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Empathy

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Everyone should have empathy (feeling/understanding) for the needs of each match - the best referees are not unfeeling ‘robots’. For example, empathy allows a referee to distinguish between frustration and dissent and to appreciate the reaction of a player who misses a match-winning goal in the final minutes. The very best referees ‘understand’ the game
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Education

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People only improve by learning, and those who succeed must have a willingness to be educated and to educate others by passing on their knowledge and experience. Education takes many forms: from hands-on experience gained as an assistant referee or 4th official, through watching other officials operate, to formal education courses, etc. Education is not
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Evaluation

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The best referees have a high level of ability to evaluate not only specific incidents in a match but also to evaluate the match ‘atmosphere/temperature’, and, as this changes, to adjust his/her refereeing level to the needs of the game, in order to ensure match control. Match officials must develop the ability to self-evaluate and
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Fitness

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It is self-evident that all match officials must be physically fit to perform in a match, and one of the major requirements is the fitness level in the final minutes of the match, when the most controversial incidents often occur. Physical fitness comes not just from correct and focused training but also from diet, lifestyle
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