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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 and referee with an empathy for the needs of each game Off-the-field empathy is important in developing positive relationships with others. For example, when a referee has made a major mistake, colleagues with empathy will offer support and encouragement. An empathetic assessor will decide when it is best to offer advice. In dealing with other people, empathy and respect are closely linked – if you respect other people then you will have empathy for their feelings and know how best to interact with them in different situations.

Being part of the Society gives you the opportunity to have someone at the end of the phone or out watching your next game. This will definitely resolve any problems or issues and help you move forward.

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