German v USA – Group G

German v USA – Group G

Commentary By: The RefCam Team


RCT at 2014-06-26 18:56:13
Thanks for your company – join us again here at you-are-the-ref for the knockout stages – bye for now

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:54:20
Would you give the referee another game at this tournament?  The game was controlled, but to the trained eye, there were some deficiencies.  Let us know what you think – contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com.

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:53:26

Match summary ….. The Referee did “ok”, but risked his management of the game at the start of the second half by not issuing cautions when the game needed managing! Pro-active refereeing would have prevented re-active refereeing!


RCT at 2014-06-26 18:52:05

There have been some good technical elements to his game, player communication being one of them, plus his fitness and positioning.


RCT at 2014-06-26 18:48:57
Although his judgement of when and when not to caution after the offence has not been so good …..

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:47:50
Overall, the referee’s judgement of penal offences has been good …..

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:45:46
I think the USA have decided to keep what they have with 4 minutes to go ….

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:44:28
Another good offside decision ……

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:41:50
Another yellow card at this stage wouldn’t go amiss, just to keep his control ……

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:38:48
Good positional play by the referee – nothing wrong with his fitness ,,,,

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:37:23
The referee needs to be wary of any change of tactics by the USA team – do they “stick or twist” – he needs to cover every eventuality ….

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:33:54
A double injury – the referee needs to have the players safety as his number ONE priority …

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:32:14
Would the 4th man keep the refereeing team updated on the state of play at the other match ? Do they need to know ?

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:30:47
The game is still “bubbling under”, another goal would change that (in either game) ……

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:29:15
20 minutes to go, keep it tight Mr Referee …….

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:24:03
If the referee had cautioned USA 11 7 minutes ago, perhaps that could have prevented the current misconduct ?

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:21:35
Mmmmm – one challenge too late – he needs to keep control of the penal offences…..

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:19:12
That was a great chance to assert his authority by cautioning USA 11 – I hope he doesn’t regret that decision …..

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:17:37
Another offence by USA 13 – one more chance perhaps – then a caution ?

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:15:47
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RCT at 2014-06-26 18:14:56
BBC Commentary states that “the referee’s have been lenient with the yellow cards”. Do you agree ?

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:13:39
There’s the trigger point – change of game plan now for the referee – keep it tight …

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:11:19
Still the game is being played in a good spirit – one goal will change all that …… got to be mindful of this potential ‘trigger point’

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:06:06
Good solid offside decision to start the second half ,,,,,,,

RCT at 2014-06-26 18:04:04
Key 10 minutes Mr Referee – keep it going …..

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:59:50
RefCam believe that USA #15 is close to a caution for persistent infringement – anyone else getting close do you think?   When you are refereeing, how do you monitor this? Is this a one man job or a four man job?

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:51:09
How is the referee performing in the key areas of game management, consistency and communication ? What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:48:50
However the counter argument says that the game increased in temperature in the last 10 minutes, important that the referee keeps it tight for the first 10 minutes of the second half ….

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:46:52
45 minutes gone, “so far, so good” is the big picture – just some technical deficiencies to discuss at half-time perhaps

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:43:28
Good man-management of that ‘altercation’ between Germany 6 and USA 13.  Great use of body language and hand-signals, in the absence of a common language, to get his message across.

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:42:48
How many additional minutes Mr 4th Official – what would you play ?

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:40:18
5 minutes to half-time, this is a key phase of the game, keep focused guys ……….

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:37:48
Great timing for a 2nd yellow of the game, this time to USA 3 – well done ref

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:36:16
I am not in favour of the arms out wide “apology” for not giving a penal offence – it’s a great decision Mr. Referee – sell it …..

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:33:58
Is this game heading for a key moment – a “trigger point” which will require the refereeing team to increase their involvement ?

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:31:46
The far-side Assistant Referee is doing especially well as the USA defense are not utilising a flat back four, there always seems to be one player ‘out-of-line’

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:28:47
That was just an unlucky collision ……

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:26:11
Caution for USA 15 for persistent infringement – lets’ keep an eye on him ….

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:22:54
The referee moved wider that time as the ball approached the penalty area ….

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:20:36
In the first 20 minutes we have seen 2 technical errors by the referee – but it doesn’t seem to have affected his confidence and man-management

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:18:22
That was not technically sound, the referee blew his whistle and then allowed play to continue …..

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:16:37
Look how the referee is ‘squeezing’ play as attacks develop close to his Assistant, i.e. shortening the distance between himself an the play …..

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:13:37
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RCT at 2014-06-26 17:12:47
Would you have applied the clause, or would you wish to keep tight control so early in the game ?

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:11:42
Caution for Germany 4 – but surely a chance to play ‘advantage’ ….

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:10:40
Object lesson in movement as the referee sprints up field ……..

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:07:21
Good relaxed dialogue between player and assistant – nice to see a smile …..

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:06:11
His body language is ‘relaxed’ and he looks the part …..

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:04:51
No drama as yet – referee keeping a watchful eye on the first 5 minutes …..

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:02:46
Just take an early look at the movement of the far side Assistant Referee – great sideways “crabbing” and then sprinting as required …

RCT at 2014-06-26 17:00:29
Does the referee make allowances for the pitch conditions ?

RCT at 2014-06-26 16:59:44
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RCT at 2014-06-26 16:59:17
For you referee’s out there – do you have a game plan for the first 10 minutes – or do you jut see what unfolds ?

RCT at 2014-06-26 16:55:57
Or did Sven do so when England played Sweden ???

RCT at 2014-06-26 16:55:11
Is this the first time in history that a manager has sung both anthems ?

RCT at 2014-06-26 16:51:34

Irmatov is 36 years old and refereed five matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup including the Opening Match, the Argentina-Germany quarter-final, and a semi-final. At Brazil 2014, he has already taken charge of the Switzerland-Ecuador and Croatia-Mexico encounters.


RCT at 2014-06-26 16:49:10

Welcome to our coverage of USA against Germany , which will be the deciding match to win Group G, and it will be overseen by Ravshan Irmatov , the only Uzbek referee to have officiated at the finals of a FIFA tournament to date.


RCT at 2014-06-26 16:45:37
But I am sure we will not see a repeat of the 1982 farce when Austria and Germany played out a game in tepid style so that both teams qualified…..

RCT at 2014-06-26 16:43:29
It’s a massive day for Klinsmann – a draw would be great for him !!!

at 2014-06-26 16:41:30
20 minutes to kick-off – welcome