Playful text and striking photographs help young readers prepare for their very first soccer game!
Soccer is by far the most popular game on the entire planet. Played on every continent except Antarctica and by 250 million people across 150 countries the game transcends cultures. For some countires, football - or soccer, as it is known in the United States and Canada - has become more than a sport but a religion and a part of the national identity. The fact that the only piece of equipment needed is a ball has helped to push the sport to many regions, including poorer areas where other types of sports and their equipment needs are not possible. Today it is the most popular sport in Europe, Africa and South America.
Soccer is undeniably the most popular sport in the world. While we know much about its high-profile players and their increasing wealth and global influence, we know little about referees and the ways in which refereeing has changed throughout the history of the sport. This book provides an in-depth exploration of the evolution of the match official. It presents a comparative analysis of elite Association football referees in England, Spain and Italy as well as offering insights into the involvement of UEFA and FIFA in referee training. Drawing on archive material, the book documents the historical development of refereeing and sheds new light on the practice of elite refereeing in the present day. Including exclusive interviews with elite and ex-elite referees, as well as with professional soccer managers and members of the broadcast media, it considers the current role of match officials and the challenges and controversies they encounter. Elite Soccer Referees: Officiating in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A is fascinating reading for all students and scholars with an interest in soccer, sport history, sport policy, sport management and the sociology of sport.