Month: January 2015

VIDEOS & ARTICLES – Friday 30th January 2015

YOU-ARE-THE-REF: Question Time is back Top pundit joins our panel DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM : Put referees on the spot after their mistakes FEMALE REFREES wanted for USA CUP FIFA : Updated list of prospective referees for Women’s World Cup Scottish FA:

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No Penalty if a Foul is off the Field

A few questions have been raised about a slightly unusual incident that occurred last week in the Burnley v Crystal Palace game. The ball was running towards the touchline, half way inside the Palace half and was being pursued by

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Getting a Grip on the Grapplers

One of the most unedifying sights in present day football is the grappling of opponents at corners or when free kicks are played into the penalty area. The PGMO which controls Premier League referees are issuing a statement and DVD

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VIDEOS & ARTICLES – Friday 16th January 2015

  YOU-ARE-THE-REF.COM discuss recent games/incidents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COPijIPqnp0&feature=youtu.be   MIKE RILEY : My referees are better than ever http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2902802/Refs-chief-Mike-Riley-dismisses-howlers-season-insists-referees-better-ever.html?   Premier League bookings table http://injuryleague.com/2015/01/anthony-taylor-leads-premier-league-bookings-ref-watch-1415/?   KEITH HACKETT : Stats, and looking beyond them https://you-are-the-ref.com/stats-and-looking-beyond-them/   Are referees the real problem? http://www.thesecretfootballer.com/articles/tsf-guest/23341/are-referees-the-real-problem/?

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Can a Referee Delay Substitutions Being Made?

Since Reading’s game against Norwich City, several fans have asked me if the referee made a mistake in allowing the Norwich goal to stand. It certainly upset the Reading players. It wasn’t the goal itself, but the circumstances leading up

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Videos & Articles – Friday 9th January 2015

YOU-ARE-THE-REF.COM discusses recent incidents PGMOL says referee standards have never been higher GRAHAM POLL: Refereeing is at the worst level I can ever remember Referees need respect – and new technology MATT WESTON : International performance expert to mount YATR

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Welcome back Jim de Rennes

This month Reading RA is pleased to welcome Jim de Rennes as our guest speaker. An old friend of RRA, Jim has a knack of looking at things in a different light and has provided some enjoyable and thought provoking

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Lessons from Sir Alex Ferguson

It is unlikely that anyone would suggest Sir Alex Ferguson was a friend to referees. His mind games before matches such as, ‘This game is going to need a firm referee’; meaning he expected the referee to be strict against

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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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