Björn Kuipers is a highly regarded professional football referee from the Netherlands. He was born on March 28, 1973, in Oldenzaal, Overijssel, Netherlands. Recognized for his calm approach and clear decision-making, Kuipers has overseen several high-profile matches in Dutch and international football.
Kuipers officiated his first match in the Eredivisie, the top tier of Dutch football, in 2005. His impressive performances led to his addition to the FIFA International Referees List in 2006, allowing him to officiate at the international level.
On the global stage, Kuipers has been a regular fixture in some of the biggest tournaments in football. He was selected to referee in two FIFA World Cup tournaments, in 2014 and 2018. He was also involved in three UEFA European Championships in 2012, 2016, and 2020.
Kuipers' accolades include officiating the final of the UEFA Europa League in 2013 and the UEFA Champions League final in 2014. Notably, he was chosen to referee the final of Euro 2020 between England and Italy, underlining his status as one of the top referees in world football.
Aside from his refereeing career, Kuipers is a successful entrepreneur. He owns several supermarkets in his home country, and this business success allowed him the flexibility to dedicate considerable time to his refereeing career.
Known for his authoritative presence on the pitch and clear communication with players, Kuipers is widely respected in the footballing world. As of my last training data in September 2021, he continues to contribute to football as a referee, sharing his wealth of experience and understanding of the game.