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Title: ‘You want the buzz of having done well in a game that wasn’t easy’: a sociological examination of the job commitment of English football referees
Authors: Parsons, Tom
Bairner, Alan
Keywords: Football referees
Job commitment
Football in England
Job satisfaction
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © ACAPS, EDP Sciences
Citation: PARSONS, T. and BAIRNER, A., 2015. ‘You want the buzz of having done well in a game that wasn’t easy’: a sociological examination of the job commitment of English football referees. Movement and Sport Sciences - Science and Motricité, 87 (1), pp. 41 - 52.
Abstract: Based on a critical reading of relevant literature and in-depth interviews with football referees from various levels of the game in England, the aim of this study is to understand why referees become involved and, more pertinently, why they remain committed to the role despite the abuse and disrespect which they regularly encounter. Having considered the development of the football referee, the essay then examines existing literature concerned with refereeing as well as studies of job commitment in other human-service occupations. The subsequent data analysis leads to conclusions which both confirm and challenge findings of the limited research previously conducted in this area. Finally, the study suggests directions for organisations to follow in order to ensure the retention of referees.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Movement and Sport Sciences - Science and Motricité [© ACAPS, EDP Sciences] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/sm/2014017
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1051/sm/2014017
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17233
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/sm/2014017
ISSN: 2118-5735
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