Decision-making skills, role specificity, and deliberate practice in association football refereeing.

@article{Catteeuw2009DecisionmakingSR,
  title={Decision-making skills, role specificity, and deliberate practice in association football refereeing.},
  author={Peter Catteeuw and Werner F. Helsen and Bart Gilis and Johan Wagemans},
  journal={Journal of sports sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={27 11},
  pages={1125-36}
}
In association football, two similar but arguably different refereeing roles are required, those of the referee and assistant referee. Role specificity was investigated with a foul play assessment task and an offside decision-making task. Deliberate practice was investigated to account for role-specific differences. First, role specificity was clearly observed. Second, years of officiating, hours of practice per week, and number of matches officiated were each positively correlated with skill… CONTINUE READING