Role of Referee (Umpire) in Hockey Match

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 Referees are people who work behind the bench to oversee the rules of the game. When a call is made, a referee reviews it and then communicates the decision to the coaches. All decisions are final. If the referee cannot decide a dispute, the matter goes to the video official. 


 The goaltender is the goalkeeper of the team. He is responsible for stopping shots with his gloves. His job is to stop any puck from getting past him and to protect the net. A good goaltender should be able to move around freely without getting hurt. However, he should stay close to the net because the closer he is to the net, the easier it is for him to save the puck.

Referee's role is to ensure fair play and promote sportsmanship among hockey players. He/She supervises the match, ensures that rules are followed, maintains order and discipline in the game, and gives penalties if necessary. His/Her job is not only to watch over the game, but to act as a leader of the team.

A referee's job is to ensure that the rules of a game (i.e., hockey) are followed. As a referee, I would think that he/she should have some knowledge about sport and its rules. But, who can tell whether they know the sport really well? Do we assume that everybody knows everything about any given subject? Or do we assume that nobody knows anything at all? In other words, how much information does a good referee need to understand what happens in a game, when it comes to sports rules?


 Goalies have the primary responsibility for maintaining the integrity of the goals. If the goalie is not able to stop the puck, the team loses. A goalie may use his hands, pads, stick, or body to try and keep the puck out of the net. A good goal keeper may play a variety of styles including butterfly, blocker, toe-drag, glove, poke check, etc. There are many different styles of goaltending because each player has their own style of how they want to go about defending the goal. One thing is certain, if someone scores on the goaltender, he or she gets booed!


 Midfielders are the players who control the flow of the game. They are responsible for passing the ball between teammates and keeping possession of the ball near their feet. Midfielders take turns receiving passes and trying to pass them back toward the goal while keeping the opposing defence off balance.


 The forward is the attacking midfielder of the hockey team. He or she tries to score goals by shooting at the net and making saves. The forward may also attempt to create scoring opportunities by passing the ball to teammates. The forward may also try to prevent the opposing team from scoring by kicking the ball away from opponents.


 Defencemen defend the ice by blocking shots and preventing forwards from getting past them. Because the defender is positioned close to the opponent's net, he or she is often called upon to make decisions related to clearing the puck from the crease.


 A coach is the person who oversees and directs the activities of the team. The coach makes sure everyone listens to instructions, practices properly, and works together as a unit. Coaches are also responsible for making calls during games. Their job includes communicating with the referee, calling timeouts, giving substitutions, and telling players what strategy to employ.


 Skaters run down the rink and move the puck around the ice. They can shoot at the net, make passes to teammates, and make defensive moves. Skaters must learn to skate fast and accurately without crashing into the boards or colliding with other players.

Referee is responsible for maintaining a level playing field between two teams i.e., hockey games and ensuring that they abide by rules of the game. If either team violates any rule of the game, the referee should intervene and stop them. If he does not do so, then the game goes on without him.

  • Referee role - is to make sure game is played according to rules & regulations. He controls the pace of play and makes sure all players comply with set rules and regulations. His primary focus is to ensure that the match is conducted peacefully and is free from any kind of violence.
  • Players role - To score points and win the hockey match.
  • Teams/Team member roles - Goalkeeper, defensemen, forwards. Their jobs are to keep their team safe from opposing players’ attacks. Other team members follow the instructions given by referee.
  • Coach's role - Coaches have to train his players effectively. He should know about the game strategy and teach them how to use the ball properly.
  • Game time - It represents the length of time taken for a single period of play. In a regulation match, each team gets two periods of five minutes each.
  • Starting line-up - It represents the players who start the match. In a league match, the starting lineup changes after every period; whereas in knockout matches, the starting lineup remains same throughout the whole match.
  • A penalty shot - Penalty gives the player at fault (who did not take the shot) a chance to shoot the puck at the goal. If he scores, the goalie cannot stop the puck.
  • Substitution rule - When the coach wants to replace a player on the field, the referee must call out the substitution. While the substitute is being introduced, the players on either side stand still and do nothing else. After the substitution, both teams continue playing until they reach halftime.
  • Overtime - If a tied game continues after regular time has expired, then overtime is immediately called and the game goes on till the end.
  • Goaltender - Is the person who defends the goal. He is responsible for stopping the puck and preventing its entry into the net.
  • Skilled goalkeeper - He knows how to defend and how to handle the puck. Such a goalkeeper earns high praise from fans.
  • Goalkeepers' equipment - Includes gloves, chest guard, shin pads, etc.
  • Puck - Made of wood or metal, it is thrown by a centre forward to hit the opponent's stick causing the latter to lose balance and fall down.

Referees in hockey match play a pivotal role in determining whether their team wins, loses, or ties at a particular moment. As referees make decisions about whether to award goals or not, they control whether their team scores more points than the opposing team's score, and thus decide if their team wins or loses the game.

 The referee decides what happens to each team's score based upon how many shots were taken. Typically, the number of shots a team takes determines whether a goal is awarded or not. If a team takes more shots than another team, then they have more chances to score and thus a higher chance of winning. The goalie can also affect the outcome of the game, depending on his ability to block shots.

 There are two types of scoring in hockey: regular-season and playoff games. In regular-season matches, only 5 players per team participate on the ice at any given time. Players who play fewer minutes are replaced by substitutes. Teams take turns playing in the first three periods of the game, while the fourth period is reserved for overtime, where both teams continue to play until someone scores a point. Playoff matches follow regular-season rules, except that only four players (two forwards and two defensemen) are allowed on the ice at once. However, there may be additional substitutes added to the roster during regulation time. Teams face off for five 20 minute periods, followed by a 10 minute break before the remaining two 15 minute periods begin. Overtime continues until one team scores a goal. If neither team manages to score during regulation time, the teams go back out onto the ice and play another 20 minute period. If the same thing happens again, the game ends in a tie, and a third 20 minute period begins.

 If a player misses a shot, there are several things that happen. First, the referee blows the whistle and notes that the shot was uncalled for. Second, the opponent gets a penalty for obstruction. Third, if the shot hits the netting or goes over the glass behind the goal, the opposing team gets a powerplay. A power play results in a minor penalty for delay of game, meaning that the goalie cannot move until the puck goes past him. Finally, if the puck does end up in the net, the referee awards them a goal. When awarding a goal, he blows the whistle and notes the type of goal that occurred: assisted, deflection, rebound, etc. An assist occurs when a teammate passes the ball to another teammate to score. Deflections occur when a puck bounces off of an opponent's skate and sticks in the net; rebounded pucks do not count. Assists and rebounds are worth 2 points, while goals are worth 1 point.

Centreman/Centre Forward

 The centreman is responsible for keeping possession of the puck in his team's defensive end. He makes sure that he does not lose control of the puck. His primary responsibilities are passing the puck forward, checking opposing players, and protecting the goalie. The centreman should have good vision and awareness to notice whether the opposition is gaining possession of the puck or not. When he sees that they are, he passes the puck to one of his teammates in order to start a transition game that can lead to a scoring opportunity. In addition to his responsibility of getting the puck to his forwards, the centreman also has some responsibilities on defense. As long as the defenceman is able to contain the opposition's forechecker, the centreman can focus on his own game without worrying about being checked out of position. If the centreman becomes injured, however, the team may need to shift someone else into the spot vacated.

Right Wing/Right Winger

 A right winger receives the puck from the right side of the ice and drives towards the opponent's blue line. His job is to get open lanes to shoot the puck or to receive a pass and make a quick outlet pass to a teammate who can create a scoring chance. He has the option of shooting or receiving a pass from either the left or the middle point of the ice. His skills are often compared to those of a basketball player because both sports require players to move laterally across the court or rink.

Left Wing/Left Winger

 A left winger receives the puck from behind or the left side of the ice and controls the puck in the same way as a right wing. Like a right winger, a left winger has the options of shooting or receiving a cross-ice pass from either the left corner or the middle point of ice. Unlike a right winger, a forward moves toward the opponent's net, taking away space from the goalie. This makes him a dangerous threat because he can force the goalie to react to him and leave the rest of his team shorthanded. Due to his responsibilities in defending the opponent's strong-side attackman, the left winger is also called upon to defend against the opponents' top offensive threat.

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