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    Fitness Tests Step 6 and Above

    There are some whispers going around that there will be no fitness tests this year for referees and the guidance seems to be: If you passed a fitness test last year, then you won’t need to do one this year, however fitness will be considered as part of the assessment criteria. If you didn’t...
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    Fifa president under investigation

    Interesting news that’s just hit the wires.
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    Bournemouth and Goal Line Technology

    According to the BBC Bournemouth are considering legal action around the non allowed Goal in the Sheffield United v Aston Villa game. Had the goal been given, it would have meant that Villa got relegated not Bournemouth. IFAB laws are clear, but it could get messy, especially with the amounts...
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    Promotion Letters Are Out

    I know, cos I got one confirming my promotion to L4 (subject to passing the fitness test)
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    Nomination Letter

    Got my 5-4 nomination letter today. Now in hands of FA to decide and up to me to make sure I can pass the fitness test whenever that may take place!
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    Dissent by word or action

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    Best Ground and Biggest Crowd You've Refereed?

    Just wondering what the best ground you've refereed at is and what the biggest crowd you've ever had at one if your games. For me the best ground was St Mary's Stadium home of Premier League Southampton and it was in front of just over 1200 people.
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    Referee With 4th Official

    I got appointed to a County Cup middle where I'll have a 4th official as well I've done plenty of games leading a team of 3, but never one with a 4th before. Typically in a 3 the senior AR keeps the match record in case of needing to come on. I know the 4th official will do this, but is there...
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    English Refs Fail FIFA Fitness Test Daily Mail is reporting that Andy Madley and David Coote both failed the FIFA fitness test. However apparently both were suffering...
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    Final 5-4 Observation Done

    That's my final 5-4 observation done, it also happened to come on my first ever supply league middle. It's been a valuable experience and I've learnt a lot from the process.
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    Derby v Luton

    Couple of interesting incidents last night as Derby lost 3-2 to bottom of the table Luton Town. They scored an own goal in the 86th minute to go 3-2 behind, then a minute later the referee adjudged one of the Derby players to have made a deliberate backpass that the GK picked up, giving an IFK...
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    DOGSO done right

    Spanish Super Cup final. The ultimate definition of what was once called a "Professional Foul"
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    Lower League in Argentina

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    Open Age Ran into an old Forum member today

    Some of the older hands may remember @Grayson from a few years back. He was kind enough to spend some time with me just after I'd completed my refs course in 2013, and I went to watch him prior to doing my first game, which was invaluable experience! Today he was a CAR in the game I had and...
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    Penalty award

    Awarded a penalty today in the 27th minute of added time at end of second half, which was duly converted. Wondering if that's a record for a goal being scored in added time on this forum?
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    Dissent at half time

    Had an incident on the line last night. At half time, one of the players from the losing team came close to crossing the line for dissent to the referee after the half time whistle had been blown and as the players were walking back to the dressing rooms. It got me wondering, if you were going...
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    Sin bins (again)

    Just wanted to clarify this as had a situation in a game I was on the line for today. Referee sin bins player for clear dissent. Player continues to argue and offer up more (borderline second caution) dissent on way off the pitch. If the referee had deemed it to be additional dissent the...
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    First pre season game - new laws some thoughts

    So did my first pre season middle today. Few thoughts on it and the law changes. 1) only once in the game did either GK play a short ball from a goal kick, which was received inside the 18. The rest of the time, the receiver was happy to let it leave the box. 2) management of having no...
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    Happy July 1st everyone

    Pre season fixtures officially starting now we're in July. Really looking forward to getting back out on the pitch starting with a pre season middle this coming Saturday. It seems an eternity since the end of last season!
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    5-4 Promotion Season

    I heard last night that the FA has just released new criteria for 5-4 promotions for this season. Apparently some changes to the observation criteria including a new section on Game Understanding. Anyone heard anything similar?