The app has been designed to enable the observer to collect and access data on the referee’s performance during the game in a clear and consistent manner. The observer can set up the key parameters for the game, team names, venue, referee name, etc. within the app.

The app has 2 internal clocks, the first recording everything on a played time basis and the latter on a lapsed time basis, useful for recording yellow cards and/or when is player is receiving medical treatment. Each Match Event has a range of descriptions (see next page for Maul example) which facilitate the recording of the referee’s handling of that event with the press of a key. As the observer records the key events an entry is made in the match journal. This journal appears on the screen as a visible record of the previous events and it is also stored in the database.

Each occurrence of a non-compliant event are also added to the tabular display so as the observer can see the trends developing in the game.

Once the observer has selected a key event and descriptor a comment can be added to expand on the descriptor and this may be in the observer’s own code or in free text.

Separately, the observer may wish to add a more detailed comment, possibly during stoppages of play, which are not related to any particular event, simply by clicking on the “Add Comment” button on the menu bar. A separate button is provided for recording comments if the match is abandoned.

Central to the app are the reports that are generated at the end of the game. These reports may be used as the data source when the observer completes their report.

Challenge & Summary
Once the game is over the observer can review the challenges noted before kick off. The observer may then review the journal and the other data elements to build some notes for the discussion with the referee.

The journal gives a complete time-line of the game as seen by the observer and may be used by the referee and their coach to study the ebb and flow of the referee’s performance. This should give the coach a valuable insight into the background to the points raised by the observer.

Data tables
The data tables display the number of non-compliances recorded during the game for each key element and are broken down by quarter. For the scrum key element there is additionally a break down of scrums completed or reset.

To compliment the observer’s text report a more formal structured report on the referee’s management can be used. As can be seen in the small segment of the matrix the referee’s performance can be graded from 1 to 5 over a series of criteria.

Team lists
It is possible to import a team list with position numbers, players first and surnames and registration number. The list may be prepared as saved as CSV in advance by the observer or the clubs.