Discussion in 'Referee' started by xfactor857, Sep 24, 2003.
they just curse in their respective tongues?
This does look like an interesting topic, if you'd worded it in terms of communications with players when you don't have a common language.
Feel free to continue this thread in that light. Welcome to bigsoccer, xfactor. Feel free to discuss intelligently or learn from those who do. Trolling will be not be tolerated here.
There never should be argument between player and referee. The referee is not there to provide an introduction, statements, and conclusion to the satisfaction of the players. He is the authority on the field and his decisions are final.
Now that this has been clarified, let's rephrase the question more accurately. The question really being asked here is on how players and referees communicate in general when they do not speak the same language.
Luckily the LOTG provide referees with a set of worldwide standard communication tools not based on spoken language., known as signals and the whistle. Alongside those there are many other forms of communcation, the most recognized being body language. A facial expression alone can express volumes of information when used correctly. Pointing to places on the field or miming actions also conveys information. A smile is probably the most communicative expression one can make. When all are used in cooperation, there is no need for a spoken language at all.
However, players and referees will still tend to speak to each other, even when they don't understand the specific words. Vocal inflections and gestures convey emotions moreso than the words said. Only 21% of total communication comes from the words we use. Even right now as you read this you impose a voice, rhythm, and style to how the words sound in your head.
So for your question, "How do referees and players communicate when they don't speak the same language?" the answer is quite simple: Easily!