at 2014-06-20 22:25:06

Final Summary

The main discussion points for the Referee will be:

Positive – Overall Match Control, Player Management and Personality. Good judgements of penalty kicks whether given or not.

Areas to think about and consider would be – No 15 Swiss Reckless challenge ( yellow card in the 80th minute would have been correct)

The referee choose to manage this situation and the outcome was that the game tempo did increase which then resulted in the No 6 of France receiving a yellow card for his foul on the No 15 of Swiss. We discussed the positioning of the referee at half time and I am sure that you will have viewed this in the 2nd half through my BLOG. The Key decision that will be a learning curve for all referees throughout their careers was the timing of the final whistle. You have to remained focussed and retain full concentration right to the very end of the game and just to delay your whistle until it is definitely safe to blow for half and full time. The consequences as we saw tonight resulted in a goal being scored by France only to be disallowed because the referee had blown his whistle for full time a split second earlier. I am sure that this will be a topic that Keith Hackett will discuss in more detail in his BLOG. Both Assistants displayed a positive aspect on Offside judgements both active and non active. We discussed the inconsistency at free kicks by each Assistant at half time and also the flag technique by the far side Assistant – flag always needs to be in the hand closer to play, visible for the referee – signals  .

Many thanks again for your company this evening don’t forget to send in your comments on the areas that we have discussed tonight – Vanishing Spray, Final Whistle (make sure it is a safe time to blow your whistle) Positioning by the Referee in Open Play, Assistant Referee Flag Technique and any other views that you have on your mind for tonights game.  at you-are-the-ref.com –

Join us again tomorrow for Argentina v Iran K.O. 17.00hrs


at 2014-06-20 21:58:26

Referee blows his whistle for full time just before Benzema No 10 scores for France, the goal does not count, but the question here is the timing of the referees whistle for full time, in my opinion the referee should have just delayed for a second or two longer to see the outcome of the shot. just imagine if the score had been much closer and the controversy that would then have occurred at the final whistle!!

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at 2014-06-20 21:51:33

Last few moments now referee needs to keep his focus

at 2014-06-20 21:49:12

1st Yellow card 6 France on No 15 Swiss who has been involved in a number of challenges in the last 10 minutes as I have previously mentioned. 3 minutes added time shown by the 4th Official

at 2014-06-20 21:47:07

Goal to Swiss now 5 – 2 great non flag from far side Assistant as non active Swiss player coming back offside not active, player onside moves forward.

at 2014-06-20 21:45:25

Another free kick to Swiss the referee makes the decision to award a free kick with no further action.

at 2014-06-20 21:44:23

Free kick to France Swiss 15 again with a careless challenge  would a yellow card some 7 minutes earlier in this game, avoided this challenge? and the reaction from the French Player. Referee speaks to Swiss 15 clearly indicating the number of fouls he has committed

at 2014-06-20 21:41:11

Free kick to France, referee awards from a close position

at 2014-06-20 21:40:33

Free kick to Swiss, vanishing spray being used to line up defensive wall 9.15 metres who remain behind the line. From this free kick a goal is scored now 5 -1. Sub for France 8 off 15 on

at 2014-06-20 21:38:17

Good view from nearside Assistant. This now one sided game can seem easy but they have their challenges with potential indiscipline

at 2014-06-20 21:35:38

Free kick to France No 15 Swiss in my opinion reckless on a French Player and he is in my opinion fortunate not to receive a yellow card. Frustration is increasing with the Swiss

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at 2014-06-20 21:32:06

Goal No 18 France to make the score 5-0 to France, how will the Swiss react now to their highest World Cup defeat. Tempo will increase as will the Match Officials focus, concentration and work rate need to adjust accordingly

at 2014-06-20 21:29:57

Good crabbing and flag for free kick by Assistant far side who has felt that it would be beneficial to come a few metres onto the field of play to assist the referee with the restart of play. Good teamwork noted and this would have been included in the referees pre match instructions

at 2014-06-20 21:27:12

Sub Swiss 9 off 19 on

at 2014-06-20 21:26:56

Free kick to France deep defensive position, referee moves in this time. From the free kick and move in play goal to France No. 10 = 4 – 0. Very good non flag for offside by nearside Assistant who has to be level with the 2nd rearmost defender to make this accurate non offside judgement.

at 2014-06-20 21:24:20

France No 6 injured, well managed and controlled by referee, who is keeping a view on this scenario. No 5 of France leaves the field of play to be substituted by No. 21 of France

at 2014-06-20 21:22:41

Goal kick signal followed by Laws of the game TEXT BOOK substitution signal by far side Assistant good communication by Assistant. France Sub 9 off 19 on

at 2014-06-20 21:20:20

No penalty kick to France, referee in good position to make this judgement, No 2 France goes to ground

at 2014-06-20 21:18:52

Corner kick to France, good position adopted by the referee, free kick to France

at 2014-06-20 21:18:00

Referee again well placed free kick to Swiss, again notice the whistle tone and static position of the referee to control the management of this free kick which is positive noting the referees overall control of this game

at 2014-06-20 21:16:07

In my earlier BLOG in this half, I mentioned about the commentators comment about Excessive challenges and a new rule??? Can I clarify = Foul challenges should always be evaluated as careless = free kick no yellow card, reckless = free kick and yellow card and excessive force challenges = red card

at 2014-06-20 21:12:36

Another free kick to the Swiss, Referee awards and remains static looking in. Positive Body Language displayed.

at 2014-06-20 21:11:35

Let us see how the tempo develops this half with the Swiss to penetrate, free kick to the Swiss, careless challenge. Here comes the spray, I love it, what a fantastic idea! did you read my half time summary of this? what do you think? corner kick to Swiss

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at 2014-06-20 21:08:51

Free kick to France, Referee well placed to judged

at 2014-06-20 21:08:25

Previous mention by the ITV commentator on the no penalty award to Swiss about new rules of excessive force? I am not aware of new rules

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at 2014-06-20 21:05:31

Swiss sub at half time, referee close to play to award no penalty to Swiss, which is correct, throw in then awarded to Swiss.

at 2014-06-20 21:03:41

Referee gets the 2nd half underway

at 2014-06-20 21:00:47

During this game I mentioned about the vanishing spray although we have not seen it in use yet in this game! My thoughts are:

The vanishing spray is an innovative idea and I love it!, these are the benefits that I have seen so far:


1.       It is an aid to the referee to assist with ball placement and to be clear where the defensive wall should be standing

2.       Ideal for attacking players taking the free kicks to achieve the best possible shot on goal with the defensive wall back the correct 9.15m distance and this also allows the shot to be bent around the defensive wall

3.       Excellent entertainment for the paying customers to see more flair players attacking with shots on goal

4.       I have noticed that the time taking these ceremonial free kicks has quicken up and this has to be an improvement with increased playing time

5.       Will this brilliant idea be implemented in the Premier League next season? Should it be?

6.       What about the Football League will they consider it? Should they?

7.       Email your thoughts about what you like about the vanishing spray and maybe you have other ideas where this could be extended to be used during the game?

  1. I have not as yet seen a yellow card for failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a free kick at these set piece free kicks have you? Please comment? This has to be preventative which is better than cure!

9.      Please  let us know your thoughts, could it be extended to be used in any other situations?

Don’t forget to also look at Hackett’s Blog for the latest up to date news, views and excellent comment! I am sure that he will be commenting on this innovative idea!

at 2014-06-20 20:57:56

The Match Officials will now be reflecting on the 1st half what has gone well and more importantly what they need to address in the 2nd half there will also be a discussion around team tactics, game tempo, players and the match plan for the remainder of the game. Plenty of fluid will also be taken in preparation for the demands that the 2nd half will bring. My main observations would be the positives are the referees match control, he is working hard to keep the game flowing and manage players. No sanctions have been issued as yet, I wonder if this will continue?, how will the Swiss react in the 2nd half being 3-0 down. The 2 areas to have a think about would be as I raised my pre match BLOG. The Assistant nearside indicated for a free kick, where as the far side Assistant in a similar situation did not? What were the Referees pre match instructions. In my pre game brief I mentioned to have a look at the Referees Positioning and Movement, I have raised about him moving more into the left channel and also at times rather static when play is on the move? Match Control which is key has not been in any doubt. What do you think?

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at 2014-06-20 20:48:18

Referee blows his whistle for half time with France leading 3 – 0

at 2014-06-20 20:47:05

The Referee is currently remaining fairly static as play moves towards his Assistant nearside, a movement closer to play would be beneficial, keep on the move, this adds credibility to your decision making process. No free by corner flag, play is allowed to continue. 2 minutes added time

at 2014-06-20 20:44:41

It is important that Assistant Referees retain the flag in the hand nearest to the Referee, this is not always the case in this game and it is key as a communication factor to the referee. Keep your eyes on this part of the Assistants performance

at 2014-06-20 20:42:13

Quick break by France from Swiss Corner kick, Referee has worked hard on the quick break in his movement and pace to achieve the best possible view. Goal….3 – 0 to France

at 2014-06-20 20:40:22

Advantage played by the referee to Swiss, good signal and well communicated, results in a corner kick to Swiss

at 2014-06-20 20:38:27

Assistants Body Language far side looked rather casual and not as alert in his movement as he had been early on. Positive body language is so important for Assistants

at 2014-06-20 20:36:27

No foul to Swiss, Referee close to play and allows play to continue

at 2014-06-20 20:35:38

No free kick awarded to Swiss, nearside Assistant would have had a better view in this situation

at 2014-06-20 20:33:59

No 20 of Swiss Foul tackle on No 10 of France. Referee makes a good angle to detect this foul. Penalty taken saved

at 2014-06-20 20:31:16

The referee in the first 30 thirty minutes is being very proactive in his management of this game, tempo increasing, game becoming more competitive. Referee is getting caught in the channel so he needs to adjust his inside left position

at 2014-06-20 20:28:42

10 Swiss player offside, no goal, Assistant nearside, correct judgement

at 2014-06-20 20:27:45

Good support from Assistant nearside to support the referee with a free kick. The far side Assistant did not flag earlier for a similar free kick, so I would suggest that there is a slight inconsistency here

at 2014-06-20 20:26:00

Good shot on goal by 10 France the referee , the referee has made good and movement to obtain the best view

at 2014-06-20 20:23:15

Free kick to Swiss, referee moves in quickly and manages the situation

at 2014-06-20 20:22:21

Referee speaks to 2 Swiss and 9 France calming down word, then free kick to France

at 2014-06-20 20:20:19

At half time I will be giving a brief overview of the use of the vanishing spray, please contact us with your views it will be very interesting  to hear your views on the points that I will be making

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at 2014-06-20 20:18:07

Within twenty seconds a quick break and 2-0 to France

at 2014-06-20 20:17:03

Corner kick to France goal 1-0 now we will see the tempo increase

at 2014-06-20 20:16:11

Good sharp and positive throw in signal from Assistant far side, did you notice his concentration and focus

AM at 2014-06-20 20:12:29

2 France foul on 18 Swiss , firm whistle from referee, who is using his whistle to make it talk for him, dependant on the severity of the foul

AM at 2014-06-20 20:11:22

Have you noticed the good view the referee is adopting from goal keeper clearances, close but not too close

AM at 2014-06-20 20:09:44

No 9 France high foot on No 5 Swiss, free kick correctly awarded, referee quickly in to defuse any potential reaction from players, the referee is looking to manage these situations early in the game, plenty of talking to players from both teams. No 5 of Swiss leaves the field of play. No 4 is on as Substitute for No 5 of Swiss

AM at 2014-06-20 20:06:25

Benzema close to scoring

AM at 2014-06-20 20:05:57

No free kick to Switzerland, referee well placed to judge with a hand movement no free kick, this sells it well to both players and spectators

AM at 2014-06-20 20:04:23

Early free kick to France, see how the referee takes control and insists on the correct ball placement

AM at 2014-06-20 20:03:24

Good focus, concentration and positive flag from far side Assistant, good start

AM at 2014-06-20 20:01:49

Good early crabbing movement from both Assistants noted, with good focus and concentration

AM at 2014-06-20 20:00:19

Bjorn Kuipers gets us underway in the sunshine in Salvadore

AM at 2014-06-20 19:44:35

Did you witness the excellent performance of Howard Webb from England in last night’s game. He gave an exceptional performance in refereeing one of which we can all continue to learn from. Well done Howard and his Assistants Darren Cann and Mike Mularkey. It was his first game in this World Cup Final and he is sure to go a long way yet again. Don’t forget to look at Keith Hackett’s Daily Blog @ You Are The Ref. com for an update.

AM at 2014-06-20 19:36:47

Good Evening and welcome to The Arena Fonte Nova Stadium which is situated in Salvador for the 3rd match of Group E between Switzerland and France. The Stadium has a capacity of 48,747 and will be hosting 6 games. Both Teams have won their respective opening games so this will be a real test for both looking to top this Group.

Tonight’s Referee is Referee: Björn KUIPERS (NED)

Assistant Referee 1:Sander VAN ROEKEL (NED)Assistant Referee 2: Erwin ZEINSTRA (NED)

We wish them all the best, including 4th official Svein Moen from Norway and the Reserve Assistant Referee Kim Haglund also from Norway. Bjorn Kuipers and his two Assistants officiated their first game in this tournament between England and Italy on 14.06.14.

Bjorn Kuipers positive points in this game were his good foul detection, match control, good approach to this game and also his game plan. Let us also have a careful look at his positioning and movement for this game and let us know your views at:

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Enjoy the game and thanks for your company!

Andy Martin