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Football / Question for All SWO Referees/Coaches/'Keepers/Smartmen
« on: August 05, 2011, 09:59:28 AM »
So here's a question for the referees/coaches/goalkeepers/football smartmen of SWO. This happened recently during the quarterfinal round of qualifiers for a major local tournament, and has periodically crossed my mind since then.

Our starting keeper was injured some weeks prior, and our reserve portero was badly injured in a collision during extra time. Because I had some formal goalkeeping experience years ago, my coach moved me from RB to 'keeper. Eventually, the game went to a penalty shootout. I guessed wrong on the other team's first penalty, and their second "Baggio'd" over the bar. The third kick is where my question lies...

I correctly guessed "lower right side" on this penalty kick, and dove in that direction. The kick was weak and was placed somewhat higher than I expected, and I ended up swatting at the ball with my right hand. I connected, and the ball bounced a few feet in front of where I landed on the ground. Because of the spin given by the "swat", the ball ended up rolling backwards toward the goal, where I instinctively dove from the ground and saved it a second time. All of this happened within the space of a second or so.

My question is: If I didn't stop the ball the second time, and if the ball had rolled back into the goal after I had already successfully blocked the penalty kick, would that have been considered a goal for the other team? Or was the play "dead" once I blocked the shot the first time?

I know that if this penalty had taken place during regular play, and if the ball had rolled back in, then that would have been considered a goal. But do the rules of penalty shootouts change this? Please weigh in...

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.

Football / Juan Carlos Chera...Columbian style
« on: July 11, 2007, 10:44:25 AM »
The next saviour of Columbia football, someone call Valderrama to coach this kid...

Not sure if this has been posted before, one of my Columbian friends that I play ball with showed me this.

I thought it was a midget or something at first, but its actually a Columbian toddler, Juan David Torres, at 4 and 5 years old playing with kids 3-5 years older than him...this kid has skills for days and makes that Chera kid look like an average player. Can't wait to see them both in the 2022 World Cup ;).

make sure to watch the entire thing!


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