Soccer Referee Resources
Ask a Question
Recent Questions

Previous You-Call-It's

VAR (Video Assistant Referee)

Q&A Quick Search
The Field of Play
The Ball
The Players
The Players Equipment
The Referee
The Other Match Officials
The Duration of the Match
The Start and Restart of Play
The Ball In and Out of Play
Determining the Outcome of a Match
Fouls and Misconduct
Free Kicks
Penalty kick
Throw In
Goal Kick
Corner Kick

Common Sense
Kicks - Penalty Mark
The Technical Area
The Fourth Official
Attitude and Control
League Specific
High School

Common Acronyms
Meet The Ref
Contact AskTheRef
Help Wanted
About AskTheRef

Soccer Rules Changes 1580-2000

Panel Login

Question Number: 25732

The Fourth Official 11/10/2011

RE: Adult

Steven of Sydney , NsW Australia asks...

Is they Fourth Official now allowed to assistant the referee with any missed infringement of the laws of the game ?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Steven
The 4th official is not an assistant referee but the Laws have been amended to state that he can assist the referee to control the match in accordance with the Laws of the Game.
Prior to that change the 4th official could only deal with unseen violent conduct and inform the referee of facts such as a caution error by the referee or mistaken identity.

Read other questions answered by Referee Joe McHugh

View Referee Joe McHugh profile

Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

Yes. Subject to pregame instruction, the fourth referee is empowered to alert the referee during the match about events that occur that the referee has not seen. It increases the need for the fourth official to watch the players (not just the technical area) and for more eye contact with the referee during the match.

Since there may be no standard mechanics for how the fourth official provides information to the referee, this is an important part of the pregame.

Read other questions answered by Referee Dennis Wickham

View Referee Dennis Wickham profile

Ask a Follow Up Question to Q# 25732
Read other Q & A regarding The Fourth Official

Soccer Referee Extras

Did you Ask the Ref? Find your answer here.

Enter Question Number

If you received a response regarding a submitted question enter your question number above to find the answer

Offside Question?

Offside Explained by Chuck Fleischer & Richard Dawson, Former & Current Editor of AskTheRef

This web site and the answers to these questions are not sanctioned by or affiliated with any governing body of soccer. The opinions expressed on this site should not be considered official interpretations of the Laws of the Game and are merely opinions of AskTheRef and our panel members. If you need an official ruling you should contact your state or local representative through your club or league. On AskTheRef your questions are answered by a panel of licensed referees. See Meet The Ref for details about our panel members.