Hackett's Verdict

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By Keith Hackett

One of the most likeable guys in officiating has decided to call it a day.

Dave Bryan has had a terrific career, carrying the flag in World Cup Qualifiers to Championship Play Offs and of course several years at the … Continue

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By Keith Hackett

I was delighted to learn that The Football Association have, following further consultation, updated their Guidelines for Temporary Dismissals (sin bins) that will be operating in selected leagues throughout England on an experimental basis. One of my concerns was answered … Continue

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Our team at You are the Ref was delighted to receive the letter that I have copied in below outlining the real benefits of becoming a Referee Academy member.

We have a terrific team of referee experts who are on … Continue

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By Keith Hackett

The Laws of the Game are currently cast in stone in that the sole timekeeper for the game is the referee.

I can recall in 1960, having just passed my test to become a referee, being advised that I needed … Continue

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You Are The Ref sends our condolences to the family of former Football League referee John Key who passed away over the weekend at his home in Cyprus. John was a real character and was certainly straight talking.

After a … Continue

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Our three Coaches Mark Halsey, Glenn Turner and Guy Beale arrived back home after delivering a series of  workshops on and off the field in Medellin, Columbia.

They received a standing ovation in recognition of the success of the course … Continue

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Our Referee Academy members were recently treated to the second live webinar and Q&A event.

Our plan is to deliver at least one webinar each month allowing our academy members the opportunity to tune in to a detailed presentation online … Continue

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I watched once again with great interest the way that Rugby Union makes full use of the Video Assistant Referee. The All Blacks player Sonny Bill Williams was guilty of a shoulder charge on Lions winger Anthony Watson and play … Continue

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