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dc.contributor.authorLoghmani, Mohsen
dc.contributor.authorCuskelly, Graham
dc.contributor.authorWebb, Tom
dc.description.abstractResearch into the career dynamics of high-performance level match officials across sports is scarce. The present study analyses the career dynamics of elite football referees from childhood to the elite level, creating a context of life design and a pattern for identifying individuals with potential talent. Twelve international and elite football referees participated in semi-structured in-depth interviews utilizing narrative inquiry. Participants were asked to recall all football refereeing–related experiences associated with their life stories from childhood to obtaining their FIFA Elite Referee (FER) position. Data analysis indicated that there were two common discourses (early and later) in an elite football referees’ career which helped to shape their job role with increased meaningfulness, providing invaluable insights for reaching the FER position. The interviewees experienced specific on- and off-field, reactions during their career (early and late) in order to prepare themselves to face challenging and conflict-related situations in football refereeing. Based on career stages, types of job crafting, and job characteristic levels, we developed the unique career dynamic identification profile of elite football referees. Accordingly, we argue that a talented individual needs to undertake individual training and career-based goal setting in their early career, whilst later in their career the elite referees should move towards collective training and game-based goal setting. The paper discusses the wider implications of the research findings, including their transferability to other societal groups populations, such as public sportspeople, talented individuals, national football federations, referee departments, and concludes by considering suggestions for future research.
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.relation.ispartofjournalSport Management Review
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBusiness and Management
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCommercial Services
dc.subject.keywordsSocial Sciences
dc.subject.keywordsHospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism
dc.subject.keywordsSocial Sciences - Other Topics
dc.titleExamining the career dynamics of elite football referees: a unique identification profile
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationLoghmani, M; Cuskelly, G; Webb, T, Examining the career dynamics of elite football referees: a unique identification profile, Sport Management Review, 2021
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered in Griffith Research Online as an advanced online version.
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gro.griffith.authorCuskelly, Graham
gro.griffith.authorLoghmani, Mohsen

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