I feel like I have to tell this story to someone.
Last night I had a football match. Now this league is very much just for fun, but it still is a bit competitive. Anyway, we had 4 referees because they were training some new ones so the trainees just followed the main refs (in this league a ref stands in each half and officiates that half).
Match started, and what followed was literally the worse officiating I had every witnessed.
Field was very slick because it had just rained, so on an attack, their striker was dribbling at our defender. The striker tried a move, and slipped, but when he slipped, he slide straight into our defender taking him out. Ref blows the whistle and calls a foul on our player. Our keeper comes out to check on our player, but while he does that, a girl just grabs the ball and taps it into the open net. Ref calls it a goal. What?! First off how was it a foul on our defender when their player slipped and took our defender out? Then how can she do a quick start when we have a hurt player on the field?
Later in the game our striker is dribbling and just slips. No one was near him, the pitch was just very slippy. Ref blows the whistle for a free kick. We all look at the ref in disbelief. Did casper get subbed on because literally the closest defender was a good 5 yards from our attacker when he slipped. I told the opposing team I'll just kick it straight to their keeper because it wasn't a foul and it wouldn't be fair to score (unlike their word removed of a woman who took advantage of our player hurt). Ref heard me say that, so when I just chipped it to the keeper, the ref blew the whistle and gives me a yellow for unsportsmanship. Says I was defying the ref by not actually trying to score. I am not joking.
Game is tied at this point now. I make a long sprint to get to a ball and I am thru on goal. I go to take a shot, but their defender completely slide tackles me from behind taking out my planting foot. I didn't expect it, and it hurt. No call whatsoever. My teammates rush the ref and she says it wasn't a foul. Then their team says it was a clear foul and the defender admits he got zero ball and apologized to me. Ref back tracks and says she was about to blow the whistle. Yea sure she was even though she never did blow it.
Last minute in the game, we are winning 5-4. Their keeper goes up for a corner and our keeper manages to punch it out. I am the only one up the pitch. I look in front of me and there is no keeper and nearest defender is still in our box. I start sprinting forward, and get into their box. I roll it into the net and the ref blows the final whistle before the ball crosses the line. We won, but my god I ran like **** hell to the ref. The league's manager or owner saw what happened, and immediately intercepted me from coming to the ref who already had he hand in her back pocket to take out the red for me. The manager told me he'd look into this game and make sure this never happened again.
I hope to god those refs are fired. What is worse is they were training new refs. Unless they were showing the new refs how not to ref a match, they didn't the worst job I have ever experienced in my 20+ years playing football.
tl;dr - I've never seen such incompetence from a referee in my life. It's an interesting read to see how bad they were.