Category: Talking Points

Is Yelling “Goalie’s” a Verbal Distraction?

A talking point in March discussed whether a particular manner of shouting may constitute unsporting behaviour. One of our members referred to an incident during a game on which he was anĀ Assistant Referee. An attacking player was in behind the

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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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Wait for the Whistle!

One of two talking points raised in December came courtesy of Steve McMahon, who discussed when not to allow a free kick to be taken quickly. The situation arose after the goalkeeper rushed out of the area and fouled an

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Dealing with Misconduct Post Match

As Referees we have all reported misconduct in one form or another. Of course, any two referees will have different levels of tolerance when it comes to dealing with and subsequently reporting misconduct. Thus the question was asked to the

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Is an Avoided DOGSO a Mandatory Caution?

One of two talking points at our November open meeting came courtesy of Paul Gaskin, who had the room contemplating whether or not to caution the goalkeeper, who might have credibly been sent off; a decision he recently faced in

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Club Assistants on right wings

Stuart Marsh raised one of two talking points at the November open meeting and related it specifically to the local Sunday League. However, it could be put into practise in any match in which club assistants are required. Stuart cited

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