In this article, we will discuss one of the controversial topics in the world of competitive and amateur sport. The referees bear the burden of the entire game and the enforcement of the rules on the pitch. We need to understand their mistakes, even if we disagree with their decisions. Judge mistakes: see how to deal with them.
We realize that judge’s mistakes are a very controversial issue. However, we must try to understand the subject before we become frustrated with the referee’s mistakes.
Judge’s mistakes: history is as old as the world
Season after season, we look at the judges’ mistakes. They are covered in the news with the feeling that a team (no matter what sport) has been wronged. In the case of big football teams, the consequences can even be serious.
The events of the past weeks have greatly helped to analyze this issue in depth. Nevertheless, there is a long-standing debate about the errors of arbitrators.
Typical complaints often concern the disagreement with the judge’s decisions.
How to become a professional judge and not make mistakes?
We will consider what it takes to become a judge: When a teenager turns 16, he can enroll in a judging course. Usually the course is free and the decision to take it is respected.
Completing the theoretical and practical course still does not prepare students for what they will be doing in the field. For two or three seasons, it is worth gaining experience as acting judge. Most often it takes place with children from 9 to 14 years of age.
Gradually, judges may advance in their sport and eventually they will have the opportunity to become part of the judging elite. The same process applies to professional footballers. They’re not that different, are they?
Matters to consider in case of judges’ faults
Considering the above, we don’t think the referee wakes up on the morning of the match with the intention of hurting anyone with his decisions, do we?
We don’t think anyone can doubt that referees are trying to do their job as best they can, even more in the world of competitive than amateur sports.
The main problem is that it has become normal to criticize the referee during the match. This is something we accept as the norm.
Meanwhile, just like in professional games and training matches, referees (as well as players) are always learning, regardless of age and experience.
Analyze the variables and make a decision
Both professional and amateur referees work the same or even more than the players. They do their job in the best possible way physically, theoretically and psychologically.
This makes the screams of dissatisfaction from the field of play for the slightest mistake of the referee unfair. This also applies, and perhaps even more so, to outside voices. No one feels good if someone yells every time they make a mistake.
Is it so hard to understand that judges have to analyze many variables and make a split second decision? Besides, they face additional pressure because they know in advance that they will not make everyone happy.
Is it so hard to understand that they are seeing things from a different perspective? We must remember that they too are human and also make mistakes. The referee’s mistakes are part of the game.
We must be aware of this. Remember that referees will still make mistakes, regardless of the latest technology (egVAR, IRS or Hawk-Eye) that helps them in their work.
Often, it is the parents themselves who set the worst example for their children when it comes to showing respect to the judge.
Judge’s mistakes: conclusion
When we talk about judges, we are talking about the vast majority of them who take their work seriously and constantly strive to improve their results.
We are not talking about those who simply work as judges for money and strive to advance their careers with minimal effort.
It is worth remembering that referees are athletes who only want to help the players on the pitch. Without them, sport would not be possible. Ultimately, the referees are also part of the soccer team.
We hope that, for the sake of the judges, common sense will prevail in their overall assessment. Moreover, for the good of the game and the education of young and old athletes. Sports behavior and respect should always prevail on any pitch.