Blowing The Whistle: The Psychology of Football Refereeing

Blowing The Whistle: The Psychology of Football Refereeing

by Stuart Carrington
Blowing The Whistle: The Psychology of Football Refereeing

Blowing The Whistle: The Psychology of Football Refereeing

by Stuart Carrington


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The football referee. Charged with controlling the players and enforcing the laws of the most popular and passionate game on the planet, they are often alone and always outnumbered. They ply their trade in the face of competitive athletes and a partisan crowd, all desperate to sway judgments in their favour. Along with players and coaches, they are the only people who can influence the result of a football match, yet despite such importance, there are many questions.

- Are referees influenced by the crowd?

- Do referees favour the home side?

- Do 'big name' players and managers get treated differently?

- Are referees arrogant?

- Why would anyone want to be a referee?

- Do we really trust the referee?

- Do we neglect the mental health of referees?

- How can a referee prepare psychologically for a game?

In Blowing the Whistle: The Psychology of Football Refereeing, these questions, and more, are answered.

Meticulously researched and written by leading authority Stuart Carrington, a multitude of views from the terraces, the media, academic studies, and referees themselves are brought together to bust myths and shine a light on the misunderstood, rarely appreciated, and often vilified individuals who are central to the beautiful game. Vital lessons from psychology are explored to ensure no stone is left unturned in finally understanding: what is it really like to referee a football match?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911121626
Publisher: Dark River
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Series: Sport Psychology
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1: When in Rome: Are Referees Influenced by the Location?

2: Big Club, Big Influence: Are Referees Influenced by the Crowd?

3: Feeding the Crocodile: Do Referees Try to Appease the Crowd?

4: “Bloody Hell, Ref!” Do Appeals Influence the Referee?

5: Not Them Again: Are Referees Influenced by Reputation?

6: Get In The Box: Do Referees Categorise Teams and Players?

7: The More You Read, The Less You Know. Do Expectations Influence a Referee?

8: All Men Are Equal… But Some Are More Equal Than Others. Do Referees Show Favouritism?

9: Motivation Matters: Does It Matter Why a Referee is a Referee?

10: Narcissistic Control Freaks: Are Referees Arrogant?

11: Welcome to the Pressure Cooker: How Does Stress Influence a Referee?

12: I Feel, Therefore I Am: Do Emotions Affect Performance?

13: Controlling the Controllable: How Do Referees Control Their Emotions?

14: More Than a Game: Do Referees Suffer From Poor Mental Health?

15: “It’s What They Signed Up For.” Do We Just Expect Referees to Handle Abuse?

16: Dealing With It: How Do Referees Cope With The Demands Of The Job?

17: Knowledge Without Practice Makes But Half the Artist: Can a Referee Practice Psychological Skills?

18: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance: How Can a Referee Prepare Psychologically?

19: Help Them Help Us: What Can We Do to Assist Referees?

20: Conclusion

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