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: 30470

The Technical Area 6/1/2016

RE: Pro Professional

Mahmood Fakhro of Aali, Non US/Canada/Australia Bahrain asks...

I am a technical analyst for my team. I need to anlyze the match for my coach. I use a smart phone with an application to tag events of the game.
I asked an international FIFA referee at my association, if it is allowed. He said NO electronic device whatsoever (ipad, phone...etc) is allowed ON THE TECH. AREA !
Can you confirm this, please?
My next option is to sit with the crowds and do my job.

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Mahmood
The use of tracking, GPS equipment can be used yet the information cannot be available in the technical area. The Laws state that where electronic performance and tracking systems (EPTS) are used (subject to the agreement of the national football association/competition organiser): # they must not be dangerous #  information and data transmitted from the devices/systems is not permitted to be received or used in the technical area during the match
The use of any form of electronic communication between players (including substitutes/substituted and sent off players) and/or technical staff is not permitted.
In addition using an iPad, phone for certain tasks is not an issue. For instance showing a player tactical plays on a device etc is not prohibited. I see no issue about using say PowerPoint to remind a player of what is required of him tactically. The prohibition relates to communication and current match data
So there is no issue about doing your role as long as the info is not made available to the technical area staff. Most Pro teams only use the info after the game to assess performances, tactics etc,

Read other questions answered by Referee Joe McHugh

View Referee Joe McHugh profile

Ask a Follow Up Question to Q# 30470
Read other Q & A regarding The Technical Area

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.