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New: Referee and Match Official Research Network

As a means of pulling together various strands of research that focus on the role of the referee and match official in football, as well as other sports, Dr Tom Webb has recently convened the Referee and Match Official Research... Continue Reading →

New study blows whistle on home advantage

Higher standards in football refereeing have brought about an unexpected change – the end of the home advantage. According to new research, football in the UK has changed beyond recognition in the last few decades and home advantage has been steadily... Continue Reading →

Premier League ‘crackdown’ on player behaviour: Referees need specialist leadership support or the initiative will fail

In this post Dr Tom Webb highlights some of his most recent published research. The research considers the organization and leadership of elite Association Football referees in the domestic, European and international game. Specifically, the cross-cultural working practices, training, preparation and... Continue Reading →

Pressure? What pressure? Football referees have more support from the media than we think

Dr Tom Webb of the University of Portsmouth and of The Football Collective provides insight into his latest research.

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