Month: March 2015

Goalkeepers Must Be Allowed to Clear Without Hindrance

At the monthly meeting of Reading referees there was a discussion on a very unusual incident during the Cardiff v Bournemouth Championship game. The Cardiff goalkeeper had the ball in his hands after a Bournemouth attack. All the other players

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Dissent Tackled by American Professional Referees – Us Next Please

One excellent innovation from Major League Soccer, the Premier League of North America, is a weekly video featuring a refereeing decision from the past weekend. It is presented by Paul Reger, formerly Manager of assistant referees on the Premier League

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Stephen Green – What to do at Corner Kicks

Unfortunately our advertised guest speaker, Eamonn Dolan, Reading FC Academy Manager, had to call off his proposed visit due to footballing commitments with the first team. Stepping into the breach was our very own Stephen Green who will soon be

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Handball on the Goal Line?

Determining whether an instance of handball is considered a deliberate act can be one of the toughest decisions a referee will make during any game. There are a number of factors to consider and as with all decisions, must be

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Five Minute Law Quiz – Feb 2015

Two players following the ball, go off the field of play, where the defender strikes the attacker. The ball is still in play when you blow the whistle for the offence. How would you restart play? Law 12 cites that

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No Change in Triple Punishment, or Video Support for Referees – yet

Football’s law making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) made just one change to the Laws at their AGM held in Belfast last week. This ground-breaking change, as the IBFA called it, was to allow returnable substitutes in recreational

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Match Delegate Troubles Chelsea

Last week the sports pages of the national newspapers were again full of comments about a couple of a referee’s decisions. And I do mean full. I received a copy of the Sun which devoted two whole pages to the

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