Referee Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old referee quotes, referee sayings, and referee proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Most of us are referees at heart; we like to call throws and errors on someone else.     

John Kessel

Once the referee throws the ball in the air, it's either your ball or their ball and you have to just take your shot.     

LL Cool J

The referees have it hard enough and we have to be honest to make their job easier.     

Miroslav Klose

The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they do not know the game.     

Bill Shankly

Referees are the law. They have a whistle. They blow it. And that whistle is the articulation of God's justice.     

Harold Pinter