Match Officials are essential for grassroots football to thrive
#Respect The Ref
Match Officials are essential for grassroots football to thrive.
What’s Respect the Ref?
Every match. Every league. Every championship. It’s the referees who are integral to a smooth-running game.
They work hard, train hard, show up and play hard – all to keep the game beautiful. They give their time and yet face negative attention and abuse in almost every match. Enough is enough. We can all play our part to show the ref some respect, to help make the game the best it can be.
For the past 18 months we have seen an increase in the number of incidents reported, related to the use of offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.
The FA is launching a new campaign to increase the awareness to this massive problem, as no one should be subject to any form of abuse, offensive or insulting language and or/gestures.
No one should be subject to any form of abuse or discrimination, we all have a role to play.
Please take responsibility, make sure you don’t allow any referee be abused in front of you, this is a role and duty that all people involved in a game of football should take seriously.