A referee is a match official who watches a match closely to make sure that all rules are followed and arbitrate on any issues that may arise in the game. However, referees are humans and can make mistakes. So what differentiates a good referee from a bad ref?
What Makes a Good Referee?
A good referee is highly observant to ensure that they do not miss anything when the football match is ongoing. And this is one area referee studies focus on. All referees should be on the move to maintain certain proximity with the player carrying or moving the ball. Additionally, referees are required to be awake when the play is on. Also, good referees should be physically and emotionally fit. They are supposed to run up and down the field throughout the game.
Good refs are usually discouraged from allowing emotions to dictate their decisions. Plus, they are authoritative without necessarily being egoistic or aggressive towards players. Ultimately, the referees are taught how to handle egotistical players. They should maintain a certain distance from them. But at the same time, they should not show that they are afraid.
What Makes a Bad Referee?
Bad refereeing calls have led to the use of virtual assistant referees. A wrong call is made when the referee misses something. Maybe the match official is at an angle where they cannot see clearly what is happening or they are not observant. A bad refereeing call can also be made if the ref is not qualified to enough to oversee a match or if the referee understands the rules of the game and intentionally ignores them. There have been cases where referees are biased and dictate the outcome of the game according to where their preferences and interests lie.
Both players and spectators can tell whether a referee is good or not and they are at liberty to report the referee to the relevant authority if they deem so.