October 31, 2016

Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 4

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The following officials will be in charge of 2016-17 UEFA Europa League Group Stage Matchday 4 games. 



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Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 4 (Wednesday)

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UEFA has chosen the following eight officiating teams to take charge of next Wednesday's Champions League ties in Groups E - H. 



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October 30, 2016

Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 4 (Tuesday)

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UEFA has chosen the following eight officiating teams to take control over next Tuesday's Champions League ties in Groups A - D. 



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October 28, 2016

UEFA Youth League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 4

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UEFA has appointed the following match officials to referee next week's Youth League Matchday 4. 

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UEFA Youth League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Domestic Champions Path Second Round (I)

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UEFA has appointed the following match officials to referee the first legs of Youth League Domestic champions path's second  round.


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Guess The Referee - Predict & Win (Matchday 4)

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Your chance to guess the referees who will take charge of the fourthmatchday of UEFA Champions League - and to win a small prize sponsored by our partners Refsworld UK. The results of the last matchday will be placed here in due course (the winner is already informed). You can find the referee observers here.


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October 27, 2016

UEFA Referee Observers and Delegates for CL Matchday 4

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After some weeks without that many posts, we will sum up the most important news from UEFA's and FIFA's Headquarters and international refereeing as a whole in the next few days.


UEFA Delegate (l.) and Referee Observer on duty before a game
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October 17, 2016

Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 3

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The following officials will be in charge of 2016-17 UEFA Europa League Group Stage Matchday 3 games (in progress).


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Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 3 (II)

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UEFA has selected the following eight officiating teams to take control over Wednesday's Champions League Matchday 3 ties. Artur Soares Dias of Portugal will make his debut in the biggest European football competition.


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October 16, 2016

Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 3 (I)

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UEFA has selected the following eight officiating teams from seven different nations to take charge next Tuesday's Champions League Matchday 3 matches. Among others, Ruddy Buquet of France will return to CL turf.




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October 15, 2016

Guess The Referee - Predict & Win (Matchday 3)

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A bit late this time. Your chance to guess the referees who will take charge of the third matchday of UEFA Champions League - and to win a small prize sponsored by our partners Refsworld UK.



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October 13, 2016

UEFA Youth League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Domestic Champions Path First Round (II)

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UEFA has appointed the following match officials to referee the second legs of Youth League Domestic champions path's first  round.


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October 12, 2016

UEFA Youth League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 3

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UEFA has appointed the following match officials to referee next week's Youth League Matchday 3. The assignments for the domestic champions path will be posted tomorrow.



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October 10, 2016

UEFA U21 EURO 2017 - Referee Appointments for October 2016

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA to handle the 2017 U21 Qualifiers played on October 2016.

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The 3rd Team's Mission, Challenge, Vision and Values

The 3rd Team is one of the leading websites on international football refereeing. Started in June 2011, we focus on referee education, sharing news on international refereeing, discussing match situations and exchanging ideas (and much more).

'We' consist of a large variety of different people with different backgrounds who widely cannot give their full identity due to reasons of confidentiality. What unites us is that we love football and refereeing!


MISSION 

Our mission is to improve both football referees on individual level and football refereeing as a whole. Our blog is supposed to serve as a platform to learn with the aid of visual and written educational material. Furthermore, it is supposed to be a place where recent trends in international referees are reported, analyzed and discussed.


CHALLENGE

Our challenge is to fulfill the requirements arising from the different segments of readers who follow our work:

- Top-class referees who are active at the highest international (UEFA) level or in higher national leagues
- Referees on middle football levels
- Referees on lower amateur levels
- ‘Common’ people who are football and refereeing enthusiasts, but who are no referees themselves.


VISION

Our vision is a landscape of football and refereeing where … 

- referees are accepted and respected as the indispensable 3rd team of a football game
- the public (media, supporters, players) develop an understanding for the challenges related to refereeing as well as referees perceive themselves as a self-critical and modest part of the game instead of being vain and unapproachable
- referee placement and selection decisions are based on performance 
- politics, corruption and nepotism in refereeing are things of the past
- referees as well as referee managers carefully and self-critically reflect on their behaviour to become better
- open discussion on hardened structures is allowed and blogs like ours are understood as a necessity to make refereeing up-to-date in times of social media
- referees recognize the need to interpret their role as the one of a game-manager facilitating fair competition following the laws of the game as well as managing the match with empathy, open-minded communication and contextual understanding for the benefit of football as a whole (for us, this is what ‘modern refereeing’ requires).


VALUES  

While pursuing these goals we follow the following values: 

- Quality: We strive for providing you with correct and qualitatively high information to the best of our knowledge.

- Exclusiveness: While quality goes over quantity, we attempt to provide you with information out of first hand meaning that reporting exclusive news is a goal we follow on our daily agenda.

- Independence: We act independently and – like every good referee – are not influenced by any third party. Our work is solely based on our very best knowledge and passion as well as on the expectations of our readers.

- Confidentiality: As we often depend on the input our faithful friends and sources share with us, confidentiality is essential and self-evident for us.

- Self-reflection: We are convinced that you only become better if you critically reflect yourself. Being open-minded for change, criticism and improvement drives us – and apart from that: We also believe that these are qualities that separate good from very good referees.
 
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October 4, 2016

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - UEFA Zone - Referee Appointments for Matchday 3

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These officials have been appointed for the third matchday of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA Zone). 

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October 3, 2016

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - UEFA Zone - Referee Appointments for Matchday 2

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Thank to some federations, we already know the names of several referees appointed for the second Matchday of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA Zone). The missing names, including observers, will  be added in due course.

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