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…)