- Which club drops out of the Champions League places?
- Some fans won’t be happy with their club moving out of the relegation zone.
- Who are the two referees leading the way, fighting it out to be the top referee this season?
- Several referees are under-performing, are they the reason your club are not higher up the league?
You Are The Ref has today launched two brand new features centred around the Premier League and its Select Group 1 referees. Introducing the ‘True Table’ and ‘Referee Rankings’, over the course of the season so far, YATR Referee Coach Mark Halsey has been assessing every single Premier League match, rating referees out of ten, and with that we’ve gone back through every result and changed them to what they might have been had the ref made the correct decision
Man United, as things stand, currently sit 2nd in the table, leading the race for second place as leaders Man City look to be running away with the title. But our table has Man United sitting in 5th, four points worse off after having wins away at West Brom and at home to Brighton chalked off. The three clubs around them all move up one place with Liverpool (+2 points), Chelsea (+1) and Tottenham (+1) all gaining slightly in points.
The leaders themselves also lose points, four in total, after having their home win against Arsenal and an away win at Leicester changed to draws. Although still an impressive twelve points clear, it’s not the sixteen the current Premier League table says.
Elsewhere Brighton benefit in the middle of the table gaining four points and moving up two places along with Watford who move into the top half whilst Bournemouth and West Ham drop places.
With the battle to avoid relegation set to involve at least seven teams this year, every point will be crucial and for Stoke, they gain one point which moves them up two places and out of the relegation zone.
Our second feature sees Mark giving referees a rating out of ten at every Premier League game this season. Using these scores we have created a unique ‘Referee Rankings’ list which is a league table that ranks the Select Group 1 referees in order of their average rating.
Martin Atkinson and Michael Oliver lead the way with the former just about having the edge as things stand. Having swapped places numerous times over the course of the season it seems this will be the main battle for the top referee of the season.
Paul Tierney sits in third position somewhat surprisingly to some, but the newly appointed FIFA referee is having a very good season. He, however, has only refereed ten games and this table proves he deserves more appointments during the remainder of the season.
Ten referees have an average score of less than 7 which shows a lack of ‘good’ performances this season. This attests to the lack of quality referees available meaning the top referees are being over-used and suffering burnout. The best example of this is Jon Moss who was in the top three for the majority of the season but a decline in form since Christmas has seen him slip to seventh.
Roger East, Craig Pawson, Stuart Attwell, Bobby Madley and Lee Mason make up the bottom five and are struggling for form and confidence. Mason, who sits at the bottom, compounded a miserable season thus far on Monday with two key match errors during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over West Brom, of which you can read more about on RefCam
We intend to continue our assessments through to the end of the season and will be updating both pages weekly, twenty four hours after the final Premier League game of the weekend.
Make sure to keep checking back in as we are sure there are many twists and turns to come as the Premier League enters the business end of the season.