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Shield resigns from FFA Print E-mail
Written by Scott Ferguson   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:17
Shield during his refereeing days

Director of Referees for Football Federation Australia, Mark Shield, has announced that he will not be renewing his contract beyond mid-September 2012.

In an email this morning to various stakeholders Shield advised that despite the satisfaction of being involved in football again, he has been lured away from the game by an "attractive" offer from another industry in a CEO position.

Mark will continue A-League and W-League preparations in his current position until mid-September.

No word is yet available on a replacement for the role.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:35
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Match official development key for new season Print E-mail
Written by FFA   
Monday, 13 August 2012 15:11

Football Federation Australia has announced a new initiative in the selection and preparation of the match officials for its elite competitions, the Hyundai A-league and Westfield W-league, called the Possibles and Probables Candidates program.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 August 2012 15:18
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IFAB makes three unanimous historic decisions Print E-mail
Written by FIFA.com   
Friday, 06 July 2012 11:26

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) convened at the Home of FIFA in Zurich today, 5 July 2012, for a Special Meeting under the chairmanship of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

The first item on the agenda was goal-line technology (GLT). Following the conclusion of a nine-month test process that began in August 2011, led by EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), the IFAB unanimously decided to approve in principle both companies that took part in Test Phase 2: GoalRef and Hawk-Eye. This approval is subject to a final installation test at each stadium before the systems can be used in “real” football matches, in accordance with the FIFA Quality Programme for GLT.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 July 2012 11:32
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Senior ref blasts man in middle of controversy for hat-trick of own goals Print E-mail
Written by Dominic Bossi, Sydney Morning Herald   
Friday, 15 June 2012 15:29
Under the microscope... referee Khalil Al Ghamdi is under fire for his performance in the World Cup qualifier. Photo: AFP

The referee in charge of the Socceroos' 1-1 draw with Japan, Khalil al-Ghamdi, has been criticised by a peer for his handling of the game.

Ghamdi is highly respected in Asian Football Confederation and FIFA refereeing circles, but his latest performance has tarnished his reputation as one of Asia's best whistle-blowers. His dismissal of Mark Milligan, controversial penalty to Australia and denying Japan the opportunity to take a late free-kick reflected poorly on his ability to officiate high-profile matches, and could result in him being overlooked for future qualifiers.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 June 2012 15:40
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Euro 2012 refs to stop games for slurs Print E-mail
Written by Graham Dunbar, AP   
Thursday, 07 June 2012 04:33

UEFA president Michel Platini promised that referees will stop European Championship matches if players suffer abuse from fans, as questions on racism in Poland and Ukraine dominated a news conference on Wednesday to launch the tournament.

Platini said UEFA has empowered referees to "temporarily stop the game and finally cancel the game if this racism keeps rearing its head."

Concern was fueled by a British television program last week showing discrimination and violent incidents at recent club matches in the co-host nations.

Ahead of the Euro 2012 kick off on Friday, the head of a Europe-wide campaign against discrimination in football acknowledged it posed more potential problems than previous tournaments.

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Blacktown soccer linesman assaulted Print E-mail
Written by Blacktown Advocate   
Friday, 01 June 2012 15:06

A 24-year-old Minchinbury Jets soccer player has been charged for assaulting a teenage boy during a game at Laybutt Reserve in Blacktown at 3.20pm on Sunday.

The 16-year-old lineman’s jaw was fractured during the alleged assault.

The Glenmore Park man attended Blacktown police station on Thursday afternoon where he was charged with common assault.

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FIFA Congress supports professionalisation of refereeing Print E-mail
Written by FIFA.com   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:47

The 62nd FIFA Congress held on Friday in Budapest provided its full support to the professionalisation of refereeing.

FIFA has made a pledge to further improve the level of elite refereeing, specifically through the professionalisation of the preparation for the world’s top referees on the road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:52
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Faking injuries dangerous: top referee Print E-mail
Written by AP   
Friday, 25 May 2012 18:20

Faking injuries on the pitch could jeopardise treatment for players who suffer cardiac arrest and other life-threatening conditions, World Cup final referee Howard Webb has told a FIFA medical conference.

Webb's quick reaction when Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the field in March helped the Bolton midfielder get treatment which saved his life.

Referees' responses could be affected if players "cry wolf" too often, says Webb, who added that Muamba's recovery after his heart stopped beating on its own for 78 minutes is "an unbelievable miracle".

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Aussie officials make international mark Print E-mail
Written by FFA   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:52

Peter GreenAustralian referees are continuing to develop their skills – and reputations – at an international level, with a number of local match officials being selected for international appointments.

As reported recently, five Australian referees have been chosen to officiate at the 2012 London Olympic Games Football Tournament.

Sarah Ho, Allyson Flynn, Ben Williams, Matthew Cream and Hakan Anaz were selected by a FIFA selection panel to become a major part of the 15-strong delegation of AFC referees.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:06
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Canberra refs set to fulfil Olympic dreams Print E-mail
Written by Canberra Times   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 00:00

Canberra soccer referees Ben Williams and Allyson Flynn will officiate at the London Olympic Games.

Jogging around Lake Burley Griffin one day to running out on the hallowed turf of Old Trafford the next. That's the scenario facing Ben Williams and Allyson Flynn, as the Canberra referees count down the days until they live their dream and officiate at the London Olympic Games.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2012 23:47
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