Pre-Game Preparation • Agenda • Preparing for a match (mentally and physically) • Doing your homework • Getting to the ground • Pre-game check list • Pre-match instructions to your teams • Terminology • Bracing your self for best and worst case scenarios
When does our Pre-game preparations start? • Champions are made in the offseason
Mental and Physical Preparations • You get the game appointment what do you do first? • How do you prepare for a match on match day? • Physically • Eating well (staying hydrated, carbohydrates, protein) • Mentally • Performance is EVERYTHING!!! Especially at home • We owe to the development of the game to make sure we represent our associations proudly (professionalism, Mannerisms) • Ensuring we are presentable and match fit (at every level)
Getting to the Pitch • Professional attire/professional appearance • What time do should we arrive? • What do we do once we get to the ground? • What to check for before a match?
Pregame Check List • What's on your check list? • When you leave from home? • When you get to the ground?
Pre-game instructions objective • The pre-match briefing is aimed at building a rapport with the Assistant Referees, which helps to build a team-spirit that helps to make officiating a team effort. • The Referee needs the Assistant Referees, and the Assistant Referees need the Referee! • Regardless of seniority or experience, Assistant Referees must always accept and respect the relative roles of their colleagues. • Instructions given by one Referee will differ from those given by another Referee. However, it is essential that Assistant Referees always adhere in implementing the instructions given by the Referee of the day. The Referee is the leader of the team. It is the Assistant Referees' responsibility to respect the Referee's wishes, and to carry out his/her instructions to the best of their ability.
Team Effort • Everyone has a specific role to play; the Referee will lead the team, and the Senior Assistant Referee will be expected to fulfil the additional responsibilities should the Referee become incapacitated during the game. The Junior Assistant Referees part is equally important. • You are as strong as your weakest link!!!
Things to Consider • Where, and when do you give your Pre-game instructions to your team? • How do we make sure we are all on the same page? • What must be covered in your instructions? • Preparing for best/worst case scenarios • Examples • FIFA Referee Peter Fröjdfeldt
PLEASE REMEMBER • The briefing you give to your Assistant Referees is not a list of orders, it should be a two-way communication between you and your two Assistants (and Fourth Official if present). Please listen and discuss and clarify any inquiries from them.
Essentials • Recommended things to cover • Mass confrontation • Serious fouls/violent conduct (misconducts) • Killing the game off • Tactics • Bench control • Note taking • Discreet signals • Priorities • Dissent/abusive language and or gestures • Calling fouls in “sensitive” areas • Goals • Free kick/Penalty kick procedures • Best and worst case scenarios • Getting the best out of your assistants…
Terms you might have heard • Mass Confrontation • Moment of Truth • Radar • Killing the game • Interval refereeing • Player management
During the Match • Eye Contact: Regular eye contact also allows the Assistant Referees' and the Referee to bond and feel part of the officiating team; thus building up a friendly rapport. • Direction Signal: In conjunction with the flag, a discrete hand direction signal can indicate to the Referee which side is entitled to the restart. • Thumbs Up: This is used by the Assistant Referee (and the Referee) to indicate agreement with a decision, or an incident, or as a regular friendly encouragement between the three officials.
“Referees commit suicide, Assistants commit murder” - Graham Poll