A question in a tweet from the Aldershot RA got me thinking. It says: “What do we thinkg gives us credibility as a referee?” They asked referees during a meeting, and I think it’s a very good thing referees should think about themselves.
I posted a list with 3 factors that would give us credibility. I hope you will help me make the list longer with your comments below or on Twitter.
- Being physically fit. If you’re looking fit and healthy, players will notice. A beer-belly will give them a wrong impression. Even if your positioning will be very good, you start with with less credibility, so you need to work harder to gain it.
- Appearance. Wearing a very old referee shirt with holes in it, won’t give a good impression. Then you’d better get the new Fifa 2014 World Cup referee kits.
- Smile. Keep smiling when you’re refereeing. If people see you enjoy officiating a match, it will change how they respond to you. Refereeing is fun, show it!
- Arrive on time. “I think arriving early and introducing yourself to the coaches and players also helps. It makes you a partner and facilitator rather than an obstruction”, says Eran Glago in the comments. Good point.
- Confidence when making a call. If ref changes his mind on calls all game long, players will lose respect to the referee, thus arguing every call while trying to make him/her change their mind, said Amjad Alzubi on Twitter.
Please comment on the blog and share what you think that gives referees credibility. I’ll add them to the blog!
— Aldershot RA (@aldershotra) December 5, 2013