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  1. mark

    This shows what has been clear to the spectator for a long time, the refs in the EPL are not doing a good job of getting the decisions right. This also shows that more technology ought to be used to get the decisions right. I think if there was video replay for penalty calls then the refs would have more courage to call a penalty. They would know that it would get reviewed and if it was clearly not a penalty then it would be a free kick for the other team. Refs lack the courage to call penalties because it has such a big influence on the outcome of the game. But this gives the defending team a big advantage as they can foul in the box and get away with it more often than not. Video replay would also cut out diving because that would be caught.

    This would also help the spectators know the game is fair and not being manipulated in some way.

  2. Arsenal1Again

    When I was at school 70% was a pass.

    70%-74% =C

    75%-79% =C+

    80%-84% -B

    85%-89% =B+

    90%-94% -A

    Because of the small amount of games played and because the same teams have not been refereed by all the referees … it’s hard to understand the point you’re trying to make here Walter. Refereeing a game like Bolton Vs Stoke is going to factor many things you’ll not see with Arsenal Vs Man Utd.

    In slugger matches like the former, you’ll see fouls on Kevin Davies overlooked because they cancel out, or balance out the fouls committed by the Kevin Davies himself. If a ref did everything by the book, consistently. Most of the teams would have at least 5 players with a 1 match ban at any given time.
    This is how I see it. Sorry.

    95-99% =A+

    I wonder what 100% is? Perhaps am A++

  3. Cyberian

    Is there a way for you to post a data file along with an article like this one? For example, a spreadsheet would allow readers to explore some alternatives formats.

  4. Gooner Gal

    What, Howard Webb MBE (for his services to football) isn’t top of the charts???

    In all seriousness, I think that had we of had Dowd ref more of our games thus far, he would not be top right now.

  5. walter

    The score of Dowd is based on 4 games so far. I will check out his score from last season (only Arsenal games) and how many games he had. But I have done one of those games and I must admit like our ref reviewer after the Bolton-MC game, I was amazed by how he did that game (Tottenham- MC it was in fact)

  6. Domhuaille MacMathghamhna

    Arsenal1again…..An arbitrary and unscientific assessment system like those used in schools and with referees have two basic failings:

    1)They are not standardized therefore are not statistically useful or significant. Its the old ¨my mother told me its so so it must be true¨ thinking.
    2)There are too many factors (as you rightly point out) that prevent consistent and accurate measurements of decision-making and application of the Laws.

    An official must balance the written rules against the spirit of the law…a perfect example is the recognition and awarding of ¨advantage¨ to a team that was fouled but could conceivably score. It is the hardest skill in officiating and so rarely seen that when it is it is highly appreciated.

    Walter is not trying to do the impossible but rather he is trying to establish a baseline, using multiple reviewers and a standardized ranking system based on actual events. This is an excellent approach to creating an assessment that is reliable and actually says something about what is happening, on the field with the officials.

    No official lasts very long if he or she does everything ¨by the book¨ as you say. Officiating is an art, not a science and depends on excellent intuitive positioning, rapid and accurate judgement, courage and calmness under fire, having a very thick skin, maintaining a preoccupation with fair play and the players’ safety and enjoyment, being deaf to things off the field, physical fitness and tolerance of pressure and so on.

    How do we measure a referee’s knowledge of the Laws; by testing him or her both on and off the field on a regular basis. How do we know an official has the ¨right stuff¨ as the Yanks like to say. By assessing their performances every game and watching to see if they correct their errors and improve the above mentioned skills every game. We all have a bad game once in awhile but great officials have a very high level of consistently good games, all the time.

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