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Show me your kit!

OllyChanot

New Member
With courses expected in the new few months! Looking for what you guys take on match days so I can annoy the Mrs even more and buy stuff!

I am aware won't need as much as you potentially when I start but show me the KIT!!!

Also... best place to buy everything!
 

JamesL

RefChat Addict
Level 4 Referee
With courses expected in the new few months! Looking for what you guys take on match days so I can annoy the Mrs even more and buy stuff!

I am aware won't need as much as you potentially when I start but show me the KIT!!!

Also... best place to buy everything!
@Ross is selling load sof stuff cheap in a thread on here. Suggest you take a look there.


Basic equipment:
Kit = shorts socks shirt footwear
Whistle
2 watches
Yellow and red card
Something to write on
Something to write with
2 flags
Coin
 

wazztie16

Level 7 Referee
Level 7 Referee
Boots, buy for comfort and preferably cheaper (especially if you're running lines, they'll not last particularly long, imo).

Always consider a nicer pair for middles and cheaper pair for lines, Sports Direct are a good shout.
 

OllyChanot

New Member
Thank you guys! Now really stupid question… studs I take it?

And just for fun… what colour whistle (not sure but seen many refs get passionate about the colour
 

Ross

Forum VAR
Staff member
Level 6 Referee
FA Referee
If your just starting out I wouldn’t worry about anything fancy. 2 cheap watches from Argos will do the trick. As for a coloured whistle, it’s entirely up to you.
 

JamesL

RefChat Addict
Level 4 Referee
Oh... so 2 watch is 1 for back up,... not one on each arm 🤣
Yeh 1 on each arm, both timing the game.
I use a GPS sport wTch on one wrist and a referee timer on the other. If one goes dead I at least know how much time is left to play.
 

ChasObserverRefDeveloper

Regular Contributor
Thank you guys! Now really stupid question… studs I take it?

And just for fun… what colour whistle (not sure but seen many refs get passionate about the colour
Footwear needs vary with field of play conditions, e. g. on hard grounds trainers are fine . . . aim for black/predominantly black trainers/boots.
 

santa sangria

RefChat Addict
Thank you guys! Now really stupid question… studs I take it?

And just for fun… what colour whistle (not sure but seen many refs get passionate about the colour
I heard this for the first time the other day:
A very experienced observer that runs a referee academy and organises referees for international tournaments (work it out;)), pointed out on a live stream the other day that he doesn't like yellow or red whistles because, from a distance, fans/players/coaches can think they are seeing a card in certain circumstances. It was also pointed out that bright yellow ref shirts also mask cards of the same colour and present poorly at a distance.

I think, though trifling at grassroots, and possible one person's bugbear, it's enough for me to not consider a coloured whistle (yellow Dolfin is the obvious one) . TBH the Valken only comes in black tho;)
 
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