This study examined the need for an improvement in the refereeing standard to reduce the incidence of player injuries during football matches. The FIFA refereeing department determined a reference decision for 60 player-to-player contact incidents from the 2002 World Cup. This reference was compared with the decision of the match referee. All incidents were also assessed by 4 expert panels (i.e. players, coaches, medical staff and referees). For each incident they had to express the appropriate sanction (nonfoul, foul, yellow or red card). The FIFA reference decision indicated that the Laws of the Game are adequate for the majority of situations (70%). The match referee's decision was in agreement with the reference in 57% of the incidents. The level of agreement between the referees' panel and the reference (60%) was higher than with any other panel. Post-match disciplinary procedures based on video replays are discussed to better deal with foul play endangering the safety of the players.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||International Journal of Sport Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2006|