A Feel for the Game

An in-depth look at one of the most difficult jobs in sports.

After several years of working on getting access, we managed to go behind the scenes to shoot this short film with the referees of Major League Soccer.

Before production, we sensed a huge disconnect between the referees’ public personas (stern faces exiting the tunnel) and who we assumed they were as individuals. What made them choose this profession? What are the challenges of the job? How big a factor is diet and fitness? What makes them tick?

Getting a chance to spend time at PRO’s training camp and having the opportunity to put a microphone on the head referees gave us an insight into the amount of dialogue that occurs during an MLS matchup and the sheer difficulty of the job.