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Why Would You Referee? An {Auto}ethnographic Account of a Football Official

Ing, Charles and Mills, John (2021) 'Why Would You Referee? An {Auto}ethnographic Account of a Football Official.' Communications in Kinesiology.

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Adopting a creative yet novel autoethnographic approach, this study explores the experiences of the first author, a newly qualified footballing official. In doing so, the study provides a first person account to showcase the realities of refereeing whereby adding to a small pool of refereeing literature in the process. In providing an evocative account with a theoretical analysis, the research aims to 1) improve knowledge surrounding the current high drop-out rates within youth football referees by showcasing, and explaining the challenges associated with the position 2) inform and subsequently aid aspiring officials in their ongoing development and finally 3) encourage other referees to speak up to voice their concerns within the profession. By constructing the said narratives in an easy-to-understand manner, the study looks to showcases the challenges associated with officiating to a broad audience.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Referee; Autoethnography; Officiating; Drop-out; Sport; Aggression
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2021 12:49
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:33

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