This book explores issues related to the abuse of referees and match officials in sport. Drawing on original empirical research in football, rugby union, rugby league and cricket, it provides an insight into the complexities involved in the recruitment, retention and development processes of match officials from across the global sports industry.

Using an evidence-based approach, the book examines why abuse occurs, the operational environments in which match officials operate, and underlying issues and trends that cut across sports and therefore can be linked to wider societal trends. It challenges global sport policy and discusses the development of an inclusive, cohesive and facilitative environment for match officials, players, coaches and spectators to ensure the future provision of global sport.

Referees, Match Officials and Abuse is an invaluable resource for all students, scholars and national governing bodies of sport with an interest in match officials, sports governance, sport policy, sport management and the sociology of sport.

chapter 2|16 pages

Examining abuse

The importance of governing bodies in sport

chapter 3|19 pages

Organisational culture, non-reporting of abuse and discontinuation

Implications for match officials and administrators

chapter 4|22 pages

Facilitating a positive environment

The role of resilience, mental fortitude and conflict management when supporting match officials