Referee Thoughts


  • Use good discretion and judgment when applying your philosophy of officiating. If there is no apparent disadvantage to an opponent, it is likely no rule infraction has occurred.
  • First impressions are often lasting ones.
  • Start the game off right; your first call sets the tone.
  • Always listen.
  • Always hustle.
  • Be aware of your body language; it says a lot to others.
  • Be dependable for whom you work.
  • Try to get better every game. Ask yourself and others; what do I need to work on?
  • No game assignment is worth compromising your principles or integrity.
  • Keep an even temperament and forgive and forget; every game is a new one.
  • As officials, you always have the last word; you don’t always have to use it.
  • One poor game does not mean you are a poor official.
  • Relax! When people sense tension, they are less likely to communicate effectively with you.
  • Don’t be jealous of a good break that another official gets. Be supportive; your turn may be next.
  • You never know who is watching your game.
  • Have ambition but be patient and hear only the things you should hear.
  • Watch what others do and implement what you like.
  • Work with the captains in the pre-game conference; let them know they can talk to you.
  • Control play with both voice and whistle.
  • Watch the entire play; don’t anticipate a foul or violation.
  • Don’t turn your back on players when administering a free kick.
  • Conduct a thorough pre-game conference before your game.
  • Take your time when putting the ball in play. Make eye contact with ARs frequently before restarts.
  • Keep proper spacing; don’t get too close to the call.
  • Let properly trained personnel deal with injured players.
  • Review law, mechanics, and interpretation regularly.
  • Let the players play if that’s what they came to do.
  • Work hard at looking off the ball.
  • If you believe coaches, players, and fans when they say you’re good, you’ve got to also believe them when they say you’re bad.
  • Be careful of what you say. More referees get into trouble for what they say than what they do.
  • Learn to sometimes walk away.
  • Proper use of humor has saved many a tough situation.
  • A player or coach asking a question is not dissent.
  • Many fans (and parents) don’t know that they don’t know.
  • If possible, use a quiet word when dealing with a player or a coach.
  • You’ve got to show respect to earn respect.
  • Do not touch players.
  • Make your partners look good.
  • Good foul discrimination = good man management.
  • The job is not over until the paperwork is done.
  • Remember where you started. Call your assignor and help out with youth ball.
  • Understand and referee the spirit of the game.
  • It is OK to enjoy what you’re doin SMILE.

Looking forward to the start of 2nd Round of the The Uganda Premier League Season 2017/18.

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