This blog is proudly created By Keith Hackett for Keys to Referee.

We take up refereeing to be involved in our great game and can derive a great deal of pleasure and health benefits by our involvement.
Our aim must always be to improve and give our best when we cross that white line to officiate two teams.
Ambition must form part of your desire to be the very best and I want you to start to initially think carefully about your activities away from the game, to begin with.
You must work hard at building a solid foundation for your refereeing and always look to improve.

ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
• Am I a referee or assistant referee FIT FOR PURPOSE.
• How fit are you, yes you have passed the fitness test but do you train regularly and are these sessions appropriate to refereeing?
• How well do you use your fitness on the field of play?
• Referees should cover a distance average of 11500 metres per game and over 1000 metres should be at seven metres per second.
• To achieve that you have to train at least ¾ times a week including sprint sessions where you are able to apple an explosive sprint.
• If you are unfit then you lose contact with play and fail to get the viewing angles to SEE, RECOGNISE, THINK and ACT on those big decisions.
• How good is your knowledge and application of the law – mark yourself out of 10.
• I have been involved in refereeing for over fifty years but still need to study the Laws and their application
• How good are your communication skills, verbal and physical, and do you use the tools at your disposal well. Good communication skills are very important.
• How well do you manage the players and the game.

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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