Futsal Finals Fall 2013

So to cap off the season and a break from refereeing given the upcoming exams and holidays, this was a match to look forward to late last week. The weather oddly warmed up so you can only see specks of melting snow left on the ground.

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There was some significant pre-game preparations to this match as I helped convene arrangements such as advance gym booking for warm-up time, colour co-ordinating all participants and advertising/promoting the fixture.

We even had a walk-out before the game. The players were pleasantly surprised by it and reacted positively which was nice.

Prior to the game, we warmed-up across the far touchline and it was of interest to players as they watched something different to regular routine games in the league. Another final we had made a good first impression in.

The game was definitely a tight encounter requiring the refs’ full concentration. The game’s footage was great for later review as I have been taking notes and found some useful cases for instructing/assessing. Speaking of instructing, my new interest has been sparked by the latest saga and discussion about Simulation in football.

Surprisingly enough, I punished, having witnessed for the first time, an act of simulation in this final in the second half as the first caution of the match. An attacker was one-on-one with the goalkeeper and after the goalkeeper made a save, the attacker jumped over the goalkeeper and then fell forwards of his own accord. A split hesitation second and I blew the whistle before showing a yellow card. It’s important to note that this isn’t an accumulated foul in Futsal. More on simulation to come later.

Now no more Futsal for a month. At least a month. Probably like… like… a month and two weeks. That’s 45 days?! No futsal. No football. Might as well be putting my head in the ground like an ostrich. And this is why snow sucks.

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