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|Title:||Factors influencing soccer referee's intentions to quit the game|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Citation:||Soccer and Society, 17(1), pp. 109-119, (2014)|
|Abstract:||The number of football referees in England has declined significantly over recent years, posing a threat to the future of competitive soccer. This exploratory study investigates the factors which influence referee's intention to quit the game. Unstructured qualitative interviews (N = 12) were conducted with 3 past and 9 present referees. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using inductive content analysis. Three higher order dimensions emerged: Organizational factors (e.g. support, training and feedback on performance), Personal factors (e.g. psychological impact, intention to quit and personal benefits) and Match factors (e.g. psychological intimidation, physical intimidation and RESPECT protocol). Organizational factors were cited more than any others in relation to intention to quit and thus, ultimately, have the most impact on attrition. Ways in which the findings might inform efforts to retain referees are discussed. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.|
|Appears in Collections:||Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers|
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