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Independent Referee’s Body.

b2ap3_thumbnail_ifabmeeting.jpgI have long been an advocate of an Independent Referee’s Body being set up to control all matters refereeing. This Body should also manage, train, control and promote refereeing in all its forms.


It should be responsible for the recruitment, selection, and discipline of match officials for association football (soccer).


It should be free from all interference from what I call soccer politicians who sometimes appear to have their own agenda and are not thinking of the interests of men and women who go out week after week sometimes at great cost and inconvenience to themselves and their families.


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Referee assault on player not acceptable!

Referee Assaults PlayerIt’s surely a rare occurrence when a match official attacks a player, but that is exactly what happened.


This bizarre incident occurred during a Russian League reserve game in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, a protectorate of Russia


The assistant referee (or linesman as they were once called) ran onto the field and proceeded to assault a player. In the process he (the assistant referee) actually kicked the unfortunate player while he (the player) was on the ground.


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Inconsistent refereeing.

b2ap3_thumbnail_kompany.jpgNancy Sinatra, the daughter of “old blue eyes” Frankie, once had a big hit song called These Boots are made for Walking. Seems like today in soccer, they are made for more than walking or kicking a ball with.


The amount of two-footed fouls, and they are fouls not tackles in the modern game is, to say the least, a serious cause for concern.


Is this a new trend?

Is this a new coaching tactic?

Is it now a new weapon in the armoury of coaches to win games?


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Why are referees explaining their decisions?

redcardThere are a few items I'd like to deal with in this column. Firstly, the issue of referees apologising for making perceived mistakes.


Now this may be all well and good in other circumstances but it does not apply to soccer refereeing.


Yes, it's true that match officials make mistakes and, guess what, they'll continue to make mistakes because they are like you and me - human. However, in the hurly-burly that is modern day football, it isn't necessary to apologise for making a mistake.


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Baffling post-match recommendation for High School Referees.

b2ap3_thumbnail_NFHS.jpgAs a somewhat seasoned referee for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in Illinois, I have witnessed and somewhat have now come to terms with high school soccer rules slowly trickling down and intruding onto the FIFA Laws of the Game, ostensibly I suppose, to make the game most appropriate for high school student athletes as the NFHS sees it. These rules include, among others, rules about specific hand gestures to signal the reasoning for fouls called, the stopping of the clock for injuries, the issuing of yellow card to the coach for an illegally dressed player, the open book testing for referees and the fact that there is even no fitness test for high school officials. Oh and, yes, the issuing of cards to coaches is my personal “favorite.” I think a good enough picture has been painted. Needlessly to say, I’ve had a long journey of coming to terms with what passes for soccer officiating in a high school game setting.

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