People often wonder why referees have to wear proper uniforms in order to officiate soccer matches, particularly in organizations where referees are volunteering their time.
Proper referee attire is essential for the following reasons: –
- Referees are in a position of authority for the duration of a match, and uniformity of the game officials plays a huge role in appearing professional, gaining credibility, and commanding respect of the coaches, players, and spectators.
- Referee teams are an integral part of soccer at all levels of the sport from recreational to professional games. As such, they need to be undoubtedly recognized on the field and the uniform serves this purpose. Referee uniforms clearly separates the officials from the players.
- Uniforms creates visual appearance of a team. This helps the referee team manage games more effectively.
- Proper uniforms (with Regional or higher level badges) show players, coaches, and spectators that referees have completed the appropriate level of training and are in a position to officiate a match in a safe and fair manner.