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"Domarjävlarna", hur orkar de?: En kartläggning av elitdomare i fotboll och deras syn på domaryrket
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
2016 (Swedish)Student paper second term, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The “stupid referees”, how do they cope? : A survey of professional soccer referees’ vision of their profession (English)
Abstract [en]

On a football field games are played between two teams, and the players of these teams get almost all of the attention. But there is another team on the field, the team of referees. The referees get mostly negative criticism, and are almost never mentioned in a positive way. This study is all about the teams’ captain, the main referee. Who is he? What does he have to go through? What makes him continue in his career?


Earlier studies have shown that the work you do as a referee can be very stressful, with a lot of stressing factors coming from the players, the coaches, and at a higher level supporters and media (Nyberg, 2000, 2002). Because of all this, this study shows opinions from active referees in Allsvenskan in Sweden, and from some which are active on an international basis as well. Interviews have been made and a survey to compare the referees experiences with their sense of coherence, from Aaron Antonovskys theory SoC (Sense of Coherence).


The results are showing that yes, there are connections between a successful career as a referee and a high level of sense of coherence, and that the interviewed referees’ spend a huge amount of time to be able to perform. Even though they try their hardest, they have to deal with threats in their daily work. Therefore, you can find the conclusion that you need to have a certain type of personality to be able to make it as a referee.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 16 p.
Keyword [en]
referee, football, soccer, SoC, Sence of Coherence, Antonovsky
Keyword [sv]
domare, fotboll, KASAM, Känsla av sammanhang, Antonovsky
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45432OAI: diva2:955135
Subject / course
Sports Science
Educational program
Programme in Sport Science/sport coaching, 180 hp
Available from: 2016-09-28 Created: 2016-08-24 Last updated: 2016-09-28Bibliographically approved

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