The adjudication of duels by the assistant referee in football

Abstract : ost research about football assistant referee performance has focused on judgment and decision-making of offside (e Pina et al., 2017). Judging offside is a domain specific skill, but other aspects of the assistant’s performance that are part of refereeing the match, have received less attention in research. The purpose of our study was to elicit the assistant referee performance when he carries out his prerogative of intervention in the course of the match by signalling a foul. We specifically investigated the assistant referee’s lived experiences (Cahour et al., 2017) in order to understand how they participated, or not, in decision-making for adjudicating duels (i.e. one-on-one action between opponents). Six professional football matches were studied involving self-confrontation interviews (Theureau, 2003) conducted with N = 12 assistants. Analysis of interviews showed that for the assistants the cues that indicate that a decision process is taking place for the central referee, also indicate a priority of the latter for the decision. The participation of assistants in the decision-making processes depends on contextual cues related to preoccupations concerning the team organisation (Poizat et al., 2010). Findings also showed that throughout the match, the assistants construct an understanding of the circumstances of the central referee’s decision-making in the cases of duels. Assistants constructed their judgment in relation to the central referee’s perceived contextual judgment (Mascarenhas et al., 2005). During a football match, the referee team members construct mutual intelligibility about the intentions of the central referee (Bourbousson et al., 2010).
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Simon Boyer, Ian Cunningham, Michel Récopé, Géraldine Rix-Lièvre. The adjudication of duels by the assistant referee in football. 15th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology,, Jul 2019, Munster, Germany. ⟨hal-02281182⟩



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