Björn Kuipers

Björn Kuipers

Referee professional Football and entrepreneur

The strength of this speaker
  • Doing business
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • English
  • Dutch

About Björn Kuipers

Björn Kuipers is the best referee in the Netherlands at the moment. Björn makes his debut as a referee in professional football during the match Telstar-FC Eindhoven. In 2013 Björn will be awarded the final of the Europa League in Amsterdam. In 2014 Kuipers whistled the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. He also whistled at the European Championships of 2012 and 2016 and the World Championships of 2014 and 2018. Besides his function as referee, Björn is successful owner of a Jumbo supermarket. He recently received a ribbon for his exemplary functions.

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Why Björn Kuipers Book as a speaker ?

Björn Kuipers is also available for lectures on communication, performing under pressure, dealing with setbacks and leading a team. Björn's presentations give a special impression in the world of a top referee. In addition, he makes the perfect link between entrepreneurship and top sport, with examples from the practice of his own supermarket.

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Björn Kuipers knows how to captivate the audience from the first minute. Not only his performance is impressive: the visuals are overwhelming as well. Everything was right and that was also the comments that were heard at the closing drink.



Björn Kuipers learned to play football at Quick ’20. But soon followed in his father’s footsteps as a referee. Björn made his official debut in professional football during the match Telstar – FC Eindhoven. On March 5, 2005 Björn officiated his first match in the Dutch Eredivisie during the match Vitesse – Willem II. From that moment on, Björn career as an referee took off.

He made his international debut on March 28, 2006 during the match Russia – Bulgaria (U17), after which he made his Europa League debut on July 13, 2007 during the game NK Varteks – KF Tirana. The first game Björn was allowed to officiate in the Champions League was Barcelona – Dynamo Kiev on November 29, 2009. In 2012 Björn officiated his first two games on a global tournament during the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland.

The year 2013 is a special year for Björn. He was allowed to officiate the semi-finales of the Champions League between Barcelona and Bayer Munich and the final of the Europa League in Amsterdam between Chelsea FC and SL Benfica. In 2014 Kuipers officiated the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

During the World Cup in Brazil, Björn was the only Dutch referee and officiated three matches. Due to the good performance of the Dutch national team, Björn Kuipers unfortunately had to return home after the eighth finals. He was also present at the European Championships in 2016 and officiated the quarterfinals.

Kuipers has officiated many Eredivisie and Champions League games in 2018, as well as the Europa League final between Atletico Madrid and Olympique Marseille and the KNVB Cup final between Feyenoord and AZ. The highlight of this year for him was his Team Kuipers at the World Cup in Russia this summer, where he was in charge of four games, including the quarterfinals, and was the fourth official in the final.

In addition to his work for the KNVB, he owns a Jumbo supermarket and has owned several supermarkets in the past. In 2016 his Jumbo supermarket was voted the best supermarket in the Netherlands. Recently Björn received a ribbon for his exemplary functions.

An impression of this speaker


  • Referee EC 2016
  • Referee World Cup 2018
  • Champions League final Real Madrid – Atletico Madrid 2014

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