Week 28 Laws of the Game Quiz 2019-2020. Questions made by Brian Scholz.
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Coronavirus and the Laws of the Game: some changes are announced by IFAB. There are options for five substitutes, leagues have the possibility to not use the video referee and leagues can choose whether they’ll use old (2019-2020) or updated/new (2020-2021) Laws of the Game.
The summary by IFAB on the temporary amendment of Law 3:
How does referee Alan Kelly stay fit during the Covid 19 crisis? Alan Kelly talks about this on a webinar by Silbo, a company that automates sports officiating administration.
The MLS referee has a daily morning routine – Covid 19 or not. He wears a Polar watch that measures his fitness and sleep. “First thing that we do every morning. I check my resting heart rate”, the former FIFA referee from Ireland says. “Then I answer 5 questions how I slept, how I feel. And I send it to the referee department and get a training programme each day.”
Referee Alan Kelly is just back from an injury, so he’s building up his training intensity again. “When I have trained, I upload this to a computer”. Because fitness instructors that help the referee department will see the results of his training, they can adjust it to his performance. “Based on my results they change the scheme for the rest of the week.”
“My basement is converted to a little bit of a home gym”, he says. Kelly has the opportunity to use weights, bands and he can cycle and jog. No running yet, because of the injury he had.
The programmes professional referees at PRO get are tailored for each individual. “The expectation is that we look after ourselves, because we need to be prepared if we return into practise again.”
In this period with Covid 19 and no games, there’s maybe 1 intensity session instead of 2 per day. “But it’s a 5 or 6 day process every single week”, he says. It shows the importance of fitness for referees these days. “That’s an expectation for the level we’re operating at.”
And what keeps them going? I’ve written a blog post about how to stay motivated when not having any games. Referee Alan Kelly mentions a messages from a colleague, that he received in a group chat. It showed what you should keep in mind as well. “One of the guys in the group send a text: whenever we’re back, we’re going to be operating at a regular basis, so we have te be ready.” Because of that they keep motivated. “We approach every day as if we’re still in the season.”
The Essex FA Referees Department has shared some wonderful development clips on their Twitter channel. “For us, it’s about providing as many development opportunities as possible to referees in Essex”, they let me know. However, it is great to see referees from around the world benefiting from the resources we are putting out.”
“Any sort of referee development, no matter where the referee is from, can only be good for the game once it resumes”, they shared with me. “We want to make sure that referees are getting some form of development whilst they cannot be on the pitch and these online resources are a great way to do this. We have even seen people attend sessions who do not normally attend our face to face sessions which is really good to see.” Read more about refereeing in Essex.Continue reading
Premier League referees share tips to stay fit during lockdown. In this story you’ll get tips from referee Craig Pawson, AR Lee Betts and you’ll get the daily routine of Anthony Taylor.
Both Craig Pawson and Lee Betts shared their tips in an online learning by The FA (embedded below in this post).Continue reading