EURO 2016 – Group B: England v Wales



GB at 2016-06-16 16:12:17

Here are the main talking points from this game:

  • The referee has done his reputation no harm at all in that game with a really top class performance. He never micro managed this game but kept a firm lid on it at all times.
  • He managed the tempo well and consistently for the whole 90 minutes.
  • Very consistent and correct for a few NOT deliberate hand ball offences.
  • Very impressive level of fitness and stamina and excellent demonstration of the benefits of keeping up (or even ahead) of the game at all times to ensure credible viewing angles and distance from the ball when the big decisions come along.

Looking back on this one I have to say that the latest Blog from Keith Hackett called it right – top refereeing warning . By that I mean that it is clearly horses for courses in this tournament, and we have just seen why the Referee’s Committee for Euro 2016 have kept this referee back until the second round to get his first appointment. Felix Brych has just proved to me that he was the man for the job today!

This was never going to be an easy game for the officials but to be fair they actually breezed through it as a tightly knit team who supported each other superbly. The 1st England goal was a clear example of this as Vardy was clearly in an off-side position but was correctly not penalised as the ball was played to him by a defender – I am sure that more than one of the officials had an input in that.

The referee’s positioning of being so far ahead of the attacking movements was very interesting and actually worked really well for him in this game. This is not something we see very often as we are more used to referees sweeping in behind the attackers, but appart from a few time when he nearly “got in the way” by being too far forward, I have to say it was very effective in this game.

There was a clear empathy for the players displayed by the referee and the players responded positively so there was hardly and dissent in this game at all. Referees earn this level of respect so I congratulate Felix Brych for that!

All-in-all, the 3rd Team played a full and active part in that game and the future of officiating standards bodes well for the rest of the tournament if we see more performances like that!

No complaints from me!

More RefCam to come

GB at 2016-06-16 15:53:22

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GB at 2016-06-16 15:52:45

Full Time

England 2 v 1 Wales

What a great game!


GB at 2016-06-16 15:51:29

GOAL!  Daniel Sturridge (Eng 15)

England 2 v 1 Wales

Did you see how the referee pressed well into the penalty area in the build up to that goal – top class officiating


GB at 2016-06-16 15:49:01

3 added minutes


GB at 2016-06-16 15:48:28

The referee seems to be getting even closer to the play in the closing stages which is helping to sell his decisions in the critical areas


GB at 2016-06-16 15:47:24

Generally the discipline from both sets of teams has been very good which always helps the officials, but that come from respect


GB at 2016-06-16 15:45:48

The stamina of this referee in the way he moves from one end to the other has been truly first class!


GB at 2016-06-16 15:40:46

AR2: Stefan Lupp (SL) on the far side has been very busy in this game, but to be fair he has done his job and got involved when offences have been committed close to him. All this is adding to the excellent team work from the officials in this game


GB at 2016-06-16 15:37:54

The last 10 minutes of this game could be the toughest in any game in the tournament for this officials so far so them need to maintain their concentration right to the end


GB at 2016-06-16 15:36:39

Excellent recognition of foul play (or not) again by the referee

GB at 2016-06-16 15:34:12

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GB at 2016-06-16 15:33:35

The benefit of being so far forward to see challenges in the penalty area was shown again then as the referee gets another BIG call right for no penalty to Wales as the player went “looking for it”


GB at 2016-06-16 15:32:13

Great to see so many Tweets coming in applauding the officials over the teamwork in allowing the England goal


GB at 2016-06-16 15:29:11

Considering the rise in the tempo in the second half it is credit to the referee again that he has raised his profile without suddenly becoming centre of attention


GB at 2016-06-16 15:27:04

Going back to the England goal, I wonder how much input the Assistant Assistant Referee on the goal-line had in the excellent teamwork.


GB at 2016-06-16 15:25:45

The climbing on the back by the Wales player prior to that last corner was an example of how pro-active the officials need to be to grappling in the second half. That is the one area where they could tighten up on.


GB at 2016-06-16 15:23:32

I mentioned empathy in the referee performance in the first half and he has continued to display that in spades as the game has progressed. The players really seemed to have confidence in the official at the moment.


GB at 2016-06-16 15:21:12

Yellow Card for Ben Davies (W 4) for a reckless challenge following an advantage. Things really are going well for the referee a tthe moment. Lets hope he keeps up this level of decision making


GB at 2016-06-16 15:19:41

The referee was well placed again to judge that when the ball was blasted at the Walesdefender and hit his arm, once again there was no deliberate attempt to play the ball with the hand or arm


GB at 2016-06-16 15:17:23

Goals obviously change games as we know so this one is about to come to life at last


GB at 2016-06-16 15:16:13

GOAL! Jamie Vardy (Eng 11)

England 1 v 1 Wales

What a fantastic decision by the officials to spot that the ball was last touched by a defender so the scorer could not be penalised for being in an off-side position


GB at 2016-06-16 15:14:10

There was an example of how far forward the referee is getting as he had to step aside for Rooney to shoot. That is the danger with his tactic of getting so far forward


GB at 2016-06-16 15:11:56

The referees deep forward positioning is already very evident in the second half like the first


GB at 2016-06-16 15:10:57

The speed at which the referee is giving his decisions is helping him sell his calls. Quick when required but measured when required as well


GB at 2016-06-16 15:09:26

The referee gave himself time then and took the goal-kick decision off of the Assistant


GB at 2016-06-16 15:08:38

The holding in the penalty areas in this game seems to be slightly more subtle – but it is still going on. This is one area where the referee cannot afford to be too lienient


GB at 2016-06-16 15:06:50

The referee has started the second half like the first and is not going to give soft free kicks for minimal contact


GB at 2016-06-16 15:05:49

First off-side for Assistant Stefan Lupp correctly given


GB at 2016-06-16 15:03:48

Second half underway


GB at 2016-06-16 14:55:28

It has been a very steady and satisfactory half for the officials so far. He allowed a bit of physical contact to begin with then reined his control back on the game by reacting positively as the tempo began to rise. He was consistent with his foul recognition so England can only blame themselves for conceding the free kick which led to the goal.

The only other major call in the first half was when the ball hit a Wales defender on the arm in the penalty area – excellent decision, never a deliberate hand ball so no offence. I have seen them given mind, but I was pleased the officials got that one right on this stage.

The players were never going to make this easy for the officials and I expect this to be much more fiercely contested in the second half, so the referee will need to be fully focused for what is to come. So far he has not looked over-alled at all and has looked calm and confident.


GB at 2016-06-16 14:48:15

Half Time

England 0 v 1 Wales


GB at 2016-06-16 14:47:38

1 added minute


GB at 2016-06-16 14:47:16

The discussion may be about the England goalkeeper after that goal, but for me the free kick should never have been conceded. The referee had set his stall out in this game and no player was going to get away with that challenge.


GB at 2016-06-16 14:45:28

Talking of consistency, the referee has been consistent in giving those free kicks for offences like the one Wayne Rooney (Eng 10) committed which led to the free kick which led to the first GOAL! by Gareth Bale (W 11) – who else?!

England 0 v 1 Wales


GB at 2016-06-16 14:43:08

The referee has been very consistent by the way he is positioning himself ahead of the England team as they move forward. This puts him very close to the challenges on the edge of the penalty area


GB at 2016-06-16 14:40:15

For me the referee is showing credible empathy for the players in the game so far. I hope he can maintain this when it all kicks off later!


GB at 2016-06-16 14:37:27

I get the feeling that this is just the warm-up match in the first half and the game has the potential to really ignite in the second half


GB at 2016-06-16 14:35:20

First BIG call for the officials and they got that one right as the ball went to hand and could never be deemed as a deliberate act – wherever it occurred on the pitch


GB at 2016-06-16 14:34:03

Excellent teamwork by the officials as the referee quickly identified the opportunity to play an advantage after the assistant had flagged


GB at 2016-06-16 14:32:06

Good refereeing as the pushes get more blatant, then the offences start to be given


GB at 2016-06-16 14:30:35

Now the referee feels it is time to raise his profile and start to manage the tempo as the challenges get closer to each other and stronger


GB at 2016-06-16 14:28:51

The referee could not have been any closer to that trip on Danny Rose (Eng 3). There was only the slightest of contact (if any), but the expectation was for a foul to be given. Thats one of the most important aspect as more trouble is caused for the referee by the ones he does not give.


GB at 2016-06-16 14:25:42

Important for the assistant to give what he sees right in front of him.

All of a sudden the temperature has started to rise and the officials become more involved


GB at 2016-06-16 14:24:24

The referee is quick to pick out the ones expected though with that challenge from behind on Dele Alli (Eng 20)


GB at 2016-06-16 14:23:17

20 minutes in and the referee seems comfortable not to be the centre of attention. Seems like the reason for this appointment is already showing


GB at 2016-06-16 14:21:59

There was another example as Harry Kane (Eng 9) got a nudge in the back. The sooner the players get onto the referee’s wavelength the better


GB at 2016-06-16 14:20:26

Looking back at the “push” on Dele Alli (Eng 20), may have looked clear in slow motion but that is the type of physical contact the referee seems happy to allow so far


GB at 2016-06-16 14:18:15

It is also very evident that he feels comfortable to get ahead of the play. You only see this from referees who have the confidence in their own fitness to be able to “catch-up” if the play switches quickly.


GB at 2016-06-16 14:16:53

Safe refereeing with that free kick given from a credible distance. Positioning wise the referee has started really well and is not afraid to get close to the action


GB at 2016-06-16 14:14:23

AR1: Mark Borsch (MB) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas and must have had 20-20 vision to give that throw-in to Wales


GB at 2016-06-16 14:13:10

Good to see the referee already allowing a bit of physical contact. These players know each other so well an “over fussy” approach is not likely to work in this game as this would just frustrate and irritate the players which would not help in building to confidence on each side


GB at 2016-06-16 14:09:37

First energetic sprint from the referee as England break at pace. Expect a lot of those in this game so fitness from the official will be another very important aspect


GB at 2016-06-16 14:07:48

From the opening exchanges this is already going to scrip. This will really test the referee’s tolerance levels. He is very experienced and will have his game plan worked out so no surprises for him or from him so far


GB at 2016-06-16 14:06:09

First test for the referee as the players react to each other in the opening minutes.


GB at 2016-06-16 14:04:06

I didn’t see Ray Wilkins on the team sheet with all this kicking across the back?


GB at 2016-06-16 14:02:42

And off we go


GB at 2016-06-16 14:02:17

England won the toss so it will be Wales to kick off.

Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you!

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GB at 2016-06-16 14:00:55

Thanks to Albania for ticking the box for me yesterday so I have now seen a team kicking the ball backwards at a kick off for the first time! I had to smile to myself though, as one of the rationales for this change stated by the IFAB was to stop players standing in the wrong half of the pitch at the kick off, but he obviously needed to take a giant step into the wrong half to fulfil the tactic! What was that about?


GB at 2016-06-16 13:57:02

Not long to go now as the players sing their Nation Anthems


GB at 2016-06-16 13:53:41

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Felix Brych (GER) (FB)

Assistant referee1: Mark Borsch (GER) (MB)

Assistant referee2:  Stefan Lupp (GER)(SL)

Additional assistant referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER) (BD)

Additional assistant referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER) (MF)

4th Official: Matej Jug (SVN)

Reserve official: Robert Vukan (SVN)


Felix started refereeing in 1993 and reached the highest level in Germany in 2004. He is a qualified doctor in law by profession.

A safe pair of hands, the German has been there, seen it, and done it for a number of seasons.

A regular on the Champions League scene, like all things Bavarian, he is solid, dependable and rarely anything other than extremely diligent in his work, which he will need to be for this one!

It will be very interesting to see if the slow burn approach which seemed to be used across the board by most referees in the first round of fixtures will either be employed for a start off, and/or actually be as effective in this game, which has the makings of being as tough as any Football League Play Off match – anyone who has been involved in any of those will know exactly what I mean by that! The referee’s reputation for managing games in the “English” style will surely be put to the test in this one!

FIFA badge: 2007

UEFA EURO matches: 10

UEFA matches: 72

Tournaments: 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2012 Olympic Games

Finals: 2014 UEFA Europa League

Here are the squads for the Tournament:

GB at 2016-06-16 13:47:28


England Ball

1       Joe Hart (Manchester City)

2       Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

3       Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)

4       James Milner (Liverpool)

5       Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

6       Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

7       Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

8       Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

9       Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

10     Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

11     Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

12     Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)

13     Fraser Forster (Southampton)

14     Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

15     Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

16     John Stones (Everton)

17     Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur)

18     Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

19     Ross Barkley (Everton)

20     Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)

21     Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

22     Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

23     Tom Heaton (Burnley)



Wales Ball

1       Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace)

2       Chris Gunter (Reading)

3       Neil Taylor (Swansea City)

4       Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur)

5       James Chester (West Bromwich Albion)

6       Ashley Williams (Swansea)

7       Joe Allen (Liverpool)

8       Andy King (Leicester City)

9       Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading)

10     Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

11     Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

12     Owain Fon Williams (Inverness)

13     George Williams (Fulham)

14     Dave Edwards (Wolves)

15     Jazz Richards (Fulham)

16     Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace)

17     David Cotterill (Birmingham City)

18     Sam Vokes (Burnley)

19     James Collins (West Ham United)

20     Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace)

21     Danny Ward (Liverpool)

22     David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest)

23     Simon Church (MK Dons)


GB at 2016-06-16 13:43:54

England expects every FAN to do their duty today ………… and BEHAVE themselves!

There is no doubt also that England expects a result here today, but likewise there is no doubt that Wales have never been in such a rich vein of form coming into the most important match for the Red Dragons for many years! This has all the making of a highly charged affair, so just sit back, try to relax, and hold tight!


GB at 2016-06-16 13:41:30

Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens Agglo

EURO 2016 capacity: 38223

Opened: January 1930

First stage – Group B

Welcome to this afternoon’s RefCam coverage today of the European Championship game between England and Wales.

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