Goal Setting for Referees

Goal Setting for Referees
Newsletter of the NSW State League Football Referees
Volume 2 Issue 1
January, 2014
Welcome to this third edition of “The Referee”, the newsletter
for all NSW State League Football Referees. This newsletter
will enable NSWSLFR to communicate directly with its
members and will cover issues and areas of interest to all
referees. Happy New Year to all NSWSLFR members.
We wish to ensure that all information, educational resources
and opportunities that NSWSLFR provides for referees finds its
way to those who are likely to benefit most – and that’s you!
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Goal Setting for Referees
The start of the season gives us all the opportunity to
think carefully about where we want to be at the end of
the season. Perhaps go back and re-read all your
Assessor’s Reports and summarise the advice they offer.
Reflect on what your mentors advised and hints gained
from experienced senior referee members. Also, dig out
the various circulars you received and the articles on our
website and check the guidance they offer. You will not
necessarily agree with all the advice, but you will find it
useful to re-visit it; remember how you felt when you
tried out the various techniques and what worked for
Perhaps summarise those points you want to pursue in 2014?
1. Re-visit the Laws
Good officials read and re-read the Laws. They surprise themselves how often they discover a small point
that had been overlooked. It isn’t just a matter of keeping up to date with changes to the Laws, but a
matter of reminding yourself of the interpretations and applications. The additional instructions and
diagrams in the Law Book are provided by FIFA and make essential reading. So before the 2014 season
starts take a look at the 2013-2014 Laws of the game. A copy can be obtained by downloading from our
website (http://nswfootballreferees.sportingpulse.net) under “Links” from the drop down menu bar.
2. Start your fitness training
Once again we are nearing the start of a new season and commencing training after a lay-off (and
presumably some celebrating and over indulgence). Once again some basic rules should be followed to
avoid problems arising from exercising at this time of year with the heat and humidity.
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Players have or are starting their pre-season training and they do fewer kilometres in a game than you do
and only play for 90 minutes whereas you officiate for up to 3 hours over two games. This means you
need to be twice as fit as the players if you want to be able to keep up with them at the end of the day.
You also need to remember that a tired body causes a drop in your concentration level and leads to
errors. This means, of course, that officials must be fit enough to be still functioning efficiently right up to
the final whistle. How often have you seen a team lose a match in the last few minutes due to a mistake
by tired players? It is also why some teams are trained to play 120 minutes so they will still be alert and
concentrating, even into added-time.
We have added a number of articles to our website over the last few years dealing with training, nutrition
and taking precautions, which you should review.
As you gain experience as a referee, you will find that opportunities abound for those with the drive, energy,
and dedication to develop their skills as officials. Some of these opportunities require years of training and a
bit of luck. Others are close at hand, and need only a phone call or a few hours of your time.
1. Training-Formal and Informal
As a referee, the best thing you can do to further your education is to immerse yourself in the game.
Read as much as you can about the game's history and traditions, and watch as much Football as you can
find whether at the pitch, at the stadium, or on television. Football is a dynamic sport in which the action
is non-stop, and many decisions you need to make as a referee will involve observing and interpreting the
ever-changing actions of the players. Without a thorough understanding of the way the game is played,
you will be at a disadvantage when called upon to evaluate a player's actions on the field. The more
familiar you are with tactics, styles of play, and what is and is not generally accepted on the pitch, the
more effective you will be as a referee.
In addition, you should view each game as a chance to learn. If paired with a good official as a team
mate, you can learn what others do to excel and get ideas for handling your own matches; if paired with a
poor one, you can learn what doesn't work, and learn what to avoid. Mentors, and other senior officials,
can also prove to be an invaluable resource for you.
2. Assessors
Each country, state or referees branch conducts its own program to teach, develop, and assess officials.
Some programs are formalised and rigid; others are relaxed and less structured. In all cases, the assessor
(and referees or branch coach) is charged with teaching proper mechanics, determining when a referee is
ready for advancement, and helping officials reach their highest potential as referees. Unfortunately,
some officials come to regard a visit from the assessor as no more welcome than a trip to the dentist, or a
routine proctology examination.
As with every craft, there is an art to assessing, and some people are better at it than others. While a few
assessors view their job as one of finding fault and deem tact to be a needless distraction, the vast
majority are sympathetic and only want to help. All assessors can offer constructive criticism to the
referee willing to listen, but some have a tendency to make referees behave differently, and some
referees will start officiating not for the players, but to impress the man (or woman) with the clipboard.
This not only undermines the very reason for the assessment, but can poison a relationship that should
be more like mentor and student, and less like adversaries. As a result, there are two things to
remember when dealing with an assessor:
(1) The assessor is always right; and
(2) If the assessor seems to be mistaken, unhelpful, or strikes you as an idiot, remember Rule Number 1 then take a deep breath, talk to a senior referee or another assessor that you trust, and don't get
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Assessors can be one of your best resources as you learn the art of officiating. A poor assessor may only
have criticism to offer you, but a good assessor will teach, and a great assessor can inspire. Good luck
with your refereeing!
Quick Quiz
A thorough understanding of the Laws of the Game is an essential quality of a good referee. All referees
should regularly review their Laws of the Game book to ensure they are correctly interpreting and applying
the LOTG. Following are some questions to test yourself on how well you know the laws. Choose the BEST
answer. Answers are at the end of the newsletter.
The player taking a corner kick kicks it in the direction of his own goal. The ball touches his team’s
goalkeeper and goes into the goal. What decision should the referee make?
The referee awards the goal.
The referee has the corner kick retaken and cautions the player taking the kick for unsporting
The referee awards a corner kick in favour of the opposing team.
The referee awards a goal kick in favour of the opposing team.
The referee is outside the penalty area when the ball is in play. A player from the defending team
throws a shin guard at her from inside the penalty area, hitting her with it...
Sends off the player for violent conduct and awards a direct free kick.
Sends off the player for violent conduct and awards a dropped ball.
Sends off the player for violent conduct and awards a penalty kick.
Sends off the player for violent conduct and awards an indirect free kick.
Can a player be sent off for committing an act of dangerous play?
No, this is not possible.
No, unless the action involves a risk of injury.
Only if there is physical contact.
Can the referee show a red card to a substitute and order him to leave the technical area for using
offensive language?
No, never.
Yes, always.
Only if the substitute has not yet participated in play and the full number of substitutions has been
Only if the substitute has already participated in play.
Kicks from the penalty mark are taken to determine the winner of a match…
The kicks are part of the match.
The kicks are not part of the match.
The kicks are part of the match if it is indicated in the rules of the competition.
None of the previous answers are correct.
Goal or not a Goal
This video clip shows Thierry Henry's disallowed goal against Blackburn in 2003. Was the referee correct or
not to disallow the goal? Was the ball in play?
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Self Evaluation for Referees
It is not always possible for an assessor to observe your performances, so it is
important for you to be able to measure your own performance on a match
by match basis. You are the only person at every game you referee, so you
may find it helpful to keep a record of how you feel you have refereed each of
your games.
A handy self - evaluation list has been prepared which will assist with this
exercise. Simply ask yourself each of the 50 questions after each game and
then enter a tick for each one you answered “Yes” to. These are your
“Strengths”. For the questions you answered “No” to just enter a cross
against them. These are your “Shortcomings”.
Soon, you will build up a profile of your performances which will help you to address those areas which you
feel need to be improved upon. It is recommended that you discuss your entries with your Branch Coach, a
Technical Sub Committee member or a Senior Referee once you have completed a few matches.
To view the list of steps on this handy resource on “Self Evaluation for Referees click on the link below:
Important Seminar Dates in 201 4
Thursday 30th January, 2014 – NSWSLFR Assessors Seminar at the Greyhound Club, 140 Rookwood Road,
Yagoona, NSW
Sunday 9th February, 2014 – NSWSLFR Annual Seminar at Club Marconi 121-133 Prairie Vale Road,
Bossley Park, NSW
Football NSW Courses in 201 4
Level 2 Referee
Level 2 Assessor
Level 3 Referee
Level 3 Assessor
Level 3 Instructor
March 8 , June 14th
March 8th & 9th ( 2 Day Course )
March 1st, March 2nd, March 29th, March 30th
February 16th
February 8th, February 9th
FNSW will send out reminders when the dates get closer in the New Year.
Level 1 Referee, Assessors and Level 2 Instructor courses are run by FFA. Dates for these courses are to
be arranged.
Quiz Answers
1 - A; 2 - D; 3 - C; 4 - B; 5 - B.
Richard Baker
NSWSLFR TSC Member and Newsletter Editor
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