KH at 2014-07-13 22:39:25


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KH at 2014-07-13 22:36:14


Nicola Rizzoli i compliment you and your team on your performance.


KH at 2014-07-13 22:35:03


Messi lines up to take the kick…………….

KH at 2014-07-13 22:34:12

Two minutes added time signalled by the referee. Now a set piece free klick and perhaps the last chance for Argentina in this World Cup

KH at 2014-07-13 22:32:31

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I hope that the referee continues to do his job and to ensure that he adds the appropriate added time

KH at 2014-07-13 22:29:31

Messi heads over the crossbar

KH at 2014-07-13 22:29:06

Looking at the replays it was a terrific goal. great control and then the positive strike by the German player

KH at 2014-07-13 22:27:04

Less than 6 minutes for Argentina to respond. Are we going to sees little bit of magic from Messi

KH at 2014-07-13 22:26:07

Well what a goal from the player who had started the game on the substitutes bend h. A terrific goal. Now lets see how Argentina react.

KH at 2014-07-13 22:24:47


Good refereeing to insist that the substitutes on the bench sit down.


KH at 2014-07-13 22:23:53

The German player is off having treatment to stop the blood flow. Here he comes back on.

In fairness he did not over react at the illegal challenge

KH at 2014-07-13 22:22:31

The illegal challenge by Aquero was worthy of a RED CARD. The referee clearly was unsighted otherwise he would have taken action

KH at 2014-07-13 22:20:45

Over the communication system used buy the team of officials they will be motivating each other to keep focussed.

KH at 2014-07-13 22:19:35

That was a reckless challenge by the Argentina player worthy of a yellow card

KH at 2014-07-13 22:18:57

The Premier lEAGUE, football League and European Cup games start in the very near future. we will be running REFCAM throughout the coming season.

i hope that you will continue to join us and paticipate in our discussions, Webinars, Seminars and Training Camps

KH at 2014-07-13 22:17:18

At the start of every season it is important for every match official to set S.M.A.R.T Goals and Targets for the coming season.

When Nicola Rizzola set out on his career in refereeing little did he think that he would officiate a World Cup final.

You referees must adopt the same process… look to set your goal to move up the ladder in officiating.

Do you want to officiate your local cup final….then start to look to see how you can achieve this

KH at 2014-07-13 22:13:59

We are moving to the end of the first period of extra time. Is one flash of brilliance or a major error determine the winners of the World Cup.

KH at 2014-07-13 22:12:10

I am sure that referees who I have met over the years and who have been in the middle at this World Cup will be watching in on this game. To Ben Williams ( Australia) Peter O Leary (New Zealand) Mark Geiger (USA) and our own Howard Webb I offer my sincere congratulations. You have represented your Country at this World Cup and I offer you my sincere congratulations. I do hope that you will in the future pass on your skill sets to other referees in your respective countries.

We offer you our Website and hope that you will join us and contribute to our ambition of opening up our experience in the game to educate and inform other stakeholders

KH at 2014-07-13 22:05:46

Another chance for Argentina

KH at 2014-07-13 22:04:47

Just take a look at the tension on the faces of the fans

KH at 2014-07-13 22:04:04


Referee on the spot to award the free kick

KH at 2014-07-13 22:03:35

These are tense times for both teams. This is the World Cup Final and no one wants to make a mistake, including the officials

KH at 2014-07-13 22:01:17

Goalkeeper takes the throw in.


KH at 2014-07-13 22:00:07


What a start to extra time….great save by the goalkeeper of Argentina

KH at 2014-07-13 21:57:32

I do not recall Sheffield United getting so many mentions at a World Cup!!


KH at 2014-07-13 21:56:41

From Bramall Lane to HALL OF FAME.

Sabella is 30 minutes away from becoming a legend

KH at 2014-07-13 21:55:43

The referee will be using this stoppage before additional time to take liquids on board. he will also be reminding his colleagues to continue to be vigilant.


KH at 2014-07-13 21:54:13

You have to admire the fitness standards of the modern referee. These FIFA officials have throughout the tournament demonstrated a very high standard.

In England referees at all levels of the game are preparing to take their fitness test.

Please ensure that you have prepared well. Do not hesitate to contact us if you want advice on training programmes etc.

KH at 2014-07-13 21:49:37

Fourth official raises the Board to indicate the minimum amount of added time…THREE MINUTES

KH at 2014-07-13 21:47:56


Congratulations Klose you have had a terrific World Cup career holding the record for the number of goals scored

KH at 2014-07-13 21:46:41

Germany also looking to sub when the ball goes out of play

KH at 2014-07-13 21:45:09


Five minutes to go and we are heading for extra time. Argentina introduce their third substitute

KH at 2014-07-13 21:44:09


At 6pm GMT we will be tomorrow reviewing the World Cup

KH at 2014-07-13 21:42:20

Are we going to see some magic from Messi? or is Klose going to add to his record.

KH at 2014-07-13 21:40:54

A good move by Germany with a weak shot on goal

KH at 2014-07-13 21:37:54


Substitution taking place for Argentina. The players begin to see the clock ticking down towards 90 and the tension starts to rise. No player at this stage of the game want to make a mistake so opt for safety play

KH at 2014-07-13 21:36:06

With the aid of the communication kit the referee is able to ensure that the players he is cautioning are recorded by the fourth official and at least one assistant. This will avoid any problem on the card count with players and avoid the problem that Graham Poll encountered some years ago,

KH at 2014-07-13 21:33:27

Have a quick look at my blog on Penalty kicks from the mark to decide the winner of a game…..are we heading in that direction?

KH at 2014-07-13 21:31:54

Referee taking no chances and awards a free kick to Argentina

KH at 2014-07-13 21:31:05


Refereeing slowing it down…thats a good example of how to come in and impose authority

KH at 2014-07-13 21:29:57

Germany had a chance

KH at 2014-07-13 21:28:41

We need a little more energy from the performance of the referee. Reduce the distance between you and the players, gain closer proximity to play. Be prepared to get in and impose your authority.

KH at 2014-07-13 21:26:42


Slow things down, don’t apply advantage,  and come into the game a little more.

Go for safe refereeing

KH at 2014-07-13 21:25:30


Another yellow card correctly administered to Aquero. The tension, frustration coming into the game. The Referee now needs to step up a gear and start to manage the event to get through this challenging period. It is about CONTROL….

KH at 2014-07-13 21:23:57


A lunging reckless challenge receiving a correct yellow card to the Argentine player. Nice carding technique from the referee.

KH at 2014-07-13 21:22:26

There was a clear case of holding inside the penalty area by the defender. NO action taken by the referee.

Please do not let your standards slip

KH at 2014-07-13 21:19:09

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Was tage referee correct to award a free kick to Germany after the challenge by the German goalkeeper

KH at 2014-07-13 21:17:26

Goalkeeper  and forward challenge. Referee appears to have adopted a safe refereeing approach giving a free kick to the defending team.

I would have expected a free kick to have been awarded to Argentina

KH at 2014-07-13 21:14:37

Free kick for holding inside the penalty area looked harsh. I could not see an offence

KH at 2014-07-13 21:13:46

Referee applied advantage

KH at 2014-07-13 21:13:21

The movement of this referee continues to impress me. He does have that ability to apply a dynamic sprint when required.

He is always looking to adopt a good viewing position without taking up players space

KH at 2014-07-13 21:11:05

German team off to a rather slow start in this second half allowing Argentina to come onto them. Is this a change of tactic?

KH at 2014-07-13 21:09:06

Free kick to Argentina

KH at 2014-07-13 21:07:28


Messi allowed to go forward and have a shot on goal. this is another terrific decision by the Assistant

Look how tight the call is. Position, wait and see technique then flagged raised for offside.

Well done Assistant One

KH at 2014-07-13 21:05:50

Assistant One called to make another offside decision…….correct

KH at 2014-07-13 21:04:31

Referee at halftime will have reviewed the first half performance and had the appropriate intake of liquid.

H swill be happy…however this is only the first part of the game. Now he starts again

KH at 2014-07-13 21:03:24

Gordon M

I like your answer to wait for the incident to occur before taking action.

Frankly if i heard this I would ensure that before the kick off the Manager is made aware that I have heard his comment and that I would be reporting him to the appropriate authorities.

I would advise his players that I have heard the comment and will be observing closely their behaviour out on the field of play.

Thanks for the response Gordon, Ian and others

KH at 2014-07-13 21:00:06

Ian M makes an excellent observation about the method adopted by the referee manhandling the players to take them away from the scene of confrontation.

Ian this is dangerous practice and if a player was to fall over and injure himself then the referee has a big problem. The referee can impose authority without contact with players.


KH at 2014-07-13 20:55:51


Rather sad that this will be Alan Hansens last game in the pundits chair for BBC.

I must say over the years I have enjoyed listening to his views.

KH at 2014-07-13 20:53:48

After the match you may want to tune into YATR TV and Cards on the Table. Alan Biggs interviewed BBC Gary Mowbray who is commentating on the game tonight for BBC TV


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At halftime you are walking past the changing rooms. You overhear the away team manager ordering his players to injure the home side`s star winger and make sure he does not finish the match


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KH at 2014-07-13 20:48:16

His flagging technique might not be the best but that was a terrific offside decision from Assistant One…..good example of gaining an advantage by being in an offside position

Excellent first half for the team of officials

KH at 2014-07-13 20:46:48

Two minutes added time so here is a question for you.

How many caps did Argentina player Ossie Ardiles receive for representing his country

KH at 2014-07-13 20:43:37

Moving towards halftime….Referee needs just to step up to bring the half to a satisfactory conclusion. Do not relax

KH at 2014-07-13 20:41:55

Here we go…….it was a foul but no need to pressure the referee

The surrounding of referees is unacceptable

KH at 2014-07-13 20:40:36

Referee in a terrific position to judge the challenge…Well done

KH at 2014-07-13 20:40:00

Another great run by Messi

KH at 2014-07-13 20:39:15


i must say that the body language of this referee is terrific. He looks calm and this enables the referees to gain confidence in his approach. This may help the control later in the game when frustration starts to show.

Calm at the moment but the storm will come

KH at 2014-07-13 20:37:25

Corner given…did the whole of the ball go out of play….

Referee now gives offside!!

KH at 2014-07-13 20:36:08

Eleven minutes to go to halftime and the heat is coming into the game. Here the referee can put his foot on the ball by slowing things down.


KH at 2014-07-13 20:34:47

Out comes the second yellow card ….I have to say that this should;d have been RED.

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KH at 2014-07-13 20:33:10

Another foul and a little theatre from the Argentine player. A nonsense.

KH at 2014-07-13 20:31:53

First substitution for Germany. Remember that head injury earlier in the game. When this happens it is good for the Referee to keep a watching brief on the player

KH at 2014-07-13 20:30:52

Amazing that both assistants come into the game 30 minutes into the match with terrific offside decisions

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KH at 2014-07-13 20:29:05

Shot on goal hits the post. OFFSIDE FLAG FROM ASSISTANT ONE. Terrific decision

First yellow card in this World Cup…Correct decision by the referee

KH at 2014-07-13 20:26:11

I hope that you up and coming referees are monitoring the movement of this referee on the field of play. He maintains good proximity to play. Happy to move laterally across the field of play to monitor play.

KH at 2014-07-13 20:23:58

The game is really flowing well with no dramas for the referee. This gives him scope for later in the game

KH at 2014-07-13 20:22:47

Advantage applied to Germany, illegal challenge by Argentina player

KH at 2014-07-13 20:21:46

I am sure that the referee will be happy to bank the first twenty minutes of this game. The players just want to get on with it.

KH at 2014-07-13 20:20:47

Well what a miss, a big let off for Germany

KH at 2014-07-13 20:20:19

Muller theatrical and the referee correct to give nothing. I would however like to see him apply a quiet word with the player going down

KH at 2014-07-13 20:18:40

Viewing this head injury I would liked to have seen the referee stop play immediately. If he did not see it then his colleagues could have assisted him by way of the communication system

KH at 2014-07-13 20:17:35

I would like to compliment Massimo Bussaca the Head of FIFA Referees. He as certainly ensured that grappling in the penalty area is a thing of the past

KH at 2014-07-13 20:16:01

Good dynamic sprint by the referee covering the quick break

KH at 2014-07-13 20:15:00

The referees at this World Cup have set an excellent standard for set piece management. The spray having a positive effect.


KH at 2014-07-13 20:14:00

Now that was late and from behind.

KH at 2014-07-13 20:12:26

A good opening to the game with both teams adopting a positive attacking approach.

The referee able to let it breathe with little interference but taking up excellent monitoring positions

KH at 2014-07-13 20:10:58

Assistant two on the far touchline demonstrating much better technique

KH at 2014-07-13 20:10:19

You top assistants looking in will have already seen how the assistant one is carrying the flag with a bent arm….not good enough at this level

KH at 2014-07-13 20:09:01

What a run by Messi and well done Nicola for keeping in contact with play by applying a dynamic sprint

KH at 2014-07-13 20:08:00

Referee rightly conserving energy, walking when appropriate and looking calm and relaxed

KH at 2014-07-13 20:06:03

Poor flag technique by Assistant One. When he was running the flag was not been held vertically down.

KH at 2014-07-13 20:04:26

A poor free kick by Germany

KH at 2014-07-13 20:03:42

Referee spot on with the foul for unfair impeding. A silly foul and now for the control of the first set piece and then the referee taking up a good viewing position. Essential to get the 10 yards (9.15m)

KH at 2014-07-13 20:02:00

The nerves will be there for us to witness in the opening minutes of the game

KH at 2014-07-13 20:00:23

Amazing looking at former Sheffield United player Alex Sebella the Head Coach of Argentina

The few seconds wait for television, the whistle goes

KH at 2014-07-13 19:58:03

Will Messi produce that little bit of magic and beat for me the best World cup goal to date scored by Robin Van Persie.

Germany are a formidable side and a few months ago I predicted in a publication of the Sports Trader that they would win the World Cup.

KH at 2014-07-13 19:55:50

The Referee, Assistants and the players enter the field walking past the World Cup.

Now for the Anthems, a time for the Referee to relax and focus on the match ahead.

KH at 2014-07-13 19:53:57

I remember a game a few years ago when Mascherano the Argentina player lost his composure with referee Steve Bennett. He was guilty of a reckless challenge and correctly received a yellow card. Minutes later showing dissent the colour of the card changed to red.

Beware referee he can be a real problem.


KH at 2014-07-13 19:49:27

Modern referees are also encouraged to prepare thoroughly and to know the players that they are going to control.

Messi with his change of pace and terrific skills can catch you out if you blow for a foul on him too quickly.

He has the skill to recover from a foul and that quick blast of pace that can put him into a positive attacking position. So important  for the referee to use those few seconds holding onto the whistle to determine if an advantage is a positive decision  to make.

Use the few seconds that the law allows you to apply



KH at 2014-07-13 19:41:26




Asst 1         RENATO FAVERANI

Asst 2         ANDREA STEFANI


Good evening everyone and a big thank you for joining us to this our World Cup Final Refcam.

I hope that you will be prepared to let us have your views and questions that might arise during the course of the game.

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So let me give you an insight into the activities of a Referee and his team leading up to a game.

The build up to the game by Nicola Rizzoli and his team of officials will have been carefully planned to ensure that he is in a good place physically and mentally.

He will have this morning with his colleagues been for a light training session.

This will have been in the Maracana the World Cup Final stadium.

Familiarity with the geography of the stadium is essential in order to help calm those nerves.

He will have stuck rigidly to his usual build up which will have included a light pasta based meal with appropriate consumption of an energy drink.

His fourth official will need to ensure that he helps prepare for the final filling in the appropriate paperwork once team sheets have been exchanged 90 minutes prior to kick off.

Duplicate substitution boards will have their batteries checked; hovering around will be FIFAs Stadium controller and the Referee Assessor.

On the door of the dressing room will be a COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF SHEET

This indicates timings of all events and the time the match officials are expected to leave their dressing rooms for the routine stud and inspection that takes place in the tunnel area. It is important that players do not wear any rings, ear studs etc to ensure that they conform to law.

The world’s eyes are on one man, the referee to get the game underway.

Four years ago England’s Howard Webb, Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey were in this position.

Three people with ambition coupled with sacrifice and hard work were achieving their ambition.

In 1970 it was former colleague JACK TAYLOR who I am sure will be looking from on high and who was inducted this year in the National Football Museum Hall of Fame.