Rafa Miras is one of the referees with more experience in the football national. This barcelona of 53 years amount to more than 1,000 parties are addressed from that in the season of 1989-90 decides to dress up as a zebra. NFLhispano.com he has had the opportunity to talk with him about his career and also about the current health of arbitration in our country.

How many years have you lived in the world of arbitration?
A first phase was from the season 1989/90 to 1996/97, and in that time, leave it because it was very burnt, and after a second from the 2004/2005 to the current 2017/18 technically 20 seasons. I came back because I asked for it the then in charge of arbitration of the FCFA (there was a shortage of referees) About 1000 games, but for a long time already stop counting them…

How were your beginnings?
It all started by watching the “Superbowl” (as many) was the year 1985 and TV3 (television of Catalonia) gave live; when I saw for the first time the party left me hallucinating (it was the “Superbowl” of the Bears against the Patriots) and I had only seen something of “football” in some american movies in which some actor came out dressed to the usage or something by the style and like the great majority I did not understand anything. From that moment on I began to see it each year. I thought it was so spectacular that I hooked up definitely.

I started directly as a referee (not I was attracted to the contact) and watching TV3 one afternoon I saw that they were talking about how you had played the first final of the Catalan League between the Badalona Dracs (at that time a Drag) against the Búfals, at the end of the match they interviewed the “Referee” of the game Thomas Peters (american) and see what I said “and why not I?”

What attracted you to this sport?
The truth is that at that time the spectacle of the game impressed me (despite not understanding a thing)

How would you describe yourself as a referee?
First of all, I consider myself a referee was fair, I always try to leave the field with the idea of being wrong as little as possible and that the decisions are fair. It is difficult, because you never stop happy all over the world, I try to be conciliatory and that I/we see on the field as little as possible, since the protagonists of the game are the players and not the referees; there are that try to be as less invasive as possible during the same. Yes, when I go out to the field I do not demand the 100×100, but the 200×100, and therefore also the demand to those who go out with me.

Is there to be done “other pasta” to be a referee?
Without a doubt, not everyone can make the role of judge/referee in the sport.

What is the best moment that you remember in your career arbitration?And what about the worst?
As the best there are several, but perhaps the best was to be arbitrated in a single season all-europe finals taking place (EFAF Cup, Atlantic Cup and the EFL Cup, as the maximum exponent of the Eurobowl XXVII, 2013 in Innsbruck between Vikings and Raiders
As the worst, there would be some, but it is already forgotten…

Is there any person that you consider as a key influence in your career as a referee?
Two people have been the most influenced me in my career as a referee, the first was Rafa Cervera, who taught me in my first steps and who deposited their confidence in my work and that made me realize how important of knowing the rules for arbitration of quality.

The second was the Italian-american Frank Coccaro, who came from Italy and that for a few months taught us the true meaning of arbitration, and took us to a higher level. He taught us that apart from the regulation there was for the mechanics and philosophy, something totally foreign to us and that is absolutely essential to bring to fruition a party. No matter if you know the rules very well, your arbitration will not be of quality if you have not mastered the mechanics and you don’t know to apply the correct philosophy on every play of the game. It is so simple…

Who is your reference as a referee?
I made a few years ago that I follow Brad Allen (NFL Referee) and what I keep from that arbitraba “College” in the “NCAA” in the conference “ACC”. It is the second referee in the history of the “NFL” that goes direct to the position of “Referee” from the “NCAA” with this I tell you fairly, it is a crack, I really like how it controls the tempo of games, his way of indicating the faults and his personality on the field.

Do you think that your work is valued?
No, it has never been.

What raises a referee as the match regardless of the opponents?
I personally yes, and it should always be so.

Always accuse players of not knowing the rules, with the vision that you’re given your years of experience, what has improved that knowledge of the game by the players or gotten worse?
Well…this is the same as always, players should know what is necessary for each position that can or can’t do, and is already, more or less, are or have been in a line of basic knowledge, but in general have better knowledge now than in the past.

According to your experience, would you include any modification to the regulatory level?
I already modify the game rules that we use in Spain in 2014, when he was the technical director of arbitration of tia fefa, basically to adapt it to our needs sports (smaller fields for example). Each year you should review the changes that occur in the “NCAA” and to analyze what are the ones you should apply or not, and obviously with a reason that is more than justified, is not in itself a problem, but it does have a lot of work.

What level do you think the arbitration of our country compared to the rest of Europe?
Our current level is very low.

What we need to do to improve that level?
The responsibility of the recruitment and training of arbitration is the territorial. Tia fefa as a national body you should only select/promote the best arbiters of these territorial to guarantee an optimal level for their competitions and for their european representation. That would be the formula correct for working.

What goal is left for you to fulfill in the world of arbitration?
Perhaps you have been in a senior World, although I see this very difficult because…

What advice would you give to young people today start in the arbitration?
Patience and perseverance and hard work from the first day, and especially when it starts, and to dedicate many hours to this, if what you really want is to be is to be an arbitrator “of truth”

What is the phrase despedirías this interview?
“Please do not shoot the pianist”

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