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For the Integrity of Soccer

Art and Science of Refereeing

Published: 2014-07-17T11:17:55-07:00


World Cup 2014: The Refereeing Paradox. (From Ed)


Germany are now the World Champions, having won the Final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Most enthusiasts have rated the 2014 World Cup as the best in recent history for exciting entertaining soccer, featuring a large number of fantastic...



Ed and I will be restarting the blog, but since some of the features of TypePad have changed, I want to make sure everything is running smoothly before I start writing herein. Please be patient as I check out the...

Heads up for: Wanderings of Morpho sulkowski.


The "Wanderings" are going to be a sub-section of //, and will include anything I care to write about or clarify in my "butterfly brain". Morpho sulkowski is a south American iridescent butterfly with a wingspan of 4-5 inches, and...

Anyone in a match can destroy The Beautiful Game . . .


The new Premiership season is off and running only a few months after that dramatic day at the end of last season, when in the last moments of the 380th game, Manchester City bettered Manchester United by scoring in the...

2nd Round of Group Games- Improvements Seen (from Ed)


Croatia v. Italy. Referee: Webb (England) Overall this was better officiated than his first match. He seemed to be calling fouls that he let go in the first match, perhaps he received advice after a review of first match and...

EURO-2012: Mistakes Costly for Officials (from Ed)


We had mentioned in a previous blog that referees who make the fewest mistakes will proceed farther in the tournament. Or to put it another way, referees who make significant mistake, excusable or not, are not given further matches. This...

EURO-2012: Mixed Bag in 3rd Group-stage Matches (from Ed)


We had a mixed bag as far as our predictions went in the third group-stage matches. Portugal/Netherlands turned out not to be the foul fest that many of us feared. Perhaps the fact that the Dutch left out two of...

EURO-2012: Third Group Matches- "Last Chance Saloon" (from Ed)


The third games in the groups provide interesting tests for our referees. In Group A any one of the teams could still have qualified, so both matches were always going to be tough. As it was Greece and Czech Republic...

EURO-2012: General Observations (from Ed)


One theme that is coming through in many of the games is that referees are giving out yellow cards disproportionally towards the end of the match as shown in the table. It is too late at that time to have...

Acquitted . . . after more than twenty years!


Like the hundreds of released and innocent murderers and rapists condemned to life in prison because of faulty testimony and absence of DNA data, I feel relieved at a final vindication, even if it comes twenty years late. No, I’ve...