April 28, 2012

Collina: Communication and Prediction as keys of successful refereeing

Pierluigi Collina of Italy, UEFA's chief refereeing officer, has shifted focus on the preparation the match officials for UEFA EURO 2012 have to undergo and furthermore strengthened the foundation stones of successful refereeing as part of an interview given to UEFA.com. 

Pierluigi Collina (c) UEFA.com
As one of the most discernible faces UEFA Refereeing had to offer during the last years, Collina knows best what matters. Having been elected six times in a row as the world's best referee from 1998 to 2003, the main point Collina had become famous for was the until then not recognized ability to have a strong but also respectful approach to the players. Communication and a deep rapport has been being considered vital for refereeing since Collina's era and is nowadays an irreplaceable basis for refereeing on every level, especially on the professional referee he is personally responsible for.
For this reason, Collina has again laid emphasis on the need to be able to have close link to the players. "It must convince the players that the referees are reliable, that the decision taken by him can be grasped.", he stated. Besides, Collina stressed that players were not the enemies of a referee, but that the players could not consider the referees as enemies either. 

Communication as vital ability of referees

Collina has hence two aspect on his mind. On the one hand, he sees communication and the relationship between players and referees as essential, but on the other hand, the athleticism of the match officials is in focus as well. As the game gets faster and is developing more and more, referees have to persistently improve their physical condition and mental awareness, too, which includes being best informed about the teams and players involved in an upcoming match. Therefore, that's another crucial ability according to Collina: "The referee has to predict, he has to be aware of what can happen maybe one second later," he said. "This is the best way to be ready to make a decision. If you are surprised by something, you are very probably wrong. If you know that something can happen, you are ready, it's very probable that you will be right."

With regard to the pending European Championship, Collina also concentrated on the referees' awareness of the tournament's brevity and the consequently emerging need to be at the peak of their skills when it comes to the point. "Everything is important, everything can mean a lot, not only for the teams, but also for the referees. So they are very motivated and determined to show the best performance possible.", he said.
The final tournament will start on 9th June. The full and final list of match officials will follow after the completion of fitness tests that will be accomplished in Warsaw from 30th April to 3rd May.


source: UEFA.com

16 Comments:

  1. Therefore, that's another crucial ability according to Collina: "The referee has to predict, he has to be aware of what can happen maybe one second later," he said. "This is the best way to be ready to make a decision. If you are surprised by something, you are very probably wrong. If you know that something can happen, you are ready, it's very probable that you will be right."

    That's probably the most important thing Collina said. Predict. If you are ready for something then most of the time your decision will be correct.

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    1. Right, that was especially important in Barca-Chelsea. Brych e.g. seemed to have done a lot preparation concerning Drogba, Cakir's team was perhaps aware of Terry's foul/violent conduct far away from the ball in the 1st leg.

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  2. Another interesting news, today:

    http://www.uefa.com/uefa/footballfirst/matchorganisation/refereeing/news/newsid=1791969.html#referees+encouraged+embrace+euro+test

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  3. What the hell in France! 4 straight red cards in the 90th minute. Thual obviously with heavy work (riots?)..

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    1. I'm going to download the match, thank to rojadirecta.

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    2. A big riot when he gave a penalty in the additional time.

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  4. The Hellenic Football Assosiation just announced that it's President Sofoklis Pilavios has been appointed as Match Delegate at the Final of the UEFA Champions League held in Munchen (19 May).

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    1. Ok superb, thanks for this info. Who do you expect as observer? I think Collina can get it after last year's EL final if Rizzoli will not get it. Instead, Mikkelsen would be an alternative.

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  5. There are many candidates as Observers.

    I would say that Elleray, Sajn or Batta will be at the EL final.

    As for the CL I would go with Collina, Dallas, Vassaras and Josef Marko.

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  6. Yes but if the CL final will be for Proença, it would be difficult to see again Collina as observer, after Europa League match :)

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  7. Right. Fandel, Elleray, Batta, I do not think that they will be there. Batta had CL last year, Elleray probably impossible, Fandel as well.
    Sajn or Marko could be true. I however think that Collina will insist having the final prior to such an important tournament like EURO.

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  8. What do you think about Ukraine situation (politic)?
    I think that UEFA was aware of the possible dangers.
    The news coming in the last days are not so reassuring.
    I hope that EURO2012 will be a normal tournament without any problem, anyway it could be difficult.

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  9. http://www.uefa.com/uefa/footballfirst/matchorganisation/refereeing/news/newsid=1792369.html#uefa+sets+refereeing+agenda+euro+2012

    "We don't want to see referees sorrounded by players, due to complaints. Yellow cards will be given immediatly."

    That's good

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    1. If you watch the official pic, with all the referees, you surely notice that one man is missing. Thomson! Why?

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    2. This 0-tolerance policy is good, but emotions should be allowed with the adequate respect. Thomson and his team are missing, no explanation for that by now o.O

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  10. I think that UEFA is a corrupt mob who does not care about that :)
    I do not want to state political aspects, I could do, but I would call it in general a bit hypocritical to focus NOW on political affairs which are of course necessary to debate, but please, we (the rest of the world in a way) know that for years, UEFA does, too.

    Sajn and Vassaras join U17 EURO, so they are not available for the finals.

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