Soccer Referee Responsibilities and Equipment According to FIFA

The referee is the final authority on the soccer pitch. His job is to officiate the game, ensuring all players and staff are conforming to FIFA’s rules. The referee does more than enforce the rules of the game. He must comply with a set of regulations set forth by FIFA, including where to stand so that he can catch a glimpse of the play in action.

Referee Responsibilities

The referee is the final word on the field, and soccer is famous for not allowing replays to alter a call. This has unntended side effects like the Diego Maradona “Hand of God” play, where Maradona touched the ball with his hand to score a goal, but this is also part of what keeps the game exciting. The referee relies on assistants, known as lines men, who help make calls the referee cannot. They watch out for things like off-sides and out of bounds calls, which the referee may not have the vantage point to call accurately. Multiple officials are important during controversial calls to, as referees are allowed to consult one another on the field.

The referee is also responsible for keeping the match civil. Soccer is a physical game, but serious injury should be avoided at all costs. The referee times and scores that match, including penalties handed out for malicious behavior.

Before a match begins, the referee must also inspect all players. This is to ensure their soccer uniforms meet the standards set out in law 4 of FIFA’s rules of the game. Referees are trained on where to stand during a match, and they are taught to recognize and penalize only the most serious offenses in the game.

Soccer Referee Equipment

Referees must wear colors that distinguish themselves from everyone else on the field. These colors are typically fluorescent, but they may vary depending on the league and the match. Referees, like players, are subject to rules that dictate what they cannot wear. Everyone on the pitch is banned from wearing jewellery, but referees are not allowed much padding. They will wear cleats, but they don’t need gloves or shin guards. They must carry a whistle, and recently referees have been carrying spray foam that they use to mark the location of a free kick.

Final Thoughts

The referee also has the power to stop a match for various reasons. Injury is the biggest one, but any penalty can be used to stop the match if things get too serious. Of course, the referee is also responsible for tracking stoppage time and adding it to the end of each half.

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