January 16, 2017

Goalkeeper handles ball coming from deliberate return pass and denies a goal

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Imagine the following match situation: A defending player is having control of the ball but gets under pressure by an attacking player who is challenging him for the ball. In order to not lose the ball in a dangerous position close to the sideline, the defending player chooses the safe option and plays the ball back to his own goalkeeper ('deliberate return pass'). However, he thereby catches the goalkeeper on the wrong foot: The goalkeeper was already coming out of his goal and moved slightly towards the corner flag as he anticipated that he might be needed to help his teammate at the height of the sideline. The result: The return pass is passing the goalkeeper and travels towards the empty goal. Attempting to save it, the goalkeeper sprints back towards the goalline but recognizes that the only chance to prevent the ball from going into the goal is stopping it with his hands.

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January 13, 2017

AFCON 2017 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 1

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has defined the first eight officiating teams who will oversee the first group stage matchday of this year's Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) kicked off in Gabon's Libreville tomorrow evening. Olympic Games 2016 referee Ghead Grisha of Egypt has been chosen to take charge of the opening game between Gabon and Guinea-Bissau, with Sidi Alioum from Cameroon taking control over a real top clash featuring Tunisia and Senegal.


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January 10, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 2 (2017)

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The following match officials have been selected to take control over the matches played in Europe's top leagues in Matchweek 2. Feel free to ...

- ... share appointments with us (writing them as a comment in the manner below)
- ... share appointments from your national leagues other than those listed below with us, specially if you consider the game as significant (e.g. a derby, a top clash or a very important game etc.)
- ... place video clips you regard as useful for educational and discussion purpose
- ... discuss match situations on the games belonging to the respective matchweek
- ... and much more..

Our matchweekly posts can be easily found in the menu (Referee Appointments > National Leagues).
They will appear on Saturdays most likely and then be filled throughout the week.


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January 4, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 1 (2017)

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From now on, you can find referee appointments for Europe's major national leagues in a (match)weekly post on this blog. Feel free to ...

- ... share appointments with us (writing them as a comment in the manner below)
- ... share appointments from your national leagues other than those listed below with us, specially if you consider the game as significant (e.g. a derby, a top clash or a very important game etc.)
- ... place video clips you regard as useful for educational and discussion purpose
- ... discuss match situations on the games belonging to the respective matchweek
- ... and much more..

Our matchweekly posts can be easily found in the menu (Referee Appointments > National Leagues).
They will appear on Saturdays most likely and then be filled throughout the week.



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