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Experts in Sport: Challenges within sports officiating

A soccer referee showing a red card in a match.

The Experts in Sport podcast is a regular series that brings together experts from across Loughborough University with external thought leaders to discuss the latest research and hot topics in sport and academia with new episodes launched regularly.

In this episode of the Experts in Sport podcast, host Dr Stuart McErlain-Naylor and guest Dr Tom Webb discuss officiating within sports and the challenges that face referees and other officials across the landscape.

Throughout the episode, conversations around the role and purpose of a sports official are centred, alongside the perception of sports officials as athletes, embracing the introduction of technologies such as VAR, and debating what constitutes a successful outcome.