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5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful, 24 Sept. 2011
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This isn't perfect, but it's so much better than nothing. I've been to ref training sessions run by my county FA and begged them to put out something like this, and they've always said "it's impossible because the TV rights are all tied up". So I was really pleased to find someone's sorted that out. Of course it could be better - you are too far away from the action, you aren't getting the referee's line of sight, and it's very different watching a screen instead of being on the pitch - but I thought it worked really well within those limitations. It makes you think about what's reckless, what's a clean tackle and so on with some advice - that's hard to get for a level 7 ref in children's/vets' football.
One of the other reviewers complained that the answers are sometimes inconsistent with the decision that took place on the pitch - I think that's brave of the producers, because they are saying that the real ref got it wrong. After all, the real ref can't replay the clip. There's one at least where I've replayed it several times and I disagree with the answer given (and the real ref!) but that's life.
I don't suppose many football players will watch this, but it would be great if they did. Two reasons: first, appreciating that the ref's job is really hard and we have to make decisions in an instant with no replay. Second, being told again and again that "I got the ball" doesn't always mean "it wasn't a foul"!
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