While all are aware of the importance of soccer gear in the life of a soccer player, few are aware of how important a soccer referee gear is. This piece is written with the aim to enlighten them. Meanwhile, those who already know can get their facts cleared out so that they can pass on the knowledge to someone else.
Before moving on to the advantages of using a soccer referee gear, we should know what a typical soccer referee gear kit contains. A typical soccer referee gear kit contains a black shirt, a black shorts, a pair of black socks, pair of checkered flags, 1 red card, 1 yellow card, 1 cardholder, a match report card and a whistle with attachable neck chain. Some of the kits include a kit bag to carry all these too, but that’s not everywhere.
Now, let’s move on to the individual advantages of these items because of which they are a must for anyone who wishes to be a referee.
The Importance Of Black Uniform In The Soccer Referee Gear
Each and every role has its different uniform and that’s what makes them important, even in a soccer referee gear. A referee is supposed to be on the field where the actual game is happening. Now, among 20 players, if the uniform of the referee resembles any team, any player from that team might end up passing the ball to the referee. Even the opponent team can also think him as one of their opponent players and might tackle him.
Hence, in general, the uniform of the referees are chosen to be completely black in colour. This helps the players to identify the referee among 19 other players and avoids the chance of spoiling the game.
Pair Of Checkered Flags
Now, the referee doesn’t hold the checkered flags, but the linesman does. And, they are equally important as the referee himself. They are the one who marks an offside. In fact, they assist the referee to ensure that the game is running smoothly. So, if they don’t have their flags, how will they help the referee? And, that’s why the soccer referee gear contains a pair of checkered flags to ensure that, even if the linesman forgets their flag, the show goes on.
Importance Of Cards, Card Holder And Match Report Card In Soccer Referee Gear
These are the most important things that a referee must always have to ensure the smooth running of the game.
The red and the yellow card is a must for a referee as you all know. Because you simply cannot shout at a player and tell him to get out of the field. There are some rules and decorum. And to maintain them, the yellow and red card is important. Meanwhile, you would be needing something to keep them together, and handy. Hence, the cardholder.
Also, you are going to need a match report card to mark the number of fouls, off-sides, cards each team has committed along with other match details like free-kicks, goals and corners. And that’s why the match report card is another necessity of a referee.
Whistle With Attachable Neck Chain
And, last but not the least, a whistle with attachable neck chain. As mentioned earlier, the neck chain is important because you cannot run with a whistle in your hand.
And, if the whistle drops somewhere, it will be tough to find it inside the grass. Now, are you going to stop the match in the middle to get yourself a new whistle? And that’s why the neck chain is where the whistles are attached. It becomes easy for the referee to pull it out and whistle every time, whenever it is needed.
And, if you are thinking about the advantage of the whistle, we all know what it is. When you are watching a match, and thousands of audiences are shouting at the peak of their voice, do you think the players can hear to what the referee is saying? Especially when he is concentrating completely to get a goal for his team? And then, even when watching on the TV, the only sound you listen above everything is the shrill noise of the whistle.
And, that’s why, whenever you have to stop the match, a whistle is enough. But that whistle should be loud enough to reach out across the entire stadium. And there comes the usage of the whistle.
The bag included within the gear is optional but of course, it’s useful too. A bag to carry all these things is awesome, useful and always welcome.