Month: April 2014

Is there a right and wrong way to toss the coin?

There is a little dispute going on in refereeing training circles about one of the simplest laws of the game, something that has to happen before a match can even start – the coin toss. I realise that many people

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Videos & Articles — Friday 25th April 2014

  Football League appointments : Tuesday 22nd April to Tuesday 29th April 2014 http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/Appointments/0,,10794~3781417,00.html Scottish League : Appointments Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April 2014 http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/resources/documents/RefereeAppointments/SPFL/42.%20SPFL%20Appointments%20Friday%2025th%20-%20Sunday%2027th%20April%202014.pdf The state of football in Scotland http://www.scotzine.com/2014/04/the-state-of-refereeing-in-scotland/? The Origins of the Football Referee http://www.victorianfootball.co.uk/the-origins-of-the-football-referee/ Intimidation of referees is

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Videos & Articles — Fri 18th Apr 2014

  FA Cup final with Budweiser, Saturday 17th May, 2014 : Appointments http://www.thefa.com/news/the-fa-cup/2014/apr/final-referee-lee-probert Football League appointments : Monday 14th to Tuesday 22nd April 2014 http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/Appointments/0,,10794~3766934,00.html Scottish League : Appointments Friday 18th to Tuesday 22nd April 2014 http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/resources/documents/RefereeAppointments/SPFL/41.%20SPFL%20Appointments%20Friday%2018th-Tuesday%2022nd%20April%202014.pdf KEITH HACKETT: Wants more video technology in football

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Decisions, decisions – the hard part of refereeing

Something that anyone taking up refereeing has to accept is that refereeing is all about making decisions.  There is simply no way of getting out of it. More than that, not all decisions are easy to make, and whatever your

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Videos & Articles — Fri 11th Apr 2014

The FA Cup with Budweiser : Semi-finals, at Wembley Stadium, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April 2014 http://www.thefa.com/thefacup/more/match-officials Premier League appointments : Saturday 12th to Wednesday 15th April 2014 http://football-talk.co.uk/90592/referees-announced-for-upcoming-fixtures-see-wholl-be-in-charge-of-your-team/? Football League appointments : Tuesday 8th to Tuesday 15th April 2014 http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/Appointments/0,,10794~3754329,00.html Scottish League : Appointments

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What do Premier League referees do between Saturdays?

One national newspaper’s report of Andre Marriner’s sending off the wrong man in the Arsenal match against Chelsea, suggested that it was due to tiredness. Apparently, he had travelled a thousand miles immediately before the game. I’m sure that the

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Decisions are better when players tell the truth

One of the things that has niggled me for years is that players are not more honest. It stems I suppose from an incident many years ago when a player inside the goal area seemingly scored a goal and started

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