Friday 26 August 2011

Assistant Referees and Blind Spots

The following incident was missed during the EPL match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs on Monday 22 August 2011. The match finished 3—0.

In the 87th minute, an offside decision was missed during a Manchester United throw in. Subsequently, a goal was scored (United's third goal by Wayne Rooney) which brings, or should bring, some concern to match officials who wish to avoid such situations from happening in future.

Throw in to Manchester United (red), who are attacking Tottenham Hotspurs' goal

The thower is in an offside position when the ball is played forward by his teammate

ARs should be especially careful when play is close and right in front of them. It is a challenge to keep in line with the second-last defender and to keep a perspective of the situation unfolding in front of them. With play so close, the situation can be likened to a potential "blind spot"since it is difficult to focus and see clearly when something is happening right in front of our eyes.

HKRef Tip: Perhaps the AR should try to stand a few yards back from the touch line and keep in line with the second-to-last defender.

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