REFEREES NEED TO DISPLAY PRESENCE
Over many years I have watched closely the performances of the World’s top Football Referees and players.
True legends of our great game, Referees Jack Taylor. Howard Webb, Abraham Klein, Pierluigi Collina and Players of the likes of George Best, Bobby Charlton, Gordon Banks, Michel Platini, Maradona, Messi, Carlos Alberto and Pele to name a few.
In my opinion, what set these people apart was their undoubted talents and that they displayed PRESENCE ON THE FIELD OF PLAY.
So how can Presence improve your authority and match control as referees?
The dictionary definition of Presence states the impressive manner or appearance of a person.
PRESENCE IS PROJECTED THROUGH BODY LANGUAGE
PRESENCE IS THE PROJECTION OF A REFEREES POSITIVE PERSONALITY USING NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION
REFEREES BODY LANGUAGE IS AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF GAINING PRESENCE.
I WANT YOU TO BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU NEED TO PROJECT THE FOLLOWING;
- CONFIDENCE/SELF ASSURANCE
- SENSE OF EASE (EMOTIONAL CONTROL)
- Presence is not a fixed definable quality but rather a process of continuous growth and change that takes place before the eyes of players
- The challenge is to continually project the right image by being vitally aware of the signals you are sending to others
- The quality of presence is enhanced by the signals the referee sends. However, it diminishes if any of the elements are not successfully transmitted.
PRESENCE – CONFIDENCE
- Referees need to consider a confident body posture.
- Good eye contact
- Avoid nervous mannerisms- this can be projected by been over fussy and talking too much
- Control of voice is important.
- Facial expressions can project a look of fear
PRESENCE CAN BE ENHANCED IF YOU ARE DECISIVE
- Speed of decision making
- Sharpness of signals
- Correctness of action
- Early advantage decision and strong call and signal
- A positive facial expression
PRESENCE – ENTHUSIASM
- The need to sparkle
- Facial alertness
I spent several hours in front of a full-size mirror to practice my signals both with a flag, arm/hand signals and facial expressions.
Signals project positive actions – a straight arm when giving directional signals.
The palm of the hand flat to enable it to be visible.
I use to review carefully my video of games that I officiated to look carefully on how I managed players.
I would ask myself how did my body language project.
So important to be confident, not arrogant, to demonstrate that you are enjoying your role
So take time out in your personal development and look to take on board how you can enhance your PRESENCE on the field of play.