9 episodes

A show about the people who are involved in the world's biggest sport but don't often get seen, unless they make a mistake. Join host Hassan Rajwani as he sits down with football (soccer) referees at all levels of the game to discuss their journey, key refereeing topics in the game (such as VAR) and everything else refereeing! You'll also hear him quiz professional players on the laws of the game.

REFSIX - The Referee Podcast REFSIX

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A show about the people who are involved in the world's biggest sport but don't often get seen, unless they make a mistake. Join host Hassan Rajwani as he sits down with football (soccer) referees at all levels of the game to discuss their journey, key refereeing topics in the game (such as VAR) and everything else refereeing! You'll also hear him quiz professional players on the laws of the game.

    Lee Probert - Ex Premier League Referee

    Lee Probert - Ex Premier League Referee

    On this episode we talk to recently retired Premier League referee Lee Probert.  Lee first refereed a Premier League game in 2006 before becoming a full time professional referee in 2007.  A successful career in the top flight followed as he racked up 181 games in charge, 24th in the all-time list.  He was FIFA Listed in 2010 for six years and during this time he officiated on one of the more memorable FA Cup Final's of recent times, Arsenal's comeback victory over Hull City in 2014.  The last few years of his refereeing career were plagued with injuries which ultimately lead to his retirement before the 2019-20 season.  We speak to Lee about how he became a referee, his journey to the Premier League and some of the major highlights of his career.

    • 45 min
    Mark Ives - Head of Judicial Services at the Football Association

    Mark Ives - Head of Judicial Services at the Football Association

    Next season sin-bins (or temporary dismissals) will be rolled out across Grassroots football.  We caught up with Mark Ives to chat about sin-bins, how the last two years of pilots have progressed and what's in store for next season for the leagues who are new to the system.  

    • 16 min
    Matthew Conger - FIFA World Cup 2018 Referee

    Matthew Conger - FIFA World Cup 2018 Referee

    We caught up with Matthew Conger, a FIFA referee who officiated the Group Stage matchup between Nigeria and Iceland in Volgograd in Russia 2018. Born in the USA, Matthew currently referees in the New Zealand Football Championship as well as the A-League in Australia. We spoke about what got him in to refereeing in the first place, his refereeing travels around the world and he speaks candidly on VAR, specifically around the one VAR decision at his match during the World Cup.  

    • 51 min
    Purple Referee Shirts - Sam Anderson, RDO of Cambridgeshire FA

    Purple Referee Shirts - Sam Anderson, RDO of Cambridgeshire FA

    In January 2019, Cambridgeshire FA introduced the Purple Referee Shirt Initiative.  Purple referee shirts will be issued to all referees under the age of 18 in their county to provide a visual aid to coaches and spectators that the referees are young and still learning their trade.  The hope is this initiative will make parents and coaches think twice when offering their opinions on referees decisions.  We sit down with Sam Anderson the Referee Development Officer at Cambridgeshire FA who's leading the campaign to learn more.

    • 16 min
    Lukas Brud the CEO of IFAB

    Lukas Brud the CEO of IFAB

    The International Football Association Board (IFAB)'s mission is to serve the world of football as the independent guardian of the Laws of the Game. As the only body authorised to decide and agree changes to the Laws of the Game, they listen to the football community, with the goal to improve and develop the game for players, match officials and fans while protecting and strengthening the spirit and simplicity of football.

    We caught up with the CEO of IFAB, Lukas Brud, to discuss how laws get changed in football, how VAR was developed and what changes we might see in future years.

    • 29 min
    MLS and PRO Referee Alan Kelly

    MLS and PRO Referee Alan Kelly

    2 time MLS Referee of the Year Alan Kelly recently hit the milestone of refereeing 100 MLS games. We chat with the highly-experienced referee to talk about his career, starting out in Ireland, becoming a FIFA official refereeing in the Champions League and his MLS career. Alan also shares his views on VAR and his experiences with it over the last year. One not to be missed!

    • 47 min

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