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  1. one

    one Well-Known Member Level 7 Referee

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    Football Federation Australia (FFA) will continue to be a pioneer of World Football with the introduction of Yellow cards (YC) and Red cards (RC) for Coaches and other team officials.

    The trial is aimed at improving the behaviour of team officials primarily towards match officials but also opposition team officials whilst in the technical area.

    The Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League will be the first top-tier domestic competitions in the world to receive approval from the International Football Advisory Board (IFAB) to conduct the experimental trial which will commence from this weekend (Round 5 of the Hyundai A League and Round 2 of the Westfield W League commencing Friday 3rd November 2017) and also from the opening round of the Foxtel Y-League.

    The Head of the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, Greg O’Rourke, believes this trial will be a positive move for the game.

    “Referees already have a process which is by way of conversation to Coaches to warn them before removing them from the technical area after poor behaviour. Essentially, this trial will visualise those steps and as such better communicate to fans that the Referees are giving the coaches and others formal warnings." said O’Rourke.

    “It will help fans and viewers better understand the issues that match officials face on a weekly basis and help promote respect towards them. Importantly it will send a strong message throughout the game at grassroots level that poor behaviour towards match officials and opposition team officials is unacceptable and carries consequences."

    “In addition, we have also updated our regulations so this consequence of accumulating yellow cards for team officials will be in line with the same regulations for players and will lead to Coaches and other team officials being required to miss games when the accumulation reaches the thresholds.”

    “The ideal outcome of the trial is to improve behaviour from within the technical area towards match officials and also between team benches,” concluded O’Rourke.

    This experimental trial is part of IFAB’s global “Play Fair” initiative which aims to make football fairer, more attractive and more enjoyable, promoting players and officials as positive role models for society.


    Guidelines to match officials for cautioning and dismissing team officials and players within the Technical area
    • Referees will use their judgement when deciding whether behaviour by a team official requires a warning (Ask), a caution (Tell) or dismissal (Remove).
    • Yellow card and red card infringements by team officials are specified in the relevant Disciplinary Regulations.
    • A team official who accumulates Yellow Cards during the course of the season and respective Finals Series will serve suspensions in line with the relevant competition regulations.
    • The following examples are provided as guidelines for match officials.

    Warning offences / “Ask” – unacceptable behavior
    Include (but not limited to):
    • Minor / low level disagreement (by word or action) with a decision
    • Failing to cooperate with a match official e.g. ignoring a 4th Official’s instruction / request
    • Persistent questioning of refereeing decisions
    • Entering the field of play in a respectful / non-confrontational manner (including attempting to assist in a non-confrontational situation)
    • Leaving the technical area in a non-confrontational manner (e.g. running down the touchline in excessive goal celebrations)

    Caution (YC) offences / “Tell” – irresponsible behaviour
    Include (but not limited to):
    • Persistent / repeated unacceptable behaviour (including repeated warning offences)
    • Dissent by word or action including:
    • Throwing / kicking drink bottles or other objects to show dissent (i.e. non-aggressive manner, not on the field, not at someone)
    • Gestures which show a clear lack of respect for the match official(s) e.g. sarcastic clapping​
    • Gesturing or acting in a provocative, derisory or inflammatory way, including gesturing for a RC or YC to be shown
    • Clearly / persistently not respecting the confines of their team’s technical area
    • Deliberately entering the technical area of the opposing team (non-confrontational)
    • Delaying the restart of play by their team
    • Showing a lack of respect for the game

    Dismissal (RC) offences / “Remove” – serious irresponsible behaviour
    Include (but not limited to):
    • Violent conduct (including kicking or throwing a water bottle or other object in a dangerous or aggressive manner)
    • Deliberately throwing / kicking an object on to the field of play
    • Physical or aggressive behaviour
    • Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
    • Spitting at any person
    • Entering the field of play to interfere with play or an opposing player
    • Deliberately leaving the technical area to:
    • Act in a provocative or inflammatory manner
    • Enter the opposing technical area in an aggressive or confrontational manner
    • Delaying the restart of play by the opposing team e.g. holding on to the ball, kicking the ball away, obstructing the movement of a player​
    • Receiving a second YC in the same match

    Football Federation Australia

    EDIT: Fixed indentation
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2017
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  4. santa sangria

    santa sangria Well-Known Member

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    All looks great... the one that jumps out is:

    RC - Delaying the restart of play by the opposing team e.g. holding on to the ball, kicking the ball away, obstructing the movement of a player

    That is not in line with laws for players. While admirable as a nuclear deterrent that seems harsh.
  5. es1

    es1 Well-Known Member Level 4 Referee

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    i like it, it's one of those situations that can go from 0 to full on mass confrontation in seconds so i'm all for a deterrent like this. it also separates it from the yellow card offence of delaying the restart of play for their own team
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  6. GraemeS

    GraemeS Well-Known Member Level 5 Referee

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    Yeah, that's a good spot - I had a manger throw a ball away the other week to waste time and gave him a bollocking that to my mind, was in line with a yellow card. I wouldn't be expecting to send a manager away for that when I'd only produce a yellow if a player did exactly the same.
  7. AlexF

    AlexF Well-Known Member

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    If a player does it, it's one thing.

    Technical staff are held to a higher standard, because all they are ever dismissed for is "irresponsible behaviour".

    In terms of a technical staff member holding onto the ball, kicking it away, etc, a coach in Mexico in LigaMX (the top level league) was tossed twice last season for doing just that.

    You'd think that he'd have learned from the first incident...
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  8. one

    one Well-Known Member Level 7 Referee

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    I have now fixed the indentation (to what it was in the original press release) to make it clearer.
    That clause only applies when deliberately leaving the TA. It is sort of inline with laws for player. Deliberately leaving is one act of YC and delaying the restart is another act of YC. Put them together and you have a RC. I think its common sense that it is specific to restarts by an opponent as that is when a mass confrontation starts (as pointed out by @es1). Take the red card out early and you can bring it under control quickly.
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  9. CapnBloodbeard

    CapnBloodbeard Well-Known Member

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    As I've said elsewhere, it's another 'solution' to a problem that shouldn't exist.

    You know what's a better solution? Having referees actually use the tools they already have.

    The ONLY advantage I see in this, is that accumulated yellow cards lead to a suspension.

    Aside from that, referees should simply be told to actually clamp down on abuse from the bench - and assessors need to start doing their job and marking down officials who aren't doing this. Currently the 4th official is just getting berated for 90 minutes which is unacceptable.

    Of course, some managers are favoured by the referees (Kevin Muscat). We all know who the most abuse managers are, and we all know who isn't going to cop a card.

    The only way this will have an impact is indirectly; referees are going to be told to make a show of their pretty new 'toy' and find an excuse to be the first one to book a manager. Aside from that, this offers no advantages whatsoever.

    As for clamping down on abuse? We don't need gimmicks to do that. Referees just need to start bloody doing it!!!

    The HAL is disgusting in the amount of abuse it permits, even condones. But this is a league who recently penalised a player 2 weeks for pushing a 4th official.

    As for communication to the fans - unnecessary. A ref running over to a bench is already very clear communication that the managers is being warned. If anything this will probably just confuse it.

    We already have this option anyway. Given this constitutes actual interference with the match I have no issues with a manager being held to a different standard to a player here.
  10. Sheffields Finest

    Sheffields Finest Happily minding that Gap

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    Agree with most of that, petulant managers have become a serious issue at all levels and anything sensible aimed at curbing this must be trailed, tested and integrated asap.
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