Acknowledgement: A lesson from the field

As a soccer official, one of the greatest challenges is managing people when emotions get involved. Frustrated coaches and players often mean the officials have to work harder to keep the game in control.

It is because of these emotional moments, that I have learned the importance of acknowledgment.


I Quit!

Far too many officials are walking away from their avocation. A shortage of officials is being suffered at ever level of sport all over the country.

Recently, I led a survey of 17,487 officials of all sports across the country for the National Association of Sports Officials. In that survey, the vast majority of all officials said they started officiating for the love of the game. No, their first reason for joining wasn't for money. In fact, money wasn't even in the top 10 reasons for beginning to officiate. It was all about the love of sports and the desire to work with athletes. But, if officials started for the love of the game, what causes them quit? Or, why don't more people join? Clearly, there are many people who enjoy being involved in sports.

Margaret Domka


About Margaret

Margaret is a professional speaker with expertise in inspiration and leadership.

She was a FIFA soccer referee for 10 years and was the only American official in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015.

Margaret     Domka