or both), a Swiss referee active in the 1920s.
Emilio Guidi
Intl. since: 1955
Hometown: Bellinzona
Only a few dates for this ref: international deputy ref season 1954/55, ref 1955/56 until 1958/59. He was a lines man at the 1954 World Cup in his own country. Emilio Guidi died i
Rene Mathieu
Intl. since: 1975
Hometown: Sierre
A referee from Wallis, Switzerland who held his FIFA badge from 1975 until the end of 1979. Mathieu died in 2007.
Eugène Stutz
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Referees were invited by the home team for friendlies in those days and Eugene Stutz went at least twice to Italy to take charge of the national team. In the match against the Neth
Andre Favre
Intl. since:
Hometown: Echallens
Andre Favre was a FIFA referee for one or two years, last year was 1976.
Eugen Boller
Intl. since: 1967
Hometown: Reinach
International referee for one or two years, last year was 1968.
Manfred Schlup
Intl. since:
Hometown: Grenchen
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Fritz Buchmüller
Intl. since: 1954
Hometown: Zurich
An international referee from 1954 until 1958. Fritz Buchmuller died in 1996.
Francesco Bianchi
Intl. since: 1992
Hometown: Morbio
A minor international referee but a big name in Swiss football, where he headed the referees commission for 12 years until the end of 2010.
Wilhelm Rufli
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Bremgarten
Willi Rufli was a Swiss international referee in the 1950s (season 1951/52 until 1954/55). He officiated at the 1954 World Cup finals as an assistant. After his retirement as a ref
Dominique Savell*
Intl. since:
Hometown:
This is a name that pops up on Internet but only for one match. Dominique is a women's name. We haven't found any mention of this referee other than that one friendly match,
Roland Marendaz
Intl. since: 1969
Hometown: Lausanne
Roland Marendaz was an international referee for at least one year: 1970. He died in 2008, age 83.
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Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Gina Bergamini
Intl. since:
Hometown: Viganello
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Ulysse Darbellay
Intl. since: 1971
Hometown: Roche
A FIFA referee only for the year 1971.
Josef Schürch
Intl. since:
Hometown: Winterthur
Josef Schürch was active as a referee during and after WWII. Season 1950/51 was his last as an international referee.
Hans Vogt
Intl. since:
Hometown:
His last season as an international referee was 1950/51.
Maurice Tasca
Intl. since:
Hometown: Geneve
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Armand Merlotti
Intl. since: 1952
Hometown: Neuchatel
International referee for two seasons: 1952/53 and 1953/54. Merlotti was a lines man at the 1954 World Cup held in his own country.
Roger Rapin
Intl. since:
Hometown: Lausanne
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