A referee of a soccer match or a sport match, in general, is analogous to leaders of today. The similarities are striking.
The situation of a soccer match changes with the change of weather, of the competing teams, and with the atmosphere prevailing by the audience and the weather. The playing ground and its quality and dimensions also have their effect. In turbulent weather with wind, rain or snow and fog add to the uncertainty of the weather. It becomes uncertain and unpredictable as the climate of business is today.
What adds to the complexity of the game is the behavior of the players and their ambitions. How the players, coaches, and the spectators react to;
- Winds of fortune blow against a players’ luck. The ball keeps hitting the crossbars and out of play. Will his wind of motivation stop?
- Will the wind of anger make the referee angry with a player cursing him and show him the red card?
- Will the referee allow for the wind of opportunity to blow and not whistle even if a player is fouled to keep the player’s opportunity for scoring?
- Will the blaming culture prevail in a team for not passing the ball in time for a teammate who has a better opportunity to score?
- Will the referee allow the audience of the host team to roar and use his whistle to please them?
- How a team will react to early setbacks by conceding a goal early in the match?
- How the supposedly stronger team reacts to early setbacks such as losing a key player through injury. Will the spirit of retaliation prevail? What would the referee do to calm them down and protect the players?
- What if the referee makes a wrong decision and will he has the courage to reverse his decision or will arrogance stop him from doing this?
- Does the referee blows the whistle in the wind and is unsure about what to do? A hesitant referee is a weak referee.
The referee has a leading role. He should keep his integrity, show self-control, be able to keep the trust of all parties, remain fair, be willing to self-correct decisions and be able to protect all players.
A game of football is a game of teams.