Here is a part of a report from a referee officiating in the North West Sydney Football competition
– on the same weekend, he and his 14 year old son were abused.
“I am withdrawing from refereeing for an indefinite period. I was involved in several incidents over the weekend.
I was subjected to consistent abusive language from players and people on the sideline, and consistent questioning of my decisions.
I felt unsafe with the level of anger directed at me.
I have lost sleep and I am left with stress and anxiety. I shouldn’t have to be subjected to the level of abuse I received.
My 14-year-old son (also a referee) was approached and inappropriately questioned by an angry parent who wanted to question a throw-in, and his (correct) decision to not allow a goal to stand after the half time whistle had been blown.
I really do feel isolated and disconnected as a referee. I find myself questioning whether I want to continue doing this if this is how I will be treated on my weekends.
I saw refereeing as a way for me to help others enjoy the game that I love, but the behaviour of some players in a number of games I have refereed has been appalling and I need to take a break.”
These excerpts come from a report from an adult male referee. He and his 14 year old son took up refereeing this year to “help others enjoy the game”.
The abuse and questioning of decisions from players, managers and spectators has resulted in both referees ceasing their involvement.
That potentially means around 50 games will go uncovered for the remainder of this year, as a direct result of 2 referees leaving due to abuse.
At football games, the standard you walk past is the standard you accept. Play your part to stop abuse of referees. #RespectTheRef #RespectTheGame
Two parents watching junior football.
“Which one is your kid?”
“I want to tell them how rubbish they are!”
“You can’t do that; how would you feel if I did that to your kid?”
“You’ve been doing it all game actually”
“Really, who is your kid?”
Think before you speak.
Help the match officials:
-Being a referee can be a difficult task. Many referees are young and learning their trade just as the players.
-No referee will be 100% perfect. Sure, they may make a wrong call. Missed chances and defensive errors are much more likely to have cost you the game than wrong decisions.
-If you criticise the match officials, be it from the side-lines or in the car on the way home, you are affirming that this is OK.
-When you child is then sent off for dissent, they will have been modelling your behaviour!
North West Sydney Football (NWSF) and North West Sydney Football Referees Association (NWSFRA) urge our community to PLAY YOUR PART TO STOP THE ABUSE OF REFEREES.
The NWSF RESPECT program was introduced in 2016 and is an ongoing journey to change to culture in Football to a consistently positive and rewarding one
The Fundamental Aim of the RESPECT program is to encourage Respect towards:
-The match officials, without whom the game would be much less enjoyable
-The opposition, without whom there would be no game
-The laws, which keep the game fair and safe
-Yourself, set yourself standards and stick to them no matter what anyone else does
Abuse of referees is occurring locally and will not be tolerated at any level. #RespectTheRef #RespectTheGame
-Officials are also there because they enjoy the game
-They will do their best to keep you safe and enforce the rules
-They are people too. Most likely part of your own football community or a nearby club
-They may make a mistake as do all of us on the field.
-There is never an excuse for treating them with disrespect.
-Support them especially when they are wrong.
-Abusing a referee will never change a decision. It may lead to you being sanctioned. It does certainly lead to match officials giving up and not returning.
Enjoy the game. Be positive to all around you. Be the person that others look forward to playing again.
Don't miss your chance to join the fun these school holidays!
You can now sign up to join our Spirit FC coaches and development partners Soccer Kickstart as we relaunch the Holiday Clinics these school holidays.
CLICK HERE for all the details and to register.
The U6 to U12 event is on Sunday June 26th from 1pm
Christie Park Synthetic Fields
U6/7 play 4v4 and U8-12 play 5v5. We have mixed and female competitions.
Cost is $20 per team. To register click this link - https://form.jotform.com/221231377053851
We would like to also thank the NWSF Spirit FC players for refereeing the tournament and the NWSF Spirit FC Coaches and staff who are all running the day.