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    Mark Clattenburg was talking to Alex Griffiths

    I started refereeing in 1990 as a schoolboy who dreamed of playing for my beloved Newcastle United.

    That dream was quickly dispelled by my PE teacher at Cramlington High School, who told me I should take up refereeing, as I … Continue

      Mark Saggers was talking to Alex Griffiths

      However the Football Association want to dress up their latest feeble attempt to keep up, don’t tell me it has anything to do with transparency!

      Having studied the membership of the so-called diving panel set up before the season started, … Continue

        By Alan Biggs

        The Football Association’s attempt to deter divers appears to have fallen under its first challenge. And there was very little reason for it to “go down,” according to You Are The Ref experts.

        That is the irony of the fact … Continue

          Joining Alan Biggs on The Ref Show this week were ex Football League referee Dean Mohareb and former Sheffield United and the scorer of the first ever goal in the Premier League Brian Deane. High on the agenda were the … Continue

            By Sonia Denoncourt

            YATR North America Academy Director

            13th October 2017: Esther Staubli breaks the gender and takes charge at U17 World Cup in India.

            Switzerland’s Esther Staubli made history by becoming the first European female referee – and only the second … Continue

            You Are The Ref send our congratulations to Swiss elite referee Esther Staubli. She will be the first European female referee to officiate a game in a FIFA men’s tournament. Esther officiated the UEFA Euro 2017 final. She has been
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              The Premier League should be back with the right kind of bang following an international break that did not leave quite everyone twiddling their thumbs.

              World Cup qualification, UEFA under-19s and the FIFA under-17s in India have kept some busy Continue

                Kim Milton Nielsen was talking to Alex Griffiths

                It’s World Cup play-off time again and the whole of Denmark will have its eyes on the draw to be made on Tuesday in Zurich, Switzerland.

                When most people think of the national team, and I mean even non-Danish people, … Continue

                  The Steve Prescott Foundation Press Release

                  The you-are-the-ref.com Kilimanjaro Challenge climbing party left Manchester airport on Wednesday to start their journey to Tanzania via Istanbul. The team of 44 will not only be tackling Mount Kilimanjaro but will also attempt the Guinness Book of World Records … Continue

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