Week 34 of the Laws of the Game Quiz

How are you doing the LOTG quizzes? I got five more to come before my holidays and the summer break. Make sure you’ll test your knowledge with some important games coming up at the end of the (European) season.

Terms and conditions

Please find the Terms and Conditions plus links to previous quizzes on the Quiz Page.

Refereeing in Ukraine: the story from Andrii Slipukha

How’s Refereeing in Ukraine? In this blog post you’ll read the interesting story of how Andrii Sliphuka (19) tries to improve as a referee and reach his goals.

But first, check out the video I found online that led to me asking Andrii some questions.

“I am Andrii and I am a referee from Kiev, Ukraine. First my game was in September 2012, so it’s fifth year for me as an official.”

How he got started? “It’s an interesting story. From 2003 till 2012 I played football in regional team. Every half of the year we had a football match between parents and their sons. And of course, we needed a referee. I officiated for the first time there and until now it is one of the most interesting things I do.”

Refereeing in Ukrain u17 championship

“I’m refereeing on a u17 championship in Ukraine. Every weekend my friends and family will know that, when they woke up, I’ll be giving a start signal on the field somewhere in the country. Refereeing means early wake-ups, about 250 now, because games are played all around my country. My career also consists of around 800 different trips, many many whistles and happiness when you know you’ve done a great job. That’s what my weekend looks like during the season.”

Andrii is refereeing in Ukraine

Academy for referees

Andrii wants to get some international experiences and help, for example via the Referee Academy by Tournaments Abroad. He is going to officiate in the Paris World Cup and get mentored there. “The academy will be very important for me, because it gives me new opportunities. It also means new places, languages and football cultures, which I want to discover. There I will hear a lot of interesting and useful information, which I prefer to use in my country and our observers will positively evaluate this.”

Gaining experience abroad

“The Paris World Cup will be my first abroad experience, but not the last this year. In 2017 I am going to visit Lisboa, Saint-Petersburg, Russia; Toronto and Montreal, Canada; Paris, France, Poland and hope that I will be choosen for elite-tournament in Prague, Czech Republic. If I do it at all, my referee and social level will grow-up and it helps me to open new opportunities around the world.

Andrii Slipukha from Kiev

Useful tips for referees

“Three the best tips, which I heard from my coach (he’s in elite group refs in my country) are:

  • each decision must be made only after really seeing it (so no guessing of what might have happened);
  • maximum use of communication skills to control the game. You will always have a time to show the card.
  • be near a moment at an optimal distance. Then the most controversial decision will be perceived more credibly.

Share your tips

Please share tips that are useful for others.

Week 33 Laws of the Game Quiz

I got lots of comments on the quizzes of the last two weeks. Quite easy, right?! That was also my idea of the test. I was able to score a 10 out of 10 score without any problems. I hope you could as well.

The question about the requirements on the kick-off will be update in the 2017-2018 season by the way. The new rules will say: “Kicker can stand in the opponents’ half at the kick-off”. Read the 2017-2018 LOTG updates.

Good luck with this week’s quiz, which is a little more difficult than the one from last week. Enjoy!

Terms and conditions

Please find the Terms and Conditions plus links to previous quizzes on the Quiz Page.

Week 32 Laws of the Game Quiz

How did you score during last week’s quiz? That were the first five questions of the quiz Dutch amateur referees had to take. Today you’ll get the last 5 of the 10 questions.

Let me know what you think of the difficulty level of the quiz.

Terms and conditions

Please find the Terms and Conditions plus links to previous quizzes on the Quiz Page.

How to deal with encroachment at penalty kicks

How to deal with encroachment at penalty kicks? An interesting situation in the game between Newcastle and Burton. This case study is written as educational story to show referees how to handle in particular situations based on the Laws of the Game.

The situation. Newcastle has been awarded a penalty kick. Matt Richie takes it and scores, but the referee disallows the goal. Is it correct? And how does play need to be restarted? Have a look at the situation yourself first.

The Laws of the Game

The Laws of the Game explain how a referee needs to handle. “If a player of both teams infringes the Laws of the Game, the kick is retaken.” And there’s a little addition: “unless a player commits a more serious offence (e.g. illegal feinting).” That’s not the case here, because the Newcastle player is not feinting to kick the ball after completing his the run-up.

Offence or not?

So no feinting, but do both teams make an offence?

Have you seen how many players entered the penalty area too early? It’s (almost) everybody who was visible on the tv screen.

Encroachment at penalty kicks

Correct decision for encroachment at penalty kicks

The correct decision would be to disallow the goal and order a retake of the penalty kick.

Personal question

In Uefa and Fifa games referees will tolerate a lot with encroaching players at penalty kicks. But how strict are you with encroachment at penalty kicks?

Share your thoughts below or vote on the Twitter poll.

Week 31 Laws of the Game Quiz

You probably are curious what kind of test Dutch amateur referees have to do every year. The meetings are all be held, so I can share the questions now. Quiz 31 contains the first 5 questions. Next week you can test the other 5 questions. Let me know your thoughts on the difficulty. I’d love to know. Thanks for your comment and good luck with the test.

Terms and conditions

Please find the Terms and Conditions plus links to previous quizzes on the Quiz Page.

IFAB’s Laws of the Game changes 2017-2018

IFAB has launched the Laws of the Game changes 2017-2018. Read them now and be prepared for the next season.

Below you’ll find the summary. Check the full document with all changes for 2017-2017.

IFAB Laws of the Game changes 2017-2018

Outline summary of Law changes 2017/18

Herewith a simple outline of the main changes /clarifications.

ALL LAWS

  • Replace ‘infringement/infringe’ etc. with ‘offence/offend’ etc.

LAW 1 – THE FIELD OF PLAY

  • Artificial turf may be used for the lines on a grass field if not dangerous

LAW 3 – THE PLAYERS

  • National FAs can allow a maximum of five substitutions (except at the top level)
  • National FAs can now allow return substitutions in youth, veterans and disability football
  • Clearer wording for the substitution procedure
  • A substitution made at half-time without informing referee is not a caution (YC) offence
  • Changing the goalkeeper at half-time without informing the referee is not a caution (YC)
  • Player who enters the field of play without the referee’s permission (if it is required) and interferes is punished with a direct free kick (FK)
  • Team scoring a goal with an extra person on the field is punished with a direct FK

LAW 4 – THE PLAYERS’ EQUIPMENT

  • Goalkeeper caps are not included in the list of restrictions on head covers
  • Players are not permitted to wear/use any electronic or communication equipment, except electronic performance and tracking systems/EPTS); technical staff may only use communication equipment for safety/welfare issues

  • All EPTS equipment must bear a minimum safety standard mark

LAW 5 – THE REFEREE

  • Important statement that decisions made by match officials must always be respected
  • National FAs can allow temporary dismissals (sin bins) for some/all cautions (YC) in youth, veterans, disability and grassroots football (Guidelines for both systems will be published)
  • A medical official guilty of a dismissible offence may stay/treat players if no other medical person is available for the team

LAW 7 – THE DURATION OF THE MATCH

  • A short drinks break is permitted at half-time of extra time

LAW 8 – THE START AND RESTART OF PLAY

  • Kicker can stand in the opponents’ half at the kick-off

LAW 10 – DETERMINING THE OUTCOME OF A MATCH

  • Extra time must be two equal periods, maximum 15 minutes each

Kicks from the penalty mark (KFPM)

  • Corrected wording for goalkeeper who is unable to continue
  • Excluded player may replace a goalkeeper even if team has used all its permitted substitutes
  • Kicker may not play the ball a second time
  • A goalkeeper who offends and the penalty has to be retaken must be cautioned (YC)
  • If the kicker offends the kick is forfeited (recorded as ‘missed’)
  • If the goalkeeper and kicker offend at the same time:
    • retake and two cautions (YCs) if no goal is scored
    • if a goal is scored the kicker is cautioned (YC) and kick recorded as ‘missed’

LAW 11 – OFFSIDE

  • An offside player can be penalised if the ball rebounds/deflects off a match official
  • Addition of ‘attempts to’ to the definition of a ‘save’
  • Offside guidance:
    • player in offside position who impedes an opponent must be penalised
    • player in offside position who is fouled before committing an offside offence – foul penalised
    • player in offside position who is fouled when already committing an offside offence – offside penalised

LAW 12 – FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

  • Verbal offences are punished with an indirect FK
  • If an advantage is played for a sending-off (RC) and the player commits another offence, that offence is penalised
  • A player ‘stopping a promising attack’ in the penalty area is not cautioned (YC) if the offence was an attempt to play the ball
  • Addition to list of cautions (YCs) for a ‘denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity’ (DOGSO) offence in the penalty area which was an attempt to play the ball
  • Caution (YC) for goal celebration which causes safety/ security issue
  • If player moves diagonally to pass the last defender/goalkeeper this can still be a DOGSO
  • Clearer DOGSO wording for a penalty area offence which is an attempt to play the ball
  • Entering the field of play without permission and stopping a goal or DOGSO is a sendingoff
  • Off-field offence by/against a player involving opposing player/substitute/team official (or against a match official) is penalised by FK on the boundary line if the ball is in play
  • Direct FK for throwing or kicking ball/object onto the field to interfere with play/someone
  • Direct FK on boundary line for throwing or kicking ball/object at someone off the field

LAW 13 – FREE KICKS

  • Attacker in or entering the penalty area before a defensive FK has left the area cannot

play or challenge for the ball until it has been touched by another player

LAW 14 – THE PENALTY KICK

  • Kicker must be clearly identified
  • If the goalkeeper and kicker offend at the same time:
    • retake and two cautions (YCs) if no goal is scored
    • if a goal is scored the kicker is cautioned (YC) and kick recorded as ‘missed’ (see Law 10)
  • Goal can be awarded after outside interference if the ball still goes in the goal

LAW 16 – THE GOAL KICK

  • Attacker entering the penalty area cannot play or challenge for the ball until it is touched by another player

Details of all Law changes 2017/18

The following are the changes to the Laws of the Game for 2017/18. For each change the old wording (where appropriate) and the new/changed/additional wording are given, followed by an explanation for the change. The text shown in the ‘old text’ boxes may be the exact previous text or a more general outline of the meaning of the previous text.

Download the document with the details of all changes for 2017-2018.