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UEFA Referee Development Programme 2012 Practical Information for Match Officials
Control of the 9.15m distance When a free kick is awarded very close to the touch-line near the assistant referee, the assistant referee may enter the field of play to control the 9.15m distance from the ball. It is recommended that the assistant referee does not physically measure the 9.15m but rather asserts his control from the position of the ball. Role of 4th officials As from 1st June 2010, the role of the 4th official has been extended beyond violent conduct, mistaken identity or a second yellow card not resulting in a dismissal. The Laws of the Game now state: “He assists the referee to control the match in accordance with the Laws of the Game. The referee, however, retains the authority to decide on all points connected with play.” It is important that the referee in his pre-match instructions establishes what assistance is expected from the 4th official.
Guidelines for Additional Assistant Referees The referee should ensure that a full pre-match discussion, where roles and responsibilities are clarified, takes place prior to the arrival at the stadium.
AAR’s should do a light warming up, not exactly the same as the referees, but on the pitch or in their match position and generally give the impression of a team. They should be careful not to get too hot/sweaty, as they will cool down rapidly once the match starts and may not be able to retain body heat as well as the referee and assistant referees. All five match officials enter the field with both teams. The fourth official shall assume his position between both technical areas. During inclement weather both AARs shall dress in a consistent manner, e.g: • B oth wearing leggings or not (but not the tracksuit trousers) under the short, with no manufacturers logos visible. • B oth wearing long/short sleeves or not. • I n extremely cold or wet conditions a tracksuit top/rain jacket cannot be worn on top of the referee shirt. It is important however that suitable undergarment is worn in order that the AAR remains comfortable during the match. • I n extremely cold conditions the AARs are allowed to wear gloves, but no hats.
The communication equipment must be tested during the field inspection following the arrival at the stadium.
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Published on Apr 17, 2013