Tag: red card

“I still know how to ref adult foorball games” – Rodric Leerling

surprised refLast weekend I was assigned to an adult game. Surprisingly so, as for the last three years I’ve only worked youth leagues after my sudden switch, late 2013.

I must admit I’ve enjoyed it. Teams were playing well, although I needed my cards to stay in control. I even had to issue a red card already after 18 mins, but even that one was hardly debated. Both teams thanked me for a good game and one coach even apologized for being too loud. I had hardly noticed it.

The only thing that went wrong was the home teamĀ“s wifi connection, blocking me from access to the digital game form. We had to write a separate note with signatures from both team managers to agree on my admin to be handled afterwards, at home. Well, that was my plan, but it proved to be impossible to access my game form on my computer. The FA had to do it on Monday morning. The winning team already emailed them asking why they were not showing top of the table.

To my own surprise it felt good reffing adults again. I might even consider going back to this league after finishing this new season. If only for the spectators on the stands and the more formal reception at the club house.

“Rare Double Yellow” – Rodric Leerling

doubleyellowIn a relatively short game of 2×25 minutes, it doesn’t happen a lot. Double yellow and thus ejection from the game. Last week it was the first time for me after years of futsal reffing.

It was a game full of irritation. Early in the game I was asked by the guest team to pay special attention to the home captain. Shortly before he apparently punched his opponent in the stomach and I missed it. His opponent was gasping on the floor for air. I allowed their coach to check him out but one of home players thought he should intervene and started pulling the coach away. Weird action and it was rewarded by me with his first yellow. He kept talking, basically telling his coach he was pulled first. Yeh, right.

In the second half he again committed a foul and was sent off after showing his second yellow and thus red. No more blabla this time but accepting his punishment. None of his teammates complained and they didn’t even have to sit out the full 5 minutes penalty as the guests kept punching their goal. They won 2-12.

I would report ‘total game frustration’ as reason if the futsal association would ask for one. Guess not.