When the decision on who to appoint to referee the FIFA World Cup Final in Johannesburg on 11th July is made it will be influenced by a number of things, as I have mentioned in earlier articles.

Geography will now play no part since the final will be played between two European teams and the referees who controlled the semi finals will not be considered.

A major influence on who was to be retained will have been their performance at training sessions and in the Referee Headquarters in Pretoria. Anyone who did not fit into the team ethos will have gone home by now.

The assessments received by the remaining referees will be considered in great detail.

Assessing how well a referee has performed requires the skill of the assessor to look at the match as a whole and not just note the times of every foul and caution.

A major mistake must be taken into account. Was it caused by poor positioning or lack of courage?

Were the referee’s decisions accurate – did he apply the Laws correctly?

Was he fit and did he read the game and take up good position to give decisions?

Did he lead his team of officials well? Did they work as a team?

How did he manage the players and officials?

Was he confident and did he show strong body language?

This is where it becomes subjective and the referee assessor must assess the overall performance, taking these points into account.

Different assessors will have different opinions but the main question is ‘did he control the game well?’

Assessing a referee’s performance is like looking at a work of art and not at a balance sheet.

The balance sheet might tell you the final score but the painting gives you the bigger picture.

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