Steve Sidelnyk's Football Blog 20th September 2013

Champions League fever grips the airwaves after another impressive weekend in the Premiership!

Even Swansea in fine fettle and a fantastic win away at Valencia in the Europa League.

All eyes are on Chelski Boss Jose Mourinho as a slip up in the Premiership and then a defeat at home in the Champions League to as someone posted on-line " a bunch of Swiss Postmen "  ( I love the Swiss, their chocolate, cuckoo-clocks and I'm sure their postal service is second to none : ) ...........the pressure in on for the Special One to deliver as he could be the first boss to be fired twice.....................another first for him.

Everton have joined the ranks of Belgium and could be the dark horses of football as some shrewd signings and loans really puts them in a different light.

So back to some TV stuff............ Fox Sports 1 and 2 were showing The Champions League games but if you recorded one and watched one live you would expect them NOT to show the live score for the other game............but they DID..................I blame Warren Barton : O )

The NBC Sports app for streaming live games is pretty awful and it can be likened to maybe watching a game on television in Eastern Europe in the 70's.

This weekend sees some great games and the showpiece being Man City vs Man Utd on Sunday and the Chelsea vs Fulham London Derby which I gather will be populated by the Chelsea Supporters Club at The Cat and Fiddle tomorrow....not too early so get down there and have some fine food and beverages too! :

Enough about the footballers...what about the referees and linesmen????? Lets have a more detailed look at the real bad-boys of footy!!!!!

(Football) Soccer Referee Duties

The (Football) Soccer Referee duties are listed below:
  • enforces the Laws of the Game
  • controls the match in cooperation with the assistant soccer referees and, where applicable, with the fourth official
  • acts as timekeeper and keeps a record of the match
  • stops, suspends or abandons the match, at his discretion, for any infringements of the Laws
  • allows play to continue when the team against which an offence has been committed will benefit from such an advantage and penalises the original offence if the anticipated advantage does not ensue at that time
  • takes action against team officials who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and may, at his discretion, expel them from the field of play and its immediate surrounds
  • provides the appropriate authorities with a match report, which includes information on any disciplinary action taken against players and/or team officials and any other incidents that occurred before, during or after the match

Soccer Referee Signals

Soccer referee Signals – Whistle: When the referee blows his whistle it is a sign that a foul is committed. A short whistle means a harmless foul, punished by a free kick. However, harder blasts usually means a more serious fouls followed by a yellow/red card or penalty kick.
Soccer referee Signals – Advantage: When the referee points out both his arms without blowing his whistle it simply means that the referee has noticed an afoul. However, he may also have decided to play advantage to you or your opponent if there is a chance for scoring. Generally, a soccer referee will give approximately 3 seconds advantage before blowing his whistle for a foul.
Soccer referee Signals – Direct Free Kicks: The referee will signal for a direct free kick by blowing his whistle and point with either left or right arm. (if you have committed  the foul he will point at your goal instead).
Soccer referee Signals – Indirect Free Kicks: If the referee keeps his arm raised after a free kick then he is signaling for an indirect free kick. When the referee signals for an indirect free kick he will hold his hand straight up until you or your opponent have kicked or touched the ball.
Soccer referee Signals – Penalty Kick: When a referee points directly at the 18 yard area he is indicating that you or your opponents have omitted a Penalty kick. The referee will usually run at the penalty spot, stop beside it and point straight with his hand on it.
Soccer referee Signals – Yellow Card: A yellow card is the referees way of giving the “first warning”. If you or your opponents are already booked and receive one more yellow card you will be sent off the field. You will not either have permission to participate in that game anymore.
Soccer referee Signals – Red Card: If the referee is showing the red card for you or your opponents this is a signal that a serious foul has been committed and the player responsible is sent off the field.
And that concludes this weeks insight into the wonderful game!

Steve" Spell-Check" Sidelnyk


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