Society Meeting

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of our Chairman Mr Alan Gray and myself may I invite you to the next Swansea Referees Society monthly meeting to take place on Monday 26th February 2018 to start at 7:30pm at the Ford Club, Treboeth, Swansea.

With the end of Season Cup Finals not too far ahead the Society will be looking at the role of Assistant Referees and Refereeing with Assistants.

Look forward to seeing you all on the night,

Regards,

Viv

Video referee review, IFAB top agenda

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: The formal introduction of video refereeing has moved a step closer with confirmation that it will be the main item on the agenda of the annual business meeting of football’s lawmakers later this month.

The meeting, featuring senior representatives of the four British home associations and world federation FIFA, will presage the annual meeting in March at which it is likely VAR will be approved for worldwide use including, most particularly, the World Cup finals in Russia in June and July.

However doubts still persist throughout trial countries and leagues about the application of system, above all the connection speed – or lack of it – between the pitch and screen referees and problems over communicating events to fans and even players.

Mike Riley, general manager of the elite English referees’ body, reportedly considered that consultations “took longer than I would have liked” in Wednesday night’s goalless League Cup semi-final first leg between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

German issues

VAR was used three times when referee Martin Atkinson consulted video official Neil Swarbrick.

Problems with VAR have been high-profile during tests this season in the German Bundesliga. A poll of players by the Kicker magazine produced a 47pc vote for cancellation of the trials.

The former FIFA referee Urs Meier is doubtful about its use at the World Cup because many of the referees will have had no competitive experience of its use.

He said: “In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup I was a member of the commission, which had to decide whether to use goal-line technology at the World Cup. After many tests, we decided against it because at that time the technology was not yet 100pc reliable; it only came in at the the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

“I see this situation similarly. In Russia referees will be used who have not worked at all with VAR. You can not agree with this.

“‘Dry’ exercises are not comparable with the pressures and speed of the game at the World Cup. The experience at the Confederations Cup there last year was unconvincing.”

The IFAB business meeting will be held in Zurich on January 22.

A statement concerning the agenda said: “The main focus of the meeting will be on video assistant referees (VARs) and members will discuss the latest results from the experiment and the scientific study report from the Belgian university KU Leuven which has been conducting an independent analysis of the use of VARs, including data from all participating countries and competitions since the start of the experiment in March 2016.

“The IFAB and FIFA administrations will also provide detailed reports on the VAR experiment including the key learning areas and experience from the two-year trial period.

“Based on the analysis and evaluation of all relevant data and information, the board may make a recommendation for the annual meeting to consider on whether the use of VARs in football should be permitted and, if it is, how the use of VARs can be made accessible to as many competitions as possible.”

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to see VAR used in Russia while banned predecessor Sepp Blatter has warned that “the World Cup should not be used as a guinea pig for a development which imposes deep changes on the way the game is played.”

At least two of the British FAs have privately expressed concern that the January 22 leaves comparatively little time to study all the reports before the agm in March.

The business meeting was scheduled for early last month but had to be postponed because of scheduling issues.

IFAB statement:

The IFAB has confirmed the agenda for the forthcoming Annual Business Meeting (ABM) which will take place at Home of FIFA in Zurich on Monday, 22 January 2018.

The main focus of the meeting will be on video assistant referees (VARs) and members will discuss the latest results from the experiment and the scientific study report from the Belgian university KU Leuven which has been conducting an independent analysis of the use of VARs, including data from all participating countries and competitions since the start of the experiment in March 2016.

The IFAB and FIFA administrations will also provide detailed reports on the VAR experiment including the key learning areas and experience from the two-year trial period.

Based on the analysis and evaluation of all relevant data and information, the Board may make a recommendation for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to consider on whether the use of VARs in football should be permitted and, if it is, how the use of VARs can be made accessible to as many competitions as possible.

The ABM will also assess the impact of the amendments made to the Laws of the Game implemented in 2017/18 and consider the amendments proposed for the 2018/2019 edition.

Additional agenda items include an update on the two-year experiment with additional substitutes in extra time, the use of electronic and communication equipment in the technical area as well as an update on the development of the FIFA Quality Programme for electronic performance and tracking systems (EPTS).

Furthermore, the members will discuss which Play Fair! topics could be further explored, following the first feedbacks received from various stakeholders and trials since the launch of the initiative.

The ABM prepares and agrees on topics and material for the AGM, the meeting which has exclusive authority to make changes to football’s Laws of the Game. The next AGM will take place in Zurich, on 2 March 2018.

  1. Regular updates on the VAR project and other information related to the Laws of the Game and The IFAB can be found at www.theifab.com.

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Red card for a Merry Christmas

A FOOTBALL manager believes he witnessed the silliest red card in his life after one of his players was allegedly dismissed for wishing the referee a Merry Christmas.

Josh Norton was playing for Hereford City when he received a second yellow card during his side’s 10-1 mauling by Ludlow Town Colts in the HFA County League Division One match.

Norton was accused of swearing following a tackle he made with a Ludlow player.

After pleading his innocence, Norton allegedly wished the ref a Merry Christmas and was duly sent off.

“There was a 50/50 tackle that two players went for and the ref decided to give a free-kick to Ludlow,” explained Hereford City manager Chris Marshall.

“The players got up off the floor and apparently someone swore.

“However, it was neither of the two players involved.

“The ref swore blind it was my player and I said no it wasn’t.

“He was also playing in front of his son and he said he would never swear in front of him.

“He then told the ref, ‘fair enough, Merry Christmas’ and he gave him a red card.

“It was the most stupid red card I have seen in my life.

“Too many referees don’t want to talk to players and, as manager, I tell my lads that only the captain or myself can speak to him.

“I think a lot of power goes to the ref’s heads, but if they want respect from the players, then they need to give some back.”

Herefordshire FA Chief executive Jim Lambert comfirmed Norton was sent off for two yellow cards.

 

Hereford Times

Christmas Quiz

Dear Colleagues,

Advance information for our next meeting and Quiz night which will be on Wednesday 20th December to start at 7:00pm, which will be upstairs at the Ford Club, Treboeth, Swansea.

The letter of invitation and minutes will follow seven days prior.

The fun quiz consists of general knowledge and sports, there are prizes for the winners and food will be provided.

We would love you all to join us on the night. The quiz master Mr Ken Wright. will be in attendance.

We hope to see you then.

Regards,

Viv

October meeting

Dear Colleagues,

May I on behalf of the Vice Chairman, Mr Paul Matthews and myself invite you to the next Society meeting to be held on Monday 30th October at the Ford Club, Treboeth, Swansea.

Youth meeting to start at 6:45pm.
Main meeting to start at 7:30pm.

Our guests for the evening will be coaches/managers of teams within the Swansea Senior League. There will be an open discussion on Refereeing matters.

We look forward to seeing you on the night.

Regards,

Viv

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