You are the Ref: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide to the Laws of Football Hardcover – 3 Jun 2010
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A unique guide to the laws of football illustrated by legendary artist Paul Trevillion
About the Author
Paul Trevillion is the author of over twenty books. He is perhaps best known for his work on Roy of the Rovers in the 1960s, and his work is avidly collected by sporting professionals and fans alike.
Keith Stuart Hackett is an English former football referee, who began refereeing in local leagues in the Sheffield, Yorkshire, area in 1960. He is the former head of Premier League referees and has been collaborating with Paul Trevillion since the 1970s.
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Some of these have now gone, some are mere shadows of nostalgic dreams, but "You are the Ref" continues its basic quest:
1) Here is what happened
2) What Decision would you Give?
3) Are you Correct?
The Answers are given by Former FIFA Ref Keith Hackett, the Questions are illustrated by the Master Trevillion using current star players and coaches as well as the Legends of former years.
There are additional background chapters on the Laws of the Game; the roles, duties and demands on the match Officials and even a chapter on how to "Draw like Trevillion" - as if it were that easy.
What I like about this book is that the authors have kept what is good and added items that get you thinking. It is for the current fan, the nostalgic romantic, and can be shared and enjoyed by all ages.
The hardback book is well presented with Keith Hackett answering the refereeing conundra which arise in illustrated game situations with 3 possible solutions. You pick your solution and check it against the correct answer which contains a detailed explaination of why the correct answer is correct.
The book is arranged in sections such as You are the Ref, Laws of the Game, Official Signals, Becoming a Referee and Drawing Like Trevillion. The You are the Ref section covers almost 100 pages with each page containing either 2 refereeing dilemmas or one dilemma and an illustrated player profile. The use of real players in some of the situations is a nice touch, and Hackett lends authority to the decisions.
I think that this is a great book for anyone from the age of 9 or 10 upwards, the younger kids who are learning about football will find it interesting and the older kids who are taking the game a bit more seriously and want to learn more about the laws of the game will find it very useful. Of course, anyone considering becoming a ref, and teenagers can pick up a fair sum doing it, will find this book entertaining and enlightening.
Great book for anyone interested in football - 5 stars!
I ordered this on the Saturday evening before Christmas with the country paralised by snow. It arrived on Tuesday morning; a fantastic service.
The rules of football are not what people think they are.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful illustrations by a master artist which I have tried to emulate with only limited success.Published 11 months ago by Joe OReilly
Bought as a Christmas present. Material in this relates back to 1980s so younger readers might not know any of players referred to in the book.Published 18 months ago by M J
Bought this for an elderly son who never reads a book but involved in running a footie club and he started reading right away ! Glad it's the first in a series ! Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bookworm11qs
It is an excellent product as described in the copy and it was delivered to my address within the time specified timePublished on 28 Sept. 2013 by Jim Cadman
This book illustrates superbly the challenges facing football referees of all ages and at all levels of the game. Challenges your own knowledge and makes for fun reading.Published on 4 Mar. 2013 by @JRN64