This blog is proudly created By Keith Hackett for Keys to Referee. I was asked through social media to explain and highlight ways in which referees can improve their performances.

I so believe that one aspect of law interpretation that creates controversy is how a referee applies the law around challenges.


  • To be able to judge the difference between those challenges that are fair from those that are not.
  • To consider when an unfair challenge is CARELESS, RECKLESS or committed with EXCESSIVE FORCE.

Keith Hackett
Keith Hackett

Keith Hackett is a proud Sheffield Man, Ex FIFA Referee, Former Head of the PGMOL, Author, FA Cup Referee and a Gentleman who knows the laws of the beautiful game in side and out. He is counted amongst the top 100 referees of all time.

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