United States Soccer Referees’ Preferences for Continuing Education
The purpose of this study was to assess the continuing education preferences of soccer referees registered with the United States Soccer Federation. Participants completed a Likert-type survey consisting of 18 topics asking them to rank how helpful they would consider each topic for continuing education. Results indicated that referees considered player management, using personality to manage games, and the decision making process as the most important topics for continuing education. Administrative duties and handling were considered the least important topics. There were no significant differences in perceptions of importance when comparing referee experience levels. These findings suggest that referee curriculum should be reviewed and revised according to referee preferences.
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