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Officials as individuals

Today, match officials are an integral part of the Game.

Their role extends far beyond the once formerly used principle of being ‘...the sole judge of fact and Law during a match’ as written in the Law under 6.A.4 (a). The modern Game asks match officials to be able to encapsulate the demands of maximum athletic performance and the execution of fair and unbiased officiating.

It has been concluded that the following are all reasons for officials to select their role and take the task:

  1. Interest and enthusiasm for the sport.
  2. The challenge and excitement offered by officiating.
  3. The extra benefits provided by officiating.
  4. The feeling of power and being in control generated by officiating.

The respect received from players and coaches adds another motivation. It provides an intellectual challenge, the complexity is seen as a positive by many.