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"High level refereeing, a case of teamwork"

Dans un numéro spécial de la revue Science et Motricité dédié aux "officiels des pratiques sportives", cet article de Simon Boyer, Géraldine Rix-Lièvre et Michel Récopé s’intéresse aux activités de coordination entre l’arbitre et l’arbitre assistant pour prendre des décisions en situation de match de football.

Abstract

Refereeing is often brought down to a process of individual decision-making. However, studying the characteristics of how decisions are made during a match entails considering the involvement of the members of the team of officials. Thus, our research investigates the motives and modalities of co-ordination between the team’s members. Six professional football matches have been observed and eighteen auto-confrontation interviews conducted with the referees and their assistants. The analysis highlights types of co-ordination relating to how the playing situation is recognized to be acceptable and how the players are shown what is possible. The officials’ co-ordination is based on the situated recognition of each one’s prerogatives.

- Keywords

judgment act decision coordination auto-confrontation rules football

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