What is referee?

  • (verb): Be a referee or umpire in a sports competition.
    Synonyms: umpire
    See also — Additional definitions below


A referee is the person of authority, in a variety of sports, who is responsible for presiding over the game from a neutral point of view and making on the fly decisions that enforce the rules of the sport, including sportsmanship decisions such as ejection. The official tasked with this job may be known, in addition to referee, by a variety of other titles as well (often depending on the sport), including umpire, judge, arbiter, arbitrator, linesman, commissaire, timekeeper, touch judge or Technical Official (by the International Olympic Committee).

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1978–79 UEFA Cup - Second Round - Second Leg
... 1 November 1978 Milan 3–0 Levski Sofia Milan Referee John Gordon (Scotland) Maldera 12' Bigon 40' Chiodi 75' Milan won 4–1 on aggregate ... fined Milan $14,000 for a bribery attempt to the Scottish referee John Gordon and linesmen Rollo Kyle and David McCartney (Italian club took the officials to shop for free the day before the game) ... Curiously, UEFA did not sanction the referee at all, however, Scottish Football Association suspended him ...
Rugby League Positions - Utility - Captain
... is the on-field leader of a team and a point of contact between the referee and a team, and can be a player of any position ... Before a match, the two teams' captains toss a coin with the referee ... for example) persistently breaks the laws, the referee should inform the player's captain when issuing a final caution, so the captain may choose to move him to another position ...
Battle Of Bordeaux - Match Details
... Parc Lescure, Bordeaux, June 12, 1938 Brazil 1–1 Czechoslovakia Attendance 000 ... spectators Referee Paul von Hertzka (Hungary) Assistant Referee Giuseppe Scarpi (Italy) Assistant Referee Charles ...
David Elleray
3 September 1954 in Dover, Kent), is an English former football referee who officiated in the Football League, Premier League and for FIFA ... During his career as a prominent and respected referee in England, Elleray officiated a number of notable matches, including the FA Cup Final, the highest domestic honour for an English referee ...
Referee - Attire
... Referees typically wear clothing to distinguish themselves from the players ... Notable examples include the traditional black uniform worn by association football referees, or the vertical black and white stripes worn by referees in many North ... It is not uncommon for referees to wear bright reflective yellow/green/orange shirts ...

More definitions of "referee":

  • (verb): Evaluate professionally a colleague's work.
    Synonyms: peer review
  • (noun): An attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case.
  • (noun): (sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play.
    Synonyms: ref
  • (noun): Someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication.
    Synonyms: reviewer, reader