Originally Posted by danny_boy
Yeah but how can that be done? to Referee in the Premier League you have to go though 6 or 7 promotions starting from the Sunday League/Youth Football then the County Leagues through to the Reigonal Leagues then the Football League and finally the Premier League so they build a fair amount of experiance before even reaching the Premier League, the only thing that I can think that will help Referee's improve is maybe more psychological help that could maybe help them keep concentration throughout the 90 minutes
I think you answered your own question.
...but anyway, I believe that having ex-pros as referees would be a good start, you know, people who actually understand the game and aren't just following a list of rules in a game that is probably otherwise completely alien to them.
Splinter arse Steve Harper is a good example of a pro who is involved in refereeing, maybe the FA should put out more incentives for ex-pros (even current ones) to get into it as well? I do realise this could bring other problems involving bias and grudges, but it's not as if that's not a problem now.