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Ask the Ref: Legendary Referee in England, Keith Hackett on The Role the Referee - and a special Your Are The Ref to enjoy!
One of the key successes to my performances as a referee officiating on the English Premier League and around the world has a FIFA Referee was my approach to my two colleagues and fourth official.
I ensured that I gave my Pre-match instructions around 75 minutes before kick-off to ensure that when I gave them I was not interrupted by anyone and that I knew I had the full attention of my colleagues.
So I thought that I would write this article to give you an insight into my approach in the hope that you might consider introducing some aspects into your match build up.
Successful management and control of a soccer match requires a TEAM APPROACH.
WHY ARE TEAMS SPECIAL?
A team is a small group of individuals who;-
- Co-operate in achieving common objectives
- Have specific roles and responsibilities
- Accomplish more than the sum of the total of the individual efforts.
e.g. Individual v Teams
MENS WORLD RECORD FOR 400M
400 METRES 43.18 SECONDS
4X100 METRES 37.40 SECONDS
IN SUCCESSFUL TEAMS……..TEAM MEMBERS
- Share a common vision
- Have clear and definite goals
- Share and understand their play strategy
- Give mutual support
- Stick at when the going gets tough.
- Have qualities that are complimentary
- Put team achievement above their own
- Take responsibility when necessary
- Perform to their highest potential
THE BENEFITS OF TEAMWORK
- Appointments to games made on levels of experience and current form
- A team approach opens up a variety of viewing angles leading to improved accuracy in decision making
- Good communication on the field improves the detection rate of offences
SO LETS LOOK AT WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOUR TWO ASSISTANT REFEREES.
- Ball in and out of play
ASSISTANCE TO THE REFEREE
- Fouls and misconduct
- Substitutes, players and club officials
- General support and monitoring
- The Assistants and Fourth official must concentrate and focus
- Active listening
- The Assistants and fourth official must seek clarification on any point if they are unsure about anything.
- Challenge if contrary to law.
ASSISTANTS INVOLVEMENT REQUIRES
- Eye to eye contact
- Credibility when making a decision or other forms of involvement
- Mental process, particularly when judging offside decisions and implementing the “wait, wait and see “technique.
POSITIONING OF ASSISTANT
- It is essential that the Assistant is in line with the second most rear defender when making offside judgements.
A small area of error on position can lead to inaccurate offside decision
- On the Premier League each game is covered by Prozone so we can check every offside decision
ASSISTANT REFEREES NEED TO TAKE CARE ON THE QUICK REACTION
- Instinctive reactions bypass the conscious thought process
This can lead to………….
- A hasty, unhelpful or inappropriate flag before the situation has been properly thought through.
- Where is the Referee positioned
- Has he seen the incident
- Does he need assistance
- Can I supply additional information
….Number of player
…..Where the player is hiding if a caution is to be administered
So Referees stop and ask yourself if you are taking sufficient care to present your pre-match instructions to your colleagues.
They need to be well presented and in an acceptable time frame………
Continue to enjoy your officiating remembering whichever role you are doing your communication on and off the field of play leaves no one in any doubt.
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Keith Hackett is a world class ref and the author of You Are the Ref, the Ultimate Illustrated Guide to the Laws of Football and the new book, You Are the Umpire. The books are available on Amazon.com. The amazing illustrations are by Paul Trevillion.
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