Howard Webb believes that respect campaign is paying dividends
Howard Webb thinks the respect shown by players towards referees is better than ever.
Last Updated: 15/07/13 12:42pm
David Elleray, the Referees' Association chairman, is also confident that the rewards now available at the top of the game will ensure that the next generation of officials are of an elite standard.
"The number of young referees people coming into football is growing and growing," said Elleray.
"I think the reason for that is the FA is looking after them better and I think the interest is there because at the top level, it's a profession where you can now earn a good salary.
"Furthermore, if you want to be, you can be involved in the biggest matches in the world in the best league in the world."
One of the biggest innovations for this season will see the introduction of goalline technology and Webb is in no doubt that it will be a boon for spectators and referees alike.
"It is something quite new that we have not had before, and it is something that we will all welcome," he said.
"The biggest decision in the game is whether the ball has crossed the line or not. It affects the result of the game and we want to get those calls right.
"So if there is something that can help us get that right, then why would we not want it?"