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The role of the officials
The role of the officials

They say that the men and women in black are having a good game if you don't notice them.

It's the one with the whistle - the referee - who takes charge of a match, with the help of two assistant referees.

In professional matches, a fourth official is also involved.

The referee enforces the laws of the game, awarding free-kicks if there is any foul play and keeping a check on the time.

The ref can also postpone, stop, suspend or call off a match if there are weather or crowd problems.

The assistant referee helps out with decisions such as throw-ins and offsides and sometimes will have a better view of incidents than the referee.

The fourth official is based on the touchline, assisting with substitutions and keeping a check on the managers.





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