The FA to trial sin bins at grass roots level from next season.

Maybe Rugby was doing something right all along as The FA look at sin bins for football. From next season teams from the 11th division of English football and below will get the chance to try out a new sin bin style system to try and tackle dissent towards referees at grass roots level. If this new rule is successful, them there is a chance of this being implemented at a higher level. Although unlikely to hit the Premier League any time soon, this is something that could work easily in the National League and below.

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England set to benefit as new penalty system is tested.

Could England finally win a penalty shoot out? Penalty shootouts as we know them could be a thing of the past with a new system being tested that will radically change the current format. UEFA believe the current A,B,A,B system hands the starting team a 60% chance of winning. In the interests of fairness, the new system would adopt a similar format to a tennis tie break, with a A,B,B,A system taking over.

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Diving, How do referees combat simulation?

Diving, the single most controversial topic in Football. Although it’s a bookable offence to attempt to con the referee, this doesn’t stop Premier League players from attempting to dive regularly. Last weekend there were multiple attempts to win a penalty by looking for contact. Lucas for Liverpool was spotted and suitably punished. Marcus Rashford on the other hand was successful in winning a spot kick despite replays showing that it was simulation and not a foul. Continue reading “Diving, How do referees combat simulation?”

Goal line Technology?

What is goal line technology?

Well…. A brief description from the FA describes it as a system that is not to interfere with the game. Requirements for goal line technology were that the officials were the only people to receive a signal which would indicate to them if the ball crosses tRFID-BLOG-GOAL-LINE4he line or not. An other requirement was no no game delay which meant the referees would have this information nearly instil which allowed the system to not cause a storage in the game.

When has goal line technology been effective?

One of the main influences that bought Goal line technology into the game was the incident that occurred int the England vs Germany game at Wembley in 2010, In this game of huge international rivals Frank Lampard’s goal was not given as the referee did not believe it had crossed the line. This ‘Dissallowed’ goal led to England being knocked out and led to them not being able to reach the Quarter finals. This lead to the FA making a decision to implement goal line technology into the game for the for seeing future or until some new technology comes along to make the game better.

Examples of goal line technology


These the three examples above show goals in big football games that two of them having used goal line technology and the other being before it was installed. The instalment of goal line technology is very was very beneficially to referees, Why is this?

Why goal line tech helps Referees?

  • Relieves pressure of  big decisions of games
  • Makes the game fairer
  • Players and fans are happy
  • Refs have less to worry about
  • Their are no complaints on decision made

Premier League season 2016/17 – Referee Awards

We’ve all heard of Premier League awards for top goalscorers, best young talents and best managers for a season. But, why haven’t we got awards for referees? Fear not, here at the WhistleBlower we have made a verdict on who we think deserves the best accolades for this season. Continue reading “Premier League season 2016/17 – Referee Awards”

Ref’s and the Forever changing football technology

Referees have a huge job/responsibly in terms of football decisions to make, new advancements in technology cHoward-Webban and will help the decision making for these refs and then because of the it will make footballing games more reliable and fair. Changes in football due to technology over the years so far are;

  • Video replays
  • Goal line technology
  • Foam technology ( Foam used to mark out ball and wall positions from free kicks)

Goal line technology has been the most recent and beneficial technology/rule change that has been installed into all high division leagues and competitions. A brief description of goal line technology is a camera that is placed filming the goal at all times, if a decision can not be made by the referee or any of his officials to whether the ball has gone in or not. Then someone will watch back the footage to determine if it is a goal or not, the technology can do this within 10 seconds, when the decision has been made the referee will be informed as to if the ball has crossed the line and will then award the goal if in that instance it is a goal.

Video replays in football will also allow referee to alter their decisions about free kick, goals cards and many other in game actions. A video decision will work similar to goal line technology where their will be a mother official watching back footage from the game ad deciding on how the act properly with the situation. For example if a player has gone down in the box and has been awarded a penalty, the video replay can determine if it is actually a penalty or if the player has dived. When the official watching the game back has made the decision he will inform the Ref of what actions to take and that will then solve the action in the game.

By having this new technology in place it assists the referee to play a fairer game by making these important decisions, but how do referees feel about this being introduced into their game?

An interview with Howard Webb about the new advances of technology in football by ‘CITYA.M’ discuses how he ( a highly respected and decorated Ref’ feels personally about the topic. In the interview Howard comments saying ‘In the late 90s we were given these chunky radios that sat in the middle of our backs with a big earpiece looped over your ear. But there was loads of white noise and interference where people could hear other radio users — taxi firms, pizza delivery people — and it was really difficult to make out what was being said.’  This shows how much of a struggle it was for Ref’s at he start of their career to communicate with the other officials and make important decisions with all this going on in their ear.

He later went on to talk about goal line technology saying ‘the introduction of goal line technology, and the wristwatch that lets you know if the ball has crossed the line or not. Referees love it. It takes away all the anxiety you might feel about getting a big call wrong and it gives you confidence and credibility with players.’ And also whilst on goal line technology commenting ‘ I had a situation in a game at Fulham in my last season where the ball hit the crossbar and slammed down onto the line. It looked just over to the naked eye but the watch didn’t activate and so the game continued while the fans were screaming their heads off.’ With the introduction of goal line technology for Referees it allows them to relieve the pressure and take the edge off their job during the game.

With Technology in football constantly getting better and people coming up with new ideas to that can influence the way the game is played, where does the FA draw the line? What incidents do you check? When do you check it? How long do you have to check it when the game is still live? Where do we draw the line? And how do we implement it?

The ‘Official’ Review: A look back at the weekend’s controversial decisions

Join us here at ‘The Official Review’ as we analyse the controversial talking points and key decisions of the weekend.

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