The not said rules of the referee job

Referee work is subject to rules that have been changed during this World Cup, I am referring to the length of recovery issues but there are other unwritten ones from the world of soccer that tend to keep the perception that fans and the wider public manifest towards this activity at an alert level at all times: These rules can be defined as follows:

  • Since the dawn of sports, it has been a social phenomenon in which there has always been a symbiosis between athletic performance and spectators, and it should be remembered that the earliest known events date back to 5,220 BC. It means that spectators have always sided with the athletes competing by dividing into factions.
  • Soccer is a ritualized version of hunting, where the players are the hunters, the weapon is the ball, the prey is the goal, and the referee is the tribal judge over whom no one can interfere when making a decision.
  • A referee’s decision in favor of one team is against the interests of the other. Every time the referee communicates a decision, half the players, the coach and the spectators feel some form of disappointment. This is at every level the nature of competitive soccer.
  • Players’ reactions to the award of a decision that is bad for them are significantly influenced by the communication style that the referee displays in that situation
  • The public’s and soccer players’ perception of the fairness of the referee’s actions is extremely important, however, in soccer this type of perception is just as strongly influenced by expectations of the referee, e.g., knowing that he is a referee who never gives a penalty against the home team in the last five minutes of the game.
  • The perceived fairness of the referee depends on how soccer players evaluate his level of competence, independence of judgment, and respect toward teams.

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