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World Cup 2018 Referees
Written by Scott Ferguson   
Monday, 20 November 2017 12:34

FIFA have announced a list of 36 match officials who will be attending a preparation seminar for World Cup 2018 between 25 and 29 November 2017.

At this stage it is understood that provided they pass the seminars and tests between now and the tournament, each official will be appointed either as a Referee or Support Referee, with the latter expected to take control of the Video Assistant Referee system likely to be approved by IFAB for next year's tournament.

Flanagan, Barrett masters of blame game
Written by Wally Mason, The Australian   
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 15:41

Referees, umpires, touch judges, goal umpires, TMOs, linesmen, rules official. Who’d be one?

No matter how well you do your job, there is a better than even chance that some disgruntled coach, captain, player, club president, water boy or No. 1 ticket holder will blame you for their loss.

The fact that they were without skill, luck or tactical nous and comprehensively outplayed by the opposition won't come into it. The reason for the loss will all come down to one or two decisions by the bloke with the whistle.

FFA Announces 2016/17 Match Official Panels
Written by FFA   
Friday, 30 September 2016 12:39

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today released the names of the Match Officials that will control matches during the upcoming Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League competitions.

Referee Kurt Ams returns to the Hyundai A-League Referees panel, four years since his last appointment, having worked his way back through the PS4 National Premier League. Ams will be joined on the panel by Jonathan Barreiro, who made his debut last season, and Daniel Elder both of whom have been promoted from the Hyundai A-League Fourth Official panel.

Laws of the Game 2016/17
Written by Scott Ferguson   
Friday, 15 April 2016 18:05

The International Football Association Board have released the text of the 2016/17 Laws of the Game document.

The new laws represent the biggest overhaul of the laws in many years, with a number of substantial changes being made particularly in the treatment of denying obvious goal-scoring opportunities.