The Secret Ref

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a match official in the biggest league in the world? We’ve a group of former referees who give us an insider’s look into the unseen world of professional football, through the eyes of the much loathed role of a referee. They’ve been there, done it, and are now ready to provide us a tale or two, reminiscing and reflecting back on their careers.

Stoppage Time

The Secret Ref | Only a matter of time before time is called on...

There seems to be a widespread misunderstanding when it comes to additional time in particular and timekeeping in general. The only thing likely to hold...
Assistant Referee standing near the technical area

The Secret Ref | Let top assistants step up and apply Law 12 like...

A big worry on reviewing this season's SG1 performances so far would surely be: are assistants tending to think, 'that's just too big a...

The Secret Ref | And here’s the bad news

If I have an issue with my experience transitioning from refereeing at amateur level to the professional ranks that issue would be how the...

The Secret Ref: It’s true, you CAN be in too good a position!

The game where I learned the lesson that you can be in too good a position came with most unfortunate timing, as it was...

The Secret Ref’s YATR début: Let’s all keep our eyes and ears open!

The hunt continues for those guilty of racially abusing Heung-min Son at the Spurs-Millwall FA Cup quarter-final and the sooner this is punished and...
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