Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Assessments - Pray for a boring match!

You'd think I'd know better than to try and get myself promoted to a higher band of refereeing at my age. But No, as part of my efforts to get fit after losing about six and a half stone - so far - I've applied to be promoted to the FA's Level 5 of referees, known as Senior County Referees.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Man United's free kick trick divides critics, exposes complexity of offside calls

Juan Mata's second goal for Manchester United in the FA Cup match with Shrewsbury last night has divided referees and football fans - but most of all it's a severe test of the offside laws that were tweaked at the start of this season.
The offside law, Law 11of the Laws of the Game, were tweaked this season to read that players in an offside position must be "mak[ing] an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball" in order to be penalised.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Pens/No Pens - we never get them right!

In two games this weekend, I awarded two penalties, turned down a couple of easy ones but also worried that I should have given another in each game. On Sunday, I gave 2 to the same team in less than 5 minutes, allowing them to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead that became the final score.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Maidstone v Dartford - Dartford equalise. Should the goal have stood.

The incident takes place in the 82nd minute. Dartford in white and Maidstone in Amber. Dartford player shoots from edge of area, attacker in an offside position ducks to allow ball into goal. GK approx 3 yards to left of offside player dives but cannot reach the ball.
His direct line of vision is not influenced by the offside striker, unless he sees him out of the corner of his eye.
I'm tempted to agree with the referee here, but I'm not sure why.
Assistant flags for offside but is over-ruled by ref.

That said, I've looked at the Premier League's advice to referees now and it would appear to indicate that the act of ducking to get out of the way of the ball is enough to count as interference.

I've posted it on a refereeing website where the consensus so far is that it's a marginal decision and it would probably have been best NOT to over-rule your assistant.

Still, looked like Dartford had some excellent chances anyway.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

"I know, I'm a Ref" - Those dreaded words from a player

I get this 9 or 10 times a season from a player who is patently NOT a referee, but probably stood on the centre spot once for his son's Under 9s game. The latest was from a goalkeeper who took exception when I warned him about taking too long to fly kick the ball.
His logic was confused when he approached me at half time to explain the Laws of the Game.
There may be a 6 second rule, but it only counts from when I start preparing to take the kick, he explained.
I sighed inwardly, biting my tongue.
"Tell you what keeper," I said. "Humour me. Make it 6 seconds from when you pick the ball up to when you kick it. Just to make me happy."
"OK ref," he said cheerily and wandered off for his half-time smoke.
Over the last few years I've met several goalkeepers who have informed that the six second law no longer applies.
Now, it appears, goalies think they can basically take as long as they like to re-start play.
Players do get annoyed when their team is losing and they see a goalie ambling slowly back to get the ball.
A ref can't really stop his watch every time the 'keeper takes 15 seconds longer then he should to get the ball, but he should really only get one warning that he's taking too long to take drop outs. Then it's an indirect free kick in a dangerous position, for which his team will not thank him.
One tip - give the goalie his warning from a long way away so that everyone knows he's on a warning.

Friday, September 11, 2015

It was lino at other end of the pitch who disallowed Palace goal for offside

It's very rare indeed that the assistant referee at the far end of the pitch from the action gets closely involved in play. But I've just found out that's exactly what happened in the Premier League game between Crystal Palace and Aston Villa last month, when Palace had a goal eventually disallowed for offside.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Nothing like the real thing to raise the blood pressure

Friendlies are all well and good but it was obvious that real competition had started up again - especially from the 9 yellow cards I dished out over 2 games on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday I reffed a cracking 3-3 draw between Div One teams. It was a hard game but exciting and I enjoyed being up with play much more often, having shed almost 30 kilos (fouir and a half stone).