Month: September 2013

Playing the advantage not always the best option

The biggest talking point in the Arsenal v Sunderland match earlier this month was not Arsenal’s three goals but the non-goal of Sunderland. If you remember it, Bacary Sagna of Arsenal was pulling and holding Jazy Altidore of Sunderland as

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UEFA women referees set a great example

What a great summer of football on television with the Confederation Cup in Brazil and then the European Women’s Cup. What! You didn’t watch it. If like my neighbour, you ‘can’t get into watching women’s football’; the Sweden v Germany

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Will new offside interpretations cause chaos?

Back in July one of the countries leading dailies had the headline, ‘Offside rule changes could cause chaos for new season.’ It reported that the Premier League could be thrown into chaos as a FIFA amendment to the offside rule

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Should unnaturally positioned hands be penalised?

Regular readers of this column may recall that last season I finished with a moan about BBC’s Match of the Day and how I felt it failed its audience. Sad to say that I start this season with a classic

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VIDEOS & ARTICLES — Friday 27.09.2013

This weekly snapshot of refereeing articles is provided by Mal Davies. Premier League appointments Saturday 28th to Monday 30th September 2013 Football League appointments Monday 23rd September to Tuesday 1st October 2013,,10794~3465197,00.html Scottish League appointments Saturday 28th to

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Guest speaker Aug 2013: Will Finnie – Communicating with Players

For our first meeting of the current season, we were pleased to welcome Will Finnie from Luton. Although he is only 18 Will is already a level 4 referee and an FA referee tutor having qualified in February 2009. He

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Great Nike kit offer from the national RA

The Referees’ Association have negotiated some great prices on the new Nike referees’ kit for anyone who’s interested. Please see the attached flyer. Order direct from the RA Online Shop. Nike Kit Offer  (273 views)

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The Reading Referee for Aug/Sep 2013

The latest edition of the RRA magazine “The Reading Referee” is available here. Here’s the editorial as a taster: Communication It is often said, perhaps even too generously, that fifty per cent of the problems in industry are caused by

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Referee report forms for BBFA county cup matches

The referee report forms for BBFA county cup matches can be found here:    (212 views)

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History of the RRA

You can read about the history of the Reading RA, dating back to 1921, here.    (192 views)

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