Keep Your Focus When the Game Keeps Going

Keep Your Focus When the Game Keeps Going

There are some games where the clock doesn’t stop when it should. Officiating means realizing that some games will go into overtime. Referees don’t get paid overtime and often are tired, dehydrated and hurting by the end of a long game; but they still need to stay...
January Roundup: Current Topics Affecting Game Officials and Athletes

January Roundup: Current Topics Affecting Game Officials and Athletes

We’re a month into 2018, and a lot has happened in the world of sports. Here are some of the stories we thought our readers would love. Click on any link to learn more. Roger Goodell admits he’s “concerned” about the catch rule, hopes to change it Not a fan of the NFL...
Overcoming Challenges During a Game

Overcoming Challenges During a Game

Things don’t always go as planned, especially for soccer referees. There’s a lot to keep track of on the field, not much time to do it in, and many outside factors at play. Sometimes an unexpected situation shows up and you end up making a mistake in calling it: when...
How to Have a Successful Career as a Referee

How to Have a Successful Career as a Referee

Officiating requires a unique combination of hard work, studying, temperament, and practice that a lot of other jobs don’t. Because there are so many things you need to do to succeed, there are also a number of things that can slip through the cracks and could lead to...
How to Keep Your Feet Comfortable During a Game

How to Keep Your Feet Comfortable During a Game

Game officials spend a lot of time on their feet. Even if you’re not actively running around a field or court, you’re still standing up and putting stress on your feet. Aching feet can be hard to deal with for anyone, but this kind of pain can be especially hard on...
Communication Tips for Referees

Communication Tips for Referees

Stop and Listen and Other Referee Conversation Tips As a referee, your job isn’t just limited to judging contests between players. At some point, you’re going to have to talk to coaches, event managers, parents, or fans. With so many other things going on around you...