SM at 2014-11-23 17:59:34


A reasonable game in which the Germans were always far too strong. The Referee was able to keep control fairly easily with only the one very late, careless challenge which rightly resulted in a yellow card for Germany No18 (Popp). Her use of the “quiet word” worked well in view of the nature of the game but care should be taken when choosing this option if the attitude of the players are much more robust. Overall co-operation between Assistants and Referee was good with just the one hiccup in deciding which way a throw should be given. Had the Assistant not “shot from the hip” and taken a seconds hesitation to get eye contact with the Referee the problem would not have arisen.  Thanks for being with us. You can still let us have any comment on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

SM at 2014-11-23 17:50:32

Good offside decision by Assistant.

Referee brings game to an end

SM at 2014-11-23 17:49:10

Lots of England pressure but no end product.. 3 minutes added time.

SM at 2014-11-23 17:48:18

Corner kick to England.

SM at 2014-11-23 17:47:31

England substitute No12 for 6

SM at 2014-11-23 17:45:41

Free-kick to England No4 on No6

SM at 2014-11-23 17:45:05

Substitutions : Germany Nos 4 &23 for 7 & 13

SM at 2014-11-23 17:43:52

Foul by Germany No22 on England 18. Good flag by Assistant

SM at 2014-11-23 17:41:08

England substitutions  No14 for 2 and 16 for?

SM at 2014-11-23 17:36:52

Substitution for England No20 for 9

SM at 2014-11-23 17:33:50

Corner kick for England.

SM at 2014-11-23 17:33:17

German substitution No8 for 6. Board well displayed by the 4th Official.

SM at 2014-11-23 17:30:21

Corner to Germany. Foul on the England goalkeeper . Safe Refereeing giving free-kick even though the goalkeeper held on to the ball.

SM at 2014-11-23 17:27:20

Substitution for England No18 for 4.

SM at 2014-11-23 17:26:02

Let us have your thoughts throughout the game on you-are-the-ref.com

SM at 2014-11-23 17:24:58

The tempo of the game has picked up and the Referee has responded  well.

SM at 2014-11-23 17:22:10

Referee showing a good anticipation of play and so is always within a reasonable distance of any challenge.

SM at 2014-11-23 17:19:04

Substitution for England No19 for 11 4th Official supervises

SM at 2014-11-23 17:17:58

Slight confusion between Referee and Assistant at a throw. Assistant changes her mind and while the correct decision is reached the overall situation was messy. A slight hesitation and better eye contact would have prevented this.

SM at 2014-11-23 17:15:09

Germany No22 commits a late careless tackle and justifiably receives a yellow card from the Referee  Yellow Card

SM at 2014-11-23 17:12:00

Trip by German player. Free-kick to England with the Referee being very close to the offence.

SM at 2014-11-23 17:10:30

Free-kick to England. A flag signal by the Assistant would have been good as the offence was close to her position.

SM at 2014-11-23 17:09:00

Referee still sensibly using economical movement which suits the pedestrian nature of play. Good tempo management.

SM at 2014-11-23 17:06:58

Notice how the Assistants keep the flag in the hand nearest the field of play and quickly transfer to other hand when appropriate at waist level.

SM at 2014-11-23 17:04:43

All signals by the Referee very clear

SM at 2014-11-23 17:03:45

Three German substitutions for second half. England get the game underway

SM at 2014-11-23 16:54:30

First Half Summary:

This friendly  has been played in a good spirit with very few offences being committed and those generally being of a very minor nature. The Swiss Referee and colleagues have recognised that control could be achieved and maintained without raising profile and this has worked well. We have seen the use of the “quiet word” on one occasion which suited the nature of the offence and the attitude of the players.  A good first half by the Officials. More of the same in the second half with increased concentration following the half-time team talks. Stay with us for the second half and let us have your thoughts throughout the game on you-are-the-ref.com

SM at 2014-11-23 16:48:31

Half-time at Wembley with the visitors going in with a three nil lead.

SM at 2014-11-23 16:47:31

Another break by Germany and they score a third goal

SM at 2014-11-23 16:46:58

Corner kick to England.  No grappling or holding which is good to see.

SM at 2014-11-23 16:45:07

Good spot of ball out of play by Assistant

SM at 2014-11-23 16:43:46

Assistants always on the move to adopt good positions in accordance with the  patterns of play

SM at 2014-11-23 16:41:54

Assistant detects offence by German player and gives a prompt, clear flag signal. Good co-operation Assistant/Referee

SM at 2014-11-23 16:40:27

Free-kick to England. Referee has a “quiet word” rebuke to the German offender. We’ll see if it has the desired effect.

SM at 2014-11-23 16:38:17

Another good decision by the Referee. Delayed decision a second to see if England had any advantage but then awarded the free-kick.

SM at 2014-11-23 16:35:10

Free-kick to Germany. Referee again in an excellent viewing close proximity

Ball headed in but Assistant spotted very tight offside offence hence No Goal.

Good work by the Assistant.

SM at 2014-11-23 16:30:31

Referee showing a good reading of play and hence able to adjust her movement accordingly without compromising closeness to play.

SM at 2014-11-23 16:26:19

4th Official monitored the treatment of the blood injury before player allowed back on the field of play.

SM at 2014-11-23 16:23:20

Sorry… not a boot problem. Replay shows blood from a knee cut.

SM at 2014-11-23 16:22:36

Referee checking booys of England No4. England player leaves field to sort out proble. Should this have been done prior to start of game ?

SM at 2014-11-23 16:20:59

Corner kick to England. Referee well positioned close to play to correctly judge no foul had been committed. Being in close proximity gives added credibility to decisions.

SM at 2014-11-23 16:19:36

Offence by England No11. Immediate flag signal by Assistant.

SM at 2014-11-23 16:16:40

Another minor offence detected and a free-kick to Germany

SM at 2014-11-23 16:16:05

A good spot of offence by German player after the ball had been played. Sometimes a lingering glance pays dividends instead of following the ball immediately.

SM at 2014-11-23 16:14:12

A quick break and Germany score a second. Referee does well to cover a lot of ground to reach the edge of the penalty area as the ball crossed the goal line

SM at 2014-11-23 16:12:29

Corner kick for England. Good offside judgement by Assistant and prompt flag signal

SM at 2014-11-23 16:11:24

Assistants maintain awareness and movement to keep in line with second rearmost defender

SM at 2014-11-23 16:09:33

Swiss Referee introduces a good sprint to keep close to play nd awards Germany a free-kick

SM at 2014-11-23 16:07:55

First corner kick to Germany. Referee adopts central position on edge of penalty area.

Another corner kick and Germany score the opening goal.

SM at 2014-11-23 16:06:33

Good eye contact with Assistant and Referee

SM at 2014-11-23 16:05:17

The Referee in a good viewing position. Prompt flag by Assistant to indicate offside offence.

SM at 2014-11-23 16:03:02

What a start – England steal the ball and hit the crossbar

SM at 2014-11-23 16:02:09

The officials today are all FIFA officials

The Referee from Switzerland

Germany kick-off

SM at 2014-11-23 15:56:41

The National Anthems are being played prior to kick-off.


SM at 2014-11-23 15:48:38

15 minutes away from a historic event when England women’s team play at Wembley Stadium for the first time. Stay with us for the England v Germany friendly international.

SM at 2014-11-23 15:23:24

Welcome to todays game which is the Breast Cancer Care Friendly International between England Women and Germany Women from Wembley Stadium

Germany are rated 2nd in the world standings behind USA and England have not beaten them in 19 previous encounters. However, after England’s mediocre performance in the last European Championships, they have easily qualified for the 2015 Womens FIFA World Cup  which is to be played in Canada.

Today’s game will give them an opportunity to match themselves against one of the top countries in women’s football and evaluate how far England women’s has progressed.

Join us for the 3.00pm kick-off and don’t be afraid to give us any comments as the game progresses at you-are-the-ref.com or on Twitter @youaretheref