Tuesday, 17 March 2020

UEFA postpones EURO 2020 by 12 months

Priority given to completing domestic competitions in an unprecedented solidarity move by UEFA. Working group set up to examine possibilities for this season’s UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League competitions.

UEFA today announced the postponement of its flagship national team competition, UEFA EURO 2020, due to be played in June and July this year. The health of all those involved in the game is the priority, as well as to avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches. The move will help all domestic competitions, currently on hold due to the COVID-19 emergency, to be completed.

All UEFA competitions and matches (including friendlies) for clubs and national teams for both men and women have been put on hold until further notice. The UEFA EURO 2020 Play-off matches and international friendlies, scheduled for the end of March, will now be played in the international window at the start of June, subject to a review of the situation.

A working group has been set up with the participation of leagues and club representatives to examine calendar solutions that would allow for the completion of the current season and any other consequence of the decisions made today.

The decisions, taken by UEFA’s Executive Committee, followed videoconference meetings held today with the Presidents and General Secretaries of the 55 national associations, as well as representatives of the European Club Association, European Leagues and FIFPro Europe, convened by UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin, to find a coherent plan to break the logjam of fixtures building up due to the spread of the virus across the continent.

Announcing the decisions, Aleksander Čeferin said:

“We are at the helm of a sport that vast numbers of people live and breathe that has been laid low by this invisible and fast-moving opponent. It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism.

“The health of fans, staff and players has to be our number one priority and in that spirit, UEFA tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football. There was a real spirit of co-operation, with everyone recognising that they had to sacrifice something in order to achieve the best result.

“It was important that, as the governing body of European football, UEFA led the process and made the biggest sacrifice. Moving EURO 2020 comes at a huge cost for UEFA but we will do our best to ensure that the vital funding for grassroots, women’s football and the development of the game in our 55 countries is not affected. Purpose over profit has been our guiding principle in taking this decision for the good of European football as a whole.

“Football is an uplifting and powerful force in society. The thought of celebrating a pan-European festival of football in empty stadia, with deserted fan zones while the continent sits at home in isolation, is a joyless one and one we could not accept to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the competition.

“I would like to thank the European Club Association, the European Leagues and FIFPro Europe for their great work today and for their cooperation. I would also like to thank from the bottom of my heart the 55 national associations, their Presidents and General Secretaries, and my colleagues from the Executive Committee for their support and wise decisions. The fine detail will be worked out in the coming weeks but the basic principles have been agreed and that is a major step forward. We have all shown that we are responsible leaders. We have demonstrated solidarity and unity. Purpose over profit. We’ve achieved this today.

“I would also like to thank Alejandro Dominguez and CONMEBOL, who have agreed to move CONMEBOL’s 2020 Copa America in order to follow the recommendations issued by the international public health organisations to enact extreme measures and as a result of EURO 2020 being postponed. This means that clubs and leagues in Europe will have as little disruption as possible in the availability of their players. These joint efforts and especially this coordinated and responsible decision, are deeply appreciated by the whole European football community.

“I would like to thank FIFA and its President, Gianni Infantino, who has indicated it will do whatever is required to make this new calendar work. In the face of this crisis, football has shown its best side with openness, solidarity and tolerance.”

UEFA EURO 2020 was scheduled to take place in twelve cities across Europe from 12 June to 12 July 2020. The proposed new dates are 11 June - 11 July 2021. UEFA would like to reassure existing ticket buyers and hospitality clients that if they cannot attend the tournament in 2021, the face value of their tickets and packages will be refunded in full. Within the next month, further information on the refund process will be communicated to existing ticket buyers via e-mail and on euro2020.com/tickets.

Decisions on dates for other UEFA competitions, whether club or national team for men or women, will be taken and announced in due course.



  1. Seems a sensible decision. Unfortunately but if they'd delayed just a few months there'd be no guarantee the situation would be resolved. Hopefully everyone is well and it all clears up as soon as possible.

    Purely from a refereeing perspective, I guess the year delay might shift things a bit in terms of who is considered - perhaps the likes of Brych and Kuipers will have stopped refereeing at international level by then? It will be a year closer to 2022 too so perhaps some of those considered for the WC will have a better chance.

  2. So, among the referees who would have attended tournament this season, the most interesting situation for sure is about Kuipers. He had planned to retire after EURO, as very last step of his career. Will he continue until June 2021? At that time he will be 48 years old. Very difficult to think that, I think he will have to give up. At the same time, this delay will help UEFA in finding more alternatives and maybe some names will gain more trust by committee.
    About the other referees, mentioned yesterday in another post, I think Orsato, Cakir and Skomina shouldn't have troubles in being there, very likely for some of them it will be the final act of their careers.
    But another situation to analyze is Brych's one: I think that he was planned for leaving the list on December 2020, now he should be confirmed to attend tournament. I remember that German officials have been always removed from FIFA after having turned 45, Brych will reach that on next August.
    As for the rest, all the other referees are still "young", no problems for them.

    1. What about Mateu Lahoz? If he is not the WC2022 candidate, does Spain really want him at EURO 2021 instead of Cerro Grande? Or will Spain push for both to attend?

    2. In my opinion it was already sure that at EURO 2020 we would have had both, Mateu and del Cerro. No problems for 2021 as well, 2020-21 will be last season for del Cerro, but now Spain will also abolish age limits...

    3. I assume, that Brych could stay on the FIFA list for one more year, if he wants to (and he passes the fitness tests). Yes, he would be the first, but he is also the first sensible candidate for that in Germany since the age limits were abolished.

    4. Because Zwayer is within the list of WC candidates, I would not exclude that he will take the priority respect to Brych and will be selected also for Euro 2021, which will be just one year before Wc. I think that the most likely solution will be 2 germans (Brych and Zwayer) like as for Spain and England.

  3. Apollon Lemesoú - APOEL Lefkosías
    Fábio José Costa Veríssimo

    8’ Penalty (handling) to Apollon?
    62’ Penalty (tripping) given to APOEL

    Overall: well-refereed moderately challenging game; quite giving foul detection threw the players a bit early on, but in a mostly football-focused game they appreciated the scope to play; only two missed fouls (41’, 78’) missed all match; verbal warning given for LoR foul at 3’, same player commits a borderline SPA, referee takes the opportunity to open the cards at 14’; disciplinary control and verbal / physical prevention revealed a high-level of smartness – well done, I was really impressed by that; not the most charismatic leadership style on the pitch (neither manager or firm distance, closer to the latter), but good soft skills presented; good fitness / movement, not more though -> (very) good performance, well done.

  4. Maybe chance for Peljto or Jovanović? (ref, 4th, VAR or AVAR)

  5. Cüneyt Cakir is appointed in Turkish Süper League on Saturday,12:00 CET between Gazisehir Gaziantep and Ankaragücü with his assistants Ongun/Duran.

  6. Referee (VAR) appointments for the upcoming round of Turkish Süper Lig matches [times CET]

    Friday 20th March

    19:00 Fenerbahçe – Kayserispor, Atilla Karaoğlan (Bahattin Şimşek)

    Saturday 21st March

    13:00 Gaziantep – Ankaragücü, Cüneyt Çakir (Hüseyin Göçek)
    16:00 Yeni Malatyaspor – Kasimpaşa, Halil Umut Meler (Serkan Tokat)
    16:00 Sivasspor – Denizlispor, Abdulkadir Bitigen (Hakan Ceylan)
    19:00 Beşiktaş – Antalyaspor, Ümit Öztürk (Tugay Kaan Numanoğlu)

    Sunday 22nd March

    12:30 Gençlerbirliği – Konyaspor, Alper Ulusoy (Suat Arslanboğa)
    15:00 Rizespor – Galatasaray, Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu (Koray Gençerler)
    18:00 Medipol Başakşehir – Alanyaspor, Ali Şansalan (Arda Kardeşler)
    18:00 Göztepe – Trabzonspor, Zorbay Küçük (Ali Palabiyik)

    A good streaming website I found for Turkish football:

    If any Turkish readers could inform us of any more streaming sites, or especially on some of the names that are less familiar for a wider audience (such as myself), they would be doing a great service :)

    1. I am not Turkish but I hope I can help you nevertheless :)

      You can watch Süper Lig legally only on Beinsports Türkiye,Digitürk and on DAZN Japan/Brazil.

      But you can watch all games with good internet connection on livetv.sx with Beinsports Connect as the provider.

      All highlights of the Süper Lig matches can be found by this link:


    2. Thanks Ref545 - if you want to message me on Twitter (@MikaelReferee) perhaps we could agree an observing rota for some games :)

      Also, for CET, minus an hour from my times

  7. Due to epidemy, can you advise to rewatch some big referee matches from 2010 to 2020?

    1. 2013: Dortmund - Hoffenheim, Bundesliga (Dr. Jochen Drees)
      2014: Atlético - Barcelona, Champions League Quarterfinal (Howard Webb)
      2014: Brazil - Chile, World Cup Round of 16 (Howard Webb)
      2015: Slovenia - Ukraine, Euro play-off (Cüneyt Çakir)
      2016: Barcelona - Atlético, Champions League Quarterfinal (Felix Brych)
      2016: Barcelona - Sevilla, Copa Del Rey Final (Carlos Del Cerro Grande)
      2016: Real - Atlético, Champions League Final (Mark Clattenburg)
      2016: Germany - Italy, Euro Quarterfinal (Viktor Kassai)
      2017: Dortmund - Hertha BSC, DFB Cup Round of 16 (Deniz Aytekin)
      2017: ManCity - Monaco, Champions League Round of 16 (Antonio Mateu Lahoz)
      2017: Lyon - Besiktas, Europa League quarterfinal (Antonio Mateu Lahoz)
      2017: Besiktas - Lyon, Europa League quarterfinal (Milorad Mazic)
      2017: Atlético - Real, Champions League Semifinal (Cüneyt Çakir)
      2017: Ireland - Denmark, World Cup play-off (Szymon Marciniak)
      2018: Barcelona - Chelsea, Champions League Round of 16 (Damir Skomina)
      2018: Arsenal - Atlético, Europa League Semifinal (Clément Turpin)
      2018: Brazil - Costa Rica, World Cup Group Stage (Björn Kuipers)
      2018: Nigeria - Argentina, World Cup Group Stage (Cüneyt Çakir)
      2018: France - Argentina, World Cup Round of 16 (Alireza Faghani)
      2018: River Plate - Boca, Copa Libertadores Final Second Leg (Andrés Cunha)
      2018: Liverpool - Chelsea, League Cup Third Round (Kevin Friend)
      2018: Ajax - Bayern, Champions League Group Stage (Clément Turpin)
      2019: Schalke - ManCity, Champions League Round of 16 (Carlos Del Cerro Grande)
      2019: Frankfurt - Chelsea, Europa League Semifinal (Carlos Del Cerro Grande)
      2020: Salzburg - Frankfurt, Europa League Round of 32 (Benoît Bastien)

      Some other games with a more "controversial" remembrance:
      2017: Barcelona - Paris, Champions League Round of 16 (Deniz Aytekin)
      2017: Italy - Sweden, World Cup play-off (Antonio Mateu Lahoz)
      2018: Real - Juventus, Champions League Quarterfinal (Michael Oliver)

      Hope that list will keep you a bit busy for the time. :)

    2. Thanks a lot for your work !!!
      I think about watching Barcelona- PSG 6-1 in 2017 today

  8. OT: Australian referee appointments
    Hyundai A-League Match-day 24 - Part 1
    *A-League is still currently going ahead but in empty stadiums and the remaining rounds are being played in a shorter time-frame. All Amateur and grassroots football has been suspended.

    Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne City -
    Friday, 20 March 2020
    Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
    Kick-Off: 5:30pm (Local) (5:30pm (AEDT))
    Referee: Kurt Ams (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Andrej Giev
    Assistant Referee 2: Matthew McOrist
    Fourth Official: Katie Patterson
    VAR: Stephen Lucas

    Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets -
    Friday, 20 March 2020
    McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
    Kick-Off: 6:30pm (Local) (7:30pm (AEDT))
    Referee: Adam Kersey
    Assistant Referee 1: Nathan MacDonald (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Anton Shchetinin (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Alireza Faghani (FIFA)
    VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

    Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC (Sydney derby) -
    Saturday, 21 March 2020
    Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta
    Kick-Off: 7:30pm (Local) (7:30pm (AEDT))
    Referee: Shaun Evans (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Owen Goldrick (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Scott Edeling
    Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas
    VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

    And appointments for the women's grand final also being played behind closed doors was just announced.

    Westfield W-League 2020 Grand Final
    Date: Saturday 21 March 2020
    Fixture: Melbourne City FC vs Sydney FC -
    Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
    Kick-off Time: 3:30pm (AEDT)
    Referee: Rebecca Durcau (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Misuk Park (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Joanna Charaktis (FIFA)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Lara Lee (FIFA)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Rachel Mitchenson
    Fourth Official: Danielle Anderson

  9. Referee appointments for the opening round of the Vyšejšaja Liha in Belarus.

    Thursday 19th March

    15:00 FK Enierhietyk - BATE Barýsaŭ, Dzmitryj Dolia
    17:00 Šachcior Salihorsk - Tarpieda Žodzina, Siarhiej Sciacuryn

    Friday 20th March

    18:00 Dynama Brest - Smaliavičy, Dzianis Ščarbakoŭ
    20:00 Dynama Minsk - Ruch Bieraście, Vitaĺ Sievascjanik

    Saturday 21st March

    12:00 Viciebsk - Haradzieja, Anton Lašuk
    14:00 Islač - Nioman, Jaŭhien Navumaŭ

    Sunday 22nd March

    12:00 Sluck - Slavija Mazyr, Siarhiej Čystoŭ
    14:00 Bielšyna - FK Minsk, Paviel Karaniec

    As I understand it all games will be streamed live on 'Belarus 5' television channel or by following this link:

    If any readers (from Belarus) could provide a résumé of all / some of the eight referees taking charge of games this weekend, they would be doing a great service :)

    1. So, no FIFA referees for the opening round, central match between Shakhter and Torpedo will be refereed by 38 years old Sergey Stetsurin, his 4th yaer in the highest division, two former FIFA referees on Friday.

    2. OT
      4 RC in Belarusian cup quarter-final was issued by Vitaĺ Sievascjanik

    3. 36' Looks like SFP to me - but impossible to tell without replays. In any case the offending player had to be dismissed from the field of play having already been cautioned, and was.

      50' Correct SYC for dissent by action.

      71' Potential DOGSO scene, but I agree with the referee that it was only SPA - correct SYC.

      80' Referee lacked courage in this scene - unlike 50', kicking the ball away had no dissent or (ostensibly) any DtR intention. He should have been firm enough to not issue a SYC here, but he gave in to balancing pressure. Crucial mistake.

      Let me add that I didn't appreciate Sievascjanik's card showing procedure in each scene.

      Thanks Vadim for reporting that!

    4. Last situation is a very clear crucial mistake. You can never issue a YC for that. All the other decisions are correct or at least supportable (maybe some straight reds possible as well but not 100% clear ones). Also, I fully agree with Mikael, terrible body language while issuing card, referee looks totally uninterested in what he is doing and he shows cards without firmness, like a very formal act and nothing more. This is very often a secondry aspect, but in this case it happens too many times and it is more than evident. It sounds as very weak message to players.

  10. Please find below links to the following refereeing highlights

    Szymon Marciniak in Rangers - Leverkusen

    Artur Soares Dias in LASK - Manchester United

    1. Thank you - links uploaded to the blog's (right-hand) side :)

  11. BATE Barýsaŭ - Dynama Minsk
    Amin Kurhchieli

    72’ 2-3* disallowed by Andrey Getikov, very complex offside (goalkeeper out; save vs. deliberate play?)
    78’ Reckless vs. Serious Foul Play, BATE no.25? Yellow Card given
    c.FT Attacks by Dynama coach on Andrey Getikov (physical contact?) after the final whistle; no disciplinary sanction

    Overall: simply amazing fitness, great positioning; three yellow cards missed: 4’ striking (to give a card here would inflame the game, but a talk with the offending player that involved hugging him was not okay – strong warning at least needed), 29’ reckless (referee reached for card, then declined to show it), 56’ standing leg (nobody expected a foul; clear standing tackle though); a further potential-SFP incident (75’) but no conclusive evidence; referee could have helped AR2 a HUGE amount in avoiding latter conflicts by visibly going over to talk to him for (correctly) disallowed goal at 72’ – by not doing that, he made AR2 look like an ‘idiot’ to non-refereeing people; overall good foul detection inc. some mistakes; no softer skills presented but no lacks shown either, maybe besides in the scene after FT; a bit insecure impression vis-á-vis decision making -> satisfactory performance, I wouldn’t assess Kurhchieli as a talent for UEFA level.

    1. Simply unbelievable how calmly he tolerated dissent by Dynama's coach after the final whistle...

    2. Disgraceful that they didn't red card the manager. How can they allow him to talk and attack like that. A shame for all referees.

    3. I agree - it was terrible that Kurhchieli did not protect his AR either from the mobbing at 72' or the very aggressive attacks from the Dynama coach after fulltime (he should get a long suspension for that).

      Given the lack of protection from his boss, I thought Andrey Getikov - who should be praised for taking a brilliant decision at 72' - dealt with both scenes rather well on a personality level (showing more charisma than Kurhchieli himself did, one could argue...).

  12. All matches in Turkey suspended.

  13. https://www.fcupdate.nl/voetbalnieuws/365229/
    According to this article, Kuipers will decide on next autumn whether to continue until 2021 for EURO. He would like to do so, but he admits that he will need full support by KNVB first and then UEFA for that.
    Also, the confirmation that he wanted to quite after WC 2018 but he was asked by UEFA to continue for EURO. The same was for Mazic, according to many reports I got, but the Serbian made a different choice.

  14. Why did Rocchi end carrer? The same situation for Kuipers ?

    1. In normal conditions, Rocchi would have had to stop his career, according to AIA rules, at the end of 2018-19, season in which he turned 45. But he got a derogation for officiating in 2019-20 season. Basically, this should mean FIFA referee for another year, so 2019. After that, confirming him on FIFA list for 2020 would have meant to keep him only for 6 months because after that he should have retired from serie A. It was possible to give a second derogation, but AIA took a different decision.
      In the Nehterlands they are not so strict with age rules so you can easily understand the difference between the cases.
      However, nowadays we can say that this was a very lucky choice: with EURO 2020 postponed to 2021, Rocchi would have benefited of a further year on FIFA list (or 6 months) without the chance to attend the tournament. For sure he could have reached Champions League final and other great games, but he already got enough in his career under all the points of view if you ask me, and this was the main reason behind AIA's choice not to give a second derogation.

    2. The same argument is valid for Kuipers: he already got enough in his career. His international career should stop after this season.
      I understand that someone like Orsato, who didn't attend a final tournament, can whistle next year at EURO 2021, but not someone like Kuipers (who has 4 final tournaments in his palmares). On the other, to select Orsato for WC 2022 (in december 2022), at 47 years old, is a very discutable decision (unfair if we think that, in last decade, many good referees had to retire at 45 yeras old, for example De Bleckeere, Velasco Carballo, Stark etc.). It's not our fault that Italy doesn't have top referees at this moment (except Orsato, who is born in 1975).

  15. Starting from today, FIFATV will be showing one great historical match per day.
    Today it is
    Spain - Netherlands
    Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
    ARs: Renato Faverani, Andrea Stefani (ITA)
    4O: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
    5O: Kim Haglund (NOR)


    1. good news for all football fans!

    2. Correct penalty decision given to Spain :)

    3. Actually I disagree. Costa initiates the contact and goes down quite deliberately - therefore no penalty for me.

      Also the 1-3 should not count because of a foul by van Persie - the arm cleary moves towards Casillas.

      Therefore IMO not a good start by the Italian. I don't think, he should achieve much during this tournament. ;)

      I admit that I am not sure in both cases, whether it would be clear and obvious enough for VAR.

    4. It was also reported by The Third Team that the referee missed a violent conduct by Diego Costa at 55’ – no disciplinary sanction issued.

      If you are interested to compare notes, the TTT report for that game can be accessed by following this hyperlink.

      Maybe we don’t always agree in our evaluation of certain scenes, but I for one appreciate your sense of humour (and reporting your impressions from this classic game) Philipp – please keep it up! :)

    5. The possible VC is at 1:19:40 in the video. For me not a clear RC, especially with today's standards. Rizzoli solved it with only a lot of management, because he probably had not seen the incident well enough.
      Thanks for the link and for the feedback.

    6. Today's match will be
      England - USA
      Referee: Edina Alves Batista (BRA)
      ARs: Neuza Back (BRA), Tatiane Sacilotti (BRA)
      4O: Melissa Borjas (HON)
      RAR: Shirley Perello (HON)
      VAR: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
      AVARs: Tiago Martins (POR), Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)


    7. And from DFB (hopefully not geoblocked):
      Borussia Dortmund - Bayern München
      Referee: Peter Gagelmann
      ARs: Matthias Anklam, Sascha Thielert
      4O: Marco Fritz


    8. Geoblocked for me (in England) :/

    9. Geoblocked in Italy as well, I think it works only in Germany.

    10. Batista's match has been widely discussed in this thread:

      I am still not sure, whether the VAR intervention for the penalty was good or not.
      Does anyone know, whether there has been an official (FIFA) statement on that situation afterwards?
      (Of course, del Cerro Grande got the final, so they can't have been too unhappy about it...)

    11. Two very interesting in-box incidents in the Semifinals of the Women's World Cup last summer:

      England - United States, Edina Alves Batista (Carlos del Cerro Grande)
      79' Penalty (tripping) given to England [after VAR intervention]

      Netherlands - Sweden, Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (Massimiliano Irrati)
      67' Penalty (tripping) to Sweden? [no VAR intervention]

  16. Jackson - are the appointments for the next games in the A-League out yet?

    Would be interested in your thoughts too on Shaun Evans' performance in the Western Sydney Wanderers - Sydney FC game (I watched 2H) :)

    1. There is supposed to be two games tonight (Monday night Australian time) But due to COVID-19, some states are locking down there borders. So the Perth v Western United game I believe has been called off. I'm not sure how much longer the A-League will keep going to be honest. I will post appointments when I see them, nothing as yet. And I only saw a little bit of the Sydney derby. From the little I did see the referee was good.

    2. There is expected to be an official announcement tomorrow suspending the A-League. All other sporting codes in Australia have also been suspended now. That means that the Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City game being played right now is the last game to be played out of any sport in Australia until this whole Covid-19 situation is resolved.
      I'm sorry Mikael W but they did not post the appointments for the game. I can only say that the referee is Ben Abraham.

    3. Benjamin Abraham - Kearney Robinson, James Cleal - Stephen Robinson (Kris Griffiths-Jones)


  17. Sergey Chistov whistled 5 penalties in FK Slutsk - Slavia Mozyr, and a RC for second YC.

  18. Replies
    1. Third penalty was soft, but the other four are spot-on.

      Hard to really say on the 2YC. Seems a bit unnecessary. I can buy careless instead of reckless, based on the video we have available.

    2. 4th penalty starts with a quick hold but then the attacker is the one holding.

  19. Well, I would like to mention one thing. In next years, I would like to see a EURO FINAL that will be lead by referee that have a style like Heber Lopes has in Copa America Centenairo final 2016.

  20. Dutch football season ended tonight, by the goverment forbidding all public events where people come toghether until the first of June this year. There is no limit of people so everywhere two people come together is allready to much.

    This means that no football match can be played, since there are more than two players needed. The KNVB will meet all the the clubs from the ere and eerste divisie tomorrow and take some difficult decisions. Most certainly there will be no champion this year. This will be for the first time since the season of 1944/45. What will happen with promotion and relegation is a biq question at the moment aswell as the teams that will go into the European competitions.

    1. Very important update, thanks. This decision seems to be at moment against the will by UEFA to allow the end of national leagues after having postponed EURO 2020. However, without Dutch teams in European cups, we can say that this doesn't still directly affect UEFA. But I wonder what would happen in case of similar decision by a country with a club still in contention in European cups? It is very difficult to predict the future, I really don't know what is about to happen. If UEFA wants to give priority to domestic leagues, according to last news, and to finish everything before 30 June, crucial choices are expected to be taken soon.
      Having said that, about Italy at moment all club agree that they want to play the remaining 12 matchdays of serie A, they are even willing to play until July, if needed, with less time before new season. But at moment it is definitely impossible to make any single guess.

    2. In the meantime the government has come with additional information and this makes things more fuzzy. The info I posted on monday was only for the events where a permission from the mayor is needed.

      Sports, education, culture etc are excluded from this rule. So officially the soccer season can still restart from the 6th of April. But that is the info of today. Tomorrow it can be different. The KNVB is looking at 3 different scenarios but they have a lot of questions as anybody else.

      1. Season will be finished before June 30 (without fans in the stadium)
      2. Season will be finished after June 30.
      3. The season is finished and no matches will be played.

      To be continued..

  21. Great quiz: https://www.sporcle.com/games/Peterator2000/yellow-card-or-red-card?t=soccer

    My score: https://imgur.com/3StKNm2

  22. Confirmation that the A-League has been suspended.

  23. No Olympic Men's and Women's Tournamemts this year...

    Link to the offical statement published by the International Olympic Committee (IOC):


  24. Friday's appointments in Vyšejšaja Liha:

    16:00 Tarpieda Žodzina - Bielšyna
    Aliaksiej Kuĺbakoŭ - Dzmitryj Žuk, Alieh Maslianka - Paviel Rudziankoŭ

    18:00 Ruch Bieraście - FK Enierhietyk
    Amin Kurhchieli - Andrej Hiecikaŭ, Viktar Hiecikaŭ - Mikita Šyjan

  25. Anorthosis Ammochóstou - AEL Lemesoú
    Nejc Kajtazović

    77’ Freekick to AEL (holding); Second Yellow Card (dissent), ANO no.11?

    Overall: quite challenging match with some potential to ‘explode’, which referee managed to keep control of; no problems with disciplinary control; besides very good feeling to issue a warning after a borderline careless-reckless foul at 47’, lacking in prevention, referee couldn’t really calm the game down; lazy, even unmotivated at times, impression; warnings issued but referee didn’t connect with the players, and didn’t seem really interested to do that; very good movement, athlete style, but only good positioning; ‘crossed’ with AR2 David Gabrovec at a throw-in; no enlargement of additional time despite Anorthosis scoring during it -> referee managed to bear this game, not so much thanks to himself though; handling a hotter game than this in the same way would end up in a big mess.

  26. Serdar Gözübüyük gave a interview to former player Andy van der Meyde in his youtube show "in the car with Andy". In this video he stated that reaching the level he is now on wasn't easy. There where a lot of challenges to be faced.

    Mainly the public opinion created over Serdar had a lot of impact on himself and his family. Most interesting thing is that he mentioned that one still active referee was one of the biggest critics. He isn't telling who is talking about, but hints "this referee ìs doing a great job as a referee, but he's almost wearing high heels and is close to using botox." "I'm writing a book and then I will tell my complete story with all the details and names. This will be a shock for a lot of people."

    It is unknown when the book will be published.

    the youtube video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSdxOIAqN3A&feature=emb_title

    source: https://www.voetbalprimeur.nl/nieuws/922117/g-z-b-y-k-slacht-collega-loopt-nog-net-niet-op-naaldhakken-.html

  27. Saturday's appointments in Vyšejšaja Liha:

    11:00 Sluck - Dynama Brest
    Vitaĺ Sievascjanik - Siarhiej Hidrevič, Siarhiej Firynovič - Aliaksiej Abialieŭski

    13:00 Slavija Mazyr - BATE Barýsaŭ
    Siarhiej Sciacuryn - Siarhiej Kasaviec, Andrej Hierasimuk - Valiery Halomzik

    15:00 FK Minsk - Dynama Minsk (REF - AR - FO - AAR)
    Dzianis Ščarbakoŭ - Maksim Arabiej, Anton Husieŭ - Aliaksandar Volkaŭ - Anton Husieŭ, Maksim Arabiej

    17:00 Haradzieja - Šachcior Salihorsk
    Siarhiej Cynkievič - Jaŭhien Ramanaŭ, Vitaĺ Maliucin - Dzmitryj Markaŭ

    1. No AARs, it's a mistake, names are identical:)

    2. I look like an idiot now :D - thanks Vadim :)

      I just watched the Viciebsk - Haradzieja game handled by Anton Lašuk and was quite impressed with his law-enforcer style, admittedly hard to assess his performance in a game without replays. He is twenty-seven and has been fourth official for some UYL games, and if I'm not wrong has been promoted for this season - is he a name to watch out for in the future at a UEFA level?

    3. Hard to say right now, it's only his 2nd game in top division, and, in my opinion there're some people ahead of him now, but, yes, he is young, and he has chances for a good development.
      P.S. Looks like a little unnecessary 2nd YC in that match, 2:35

    4. To be fair I saw the tackle at +46' as studs-on-ankle, which is quite painful at least in my experience, and in which case it would be correct to assess it as reckless. You might be right though. It's impossible without replays to make a satisfactory judgement.

  28. Swiss national TV will use the times now wo show some great historical football matches again. The CL final 2005 will be shown for example in the beginning of april. Will be nice to assess the performance of Mejuto Gonzalez. Back then, I wasn't that interested in refereeing... ;-)

    1. Same in Germany, always Saturday, 18:20 CET on Das Erste (ARD).
      28.3.: Germany-Italy:
      Viktor Kassai, György Ring, Vencel Toth (HUN), Szymon Marciniak (POL), Tamas Bognar, Adam Farkas (HUN), Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
      4.4.: Borussia Dortmund - Bayern München:
      Florian Meyer, Frank Willenborg, Christoph Bornhorst, Christian Dingert
      11.4.: Schalke 04 - Werder Bremen:
      Lutz Michael Fröhlich, Harald Sather, Markus Scheibel, Manuel Gräfe
      18.4.: Bayer Leverkusen - Bayern München:
      Felix Zwayer, Florian Steuer, Marcel Pelgrim, Tobias Welz
      25.4.: Borussia Mönchengladbach - Bayern München:
      Thorsten Kinhöfer, Detlef Scheppe, Christian Fischer, Christian Dingert

    2. I also collected all links to full matches with German participation, which I found so far (and will keep it updated) - but I assume, most or all videos will be geoblocked:

  29. I would like to ask one question, 2016 - CL FINAL, CLATTS was referee, can anybody explain me was the decision to allow the Ramos goal right or it was offside!!!

    1. It was offside. His right foot was nearer to the 5 yard box than any defender's body.

    2. So can anybody tell me what was the final grade for Clatts in that match and is there any offiical statement about that?

    3. UEFA don't release marks, so the official mark is unknown. This is how I remember CL Final 2016 (this is being purely subjective): taking account the high match difficulty, the high intensity of the game, Clattenburg's excellent disciplinary control (one can argue about a potential RC for Ramos at around 90+3', reckless vs. SFP), a correct penalty whistled, excellent game and player management (the way he managed Pepe is absolutely legendary: at first he gave him the look of a thousand deaths, and secondly the famous "lizard tongue"), I would assess his performance around 8,7-8,8 (that's not an official mark, but only my humble opinion what his mark should have been). Yes, Simon Beck made a crucial mistake by allowing Real's first goal, but Clattenburg himself was simply masterclass and his performance in that final remains one of the best pieces of refereeing that I have seen in recent years.

    4. Thank you!!! My opinion is that Euro 2016 also refereed by Clatss was masterclass!!!! But nobody as Heber Lopez at Copa America final in the same year!!!

    5. I agree with Stake regarding the potential Ramos RC (possible, but not mandatory, especially regarding his line in the match) and the overall very good performance.

    6. With VAR today I think that foul from Ramos Would have been a RC.

  30. Sunday's appointments in Vyšejšaja Liha:

    13:00 Islač - Smaliavičy
    Siarhiej Harajucin - Siarhiej Ciasliuk, Andrej Filipovič - Vitaĺ Anichimoŭski

    15:00 Nioman - Viciebsk
    Paviel Karaniec - Viktar Famin, Aliaksandar Vaškievič - Illia Liašuk

    Unless I missed sth new FIFA referees Dzmitryj Dzmitryjeŭ (1988-born) and Viktar Šymusik (1985-born) seem to be out from the first two rounds of games?

    1. Is there a tv broadcasting? Can it be found online?

    2. Yes, they're haven't been appointed, by the way Dzmitryieu was in charge of cup quarter final first match between Tarpeda and Shahtser on 9th March.
      I can guess about Shymusik, he made a crucial mistake in the end of the previous season in match Dynama Brest - Shahtser, and may be it's a kind of suspension, it's already 5th round without appointments for him, but it's only my guess.

    3. @Anonymous You can watch the matches live at livetv.sx by clicking here. BTW, on that website you'll find tons of live matches (all kinds of sports) for free without any registering, in addition to highlights and some match replays. I really recommend it.

    4. Thank you, Спасибо!

  31. Tarpieda Žodzina - Bielšyna
    Aliaksiej Kuĺbakoŭ - Dzmitryj Žuk, Alieh Maslianka - Paviel Rudziankoŭ

    Extended refereeing highlights clips can be found here

  32. Ruch Bieraście - FK Enierhietyk
    Amin Kurhchieli - Andrej Hiecikaŭ, Viktar Hiecikaŭ - Mikita Šyjan

    Extended refereeing highlights clips can be found here

  33. Today's match on FIFATV
    Netherlands - Brazil
    Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (JPN)
    ARs: Toru Sagara (JPN), Jeong Hae-sang (KOR)
    4O: Khalil Al Ghamdi (KSA)
    5O: Hassan Kamranifar (IRN)


  34. Are any other federations doing this? Like UEFA or CONMEBOL?

  35. UEFA.TV also shows top european matches (club+euro) at 17:00 CET
    to watch matches you must be registered at uefa.com
    28/03: Germany - Italy at EURO 2012
    29/03: Turkey - Czech Republic at EURO 2008
    30/03: Galatasaray - Real M UCL 2012/2013
    31/03: Milan - Man. United UCL 2006/2007

    1. as for me, now i`m watching match FIFA World Cup play-off France-Ukraine 2013 (Damir Skomina) very bad day for him...due to his perfomance, he didn`t go to Brazil
      Somebody remember this match?

    2. Thanks for the hint.
      They also already have
      Denmark-Sweden: Atkinson, Mullarkey, Child, Brooks, Taylor, Marriner (all ENG)
      FC Liverpool - Borussia Dortmund: Cakir, Satman, Ongun, Ok, Göcek, Simsek (all TUR)
      FC Barcelona - Paris St.Germain: Aytekin, Kleve, Häcker, Pickel, Siebert, Brand (all GER)
      Juventus Turin - Atletico Madrid: Kuipers, van Roekel, Zeinstra , Higler - Makkelie, van Boekel (all NED)

    3. Germany - Italy: Lannoy, Cano, Annonier (all FRA), Webb (ENG), Fautrel, Buquet (both FRA)
      Turkey - Czech Republic: Fröjdfeldt, Wittberg, Andren (all SWE), Gilewski (POL)
      Galatasaray - Real Madrid: Lannoy, Cano, Annonier, Stien, Gautier, Buquet (all FRA)
      AC Milan - Manchester United: de Bleeckere, Hermans, Simons, Allaerts (all BEL)

    4. thanks for the names;)

  36. FULL LIST:

    28/03: Germany - Italy at EURO 2012
    29/03: Turkey - Czech Republic at EURO 2008
    31/03: Galatasaray - Real M UCL 2012/2013
    01/04: Milan - Man. United UCL 2006/2007
    02/04: Werder - Valencia UEL 2009/10
    03/04:Netherlands - Czech Rep at EURO 2004
    04/04: France - England at EURO 2016
    05/04: Hungary - Portugal at EURO 2016
    07/04:Barcelona - Bayern M UCL 2012/12
    08/04: Man.United - Real M UCL 2002/03
    09/04: Besiktas - Lyon UEL 2016/17
    10/04: Netherlands - England at EURO 1996
    11/04: Wales - Belgium at UERO 2016
    12/04: Portugal - Germany at EURO 2008

    Very good matches! #stayathome and #watchfootball

    1. France - England at EURO 2004 ;)

    2. Then I'll complete it #stayingathome ;)
      Werder Bremen - FC Valencia: Blom, Langkamp, Siebert, Makkelie, Nijhuis, Liesveld (all NED)
      Netherlands - Czech Republic: Mejuto Gonzalez, Guerrero Alonso, Martinez Samaniego (all ESP), Collina (ITA)
      France - England: Merk, Schräer, Salver (all GER), Michel (SVK)
      Hungary - Portugal: Atkinson, Mullarkey, Child (all ENG), Kulbakov (BLR), Oliver, Pawson (both ENG), Maliutsin (BLR)
      FC Barcelona - Bayern München: Skomina, Zunic, Ul, Arhar, Vincic, Ponis (all SVN)
      Manchester United - Real Madrid: Collina, Ivaldi, Puglisi (all ITA)
      Besiktas Istanbul - Olympique Lyon: Mazic, Ristic, Djurdjevic, Petrovic, Djokic, Grujic (all SRB)
      Netherlands - England: Grabher, Bereuter, Zeiszer, Benkö (all AUT)
      Wales - Belgium: Skomina, Praprotnik, Vukan (all SVN), Rizzoli (ITA), Jug, Vincic (both SVN), di Liberatore (ITA)
      Portugal - Germany: Fröjdfeldt, Wittberg, Andren (all SWE), Vassaras (GRE)

    3. you are right, Nathan!EURO 2004

  37. Thank you Pedro Irmatov for all these clips! I offer my view

    1 – Foul by Blue no.3 is borderline careless/reckless but to evaluate it as reckless seems wise; violent conduct by Blue no.3, should be a RC not SYC; gestures / mimics dealing with the benches were inflammatory and arrogant – if he ejects the coach he should issue a RC

    2 – Hard to assess without replays but high force did indeed look like SFP by Red no.4; considering Red no.26 infringes referee’s personal space he could have been sent off too, YC is probably okay in the end, good that referee punished it at all; I guess referee lost the face of the player he sent off momentarily: why he didn’t back up or face the heavy dissent more firmly; he was the ‘loser’ of the talk with Red no.21 – more firmness / empathy needed there?

    3 – Very dangerous tackle, (even) UEFA are trying to outlaw these high force scissor tackles: SFP for me.

    4 – Wild tackle, only intention is to hurt his opponent: SFP

    5 – Very clear handling by White player that referee cannot see (AR1? Is there an FO?) who then tries to kick his opponent – it seems fairly likely that a dangerous tackle would then come, referee had some chances to prevent that with a whistle (hard though when attacker still has the ball); high force, straight leg: SFP.

    6 – Yellow player lost control of his body, in UEFA that’s probably a YC nowadays but I agree with the referee: SFP; it seems the referee forgot about the injured player though.

    7 – Very odd tackle by the Blue/Yellow player, high hitting point: SFP. Good that the referee didn’t want other Blue/Yellow players to impede on the stricken player, but he should refrain from pushing them.

    8 – Very good awareness, easy to miss such a random violent act: VC.

    9 – Impossible to discern, referee should be backed.

    10 – Correct freekick; terrible lack of awareness from the referee, two clear DtRs missed and very evitable mass confrontation breaks out.

    1. 11 – Very well done: correct freekick, three correct cautions (dissent, UB -> SYC | UB); freekick whistled by AR2 better to wait a few seconds before running off (no quick freekick – more value in potential conflict prevention); interesting potential SPA scene: rather YC than not IMO (chance to run into a lot of space), but I guess it wasn’t tactically valuable.

      12 – I don’t know the score of this game, but referee should have realised a conflict in goal area was likely; referee really ought to act more preventatively against the blatant DtR, no whistles or anything there; correct sanctions issued, though I think the VC would be assessed as UB in UEFA nowadays.

      13 – Perfect by the referee team! The action of the Yellow/Black player was active offside, even if he only partly executes the attempt to play the ball; correct penalty for tripping; great caution for dissent -> this clip should be shown in seminars as textbook practice, well done referee and AR2.

      14 – Referee could have prevented the situation by whistling the clear holding first, no scope for delayed whistle considering two Yellow players were there; then two clear UBs by red team players: player whose push caused the head collision, and then the GK who drags an injured player.

      15 – Quite tricky to say who won the position but looks like a defensive foul should have been given; fine to run away to PREVENT dissents, but to run away FROM dissents is unacceptable, referee should have shown more courage.

      16 – Sorry but that is a disgusting decision: referee HAS to protect his teammates, totally UNACCEPTABLE that he only cautioned the Blue player for pushing his AR. Unacceptable!!

      17 – Blatant DtR – referee either has to caution the Red player (better solution), or allow the game to continue because one could argue the Blue player kicked it deliberately at his opponent and passage in the LotG says play to continue in that case. As a training material for referees: just issue a YC here, it is not only the more tactically valuable solution, it’s the fairer one.

      18 – Very tricky situation: I don’t envy the referee here at all! The question is, who judges the flight of the ball / fight for the position better between Black no.15 and Red no.17. In the end. I would argue a genuine grey area where either call was acceptable. Referee’s management was textbook: strong whistle, go over to the spot of the foul, good use of supercilious gestures, slow the game down by forcing a ‘ceremonial’ restart.

      19 – Tricky situation: probability of the attacker controlling the ball looks quite high (low bounce, position of defenders), so rather DOGSO in my view.

      20 – Hard to say how much the tackle impacted the attacker’s shot, but it seems as though the braver and correct decision in this case would be to issue a YC for reckless tackle to the Yellow/Blue player.

      Can we expect any of these referees to be on the FIFA list in due course (I was impressed by Anders Bodding and in particular Sander Johannessen)?

    2. Thank you for your extensive comments!

      These referees will have to be promoted first - but I agree that they are very talented.

      I will post some more clips of Norwegian referee talents (some more talented than others also IMO) soon...

    3. Thanks - perhaps you could upload all clips to WeTransfer in addition to posting them as clips; it would make it easier to watch all of them that way ;)

    4. Thank you Pedro for this insight.

      Btw some of this referees (specially Bodding and Johannessen) look very, very young, like 20 years old.

  38. Two matches published by US Soccer
    USA - Costa Rica: Joel Aguilar, Juan Francisco Zumba, William Torres, Marlon Mejia (all SLV)

    USA - Brazil: Quetzalli Alvarado, Enedina Caudillo (both MEX), Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing (JAM), Mirian Leon (SLV)

  39. More clips from Norway! These are mostly from the 2nd division, some 3rd division. I have now covered all referees in the 2nd division. Hopefully you get some impression of the referees from these clips.

    1. Punishable handball? Referee: Espen Kallerud

    2. SPA? Awareness. Cooperation. Referee: Stian Jensen Pettersen

    3. Dissent. Body language. Referee: Alexander Sæthern

    4. Referee overrules AR's penalty indication. Technical area.

    5. DOGSO. Management. Refere: Ali Al-Hatam

    6. DOGSO. (Ali Al-Hatam)

    7. Double yellow. (SPA + SPA) (Ole Ragnar Knutsen)

    8. DOGSO. Cooperation. Body language. (Ole Ragnar Knutsen)

    9. Offside. Line of vision. (Ole Ragnar Knutsen)

    10. Reckless/SFP. (Alexander Vermundsen)

    11. DOGSO. DIssent. (Beyond) technical area. (Emilie Dokset, FIFA WOMEN)

    12. Handball. (Emilie Dokset)

    13. AR signals a penalty. SPA. Dissent. Management. (Jon Håversen)

    14. Reckless/SFP. (Jørgen Haga)

    15. Penalty. Reckless/SFP? Management. (Jørgen Haga)

    16. Mass confrontation. (Jørgen Haugen)

    17. Foul, reckless. Unsporting behaviour/violent conduct? Management. (Mathias Kringstad (brother of FIFA referee Sigurd Kringstad))

    18. DOGSO/SPA. (Mathias Støfringshaug)

    19. Wrestling match after 4 minutes! Management. (Mohammad Hafezi)

    20. Penalty? (Ola Kellerhals)

    21. Delaying the restart. (Ola Kellerhals)

    22. Punishable offside? Let's say that attacking player barely touches with the head before hitting defender. Still not punishable offside? (Ola Kellerhals)

    23. DOGSO. Total confusion. (Robert Eggen)

    24. Foul in build-up? Dissent. (Robert Eggen)

    25. Lots that happened here... (Sebastian Mikalsen)

    26. DOGSO. Cooperation. Management. (Sebastian Mikalsen)

    Again - enjoy! Any comments on any of the clips are greatly appreciated :)

    I guess I'll continue soon with the 1st division, where some very promising referees have been promoted this year.

    1. Really appreciate that, thank you!

    2. 1. Correct - no punishable handball when the defender kicks the ball into his own arm. Referee's sprinting speed not too convincing - looks like fitness issues?

      2. Correct SPA. The referee is way too calm and lacks awareness, should have detected immediately that this is SPA. Very calm referee, OK gestures.

      3. Ideally a foul first on white (holding), but not very evident, both players using their arms, then blatant pushing, maybe YC for UB. Correct caution for dissent, good procedure, calm, authoritative and clear gestures. I also liked how he kicked the ball back when red player tried to steal metres with the following FK. Little bit unorthodox style, but manages well.

      4. Poor positioning, way to lateral without moving towards the center - this can explain AR's intervention, but he obviously should NOT intervene with the flag here, way outside his area of competence. Acceptable to play on, but penalty could also have been given. Very good management of dissent in the technical area. I guess this is from last season in Norway (2019) - it appears they did not use new rules with cards for team officials? This referee looks talented, also from the previous clips. Good fitness

      5. DOGSO - holding inside area = red card. Crucial mistake. Ball ends behind the player, but because of the holding IMO. Calm referee, should use more time with instructions to goalkeeper and players outside area before the PK.

      6. DOGSO, does not take the ball. Referee is in a bad position, way too central. AR2 could definitely have helped. Crucial mistake for both. Referee may have a courage (decision making) problem or interpretation of situations problem, from this and the last clip.

      7. Assuming that the first yellow card is for the slight holding outside the penalty area, this is an obvious crucial mistake. No effect, advantage given = can not caution for SPA, nor is the holding blatant enough. Second YC OK. Referee was influenced by this kind of decision (double yellow) being "in fashion"? Should not allow himself to be surrounded by red team players. Does not manage situation with authority and gain respect of players well.

      8. For me ideally a SPA, player's direction is too lateral, but acceptable. Referee could also here have acted with more confidence and quicker communication with AR1. Good fitness, but appears to lack sufficient soft skills and situational awareness.

      9. Difficult situation, it looks very much as the player is in the line of vision, but the distance is very long. Easy for the referee to be fooled here. Borderline situation, but for me not a crucial mistake. Unclear whether AR2 raises the flag or not, but he seems to remain standing still, I'm not aware if Norway has particular instructions on these cases, but the flag should have been raised. Good management of the technical area by AR1.

      10. Strong tackle, but for me reckless is OK, trailing leg and low hitting point. Good carding procedure and body language.

      11. Impossible to say whether correct or not. Judging by the reactions it looks like a crucial mistake (hit his back/shoulder?). OK management. Shameful behaviour of the coach, handled well.

      12. For FIFA/UEFA this kind of situation is a crucial mistake, but very difficult in practice: Football expects a penalty to be given. Referee must be supported. Good fitness, good positioning to detect the handball.

      13. For me ideally play on, soft football contact. AR should have used beep signal and not active signalling. For me no SPA because of direction, number of defenders and no team mates close. Positioning of the referee maybe too far to the right. Good, strong body language, but I'd prefer the card to come before the referee goes to the penalty spot if he gives a card. Good communicator, maybe could be a little bit more calm.

      14. Bad pictures, sure looks like SFP to me, very strong tackle. AR2 could have helped? Excellent, quick, strong body language when carding.

    3. 15. Perfect decision! Goalkeeper can not punch the player in the head despite taking the ball. Again very good body language and confidence. Can sprint more and be further forward before the situation? Fitness issue? Looks very talented, tall and authoritatitve referee.

      16. Referee could have sensed this being even quicker to the situation. OK final decision with YC to keeper and white 9 - maybe white 22 could have been booked for the foul. Referee is too passive in my opinion, gestures not too confident, and proceeds to card without the mass confrontation being resolved - white 11 keeps arguing with opponents, without reaction from the referee!

      17. First a clear foul against white 26 not given. Unneccessary tackle, clear YC-reckless. Referee waaaay too passive. Unaware of injured player. IMO no reason for double yellow - unsporting, rather YC for the yellow player who comes to argue. Poor carding procedure. Looks unmotivated, not good impression, maybe fitness issue.

      18. SPA - crucial mistake. Ball is played way too far away from the attacker. Clear and confident referee. Good carding procedure. Referee should have used shirt of another colour.

      19. Referee does well initially to whistle foul early, but should then run to the spot to defuse the situation. Behavious by red number 2 could have been considered as VC, quite violent throw. I can accept YC to both players as acceptable. OK carding and communication. Good fitness, but little strange body/arm posture when running.

      20. With the benefit of the replay, this looks like a very strong studs up tackle despite taking the ball. Crucial mistake, but difficult and a penalty (+YC or RC) would have been extremely brave. Referee loses unawareness momentarily because of shouts for handball from red team (with new rules = handball, gains advantage in penalty area, with old rules = OK). Good positioning, but should have "sold" the NO PENALTY decision better with gestures.

      21. Correct YC-DtR. EXCELLENT awareness and carding procedure!

      22. Ball from defender correctly interpreted by referee, so well done to allow the goal. In case of slight touch by attacker it would be difficult - I think this would have had to be considered as undeliberate deflection and therefore offside. Management afterwards could have been better. Caution for dissent immediately, especially the goalkeeper. AR could have been protected better. Good that the caution finally comes though, most important thing. Strong body language and good carding as in the previous clip. I get the impression of a very talented referee.

      23. No words for this, the referee and his ARs (same AR1 as in clip 22?) are totally clueless. It's difficult because the referee has to have four things in his mind (1. foul or not, 2. penalty or free kick, 3. YC or RC, 4. identity of the player). But he cannot allow himself this total loss of authority. And in the end, the completely wrong player is sent off. Obvious crucial mistake. Referee with lack of confidence, management, awareness and communication skills.

      24. Looks very much like a holding foul on the defender initally, referee maybe positioned too central under the circumstances. Then OK caution for dissent, but poor procedure, calls one player over, but shows card to another one (also see white 4's socks - does he have shin guards??). Then green goalkeeper gets angry for no reason (but infuenced by previous decision(s) probably - no foul, he runs into a player himself. Then OK to give YC and then what looks like direct RC. Takes too long afterwards to discuss with both the dismissed player and other players. Not too good impression of this referee.

    4. 25. First looks a lot like offside, then for me a penalty and DOGSO-YC (maybe a small touch by the goalkeeper, but not enough). Referee looks very passive and far behind play. Completely unaware of white goalkeeper's agitation and the push, which for me is a VC-RC. Still too passive when handling the mass confrontation, no authority, walking all the time. Very poor carding procedure. And THEN, strong whistle and body language to caution a red player for dissent. Strange. Poor management and ability to use right intensity at the right moment.

      26. Poor sprinting ability and positioning. DOGSO correct, well done by AR. OK carding procedure, but then poor management, does not end discussions, no control of the wall or awareness of players going to protest with AR, does not protect AR at all ("go away" signal from 30 m distance!). Goes to AR for no apparent reason, still no control of the wall, more discussions. Very poor impression of this referee, almost unexisting authority, obvious fitness and management issues.

      OVERALL: Thank you very much for these videos! It's of course difficult to get an impression of a referee from such short and isolated clips, but I must say that you have introduced us to an interesting group of young referees, some looking very promising and giving a very good impression (Bodding, Johannessen, Holthe, Haga, and maybe most of all: Kellerhals).

      Some look promising from the one clip (Børresen, Berg, Al-Fahad, Sæthern, Vermundsen, Dokset, Håversen, Hafezi) but would need more clips of these.

      Not convinced by Aarskog, Bye, Aass, Halsen, Sritharan, Kallerud, Pettersen, Støfringshaug, Haugen and Kringstad for various reasons, but again, more than one clip necessary.

      Of the referees with more clips, no good impression of Heydary, Al-Hatam, Knutsen, and least of all, Eggen and Mikalsen.

      Does anyone with more insight in Norwegian refereeing who know more about the referees have other impressions?

      Hopefully we'll in some years see some of these referees in Eliteserien and with the FIFA badge, apart from some of the last names they all seem to have potential!

    5. Apologies pita falta, your comment seems to have gone by accident. I totally agree with you by the way (and I'll delete this comment if you post it again).

      ... and some beautiful Norwegian landscapes.

  40. FIFATV match of the day
    Brazil - France
    Referee: Ioan Igna (ROU)
    ARs: Lajos Nemeth (HUN), Vojtech Christov (SVK)

    USA - China
    Referee: Nicole Petignat (SUI)
    ARs: Ghislaine Labbe (FRA), Ana Perez (PER)
    4O: Katriina Elovirta (FIN)

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  42. Pedro Irmatov: when you see that you publish a post but it doesn't appear, it is because the system detects it as spam (especially the posts with many links), so there isn't the need to send it again many times. We check periodically the "SPAM" folder and we allow the comments. Unluckily we can't solve that in other ways, the worst thing is that many SPAM comments are not recognized by system, while only the "correct" ones are blocked. Really sorry for that!

  43. I want to thank Dr Emu a very powerful spell caster who help me to bring my husband back to me, few month ago i have a serious problem with my husband, to the extend that he left the house, and he started dating another woman and he stayed with the woman, i tried all i can to bring him back, but all my effort was useless until the day my friend came to my house and i told her every thing that had happened between me and my husband, then she told me of a powerful spell caster who help her when she was in the same problem I then contact Dr Emu and told him every thing and he told me not to worry my self again that my husband will come back to me after he has cast a spell on him, i thought it was a joke, after he had finish casting the spell, he told me that he had just finish casting the spell, to my greatest surprise within 48 hours, my husband really came back begging me to forgive him, if you need his help you can contact him with via email: Emutemple@gmail.com or add him up on his whatsapp +2347012841542 is willing to help any body that need his help. 


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