Archive for the ‘Futsal’ Category


My fellow referees…first, allow me to apologize for being away for so long;  more precisely, for not posting any topics for a few months.  Things have been quite chaotic for me with football, futsal and being on the board of the director for my local referees’ association.

In case you don’t know, the UEFA Futsal Euro is currently underway (2nd leg of quarter final matches happening today) and there was one particular incident in the group stage match between Portugal and Serbia this past weekend that was particularly interesting to me and burning a hole in my head.  I knew that I had to figure it out for myself and write a post about it as I’m sure it will stir up some conversations within the referee community worldwide.

The incident took place in the last minute of the game and although this is an example for a futsal match, the same rules apply for a football match, as well.

Red #10 has possession of the ball and is attacking the White goal.  A White defender is 2 – 3 yards away, applying pressure and waiting for Red #10 to make a move.  Another Red attacker runs from behind the White defender and stands just to the right side of the defender in a blocking position, as Red #10 moves the ball to the left.  The White defender turns to follow and bumps into the Red defender, and Red #10 is able to get a shot on net. (more…)


Pazzo Futsal LOTG

Posted: April 14, 2015 by thirdblindmouse in Futsal
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DID YOU KNOW that in Futsal, there is an instance where you can have possession of the ball, infringe the laws of the game and still be awarded an indirect free kick?  Sounds crazy?  Can’t believe it???  Well….IT’S TRUE!!!


Making the Transition to Futsal

Posted: December 9, 2014 by thirdblindmouse in Futsal
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I’ve been refereeing football (soccer) for about 15 years now and I have loved every minute of it.  The players, the coaches, the crazy parents yelling at me from the sidelines…every single aspect of the game intrigues me and makes me smile.  So, if I love “The Beautiful Game” so much, what made me tackle a different sport like Futsal?  I say different sport because although Futsal is in many ways the same as football, it is also very different.

My good friend larbitre started officiating Futsal about 3 years ago and told me about how much fun it was and how quick the games were, and that he enjoyed it so much that he started running his own league at his school.  After some discussion, it was decided that I would venture into this new territory and get certified as a Futsal referee.  Little did I know how difficult it was going to be, trying to wrap my head around some of the rules and the different approach to officiating that is required in Futsal. (more…)

Understanding Fouls in Futsal

Posted: September 23, 2014 by larbitre in Futsal
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The transition to Futsal can be difficult for a Football referee.

Some of the major changes that referees face include:

  • Higher mental awareness of technical offences
  • Positioning system of control
  • Altered foul threshold
  • Communication with referee crew

This is a lot to take in despite a lot of experience on a football pitch. Let’s focus on just one difficulty; adjusting to fouls.

Football is (more…)

In my short tenure as a futsal referee and enthusiast, I’ve picked up on rules better enforced in Futsal than in football due to the nature of the game.


The Final’s Tackle

Posted: March 27, 2014 by larbitre in Futsal
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Another incident in the UEFA Euro Futsal 2014 Finals. Take a peek.

Futsal Finals Tackle from larbitre on Vimeo.


The Final’s Second Touch

Posted: February 20, 2014 by larbitre in Futsal
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I’m larbitre and was kind enough to be invited to guest blog on the Third Blind Mouse!

In my first post, I take a look at an incident from the UEFA Euro 2014 Futsal Finals.

TouchIncident from larbitre on Vimeo.

I watched this scenario on my second viewing of the match and realised it was the first time I (more…)