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Refereeing Revolution Set to take Place in South Africa
« on: December 01, 2009, 03:06:24 PM »
World Cup Set For A Refereeing Revolution
2:34pm UK, Tuesday December 01, 2009
Ian Dovaston, sports correspondent
Sky News has learnt that Fifa is "99% certain" to sanction the use of five referees in every game at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.


Henry's handball has prompted the refereeing revolution.

The landmark decision - the biggest change in refereeing for a century - will be made at an emergency meeting of football's power-brokers in Cape Town tomorrow.

Sky sources have also revealed that Fifa will reject Ireland's request to play at the tournament and that a row over which teams are seeded for the competition has erupted involving France.

The refereeing revolution - and Ireland's protest - were prompted by Thierry Henry's handball last month that ended Irish World Cup dreams.

While the introduction of technology remains off the agenda, Fifa is ready to adopt a Europa League experiment with two extra officials monitoring the goalmouths at next summer's showpiece.

The effects would be felt far beyond the World Cup, since the whole of the professional game including the Barclays Premier League would have to adopt the practice if it finds favour with the International Football Association Board (IFAB) next March in Zurich.

And Henry's hand may even prompt a change in the seeding arrangements ahead of Friday's World Cup draw, which will be discussed during the Fifa EGM.

But it is the men in black who will top the agenda, as football's powerbrokers seek to improve the standard of international refereeing.

Sky News understands that Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president, has been reluctant to intervene, but is convinced now that something has to be done.

The extra refs - one of whom would almost certainly have spotted Henry's offence against the Irish - would stand behind the goal-line beyond the keeper's right-hand post and are not empowered to enter the field of play.


Two officials would be behind the goals

If the 24 men of Fifa's executive committee favour the five refs idea, and want to use it at South Africa 2010, then it would have to be ratified by the body which has the final say on the rules of the game.

The IFAB is made up of Fifa, which has four votes, alongside the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations, which have one vote each as traditional guardians of the game.

A minimum six votes are required for a law change, and it is highly likely Fifa would get its way.

But former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has urged caution, telling Sky News: "If they decide to do it, they've got to prepare the referees.

"It would be a mistake for the guy to go in on the opening match and have to do that for the first time."

The emergency meeting will also discuss seedings ahead of Friday's World Cup draw, when the qualified teams are split into eight groups of four.

The French, having qualified so controversially, jumped from ninth to seventh in the Coca-Cola ranking list as a result of their two-legged play-off against Ireland, perhaps entitling them to a place among the elite.

But Fifa wants to use the earlier ranking list from October before the play-offs to pick their seeds, prompting a row between fringe candidates like France and Argentina who, if they miss out, could end up in England's group.
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Re: Refereeing Revolution Set to take Place in South Africa
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2009, 04:18:55 PM »
I find they should surround the field with officials, and then they would all vote on decisions.

The ref would ask "That was a handball" and the survey says...

Like Elan said in another thread, the human factor is a part of the beauty of the game.

Do we really want the perfect game of football? Can't believe how many people have this notion of and ideal sport, cannot happen.

I love the game the way it is, all the bacchanal, errors and disappointment I love it. The idea that anything can happen is thrilling. I really don't want to watch a sport where other people off the field are basically calling the shots.

How many goals did Ireland score in the second game? I was always thought that if you don't score you cannot argue about being cheated. France did what they had to do, score a goal. Now it was up to the refs to either allow the goal or take it away. On the field the ref is in charge and if you score the only person who can say it is a goal is the center ref. Once he/she makes that decision then it stands.

Leave the game alone.
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Re: Refereeing Revolution Set to take Place in South Africa
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2009, 05:31:57 PM »
Changes must come. The game is dynamic. Let's see more officials. If we were in Ireland position and we lost like that, we would have been cussin' from here to timbuktu.

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Re: Refereeing Revolution Set to take Place in South Africa
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2009, 12:29:54 PM »
Changes must come. The game is dynamic. Let's see more officials. If we were in Ireland position and we lost like that, we would have been cussin' from here to timbuktu.

I agree... maybe this is a change that should sit for World Cup games only. It's worth a try.

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Re: Refereeing Revolution Set to take Place in South Africa
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2009, 12:34:51 PM »
Ok so how this working? How will the ref behind/beside the goal position himself when the play is on the goal line without becoming an obstruction?
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Re: Refereeing Revolution Set to take Place in South Africa
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2009, 12:36:21 PM »
1 ref, 2 lines men, and 2 goal line officials...!

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Re: Refereeing Revolution Set to take Place in South Africa
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2009, 12:42:22 PM »
Breaking News Again...Just happened to see this while checking my gmail.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/4706137/ce/us/thierry-henry-investigated-handball-no-extra-referees-world-cup-matches?campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines&cc=5901&ver=us
FIFA: No extra refs at World Cup
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- FIFA rejected the use of extra match officials at the 2010 World Cup on Wednesday, instead opening a disciplinary case against France's Thierry Henry for a handball in the World Cup playoff against Ireland.

Henry's handball in the World Cup playoff led to a goal and eliminated Ireland. The uproar following the non-call helped prompt Wednesday's emergency meeting of its executive committee ahead of the World Cup draw in South Africa.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said there will be no change for referees at the World Cup from June 11 to July 11. He said plans to introduce more match officials or technology will come at a later stage, while keeping the current experiment in UEFA's Europa League.

Henry twice handled the ball before passing to William Gallas, who scored the goal that gave France a 1-1 draw, allowing the team to advance on aggregate goals to the World Cup.

Blatter described Henry's handball as "blatant unfair playing" that was seen around the world.

The world soccer governing body rejected an appeal by Ireland for the game to replayed or adding it as a 33rd team at the World Cup.

Blatter said no timetable has been set for a ruling on Henry from the panel, which is chaired by Swiss lawyer Marcel Mathier.

The independent disciplinary panel has the authority to impose a one-match suspension on Henry, which would take effect at the start of the World Cup in June.

In a similar case last year, Italian authorities banned Fiorentina forward Alberto Gilardino for two matches after he scored with his forearm in a Serie A match.

The league ruled that Gilardino was unsportsmanlike for not acknowledging the handball during a 3-1 win over Palermo.

Regarding more officials, there have been calls for several years for the use TV technology to clarify calls. Generally, 26 or more cameras are located around the field and could review incidents missed by the referee and two linesmen.

FIFA said it has set up a new working party to look at options.

"The experiments are still going on," Blatter said. "So it is the opinion -- not only of the Referees Committee but of the Sports Committees, Football Committee, Technology Committee, former players such as Michel Platini and Franz Beckenbauer -- that an experiment must first be carried out globally before you can put it into action at the World Cup 2010."

Blatter acknowledged that the issue of video technology was "a long story" but said two companies looking at goal-line technology would report back to soccer's rule-making International Board in March.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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Re: Refereeing Revolution Set to take Place in South Africa
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2009, 02:07:05 AM »
how bout just using tv replay challenges like american football

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Re: Refereeing Revolution Set to take Place in South Africa
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2009, 05:34:37 PM »
No seriously now....what is the REAL reason behind FIFA's reluctance to use video replays especially in situations where an incident may be "game changing"??....
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Re: Refereeing Revolution Set to take Place in South Africa
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2009, 09:11:00 AM »
No seriously now....what is the REAL reason behind FIFA's reluctance to use video replays especially in situations where an incident may be "game changing"??....

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