Fair referee assignments for professional football leagues

Yavuz M., Inan U. H. , FIĞLALI A.

COMPUTERS & OPERATIONS RESEARCH, cilt.35, ss.2937-2951, 2008 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 35 Konu: 9
  • Basım Tarihi: 2008
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.cor.2007.01.004
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.2937-2951


Assignment of referees to football games is an important problem faced in professional football leagues. Despite its importance, the problem has received limited academic attention. This paper presents a model and analysis of the problem for fair referee assignments, and develops a constructive heuristic and a local search procedure for its solution. Results from an extensive computational study show that the methods are effective in solving the problem in a second of computation time and yielding an excellent solution quality. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.