Can you be in offside position from a corner kick?

Can you be in offside position from a corner kick?

This referee tends to give a throw-in, but then takes over his AR’s signal for offside, which is not possible from a corner kick (plus goalk kick or throw-in). Would you go with your AR or overrule him?

A good advice from Marcus Cole

Mitchell Terry gets experience with sometimes 4 games a weekend

I’ll try to show you more stories of young talented referees on my blog. That’s why I asked some questions to Mitchell Terry, 17 years old and living in Wootton Bassett, Swindon. He is a level 7 referee currently affiliated with Wiltshire FA. He became a qualified referee at the age of 14 in November 2011.

Mitch Terry tells about his career: “I have always wanted to be a referee since a young age and I had been part of my local football club (Wootton Bassett Town FC) all my life and played for them for 10 years in the youth section. The club ran a few adult charity matches throughout the year to raise money for cancer and a few people who had passed away in the club and thats how I first got into refereeing as I would always be the linesman for the matches and this started at 9 years old. Since then people in the FA have recognised me and pushed me to take the course when I reached 14 and I haven’t stopped since.”

Referee Mitchell Terry

“Last season was special for me as I was selected to officiate on the Hellenic Football League (Step 5) at the age of 16. I also became part of the ‘Nerf Junior Premier League‘. I was easily doing 4 games a weekend which consisted of the Junior Prem on a Saturday morning, a Hellenic game in the afternoon then a Swindon Town FC Academy match Sunday morning with the Wilts FA Referee Academy and then Sunday afternoon a womans or youth match to finish the weekend off. Then I could have a Hellenic mid-week game and I really enjoyed it as I was becoming more and more experienced every week, working with new officials and going places I couldn’t imagine i’d be going at 16 years old.”

“Last year, I was selected to be Assistant Referee on a Hellenic Cup Final on my first season on the Hellenic and I have also been selected two years in a row to referee the North Wilts Youth and Minor League Cup final at the Swindon Towns Stadium ‘The County Ground’. I was also being selected by the Junior Prem chairman to referee there finals at Cheltenham Towns stadium as well.”

“I haven’t really had an preparation for the 2014/2015 season with the odd pre-season game and abit of fitness but nothing major. My season started on Saturday 9th August on the Hellenic so it was an early start, but I am really looking forward to the coming up season a I am also going for promotion to Level 6.”

Learn from refereeing colleagues

Mitch Terry: “My local RA (Swindon RA) holds a meeting every month where referee’s get together and talk about experiences, how they were managed and how it could of been done different using workshops and quizes. At Swindon RA we have a wide band of qualified officals which benefits everyone hugely. Also every August Wiltshire FA holds an RA-FA day which is a whole day of workshops, training sessions and meeting other referees from all over the county. Also a few local officials from the professional standard are there to offer their services.”

“My goals in refereeing is to work as hard as I can and get to the highest level as I can achieve in a relatively quick time. I dream of one day becoming a Premier League Official and then finally becoming a FIFA elite referee but that is only dreams at the moment. I hope that one day i’ll be typing another blog out for Dutch Referee explaining how my match went in the FA Cup final or how my World Cup was.”

PS: I hope you can write that story soon for the Dutch Referee Blog. I wish you all the best with your referee career and thanks for your response for the blog.

Adidas Champions League 2014-2015 referee kits

On the Facebook page of Interessengemeinschaft Schiedsrichter, a German referee website, are the new Adidas Champions League 2014-2015 kits released. The moderator allowed me to show you those pictures as well.

What do you think of the new Adidas Champions League 2014-2015 referee kits?

Adidas Champions League 2014-2015 referee kits blueAdidas Champions League 2014-2015 referee kits - short greyAdidas Champions League 2014-2015 referee kits in grey/black.

Adidas has already released a new referee kit for the World Cup. It is not announced yet when the Adidas Champions League 2014-2015 referee kits will be in store.

Referee badge collection: Uefa Fair Play badge

A new badge for my referee badge collection: the Uefa Fair Play badge.

 Uefa Fair Play badge

Uefa Fair Play badge

Check out my full referee badge collection. Want to swap? Send me an e-mail on

Also interested in this Uefa Fair Play badge? Someone’s even selling this badge on eBay.

How to start from scratch with beachsoccer refereeing in Tanzania

I talked with George Postma, a Fifa instructor, about a course he gave about Beachsoccer refereeing in Tanzania. He went there in 2013, but story is still interesting to give an insight in what referees can do to develop refereeing skills in other countries.

Beachsoccer refereeing in Tanzania with course from George Postma.

“As Fifa Referee Instructor I was sent to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to give a course there. After my career as Fifa Beachsoccer Referee until 2011 I became an instructor at Fifa.”
“The goal is to promote beachsoccer worldwide by educating and guiding national and international referees. For the development of the sport it is important to give courses to future beach referees in countries where the sport is not played yet.”

“You cant compare the level of refereeing between the two countries. The Netherlands had an advantage of 10 years. Tanzania just started and there are Dutch Fifa Beach referees since 2007.”

Possibilities for beachsoccer refereeing in Tanzania

“Tanzania has plenty of opportunities. There are beautiful beaches where beachsoccer can be played whole year long. That means that if the national football association supports i tand invests in the sport, it can go fast. Maybe I’ll go back to see the developement. First priority is getting a national team and creating a Beachsoccer League.

How Young Referee Development Programme makes Thomas a better referee

Young match officials can become better by going to the Young Referee Development Programme. Thomas Whay was one of the guys who could go there and learn from it.

Daniel Meeson, The FA’s National Referee Development Manager responsible for Volunteers, about the goals of such a day: “The aim of the Young Referee Development Programme is to ensure all referees are supported, retained and nurtured as they begin and then continue their career journeys”, he says. “The weekend saw us delivering a captivating, inspirational and rewarding weekend for all.”

And how did the referees experience it? An interview with Thomas Whay from Essex by Dutch Referee Blog.

Young Referee Development Programme participant: Thomas Whay

Young Referee Development Programme participant: Thomas Whay

Thomas, could you please introduce yourself?
I am 20 years old, currently with Essex FA. I have been a referee now for 6 years after playing youth football for around 8 years. My youth team folded and I was desperate to carry on within football as I love the game. I decided to take up refereeing and I haven’t looked back since. I love getting up and going out to games, refereeing and watching fellow referees and being involved in a game that is loved all around the world. I am currently a level 5 referee and I am going for my level 4 this season.

You went to the Young Referee Development Programme conference this summer. How was that for you?
Fantastic! I was lucky enough to be in the Essex FA Referee’s academy. With great help from my Referee’s Development Officer I was then offered the chance to get on the Young Referee’s Development Programme. I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. The FA are really investing and looking to the young referee’s for the future and this was a fantastic weekend. Everything was well run, everyone from the FA were great and I learnt loads to help me progress as a referee and assistant referee.

What does it mean to you that top officials like Sian Massey, Stuart Burt, Steve Martin and Bobby Madley have all come through the programme?

It’s excellent to think that these people came through the same programme that I am currently on. It inspires me to be where they are and they have proved that it is possible with hard work and dedication. As mentioned above, the FA are really trying to help the young referee’s progress and these top officials are perfect examples that it is paying off.

What are the most important things you learned at the conference? (so others could learn from it at well)
We had 8 practical sessions throughout the weekend and I learnt loads from these. The main thing is to go out there and enjoy yourself. This is how I find I perform to my best. There is also 1 quote which sticks in my mind and this was used a bit over the weekend: “Ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things”. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get to the top of the game but if you put in the effort & listen to coaches/tutors and fellow referees then it will pay off in the long run.

Watch a video impression of a Young Referee Development Programme:

Referee Ice Bucket Challenge

Kuipers, Zeinstra, van Roekel and Referee Ice Bucket Challenge.

Kuipers, Zeinstra, van Roekel and Referee Ice Bucket Challenge.

Referees are humans too right? They also take part in the social hype: check out video’s of the Referee Ice Bucket Challenge.

For who doesn’t know what this challenge is, Wikpedia helps out: It is an “activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.” Go to donation form.

The first video comes from Björn Kuipers. He was nominated by the players of Ajax, the team that nominated both the opponent PSV and the referee of this weekend’s clash between the Dutch top teams. In the video Kuipers wonders (in Dutch) if it was smart to nominate the referee of your next match, but he definately accepts it.

In the video you will see Björn Kuipers and his assistants Erwin Zeinstra en Sander van Roekel who took part in the challenge. They nominated two actor and fellow Dutch Referee Bas Nijhuis.


Also Andre Marriner, Premier League referee, accepted the referee ice bucket challenge. He nominated Howard Webb, the new PGMOL technical director.

Also Premiership referee Anthony Taylor accepted the challenge: