The referee allows a lot of heavy contact in this match. Was he out of touch or simply responding to what the players appeared to accept?… Read More Case Study: How Much Contact Is Too Much?
A decision to penalize a goalkeeper for an illegal touch in an MLS match is reviewed.… Read More Case Study: Illegal GK Touch Infraction Leads to Goal
Referee Mike Jones is left in a tight spot when his Assistant Referee calls for a penalty in front of goal during a corner kick.… Read More Case Study: AR2 Calls For A Penalty. From A Corner.
A send-off of QPR striker Bobby Zamora appears straightforward, but Phil Dowd seeks the advice of his team… Read More Case Study: AR2 Sends Off Zamora
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker’s elbow strikes West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley in the face. What is the appropriate action by the referee?… Read More Case Study: That's Gooner Leave A Mark
Referee Cuneyt Cakir found himself embroiled in controversy after his decision to send off Manchester United midfielder Nani for a high boot to the side of Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa.… Read More Case Study: Everyone Was Ball Watching
In this space, I strive to comment on referees doing the right things: good fundamentals, creative game management and the like. There are times, however, when we can learn from mistakes by referees at the highest level. … Read More Case Study: Match Management and Broken Noses
FIFA Referee Andre Marriner provides a textbook example of playing advantage and coming back after the play to deal with misconduct.… Read More Case Study: Advantage and Coming Back For Misconduct
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling can consider himself a lucky boy for not being sent off by Andre Marriner for denying a goal scoring opportunity.… Read More Case Study: DOGSO or No?
Advantage inside the penalty area is a very rare occurrence, as we are taught to only let play continue only when there is a very high likelihood the attacking team will score. As penalty kicks are converted at an 92% rate at the highest levels, referees should be at least that sure that an advantage… Read More Case Study: Advantage in the Penalty Area