Tips for AR


Level 7 Referee
So, my first game on the line comes in just over a weeks time, and going to be something regular now, on the line.

I'm confident with all my signals and positioning-ish, but does any one have any tips, or are there any documents etc that supply times for assistant refereeing? I'll be the youngest Referee in the league, and all the others are experienced and don't fancy turning up and make it look like I don't know what I am doing.

Cheers guys.


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Concentrate. At all times. In some respects the line is harder than the middle due to the length and intensity of concentration required.

I talk to myself in my head e.g. he's on he's on he's off he's on to keep my brain ticking and on the game. I also like to name my hands by the colour of the team and the direction they are attacking. Example red for left for the defending side and right hand green for attacking side in a reds v green game . Dont forget to rename at second half... first few minutes of the second half are the hardest as everything has been flipped around in terms of what you did in the first half so again - concentrate :)

Dont forget when the ball is in your opposite half it isnt a break, stay alert, stay in line with the last defender and concentrate.

Listen to the referees pre match instructions. If he doesnt give them, ask for them.

Also take your time. Process what you've seen. Dont rush your decisions. Work with the referee. Lots of eye contact. In many cases they will tell you the signal to give.

Learn from your referee - what he does good and what he does that you dont like.

And finally, but most importantly, enjoy the game.

I could go on but others on the forum no doubt will have some handy tips for you too.


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I do exactly the same as James. During the whole game, I always say "Red", "blue" etc every time the ball goes out of play. I say it loud, so I have a visual reminder (flashback) of who the ball come off and an audible reminder of who the ball come off last. I'm always talking to myself on the line, "he's offside, ball played. Interfered. Switch hand, flag up, wait for whistle". I find it helps me so much.


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Bring your full kit onto the pitch - coin, cards, whistles, spare pen.
concentrate on good signals, and ball in/out of play and offside. Don't stress too much about calling fouls just yet - and don't get too excited to call a foul. Referee disagrees with you on a throw direction, or signals before you? Just go with him.

As you get more experienced you learn some more advanced ways to work well with the referee, discrete signals etc. Just keep it simple for now.