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Victorian ref off to Olympics Print E-mail
Written by Football Federation Victoria   
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:00

While Australia might not be playing football at the Olympics, Victoria will still be represented by referee Hakan Anaz.

Victorian match official Hakan Anaz will represent both his state and nation after being selected as one of Australia’s three match officials travelling to the London Olympic Games to officiate in the men’s football competition in 2012. [The others are Ben Williams (ACT) and Matthew Cream (SA), with Sarah Ho (NSW) and Allyson Flynn (ACT) at the women's competition. - AusRef]

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 14:50
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Enough contact for a penalty to be awarded Print E-mail
Written by Mark Shield, FFA   
Monday, 23 April 2012 16:47

The referee’s job is not meant to be a popular one. The referees are there to make sure the game is played within the laws. I can assure you that the last thing the referee wants to be is the centre of attention.

However, sometimes the game does not allow that and the truly great referees are the ones who have the courage to take the big decisions.

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Wild brawl in Brisbane rugby league match Print E-mail
Written by Alex Fynes-Clinton   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 01:00

Fresh fears about parent conduct at junior sport have been raised after a violent brawl broke out at a junior rugby league match between Brisbane teams Wynnum-Manly and Waterford last Friday night.

Police were called to break up fights between rival supporters and to escort the referee from the field after an under-15 match descended into violence.

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IFAB approve two goal-line techs for next phase Print E-mail
Written by FIFA   
Saturday, 03 March 2012 11:45

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) under the chairmanship of The Football Association Chairman David Bernstein, convened for its Annual General Meeting (AGM) today, Saturday 3 March 2012, at the Pennyhill Park Hotel in Surrey, England.

The IFAB received a general evaluation of eight available Goal Line Technology (GLT) systems by EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology). The first phase of GLT testing was conducted between November and December 2011.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 March 2012 12:25
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Headscarves for Women’s games near approval Print E-mail
Written by Vijai Singh, New York Times   
Saturday, 03 March 2012 11:21

Football's international rules board on Saturday unanimously supported a proposal to reverse a 2007 decision that barred women from playing with headscarves.

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Bad tackles: An issue of player safety Print E-mail
Written by Mark Shield   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 16:53

The most high profile, widely-talked-about incident in the Hyundai A-league this weekend was the second red card in the Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar match.

Prior to the season commencing, clubs and head coaches requested that referees pay specific attention to player welfare and safety on the park by ensuring that all players are protected from dangerous and careless tackles. This message was communicated to all clubs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 18:26
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Golec tweets homophobic rant at Williams Print E-mail
Written by Scott Ferguson   
Monday, 07 November 2011 18:53

Adelaide United's Antony Golec has delivered a homophobic rant on Twitter at the Ben Williams, the A-League referee who reduced Melbourne Victory to nine men on Saturday night.

The former Sydney FC defender initially used his Twitter account to post "Ben Williams worst referee ever", after the official ejected two Victory players in the first half of their 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar.

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Bleiberg apologises for ref blast Print E-mail
Written by FFA   
Monday, 07 November 2011 10:16

Gold Coast United coach Miron Bleiberg has apologised for his outburst at referee Peter Green following his side’s dramatic 3-2 loss to Sydney FC on Sunday.

Gold Coast were 2-0 up after 46 minutes but a committed Sydney side fought their way back into the game, eventually winning a controversial penalty deep into injury time to win the game 3-2.

Directly after the game, Bleiberg let rip at Green, saying the decision “left a bitter taste”.

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US Soccer overtakes Basketball & Hockey Print E-mail
Written by Jim Edwards   
Monday, 31 October 2011 00:00

U.S. Major League Soccer has eclipsed both the NBA (National Baskeball Association) and the NHL (National Hockey League) in terms of average attendance at games — a feat that explains why Fox and Telemundo just paid an incredible $1 billion for the rights to broadcast the Word Cup in 2018 and 2022. That price was more than twice what ESPN and Univision paid to broadcast the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 November 2011 17:44
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Referees have goals too Print E-mail
Written by Mark Shield   
Thursday, 27 October 2011 09:18

Season seven of the Hyundai A-League has taken off with a major increase in crowds, television viewership and publicity with lots of challenging high-profile matches.

Clubs are investing heavily in the recruitment of players and the FFA is investing heavily in the promotion of the game.

Referees in the national competitions this year have been given specific areas to target. Referees play a very important part in the league's success.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2011 19:38
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