Hackett's Verdict

By Keith Hackett

The Premier League kicked off with a terrific game served up by Arsenal and Leicester City. A game that demonstrated why Mike Dean is one of our top referees.

However Mike and the game were let down by the Premier … Continue

By Keith Hackett

The start of a new season sees many people making their predictions on who will win the Premier League and who will be relegated.

It's a celebration of 25 years of a league that continues to grow - although I … Continue

By Keith Hackett

One of the most likeable guys in officiating has decided to call it a day.

Dave Bryan has had a terrific career, carrying the flag in World Cup Qualifiers to Championship Play Offs and of course several years at the … Continue

By Keith Hackett

I was delighted to learn that The Football Association have, following further consultation, updated their Guidelines for Temporary Dismissals (sin bins) that will be operating in selected leagues throughout England on an experimental basis. One of my concerns was answered … Continue

Our team at You are the Ref was delighted to receive the letter that I have copied in below outlining the real benefits of becoming a Referee Academy member.

We have a terrific team of referee experts who are on … Continue

By Keith Hackett

The Laws of the Game are currently cast in stone in that the sole timekeeper for the game is the referee.

I can recall in 1960, having just passed my test to become a referee, being advised that I needed … Continue

You Are The Ref sends our condolences to the family of former Football League referee John Key who passed away over the weekend at his home in Cyprus. John was a real character and was certainly straight talking.

After a … Continue

Our three Coaches Mark Halsey, Glenn Turner and Guy Beale arrived back home after delivering a series of  workshops on and off the field in Medellin, Columbia.

They received a standing ovation in recognition of the success of the course … Continue

With a minimum 22 cameras at every English Premier League game and every Football League game scrutinized by Television. DIVERS BE AWARE.

I applaud The Football Association for taking positive action to eradicate players guilty of acts of simulation (Diving). Continue

Our Referee Academy members were recently treated to the second live webinar and Q&A event.

Our plan is to deliver at least one webinar each month allowing our academy members the opportunity to tune in to a detailed presentation online … Continue

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