One of the most embarrassing moments out on the FOP for a referee is when we get duped into believing simulation.  This is also one of the hardest things to catch, and IMHO the biggest “disease” in the beautiful game.  There are plenty of things that we can do as referees in order better understand and catch the culprits as they try to trick and deceive us (see l’arbitre’s post on simulation).  However, no matter how close we are to play, how focused and concentrated we are, or how diligent we we try to be in all our games, sometimes the actors on the FOP catch us off guard and we fall for their theatrics.


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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!!!

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There Is No “Extra” Time

Posted: February 18, 2015 by larbitre in Football

Football is very different to other sports when it comes to timekeeping. The traditional buzzer isn’t employed and the referee’s final whistle is usually met with relief after a little over 90 minutes of football.

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LOTG Contradictions: Backwards PK and Restart

Posted: February 13, 2015 by thirdblindmouse in Uncategorized

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After a referee education session this past week, a couple of us stayed back to discuss this crazy instance where the LOTG kind of contradicts itself.  It’s with regards to a backwards penalty kick.  No, I’m not talking about the insanity above (which, by the way, it completely legal).  The question goes like this….

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vanishing Spray News

Posted: November 16, 2014 by larbitre in Football
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As a follow-up to the vanishing spray technology post I wrote on Play The Advantage, I thought I would bring up a few interesting developments since then.

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Player:  “REF!  He’s on the ground!!!”

Referee:  “OK….and???”

Sound familiar?  It should, because I hear this at least once or twice every single game.  What players fail to realize is that playing the ball while on the ground isn’t actually against the Laws of the Game.  Every time I hear this protest I challenge players and coaches to find me the reference in the LOTG that says a player cannot play the ball while on the ground.  Since most players and coaches don’t have the LOTG handy, let’s figure it out for them. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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On & Off the Pitch

Posted: August 21, 2014 by larbitre in Uncategorized
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Football refereeing is so much more than carrying the whistle/flag on the field of play. Perhaps too many player assume that we think we know the game, come into a few uniforms and show up to a field once in a while hoping a game is going on.

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