Assistant referees will continue to be responsible for inspecting the goal nets before kick-off and prior to the beginning of the second half where AARâ€™s are not appointed. This procedure will continue should there be extra time. Where AARâ€™s are not appointed and any of the match officials become injured he will be replaced by the fourth official. Where AARâ€™s are appointed and the fourth official is an assistant referee and the referee is unable to continue, the senior AAR takes over as the referee with the fourth official becoming an AAR. The AARs must not enter the field of play whilst the ball is in play but can do so during a stoppage to assist the referee to control the players when required to do so. The AAR must be active and move along the goal line to ensure he gains the best view/angle of any possible incident that he maybe required to inform the referee of. He must not remain static. Information will be passed to the referee by means of the radio communication system. Should the system fail then the electronic beep stick (no flag attached), should be used to attract his attention.
The AAR will assist the referee to control incidents in and around the penalty area, particularly at free kicks and corner kicks. Prior to the match the referee and AAR should agree their specific areas of responsibility. As a general rule, the AAR must give no obvious hand signals. However, in some instances, a discreet hand signal may give valuable support to the referee. The hand signal should have a clear meaning. Penalty kick At the taking of a penalty kick during normal play the AAR must be positioned at the intersection of the goal line and the goal area. Kicks from the penalty mark to detemine the winner of the match. Both additional assistant referees must be positioned at each intersection of the goal line and the goal area, at the right and left side of the goal respectively. They must check if the whole of the ball has crossed the goal line. General He must act in a preventative manner when holding and pulling offences occur within the penalty area and inform the referee immediately should the behaviour continue.
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