PL Download: Behind the Whistle

Year: 2015
Runtime: 42:24
Originally aired on: NBCSN

Within the world of professional soccer, referees are one of the most vilified sub-groups that exist within the game. But what most don’t realize is the level of training and hard work that goes in to becoming a professional referee. NBC Sports’ Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux head to St. George’s Park in the midlands of England to take an in-depth look at what it takes to get to the highest level of refereeing in the UK. Thanks to access granted by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), White and Le Saux are able to find out first-hand just what goes into becoming a Premier League referee, with Le Saux even donning the whistle a few times himself.