Do you regularly whistle with a referee during an intense soccer match? Or are you planning to start with this? In this article we’ll go through some practical referee tips with you.
Make sure you’re in good shape
Fitness is of unprecedented importance to a referee. There are several reasons for this. First of all, it is important that you can keep up the competition. But that’s not all. Next to being able to keep up physically, you have to be able to make the right choices in the meantime. For your body and brain it is more difficult to make the right choices when you are in the red at the most.
In addition, you want to judge certain duels as well as possible. It is important to be on top of the situation. Referees who are fit can do this better and easier than referees who are not fit.
Prepare yourself well for
With almost everything one says: “good preparation is half the work”. And that’s no different with being a referee. Of course, as a referee you have to have the basic conditions for each other. Examples of this are: arriving on time at the sports park, having all materials with you (whistle, notepad, suitable clothing and shoes, red and yellow cards). In addition, it is advisable to be aware of the teams playing against each other. This gives you insight into the importance of the game and allows you to estimate what is coming.
With a referee headset you can always communicate with your assistants in a second to make sure you made the right decision, so you can improve yourself and the game.