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ARE REFEREES FIT FOR PURPOSE

When I became the boss of the Premier League Match Officials Limited (PGMOL)  one of my first decisions was to appoint a full-time Sports Scientist

Prof Matt Weston carried out detailed research, analysing each referee’s physical performance over several games and then doing comparisons against Premier League players.

Using Polar Heart Monitors, coupled with the filming of referees for the duration of games linked with one of the worlds best performance analysis systems PROZONE  we identified the average distances and speeds achieved by the referees compared to players.

 

AVERAGE DISTANCE COVERED BY PLAYERS PER GAME  (M) 11431
AVERAGE DISTANCE COVERED BY REFEREES PER GAME (M)  11383

One referee covered 13257 in one game.

HIGH-INTENSITY RUNNING  (Speed in excess of 7M/Second)

Premier League professional players speed profiles increased by 35% in the period I was in charge,  now they are covering on average 1085m of high intensity running per game.

SPRINTS TO MAINTAIN CONTACT WITH PLAY

Premier professional players perform, on average, 42 sprints per game.

Premier League Referees are recording 40 sprints per game. Howard Webb when he was an active referee exceeded 50 sprints per game.

We introduced a sprint coach to ensure that referees could accelerate to ensure that they did not lose contact with the game.

We also had to ensure that referees were fully prepared on match day to meet any physical challenge from minute one.

We introduced a systematic warm-up procedure that I hope referees will consider adopting to ensure injury prevention,

I hope that all referees will study this document and introduce the:

PROF MATT WESTON WARMING UP PROCEDURE

  • Warm up is usually understood as a set of procedures aiming to start the biological motor of the body 
  • Most research reports are overwhelming in favour of warm-up prior to any form of exercise. 
  • Crucial period prior to any form of exercise 
  • Warm up is a period of preparation 
  • Psychological – Focus, Psyching up, Imagery 
  • Physiological – Performance enhancement, Injury prevention 
  • Warming up and warming down procedures vary significantly from sport to sport.

 

THE WARM-UP

  • 7 – 10 minute period of slow jogging
  • Gradually building up heart rate up to 80% of maximum

 

Rachel Wright

Art Director & Photographer

Andrew Butler

Photographer & Illustrator

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Thanks to Prof Matt Weston the PRE MATCH WARM UP PROCEDURE was adopted by many countries.

We will add more to do with fitness in other sections

Keith Hackett