The beautiful game of soccer cannot be the same if you take soccer referees away from soccer pitches. The referee is the ultimate authority in every soccer match. Of course, there are linesmen to assist the referee and there is a match commissioner as well but the referee has the final word. Considering the fact that some soccer matches may have a huge impact on the fortunes of some prestigious soccer clubs, the decision of this official can have far-reaching implications.
Duties of the referee
The basic duty of this official is to serve as an unbiased umpire at soccer matches. This is applicable whether the match is for under 16 football trials, the UEFA champions league or the FIFA World Cup finals. A good referee cannot afford to have any question marks hanging over his or her integrity. The job of the referee is to officiate in a transparent and objective manner. To help the official do the job effectively, football governing bodies only select honest and trust-worthy people to serve as referees. Apart from officiating during the match, the referee also writes a match report after the match and submits a record of important events during the match. These include a record of yellow cards, red cards, free kicks awarded and fouls committed during the match.
Physical qualities of good referees
The job of a football referee is very demanding. This official has to run up and down for the whole 90 minutes of the game. Unlike soccer players who may keep to their wings during the match, the referee has no wing. The whole pitch is his area of operation so he has to cover every blade of grass on the pitch. This means that a referee should be in very good physical shape or else, he or she cannot get the job done.
Mental qualities of a referee
Apart from the physical demands of the job, being a football umpire also calls for firmness and decisive action. A referee cannot afford to be too lenient. Some players are simply unruly so it is the job of the referee to control all soccer players on the pitch. This calls for firmness and decisive action. Players are not allowed to argue with the referee, use abusive language or show any other signs of dissent. The referee has every right to send any player off the soccer pitch and a good referee should not hesitate to exercise this right.
How referees are chosen
Soccer referees are usually appointed by the relevant body. In the UK, referees who oversee premier league matches are appointed by the English FA. The ones who officiate at UEFA champions league matches are appointed by UEFA and the ones who are entrusted with World Cup matches are FIFA licensed referees.
The referee's decision is final
In every game of soccer, the decision of the referee is final. This is a huge responsibility and a lot of authority. An excellent referee is the one who uses his authority to do an honest and efficient job on the soccer pitch.