Sport was always my big driving force when I was a kid. I tried all sports but somehow I ended up playing soccer. I was just a natural at it and my best position was at the center of midfield (center mid). Where I provided cover for the back four (or back three) but where I was also in position to receiver the ball and start an attack. I played for several teams in my local area and in various leagues and cup competitions. And won a few trophies in my time.
As I got older a number of injures over the years began to slow me down. One knee injury had me out for three months, I came back eventually but it took a while to get back into my squad. Each game then left me in a bit of discomfort on that same knee. So after various visits to specialists and things were not getting any better I decided to call it a day and retire from playing soccer.
But deep down I still loved the game and wanted to still be involved. A friend told me that he thought I’d make a good referee. After a bit of self analysis I took him up on his suggestion and became a referee. It was a big challenge for me and I didin’t know if I’d cope but just like any journey, it’s one step at the time. I thought I would struggle with my doddgy knee but to my surprise that wasn’t the case. I think it was the physical part of the game that caused the pain. Just running and sprinting now and again, didn’t cause any after affects and so I took tentative steps to become a full time referee.
I was a part time referee for almost six years at senior level and then three additional years at junior level. I really enjoyed that decision making process on the field. When emotions are running high, tempers flaring and somehow you have to do what’s right and be decisive, take control of the game and players. Stamp your authority.
All clichés I know but it’s surprising how few people can cope with the pressure and make the right call at the right time.
That was then. now is now. These days I spend my time at home relaxing and I’ve decided to keep a blog of all the things I find interesting.