Striving for excellence: talent identification and development in English football refereeing
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Research methods: The paper employs a qualitative approach using thematic analysis. Semi-structured interviews with 28 participants across four different County Football Associations (CFAs) in England were conducted. Referees on the development pathway and Referee Development Officers were interviewed.
Results and Findings: Three overarching themes were identified; recruitment processes, talent identification and development, and support mechanisms. Opportunities for progression were affected by age, provision and quality of training, knowledge of the progression pathways, regional and national differences in both the recruitment and delivery of information regarding talent identification and development, and variability in the formalised support networks.
Implications: Organisations who identify and develop referees at varying levels should understand the barriers associated with maximising referee progression. FIFA, UEFA, national football associations, and regional referee organisations are aware of the diminishing refereeing numbers across football, and therefore effective identification and development of referees becomes even more essential. Governing bodies should recognise that the progression pathways in place have a significant impact on referee development and therefore a successful standardised approach is essential both nationally and internationally.
|Journal||European Sport Management Quarterly|
|Early online date||7 Jan 2021|
|Publication status||Early online - 7 Jan 2021|
Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Sport Management Quarterly on 07/01/2021, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/16184742.2020.1864748.
Accepted author manuscript (Post-print), 1.12 MB, PDF document
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