Specifically we looked at "getting off the diagonal" and how it was necessary to be near play and get into the field more. To illustrate this point we used a GPS plot of my last match, which can be accessed below:
Now, if you hit the "View Details" button, you are going to be treated to a few other things too.
First is a summary of what went on:
I was a little blown away by the distance and calories frankly. Looking a little deeper, I saw something that should be self evident for referees ...
... we don't run at one speed. And in fact we are all over the map and need to be able to go from a stop, to a sprint, in a hurry.
If you look at the speeds also, you can see the average moving speed was 4.3 MPH and the top speed was 10.9 MPH. Note also that I was walking or stopped for about 23 minutes of the match.
Another indicator of effort was my heart rate ...
... which peaked at about 189 (not the theoretical max of 178 for me [220-age]), and averaged 172bpm. Note this does not include the half time interval where it was recorded in the 120's.
So what is the take away? Be ready to RUN for 90 minutes regardless of match!
It does not matter what level it is, or what competition you are at, a referee needs to be ready. This match was a well skilled, garden variety hight school match, and I had to run 9km, which is equivalent to fullback Mauricio Sabillon from Honduras in his 2010 World Cup match (source).
While fitness in not everything, a referee needs to be ready with fitness like this, even in their own backyard to be able to handle such matches appropriately.
Whatever you do, DON'T get lulled into think "it's just a high school match."