21 April 2015

Europa League 2014/15 - Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments (II)

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for the second leg matches of 2014-15 Europa League Quarterfinals Round. Four Elite officials have been selected. Among others, Turkish Cüneyt Çakır will take charge of SSC Napoli - VfL Wolfsburg observed by  Slovakian UEFA Referees Committee's member Jozef Marko. 


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20 April 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments (2nd legs, Wednesday)

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Felix Brych has been entrusted to take control over Wednesday's Madrid derby at Santiago Bernabeu. Observed by Vice Refereeing Officer Hugh Dallas, the 39-year old German will handle his 32nd Champions League match.
In addition, William Collum has been appointed for the parallel match at Monaco's Stade Louis II between AS Monaco and Juventus Turin, observed by former Champions League final official Terje Hauge of Norway.

Good luck to both teams!




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19 April 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments (2nd legs, Tuesday)

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English Martin Atkinson has been appointed to take charge of the crucial return leg of FC Bayern München facing FC Porto at home after their 1:3 loss suffered last week. Norwegian Svein Oddvar Moen will control FC Barcelona - Paris SG, which is more or less decided after Barcelona's clear 3:1 win at Parc des Princes.

Good luck to both teams.



Tuesday, 21/04/2015, 20:45 CET
Allianz Arena, München (Germany)
FC Bayern München - FC Porto
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Darren England (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado Sajn (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

Tuesday, 21/04/2015, 20:45 CET
Camp Nou, Barcelona (Spain)
FC Barcelona - Paris SG
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kim Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)
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18 April 2015

Weekly News: Some Quotes & UEFA Officials for next week

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The Third Team once more provides you with the latest news, this time in form of quotes and attached reports. Furthermore, please find the UEFA officials for next week at the end of the post.



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14 April 2015

Europa League - Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments (I)

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for the first leg encounters of 2014-15 Europa League Quarterfinals Round. Among others, Polish Category 1 referee Szymon Marciniak will take charge of Dynamo Kyiv - ACF Fiorentina under the eyes of  German UEFA Referee Observer Eugen Strigel.


16 April 2015

21:05 CET, Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
Sevilla FC - Zenit St Petersburg
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Peter Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas van Dongen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Salva (ISR)

21:05 CET, Jan Breydelstadion, Bruges (BEL)
Club  Brugge - Dnipro
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraž Kovacic (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

21:05 CET, NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
Dynamo Kyiv - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Fourth Official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate Ainar Leppänen (EST)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

21:05 CET, VfL Wolfsburg Arena, Wolfsburg (GER)
VfL Wolfsburg - SSC Napoli
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)
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13 April 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments (1st Legs, Wednesday)

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English Elite official Mark Clattenburg has been appointed  to take charge of Wednesday's  clash PSG - Barcelona at Parc des Princes. At the same time, Spanish Elite Carlos Velasco will handle Porto - Bayern at Estádio do Dragão, observed by UEFA Referees Committee's member Bo Karlsson from Sweden. 



 

Wednesday, 15/04/2015, 20:45 CET
Parc des Princes, Paris (France)
Paris SG - FC Barcelona
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Burt (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Wednesday, 15/04/2015, 20:45 CET
Estádio do Dragão, Porto (Portugal)
FC Porto - Bayern München
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: René Eberle (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)
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12 April 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments (1st Legs, Tuesday)

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Serbian Milorad Mažić has been appointed to take charge of Tuesday's Madrid derby at Estadio Vicente Calderón in the context of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The 42-year old Elite official will be observed by Chief Refereeing Officer Pierluigi Collina. At the same time, Czech Republican Pavel Královec will oversee Juventus Turin - AS Monaco, observed by Portuguese Vítor Melo Pereira.



Tuesday, 14/04/2015, 20:45 CET
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (Spain)
Atlético Madrid - Real Madrid
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Tuesday, 14/04/2015, 20:45 CET
Juventus Stadium, Turin (Italy)
Juventus Turin - AS Monaco
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Tomas Mokrusch (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Benny Jacobsen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)
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05 April 2015

Weekly News: Nicolae Rainea's death, Greek match-fixing trouble, Turkish professionalization & UEFA Officials for Quarterfinals

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The 3rd Team once again provides you with the latest news across the world from the referee's point of view. Three times World Cup referee Nicolae Rainea has died aged 81. Furthermore 5 Superleague referees testified in Greek justice in conjuction with the investigation for fixed matches and the so-called "Criminal Organization". Moreover TFF has officially named the first full-time professional referees. Finally, you are provided with the UEFA officials for the quarterfinals' first legs.

R.I.P. Nicolae Rainea

Over a career spanning 24 years, Rainea racked up a stellar list of matches as he became one of the most respected officials in the world. He retired in 1983 after adding the European Champion Clubs' Cup final to a CV that already included back-to-back UEFA Cup deciders in 1977 and 1978, and the 1980 UEFA European Championship final. No Romanian referee has bettered his compilation of three FIFA World Cups.
Born on 19 November 1933, Rainea played in the lower leagues before turning to refereeing in 1959. Within six years he was officiating at first division matches and quickly made the FIFA list, in 1967. He oversaw three Romanian Cup finals and 267 top-flight games, while his international assignments also included the 1978 UEFA Super Cup.
After hanging up his whistle aged 49, he remained in football as a referee observer and regional football association president. He later became an honorary member of the Romanian Football Federation (FRF) and an honorary citizen of the city Galati. He was decorated by two Romanian presidents, Ion Iliescu and Traian Băsescu.
After an untreated mild cold had turned into a pulmonary edema, Rainea suffered a cardiac arrest while being in hospital and died in Bucharest.

Greek Justice has officially charged 5 referees.

Since 2011 Greek Justice is looking at the biggest "match-fixing" scandal the country has seen. UEFA has already sent over 30 suspected matches.
At a new development Greek Justice now looks at the existence of a "Criminal Organization". According to several media in Greece, 5 Superleague Referees are charged by the authorities of influencing the result of some matches with their calls.
The 3rd Team knows the names of those 5 referees but won't publish them since as lawyers say "everyone is innocent until proven guilty".

Top Turkish referees become full-time professionals.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) yesterday took a giant step over the issue of professional refereeing, which has been on the agenda for a long time in Turkish football. With the contracts signed in March, Cüneyt Çakir, Hüseyin Göçek, Bariş Şimşek, Mete Kalkavan, Ali Palabiyik and Firat Aydinus have officially become Turkey's first professional referees.

According to a statement made by the TFF, the referees working within the federation must come to the administrative center of the TFF in Riva and train under the supervision of the Central Referee Board. The referees on contract will also provide training in courses, conferences and seminars. During their shift, the referees will contribute to preparing special content, consisting of video footage, that will be used for training referees. After a three-month pilot scheme, the other referees will be included into contractual refereeing. Contractual refereeing has been put into action as a result of work and preparation that has been made since 2012. During this period, the TFF has carried out many innovation regulations in relation to referees. The wages of referees have increased by 91 percent since 2012 and they have been given more authority in order to prevent the continual verbal attacks and assaults. The other innovations brought in by the TFF are the new six-referee system and vanishing spray.

UEFA Officials & Early Predictions for CL / EL

Champions League Quarterfinals

Atlético Madrid - Real Madrid
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
Prediction: Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Juventus Turin - AS Monaco
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Benny Jacobsen (DEN)
Prediction: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Paris SG - FC Barcelona
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
Prediction: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

FC Porto - Bayern München
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: René Eberle (SUI)
Prediction: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Europa League Quarterfinals

Sevilla FC - Zenit St Petersburg
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)
Prediction: Szymon Marciniak (POL) 

Club Brügge - FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)
Prediction: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU) or Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Dynamo Kyiv - ACF Fiorentina
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)
Prediction: William Collum (SCO)

VfL Wolfsburg - SSC Napoli
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)
Prediction: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
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04 April 2015

Video Coaching - Severity of Offences Series (1) - Solved

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This is the first post of a new series called "Severity of Offences" that will appear regularly on this blog. It aims at improving your knowledge about and feeling for the correct level of punishment to be applied following challenges made by players, attempting to meet the standard implemented by UEFA and passed to Europe's national football association. Recent video clips will be deployed to illustrate the different criteria to be kept in mind when assessing tackles.

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Referees and Assistant Referees for U-17 EURO 2015 appointed

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Following the draw of 2 April, the following referees and assistant referees have been chosen by UEFA's Referee Committee to attend this year's Under-17 European Championship in Bulgaria from 6 to 22 May. It will be the first Under-17 mini tournament ever played with 16 teams. The 3rd Team provides you with the happy officials selected.

Adrien Jaccottet (SUI) is among the officials  (source: LeMatin)

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30 March 2015

UEFA Youth League - Semifinals and Final 2015 - Referee Appointments

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UEFA Referees Committee has appointed the following officiating crews in order to take control of the 2014-15 UEFA Youth League semifinals, to be played in Nyon (SUI).

Serdar Gözübüyük to be in charge of YL Final 2015 source: telegraaf

Semifinal, 10 April 2015, 13:00 CET
Stadium: Colovray, Nyon (SUI)  
Anderlecht - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Fourth Official: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: David Mcdowell (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Semifinal, 10 April 2015, 17:15 CET
Stadium: Colovray, Nyon (SUI)
AS Roma - Chelsea
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Fourth Official: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: David Mcdowell (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard Maxi (GER)

FINAL, 13 April 2015, 16:00 CET
Stadium: Colovray, Nyon (SUI)
Anderlecht / Shakhtar Donetsk - AS Roma / Chelsea
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Mario Diks (NED)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: David Mcdowell (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)
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Officials for 2015 FIFA Women World Cup

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FIFA has appointed 29 referees and  44 assistant referees to officiate at 2015 FIFA Women World Cup, in Canada. 

Bibiana Steinhaus (GER) was in charge of 2011's final (c) fck.de

Among the referees selected, 22 will handle matches, while 7 of them will work only as fourth officials. These names will be announced  10 days before the start of the tournament. 

AFC
Referees
Rita Gani (MAS, 1977)
Abirami Apbai Naidu (SIN, 1983)
Liang Qin (CHN, 1979)
Hyang Ok Ri (PRK, 1977)
Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN, 1973)

Assistant Referees
Yongmei Cui (CHN, 1979)
Yan Fang (CHN, 1979)
Allyson Flynn (AUS, 1982)
Sarah Ho (AUS, 1978)
Kum Nyo Hong (PRK, 1973)
Kyoung Min Kim (KOR, 1980)
Widiya Shamsuri (MAS, 1977)
Naomi Teshirogi (JPN, 1980)

CAF
Referees
Gladys Lengwe (ZAM, 1978)
Therese Neguel (CMR, 1981)
Ledya Tafesse (ETH, 1980)

Assistant Referees
Ayawa Dzodope (TOG, 1976)
Bernadettar Kwimbira (MWI, 191)
Souad Oulhaj (MAR, 1974)
Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD, 1978)

CONCACAF
Referees
Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX, 1975)
Melissa Borja (HON, 1986)
Carol Anne Chenard (CAN, 1977)
Margaret Domka (USA, 1979)
Michelle Pye (CAN, 1978)
Lucila Venegas (MEX, 1981)

Assistant Referees
Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV, 1987)
Princess Brown (JAM, 1986)
Enedina Caudillo (MEX, 1984)
Marie-Josée Charbonneau (CAN, 1982)
Mayte Chavez (MEX, 1979)
Kimberly Moreira (CRC, 1986)
Suzanne Morisset (CAN, 1984)
Shirley Perello (HON, 1986)

CONMEBOL
Referees
Jesica Di Iorio (ARG, 1980)
Yeimy Martinez (COL, 1981)
Olga Miranda (PAR, 1982)
Claudia Umpierrez (URU, 1983)

Assistant Referees
Janette Arcanjo (BRA, 1980)
Liliana Bejarano (BOL, 1978)
Mariana De Almeira (ARG, 1982)
Luciana Mascaraña (URU, 1981)
Maria Eugenia Rocco (ARG, 1979)
Loreto Toloza (CHI, 1984)

OFC
Referees
Anne-Marie Keighley (NZL, 1982)
Tupou Patia (COK, 1984)

Assistant Referees
Lata Kaumatule (TGA, 1985)
Sarah Walker (NZL, 1990)

UEFA
Referees
Teodora Albon (ROU, 1977)
Stéphanie Frappart (FRA, 1983)
Katalin Kulcsár (HUN, 1984)
Pernilla Larsson (SWE, 1976)
Efthalia Mitsi (GRE, 1980)
Kateryna Monzul (UKR, 1981)
Esther Staubli (SUI, 1979)
Bibiana Steinhaus (GER, 1979)
Carina Vitulano (ITA, 1975)

Assistant Referees
Natalie Aspinall (ENG, 1981)
Ella De Vries (BEL, 1977)
Petruta Iugulescu (ROU, 1979)
Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE, 1977)
Angela Kyriakou (CYP, 1977)
Manuele Nicolosi (FRA, 1980)
Anna Nystrom (SWE, 1973)
Michelle O'Neill (IRL, 1978)
Tonja Paavola (FIN, 1977)
Yolanda Parga (ESP, 1978)
Natalia Rachynska (UKR, 1970)
Katrin Rafalski (GER, 1982)
Lucie Ratajova (CZE, 1979)
Sanja Rodak (CRO, 1983)
Maria Sukenikova (SVK, 1975)
Marina Wozniak (GER, 1979)

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26 March 2015

Referees for 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup

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FIFA has appointed 21 referee trios to be in charge of 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup which will be hosted by New Zealand. The tournament will function as a preparation and basis for the referees' selection for 2018 FIFA World Cup.  Moreover, six officials have been selected as "support referees".

Ivan Bebek (CRO) will attend his second FIFA U20 WC

AFC 
Referee: Fahad Al Mirdasi (KSA, 1985)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdulla Al Shalwai (KSA, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Abu Al Amri (OMA, 1982)

Referee: Jong Hyeok Kim (KOR, 1983)
Assistant Referee 1: Kwangyeol Yoon (KOR, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Byoung Eun Yang (KOR, 1976)

Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Akane Yagi (JPN, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN, 1979)

Support Referee: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN, 1986)


CAF
Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Siwele (RSA, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Marius Tan (CIV, 1984) 


Referee: Ghead Grisha (EGY, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Waleed Ahmed (SDN, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Berhe Tesfagiorghis (ERI, 1975)

Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue (CMR, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: Yahaya Mahamadou (NIG, 1983)

Support Referee: Jospeh Lamptey (GHA, 1974) 


CONCACAF
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernández (CRC, 1987)

Referee: John Pitti (PAN, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Baynes (PAN, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Victoria (PAN, 1973)

Referee: César Ramos (MEX, 1983)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morín (MEX, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernández (MEX, 1977)

Support Referee: Armando Castro (HON, 1983)

CONMEBOL
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1:
Nicolás Taran (URU, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Trinidad (URU, 1978)

Referee: Ricardo Marques (BRA, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1:
Kléber Gil (BRA, 1977)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA, 1983)

Referee: Mauro Vigliano (ARG, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2: 
Iván Núñez (ARG, 1976)

Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Vera (ECU, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Macias (ECU, 1982)
 

Support Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (VEN, 1983)

OFC
Referee: Matthew Conger (NZL, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Tevita Makasini (TGA, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Lount (NZL, 1981)
 

Support Referee: Nicholas Waldron (NZL, 1982)

UEFA 

Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO, 1973)

Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR, 1980) 


Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU, 1976)

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2:
Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP, 1976)

Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA, 1974)

Referee: Istv
án Vad (HUN, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Istv
án Albert (HUN, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyan (HUN, 1984)

Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER, 1981)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER, 1979)


Support Referee: Liran Liany (ISR, 1977)

Official List (fifa.com)
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24 March 2015

Video Coaching - Co-operation in Offside Goals (Referee, AR, AAR)

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Reflecting a lot of high-stakes football and overall not completely satisfying refereeing in UEFA's club competitions, whose K.O. phases have begun a few weeks ago, two match situations serve as good video examples for how co-operation in potential offside goals should or should not look like. Both situations are placed and analyzed below.


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UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for March 2015 (MD5)

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These are the referees appointed by UEFA for MD5 of  EURO 2016 qualifying matches, to be played on 27, 28, 29 and 31 March 2015. Missing appointments will be added in due course. 


Elite referee Deniz Aytekin in charge of Montenegro - Russia ©sportsmole
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21 March 2015

Weekly News: Red Card Records in UCL, UEFA's AR Course 2015 & European Qualifier Officials

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Once again The 3rd Team provides you with some news on the huge UEFA refereeing circuit. Today: a review of a record-breaking last 11 March, a first piece of information on the 2nd UEFA Course for International Assistant Referees 2015 and officials for European Qualifiers.

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17 March 2015

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship: selected officials

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UEFA Referees Committee has appointed the following (six) officials to handle matches at the 2015 European Under-21 Championship, to be held in Czech Republic from 17 to 30 June 2015. All selected officials belong to Category 1.  
Differently from the past editions, each selected team (including: main referee, assistant referees and additional assistant referees) will be composed by officials from the same nation. In addition to that, two fourth officials from the host national have been selected.  

Dutch Danny Makkelie is among the selected officials

France
Referee: Clément Turpin (1982)
Assistant referee: Frédéric Cano (1973)
Assistant referee: Nicolas Danos (1980)
Additional assistant referee: Fredy Fautrel (1971)
Additional assistant referee: Nicolas Rainville (1982)

Greece
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (1979)
Assistant referee: Damianos Efthymiadis (1973)
Assistant referee: Polychronis Kostaras (1983)
Additional assistant referee: Michael Koukoulakis (1975)
Additional assistant referee: Stavros Tritsonis (1977)

Netherlands
Referee: Danny Makkelie (1983)
Assistant referee: Mario Diks (1977)
Assistant referee: Hessel Steegstra (1978)
Additional assistant referee: Kevin Blom (1974)
Additional assistant referee: Jochem Kamphuis (1986, NO FIFA)

Russia
Referee: Sergey Karasev (1979)
Assistant referee: Anton Averyanov (1973)
Assistant referee: Tikhon Kalugin (1974)
Additional assistant referee: Sergey Lapochkin (1981)
Additional assistant referee: Sergey Ivanov (1984)

Spain
Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández (1976)
Assistant referee: Miguel Martínez Munuera (1986)
Assistant referee: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (1978)
Additional assistant referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (1982)
Additional assistant referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (1984)

Poland
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (1981)
Assistant referee: Paweł Sokolnicki (1980)
Assistant referee: Tomasz Listkiewicz (1978)
Additional assistant referee: Paweł Raczkowski (1983)
Additional assistant referee: Tomasz Musial (1981)

Fourth officials
Krystof Mencl (Czech Republic, 1975)
Ondrej Pelikan (Czech Republic, 1980)
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Europa League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (II)

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UEFA has appointed the following eight referee sextets to take charge of Thursday's UEFA Europa League Round of 16 return legs. Among others, Turkish Cüneyt Çakır and Martin Atkinson of England have been assigned to control two derbies.  


 19 March 2015
 
18:00 CET, Arena Khimki, Khimki (RUS)
Dinamo Moskva - SSC Napoli
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob Van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas Van Dongen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Duško Grabovac (CRO)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

19:00 CET, Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
AS Roma - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Süleyman Abay (TUR)
Fourth Official: Cem Satman (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

19:00 CET, NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
Dynamo Kyiv - Everton
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ikka Koho (FIN)
UEFA Delegate Ivan Lekov (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Giovanni (ITA)

19:00 CET, Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
Ajax - Dnipro
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dzmitry Zhuk (BLR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Vitali Maliutsin (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Fourth Official: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Thór Orrason (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnússon (ISL)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

21:05 CET, Stadio Olimpico, Turin (ITA)
Torino - Zenit
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunić (SVN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Balažic (SVN)
Fourth Official: Gregor Rojko (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

21:05 CET, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
FC Internazionale - VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Burt (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: David Griffiths (WAL)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

21:05 CET, Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
Sevilla FC - Villarreal CF
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Lee Probert (ENG)
Fourth Official: Darren England (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate:  Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

21:05 CET, Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium, Istanbul (TUR)
Beşiktaş JK - Club Brugge
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averyanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Nikolai Golubev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Dag Vestlund (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)
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16 March 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (Week 4, Matchday 2)

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Italian Gianluca Rocchi and Serbian Milorad Mažić are the referees appointed by UEFA for the last two matches of 2014-15 Champions League's Round of 16 stage. The Italian crew will oversee the return match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City, while the Serbian team will handle the tie in Dortmund.


Wednesday, 18/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Camp Nou, Barcelona (Spain)
FC Barcelona - Manchester City
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

Wednesday, 18/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund (Germany)
Borussia Dortmund - Juventus Turin
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Foster (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)
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15 March 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (Week 4, Matchday 1)

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After the difficult first leg handled by Pavel Královec, Italian Nicola Rizzoli has been assigned to take charge of the return match of Atlético Madrid - Bayer Leverkusen. Norwegian Svein Oddvar Moen will take charge of Arsenal's meeting with AS Monaco at Stade Louis II.


Tuesday, 17/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (Spain)
Atlético Madrid - Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Armen Minasyan (ARM)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

Tuesday, 17/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Stade Louis II, Monaco (Monaco)
AS Monaco - Arsenal FC
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Svein Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Rainer Koch (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)
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10 March 2015

Europa League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (I)

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UEFA has appointed the following eight referee sextets to take charge of Thursday's UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first legs. Among others, Spanish Antonio Mateu Lahoz and Daniele Orsato of Italy have been assigned to control two derbies.




12 March 2015
 
18:00 CET, Stadion Petrovski, St Petersburg (RUS)
Zenit St Petersburg - Torino FC
Referee: Manuel de Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Fourth Official: Rui Tavares (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Kuanysh Kanapyanov (KAZ)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

19:00 CET, VfL Wolfsburg Arena, Wolfsburg (GER)
VfL Wolfsburg - FC Internazionale
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS) 

19:00 CET, NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
FC Dnipro - Ajax
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Domagoj Vuckov (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Nodar Akhalkatsi (GEO)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

19:00 CET, Jan Breydelstadion, Bruges (BEL)
Club Brugge - Beşiktaş
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David Mcgeachie (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: José Aguiar (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

21:05 CET, Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
ACF Fiorentina - AS Roma
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: David McDowell (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

21:05 CET, Goodison Park, Liverpool (ENG)
Everton - Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Thomas Weyhing (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

21:05 CET, Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal (ESP)
Villarreal CF - Sevilla FC
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Appleby (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE) 

21:05 CET, Stadio San Paolo, Naples (ITA)
SSC Napoli - Dinamo Moskva
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthymiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)
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09 March 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (Week 3, Matchday 2)

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Dutch Björn Kuipers and Scottish William Collum are the referees appointed by UEFA for Wednesday's return legs of UEFA Champions League Round of 16. Kuipers will oversee the second tie between Chelsea and Paris SG at Stamford Bridge, while Collum will be in the middle at Allianz Arena in München.



Wednesday, 11/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Stamford Bridge, London (England)
Chelsea FC - Paris SG [1-1]
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Angelo Boonman (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Nebojša Ivković (SRB)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

Wednesday, 11/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Allianz Arena, München (Germany)
FC Bayern München - Shakhtar Donetsk [0:0]
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien MacGraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)*
UEFA Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI) 
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

* replacing Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
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08 March 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (Week 3, Matchday 1)

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Slovenian Damir Skomina and Sweden's Jonas Eriksson have been assigned to take charge of Tuesday's initiating return legs of UEFA Champions League Round of 16. While Skomina will return to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, where he had already refereed Real Madrid's win over FC Basel earlier this season, Eriksson will control the still undecided duel between FC Porto and the Suisse champions.




Tuesday, 10/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (Spain)
Real Madrid CF - Schalke 04 [2:0]
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Svein Johannessen (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Giovanni (ITA)

Tuesday, 10/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Estádio do Dragão, Porto (Portugal)
FC Porto - FC Basel [1:1]
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Harry M. (ENG)
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05 March 2015

Youth League - Referee Appointments - Round of 16 & Quarterfinals

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UEFA has chosen the following match officials to oversee the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals matches of UEFA Youth League's 2014/15 campaign. 

Paweł Raczkowski (POL) in charge of AS Roma - Manchester City in the Quarterfinals

Round of 16

27 January 2015, 19:00 CET
Ciudad Deportiva Cerro Del Espino, Majadahonda (ESP)
Atlético Madrid - Arsenal  (1-0)
Referee: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Campos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nélson Moniz (POR)
Fourth Official: José Luis Lesma Lopez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)

17 February 2015, 18:00 CET
Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid - Porto (4-2 PSO)
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Raffael Zeder (SUI) 
Assistant Referee 2: Stephane De Almeida (SUI)
Fourth Official: José Luis Lesma Lopez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Welander (SWE)

23 February 2015, 11:00 CET
FFU Training complex, Kyiv (UKR)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Olympiacos (6-5 PSO)
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Mykola Kryvonosov (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vasyl Melnychuk (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Tuncer (TUR)

23 February 2015, 20:00 CET
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
Anderlecht - Barcelona (1-0)
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen  (DEN)
Fourth Official: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Andrew Shaw (ENG)

24 February 2015, 16:00 CET
Caixa Futebol Campus, Seixal (POR)
Benfica - Liverpool (2-1)
Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli  (FRA)
Fourth Official: André Narciso (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Borja Santana (ESP)

24 February 2015, 17:00 CET
Mini-Stadium, Manchester (ENG)
Manchester Cty - Schalke 04 (4-2 PSO)
Referee: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jon-Michael Knutsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2:  Øystein Ytterland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Chris Kavanagh (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)

24 February 2015, 18:30 CET
De Toekomst, Duivendrecht (NED)
Ajax - AS Roma (5-6 PSO)
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT) 
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dennis Higler (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Johannes Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon (BEL)

25 February 2015, 20:00 CET
EBB Stadium, Aldershot (ENG)
Chelsea - Zenit FC (3-1)
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Macmillan (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Tobias Wolf (GER)

Quarterfinals 

10 March 2015, 16:00 CET
Chelsea Football Club Training Ground, Surrey (ENG)
Chelsea - Atlético Madrid 
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Per Brogevik (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2:  Peter Magnusson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)

17 March 2015, 17:00 CET
Caixa Futebol Campus, Seixal (POR)
Benfica - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel  (GER) 
Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal  (GER)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Baixinho (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Carlos Matos (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Jack Grundie (NIR)

17 March 2015, 18:00 CET
Stadio Comunale Domenico Francioni, Latina (ITA)
AS Roma - Manchester City
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kamil Arkadiusz Wójcik (POL)
Fourth Official: Fabio Maresca (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Cosimo Bolognino (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)

18 March 2015, 19:00 CET
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
Anderlecht - Porto
Referee: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Stien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mathieu Grosbost (FRA)  
Fourth Official: Lawrence Visser (BEL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Marcel Vanelshocht (BEL) 
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Kindle (LIE)
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28 February 2015

Weekly News: IFAB's decision on the Triple Punishment, Chaos in Cypriot Refereeing and UEFA Observers & Delegates for UCL/UEL

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The Third Team once again provides you with the latest news regarding European refereeing. At today's meeting at the Culloden Hotel in Craigavad, near Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast, IFAB has took some significant decisions about Triple punishment, 4th substitution, video support for match officials and sin-bins. Furthermore shocking news are coming from Cyprus after a bomb was placed under the car of an active FIFA referee.

Rizzoli sent's off Arsenal GK Wojciech Szczesny in last year's CL match.


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24 February 2015

Europa League 2014/15 - Round of 32 - Referee Appointments (II)

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UEFA has designated the following match officials for Europa League's Round of 32 second legs.  Among others, Slovenian Elite Damir Skomina will oversee the clash between
Beşiktaş and Liverpool, while Turkish Cüneyt Çakır  will officiate his second match in a week, after PSG - Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League on last Tuesday. Five officials from Category 1 will make their bow in the KO phase of this competition: Kenn Hansen, Ruddy Buquet, Danny Makkelie, Ivan Kružliak and Martin Strömbergsson. UEFA Referees Committee's member Nikolay Levnikov will observe Anastasios Sidiropoulos.



26 February 2015

18:00 CET, Arena Khimki, Khimki (RUS)
FC Dynamo-Moscow - RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: George Koumas (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

18:00 CET, Stadion Petrovski, St Petersburg (RUS)
Zenit St Petersburg - PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Süleyman Abay (TUR)
Fourth Official: Cem Satman (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian D. Casha ((MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

19:00 CET, Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium, Istanbul (TUR)
Beşiktaş JK - FC Liverpool
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraz Kovacic (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Georg Lüchinger (LIE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

19:00 CET, Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
ACF Fiorentina - Tottenham Hotspur FC
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

19:00 CET, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
F.C. Internazionale Milano - Celtic FC
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomas Somolani (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomas Mokos (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trutz (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Peter Kralovic (SVK)
Fourth Official: Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Álvaro Albino (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NOR)

19:00 CET, NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
FC Dynamo Kyiv - EA Guingamp
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

19:00 CET, Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT)
FC Salzburg - Villarreal CF
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lars Rix (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Daniel Richardt Nørgaard (DEN) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick McGrath (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

19:00 CET, Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw (POL)
Legia Warszawa - AFC Ajax
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)  
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP) 
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Cornel Cristian Bivolaru (ROU)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

19:00 CET, Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach (GER)
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach  - Sevilla FC
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sinisa Premužaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fran Jović (CRO) 
Fourth Official:  Ivica Modrić (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexey Spirin (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Řepka (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur (ENG)

21:05 CET, Stadium: José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
Sporting Clube de Portugal - VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Ruddy Buquet  (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1:  Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Laurent Stien (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Jevgenijs Milevskis (LVA)
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)

21:05 CET, Goodison Park, Liverpool (ENG)
Everton - BSC Young Boys 
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrk Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE) 
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Tormod Larsen (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

21:05 CET, Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao (ESP)
Athletic Club - Torino FC
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Elias Bitton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oren Bornshtein (ISR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
Fourth Official: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Antoine Portelli (MLT)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA) / Giovanni (ITA)

21:05 CET, Jan Breydelstadion, Bruges (BEL)
Club Brugge KV  - Aalborg BK
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthymiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Dimitri Bokeria (GEO)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

21:05 CET, Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
Olympiacos FC - FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Mario Diks (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Fourth Official: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov (EST)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

21:05 CET, Stadio San Paolo, Naples (ITA)
SSC Napoli - Trabzonspor
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO) 
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

21:05 CET, Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam (NED)
Feyenoord - AS Roma
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Graham Hover (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)
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23 February 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (Week 2, Matchday 2)

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Pavel Královec will take charge of Bayer Leverkusen - Atlético Madrid under the eyes of UEFA Chief Refereeing Officer Pierluigi Collina. Probably, this is the result of Královec's very sophisticated performances in this season's group stage. Furthermore, new German Elite official Deniz Aytekin will make his UEFA Champions League K.O. round bow at Emirates Stadium.



Wednesday, 25/02/2015, 20:45 CET
BayArena, Leverkusen (Germany)
Bayer Leverkusen - Atlético Madrid
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Tomas Mokrusch (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Wednesday, 25/02/2015, 20:45 CET
Emirates Stadium, London (England)
Arsenal FC - AS Monaco
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Welz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Christian Dingert (GER)
Fourth Official: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)
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22 February 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (Week 2, Matchday 1)

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Germany's UEFA Europa League 2014 final referee Felix Brych and new Spanish Elite official Antonio Mateu Lahoz have been appointed to be in charge of next Tuesday's UEFA Champions League ties in Manchester and Turin belonging to the top clashes of this season's Round of 16.

Team Brych will control Manchester City - FC Barcelona


Tuesday, 24/02/2015, 20:45 CET
Etihad Stadium, Manchester (England)
Manchester City - FC Barcelona
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Mike Pickel (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Michele Uva (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)

Tuesday, 24/02/2015, 20:45 CET
Juventus Stadium, Turin (Italy)
Juventus Turin - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)
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20 February 2015

SPA and DOGSO - Part 2/4: Stopping a Promising Attack

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Based on the previously published theoretical post, the following video clips illustrate typical match situations in terms of SPA (stopping a promising attack) and DOGSO (denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity).


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Stopping a Promising Attack & Denying an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity - Part 1/4

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With top-flight football getting increasingly quicker and players becoming more adapt on a technical side, the idea is that there is more focus on dynamic attacking football than in the past. Against this background, it is vitally important for referees to constantly improve their skills in monitoring these attacks and penalizing offenders stopping promising attacks or even denying obvious goal-scoring opportunities. That's what this series of posts will be about.



Learning goals

1) What is Stopping a Promising Attack (SPA), what is Denying an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity (DOGSO)?

2) What are the revelant criteria to penalize a player for SPA or DOGSO? Where are the differences between both types of offences?

3) How to create consistency in terms of SPA and DOGSO?

4) The role of co-operation and communication


What Law 12 says

The cautionable offence Stopping a Promising Attack is rather a UEFA terminology which does not exist in FIFA's and the IFAB's lawbook. Instead of SPA, Law 12 considers it as a "foul for the tactical purpose of interfering with or breaking up a promising attack" to be classified as unsporting behaviour requiring a yellow card.

Based on UEFA's guidelines, such a "foul" also includes offences like deliberately handling the ball when it prevents the opponent taking up an advantageous position or when it prevents a promising attacking move to develop.

Denying an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity (or even denying a goal) is a sending-off offence and thus must be sanctioned with a red card. It includes infringements "denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player's goal by an offence punishable by a free-kick or a penalty kick", such as tackles, holding offences but also deliberately handling the ball. 


Guidelines & Criteria

You, as referee, as usual, weigh up several different criteria to decide whether an offence has stopped a promising attack or not, or whether an offence has even denied an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

But as you are no machine and as there are often more grey areas than black-and-white situations, it is your personal impression and assessment which counts to determine whether a promising attack was going on or not or whether an obvious goal-scoring opportunity has been denied or not. Players, supporters and even your colleagues might disagree with that - that is kind of natural.

That's why it is important to have a clear line during the game (which I call intra-consistency), but also from one game to the other, from one performance to the other and from one referee to the other in the same competition or league (inter-consistency).

Intra-consistency can only be achieved by the referee himself, who is asked to monitor his own decisions during the match and should succeed in finding a uniform line in evaluating such offences. Your decisions can be even wrong at times - frequently players accept them as long as they see that you do not apply double standards.

Inter-consistency is more difficult to achieve, since in most competitions and leagues, many different referees are officiating and comparing situations with each other is not always possible or easy.
Here, referee instructors (or blogs :-)) are asked to implement guidelines for orientation to form inter-consistency. UEFA's section "Aiming at Consistency" at their referee seminars is a good example of that. At World Cup 2014, we have seen that most referees ignored clear cases of stopping promising attacks as a consequence of misplaced instructions by their instructors. At least, they were consistent in that - nonetheless, this strategy was not accepted by players and supporters which underlines that consistency in weighing up criteria within a tournament or league is only one side of the coin - following the rulebook is the other side.

There are some voices to demand as little guidelines for the referees as possible. Top-down guidelines would create bigger problems than benefits. This perspective is surely valid taking into consideration topics like "handball" or "offside" and the torrent of confusing criteria referees and assistant referees have to cope with (let alone players and fans).
However, SPA/DOGSO is an issue that does not only crop up pretty often in the same game, but which is also more comparable like for example handball. So the media, fans and players are able to easily detect inconsistencies from one situation to another in the same game or even from one game to the other. That's why we definitely need clear guidelines here represented in criteria to be fulfilled to deem infringements as SPA or even DOGSO.

And these are the criteria to be taken into account when assessing SPA / DOGSO situations - keep then in mind when watching the video clips in the other posts:


Criteria for SPA

Position of the Offence
Was the attacker fouled close to the opponents' goal or penalty area? Or rather in the midfield? Or was it rather very deep in the attacking team's own half (in that case, SPA is mostly not occurring)?
 
The attacking player's chance of playing the ball
If the offence had not occurred, would the attacker have been able to a) reach b) control and c) play the ball?

Position, number and proximity of the opponents
Where? How many? How close? (the less and the farther away the opponents, the more promising the attack was)

Position of his teammates
Were there other teammates? (the more teammates and the more promising their position, the more promising the attack was)

Distance to the goal
A not that important criteria, since promising attacks can also occur in the attacker's own half. Nonetheless, if the goal is close, hindering a player to pull off a shot on it can already be enough to deem the defender guilty of stopping a promising attack (the closer the goal, the more promising an attack is).

Dynamic of the attack
The more dynamic, the higher the chance that a really promising attack has been stopped by an offence. Did the attacker really move dynamically towards the opponents' goal to start an attack? Or were the attacking players rather stationary, which would make it less probable that a really promising attack has been stopped?

Was the attack likely to develop in the next few seconds had it not been stopped by an offence?
Maybe a really promising attack was not visible at the moment of the offence. But, taking into account the whole attacking team's movement or direction towards the goal, it might be that a promising attack was very likely to initiate in a few moments.


Criteria for DOGSO

The attacker's likelihood of controlling the ball or getting in control of the ball
Was the attacker in full control? Yes - then DOGSO is possible. No? - then DOGSO still is possible, as long as the likelihood of getting in control of the ball is given and preferably high. Some of the video clips at the bottom illustrate such cases. If the likelihood of getting in control of the ball is low, this is an argument in favour of SPA and against DOGSO.

Position of the attacking player
Where was the attacker? Was his position very good for an obvious goal-scoring opportunity? Or was the angle of shooting at the goal rather bad?

Position of the defenders and their goalkeeper - did they have a chance to intervene fairly?
Often times, commentaries tend to say "He was the last man, so it is red!". That's of course not always correct, but mostly, and mirrors what is meant by this criterion. If there is no other defender who can intervene fairly, your decision should be DOGSO. If there are still defenders who are maybe on the same level like the attacker or even closer to the goal and have the chance to intervene in a fair way, DOGSO is not probable and SPA is more adequate.

Overall direction of the attacker's and the ball's movement
Was the attacker's movement directed towards the goal or penalty area? Or did he rather move towards the corner flag with very little chances to score a goal?
Where did the ball move? Towards the goal, close to the attacker's feet? Away from the goal? Maybe even towards the midfield or corner flag? Was the ball, at the moment of the offence, maybe even crossing the goalline?

Distance to the goal
The closer, the more likely an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. That's a quite easy formula, but there is a problem: imagine that in the last minute of the game, with Team A being 1:0 in front. Team B has a last corner-kick so that their goalkeeper decides to leave his goal and try to support his attackers. They however lose the ball after the corner and Team A's attackers are sprinting towards the empty goal of Team B and only stopped by an offence of the last defender 60 metres in front of the goal. Of course, they were denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity despite the very large distance to the goal (because there were no other defenders, the goal was empty....).
This shows: All these criteria are interdependent! You cannot consider one without the others.

Was the attack likely to produce a goal had it not been stopped by an offence?


Special Considerations for DOGSO

Basically, there is no difference between an offence committed by a goalkeeper or common player. In both cases, the consequence of denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity is a red card.

When a goalkeeper commits an offence in a 1-vs-1-situation with the attacker, the mostly appropiate sanction is a red card. There are exceptions though: When the attacker is moving into a direction or is in a position from where it is very unprobable that he will score a goal, a yellow card for SPA is enough.


What is important?

1. In order to come to a decision for a complex SPA / DOGSO decision, you need criteria to weigh up. Sometimes one set of criteria is fulfilled while the other is not. Sometimes most criteria are fulfilled but one criteria is so important that it should be enough to prevail over the other ones. There is no clear rule, so that by means of video education and guidelines referees depend on developing a feeling for the correct application of these criteria.

2. For the weighing-up process, you require accurate pieces of visual information. Specially in DOGSO cases, the position of the players is decisive, but can change quickly after some parts of a second, since some players move more quickly than others or slow down their movement having anticipated the foul. This means: you have to keep in mind the position of the players just at the moment of the infringement. You can succeed in that by kind of freezing your mental image. That's something quite common in offside situations as well and can support you in ensuring the correctitude of the information that underlies your later decision.
This video shows an example where this was the problem: The referee had to rely on his assistant referee's perception concerning the question whether another defender would have been able to intervene fairly (or whether the offender was the "last man"). If he had freezed his mental image correctly, the assistant referee would have probably advised his boss to send the player off for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

The red frame shows the moment of the contact / foul. The AR must freeze this moment in his mind to answer the question: "Did he deny an obvious goal-scoring opportunity?" (in this case equivalent to: "Was he the last man?")



3. This situation shows another issue: as the main referee, maybe being in a full sprint following a quick counterattack, you do not always have the best visual angle to determine whether a defender was the "last man" or whether there was maybe another defender that could have intervened with fair means. Luckily, you can use the visual information seen by four, sometimes even six eyes - co-operation is the key word here!
Some decisions are thus trivial and easy to take that you do not need your colleagues. But some of the video clips I will present you show that referees often have no chance to assess the relevant criteria given a poor visual angle. Assistant referees and additional assistant referees should be encouraged to provide the referees with accurate pieces of information, as they often savour insights into situations the referee can only dream of. It's like putting some pieces of a puzzle together - at the end, the outcome should fit. This might take some time though.

4. For the weighing-up process, you need this time. It needs some time to conduct complex tasks and come to good solutions. Furthermore, before taking a vital decision (DOGSO decisions are always key decisions with the power to change games), co-operation in the referee team often is necessary. It is therefore no problem to such decisions with some seconds delay - quality counts.

5. Communication! Refereeing is not just about taking a decision and that's it. You should sell your decision per verbal and non-verbal communication. Some video clips will show situations where referees well used hand gestures to demonstrate "Man, that was a 100% clear goal-scoring opportunity, I have no other chance!" or "The ball went towards the corner flag, so no DOGSO!" or "There was still a defender who could have intervened!" etc. Players, but specially supporters are thus able to easily understand your decision and its acceptance might increase (not necessarily though).
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