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You Are The Ref: A Guide to Good Refereeing Paperback – 25 Apr 2013
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FFT has always enjoyed artist Trevillion's cult column in The Observer and here he sketches up 208 fresh pages of officiating quandries with the help of ex-ref Keith Hackett. Shirt-pulling, simulation, streaking - it's all here, and the pictures bring every scene to life. (FourFourTwo)
From the simple to the extraordinary, You Are The Ref - A Guide To Good Refereeing reminds the reader that the referee is in control of the game ... and with good reason. Decision making for any human is complex, and for referees the results are unforgiving. Hackett explores the factors which may improve decision making on the field and offers ways to test yourself with fun challenges capable of inspiring armchair refs and newbies alike. (Diane Scavuzzo, SoccerNation.com)
This will be a must-read for any lover of the game, be they a manager, player, fan or journalist. Or a referee come to that! (Alan Biggs, Sheffield Telegraph)
Brings together... iconic artwork from Paul Trevillion and the sage wisdom of Keith Hackett... a useful guide (Sport)
Whether you are an aspiring Premier League referee, a lover of football, admirer of great art or a combination of all three, I know you will enjoy owning, reading and learning from this amazing book --(Howard Webb, MBE)
With this book at your side blaming your side's loss on one dodgy decision or another may never be quite the same again. (Philosophy football.com)
Fun, informative and entertaining. This is a RUSH OUT and GET book for Soccer Lovers (Soccernation.com)
Essential reading for up and coming refs...You Are The Ref will enlighten you (Lancashire Evening Post)
You are the Ref: A Guide to Good Refereeing by Paul Trevillion and Keith Hackett is an absolute gem. It is literally a work of art with incredible illustrations that capture the art of refereeing and the beauty of the beautiful game. The content is dynamic in every regard... Overall, You Are The Ref is a soccer masterpiece, a title that should be on the shelf of every soccer fan (International Soccer Network)
...brush up your knowledge and get inside the mind of the ref with this essential piece of kit...This is a great way of staying one step ahead of the game (School Sport Magazine)
In this brilliant book by Paul Trevillion and former ref, Keith Hackett, you have to decide what to do in a number of tricky on-pitch situations, with brilliant illustrations to help you on the way! One read of this, and you'll know what a hard job these refs have! --(Kick Magazine)
...an interesting and entertaining read, full of facts of interest and examples of decisions that must be made by the officiating crews at many levels of the game. Excellent illustrations throughout the book catch the eye of the reader and provide an encouragement to explore the accompanying text. The interesting challenges to the Laws that are cited remind the reader that there is much to learn about this game and that a new challenge to our conventional thinking about the game is just out there waiting to happen. (Soccer Nova Scotia, Carman King, Soccer Nova Scotia Referee Development Officer)
…the illustrations are useful (Philip E. Moore, Chair, Ontario Soccer Association Instructor Advisory)
A great way of staying one step ahead of the game (School Sport)
[I]t's a very well mounted affair and one that should find its way into the Christmas stocking of any discerning young teenager… (Rob Langham, TheTwoUnfortunates.com)
Amazing, amazing, amazing! The illustrations as well as the written content clearly explains why calls are made and the challenges behind some calls a referee has to make within seconds after blowing the whistle. It also breaks down Match Day procedures as well as the importance of an official's fitness and mentality. --(Cesar Diaz, LatinoSports.com)
About the Author
Paul Trevillion is a world renowned sports artist - famous for the legendary comic strip character Roy of the Rovers and his cult classic 'You are the Ref' column in the Observer.
Keith Hackett is a former international referee and now General Manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) - the referee's governing body and, is the Referee Ambassador for the FA, Premier League and UEFA.
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