Connect with us


Asia brings in extra refs for goalmouth incidents

New Delhi (AFP) – Asia’s football body said Thursday it would use extra referees to help stamp out goalmouth controversies in its top competitions, falling into line with Europe.

The additional assistant referees will patrol each goal area, helping out with the goal line, penalty and offside decisions that can be critical to a game’s outcome.

They will be used from the quarter-finals of next year’s AFC Champions League and AFC Cup, and also at the national-level Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.

An Asian Football Confederation statement said the assistants would “give referees additional support when a decision has to be taken around the penalty area, to help make decisions on the goal line and assist in making offside decisions”.

It follows a steady flow of incidents, including Japan’s disallowed goal in this month’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying loss to UAE, when the ball clearly crossed the line.

Competitions organised by European body UEFA already have extra referees watching the goal, and World Cups and European Championships also employ goal line technology.

The AFC’s referees committee, meeting in Goa, also recommended introducing referee coaches for officials dealing with the ongoing 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The coaches “will act as mentors to younger referees. This is in line with the AFC’s vision and mission to be the leading confederation”, a statement said.

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $69.99/mo. for Entertainment package
  • Watch World Cup, Euro 2024 & MLS
  • Includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 + local channels
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in Asia

Translate »