Well a tip to all those that bemoan lack of referees try this on for size and see if it helps:
1. Save the foul language, insults, sledges, put downs and physical violence for your mates down the pub - and not the opposition, crowd or the referee; 2. A Referee is human and make mistakes - not just those in the Champions League and A League; and 3. Dont call off games and not notify the referee's association. Referees get a bit jack of turning up to makeup games that have been canned days ago.
I can referee most Saturdays and Sundays but I get a bit put off when the soccer field turns into;
1. an audition to a MMA fight night or a Chopper Read show; 2. the constant questioning of decisions. I'm amazed how many players get ALL the decisions right in their own minds and give advice to the referee - obviously at their training time they spend their time observing play rather than actually making it happen.
We had a young bloke do our 35/2 on Sunday at Ted Horwood and he was great. 2 official lines as well. No dramas. Why don't clubs be made responsible for having a pool of in house refs. Smaller clubs will be harder but then the club has to provide at least a trained ref in a uniform. Better than a random bloke standing around in jeans and t shirt.
Something to think about, the introduction of Super League will no doubt impact on the availability of referees for the lower divisions generally (ie AAM/5 and lower, 35's and 45s.
As per Premier league, it is mandated that Super League games get preferenece for a referee and 2 assistants for each of reserve and first grade.
In previous years, a senior referee could do the centre of a 1:00pm & 3:00pm game. Thus 2 senior referees could cover 4 senior games (eg a 35/? then a Sen/2). Now with Super League, the 2 senior referees will be at the same park and can only cover 4 games IF there is also a 1:00 & 3:00 game on an adjoining field, so they swap over. If not, then 1 or 2 less games get covered by experienced referees.
snorkelandflippers has got it right there. My 14-year-old has started refereeing this year and has already copped calls of "offside ref"... "handball ref"... blah blah blah by doofus parents on the sideline. Give 'em a break. Refs of any experience get it right sometimes and get it wrong at other times. I doubt they even understand what an off-side is and how hard they can be to call when you don't have linesmen to assist you... And even then they can be tough.
There should be ZERO TOLERANCE in questioning a referee's decisions, especially young ones who are yet to develop the ability to ignore comments of a negative nature. It should be made the responsibility of clubs to enforce. Isn't that why every game has someone wearing an "official" vest? Maybe these people should do their job and have a quiet word in the ear of the offending party as soon as these incidents occur.
unfortunately many people who wear those vests think they are actually the team's official abuse hurler as the role has not been explained properly to them. They should be no where near the technical area and should be in amongst the supporters quietening people down not leading the abuse.