Anthony Bailey - keeps fits with running, weights and planking
I first played football in 1967. I was about 6 years old. I became involved with Somerset Cricket Club from age 9.
I was first interested in refereeing because I was coaching a ladies' team and thought it would be good to know the rules so as to understand why referees made the calls they did. I recall my first official game was a match between Paget and Island Rangers.
I am a referee because I believe it’s important to give back to the sport that allowed me to further my education but refereeing also allows me to provide feedback to younger players who may need a bit of guidance as they develop their craft.
Each game day I prepare for refereeing by knowing who the teams are; sorting out my gear the night before, ensuring that I know the competition rules if the match is a cup match or other, and most importantly I try to go to bed early. My physical fitness program involves running, weights, and planking.
At the end of a match I reflect on the calls that I have made and if there’s a question in my mind I refer to the laws of the game and or training videos to confirm my decision.
I encourage other people to referee because it can be rewarding. You can become a full international referee and travel to faraway lands or you can be a local referee and be the catalyst for changing a players life or lifestyle through positive feedback whether the impetus of the feedback is as a result of a foul or simple question as to why a call is made (it should be noted that a referee is under no obligation to tell a player why he was penalized). For me I find some players appreciate the feedback because they just don’t know whilst others like to test you because they know a little bit of the law but may lack the application.
I encourage young people to be a referee because they can make a future out of it. The better you become the more opportunities you have such as refereeing in a World Cup or other international stage. If they do, the pay can be very rewarding, so I have been told.
I love refereeing because I enjoy a good competitive game. I firmly believe that all former players should strive to give back to the sport either through coaching or refereeing because without officials the likelihood of having a fair game is very slim.
I have been on a FIFA referee course in Bermuda
In refereeing I want to be all of the following though it would appear that my age is considered a limiting factor for at least one- Top Referee in Bermuda, FIFA Referee (but age restricted), Referee Fitness Instructor, Referee Instructor and Beach Soccer Referee.
I encourage the public to respect referees because the public’s behavior towards officials can influence how a youngster reacts when he or she becomes of age and are playing in a competitive match. Also, referees are no different than anyone else meaning they’re human and will at times make choices that may not always be correct, however, every referee is neutral and applies the laws of the game as they see fit. They don’t have minutes to decide whether to blow the whistle or not they only have a split second. There’s no instant replay or timeout out; the decision to blow the whistle or not is only tempered by a choice to play an advantage or not. Without rules or laws there tends to be anarchy or chaos.
I have been blessed to have played football at all levels both in Bermuda and overseas. I have seen the laws of the game evolve as well as the equipment used but through all that has changed, there remains one constant and that is the referee. The referee is in charge and his decision(s) during the game are final. So let’s respect him or her because their only interest is to enforce the laws of the game, he or she does not care who wins or loses.
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Arne Thomsen joins the home-made video clip series as a former player from the '70s.
Arne Thomsen, from Denmark, tells of his 2 year stay in Bermuda 1978 - 1980 when he played for first Wolves and then Devonshire Colts, as one of the happiest periods of his life.
Arne visited Bermuda last summer and caught up with lots of old friends and made some new ones! He also praised Bermuda Brasilian Football School for its tour to Denmark a few years ago.
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