Officials in sport - Football Football referees are there to keep the game fair and make the decisions about the game. • Fouls • Discipline • Handballs • Goal decisions
Roles of the officials Referee – The main official, they call the fouls and make the final decisions. They are the lead official so they get the most abuse from fans.
Linesman – Stay inline with the last defender to look for offside. • They also help referees look for decisions like handball or seeing if the ball has crossed the line.
Fourth Official – They are near the managers and they decide how much added time is needed, they watch managers and make sure they don’t go out of their technical area.
Responsibility's of officials • Keeping up to date with all the new rules and regulations • They must make sure that they don’t make any biased decisions • They have to be consistent with their decisions • Look after players and fans • Make sure the game goes ahead