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Question Number: 7228

Law 5 - The Referee

RE: rec Under 9

brandon west of searcy ark, arkansas usa asks...

what are the 7 things a ref must carry on a field?

Answer provided by Referee Morley

Notebook, pen or pencil/s, red & yellow cards, a coin, match ball, whistle/s, stop watche/s item 9 should be and AR flags if using club assistants....item 10 is the most important... a sense of humour!

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Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

My answer to #7078 was as follows:.. .Date Submitted: 1/10/2004 ..Question: ..What are the 7 things that a referee must carry?. .Answer Given 1/10/2004: ..I can only relate what is recommended and what I carry along. Recommended is a spare of everything critical to write with, tell time with and to discipline. If you find yourself without something critical you will embarrass yourself and that ain't no fun. ..Pens or pencils, watches, whistles, cards, coin, notebook and that?s 10. I carry cards in my pockets so the ones in the notebook are spares, 12. Sometimes at a ground with a particularly bad reputation for spectator interference I have a third whistle for the spectator that knows more than me, he, or she, gets the whistle and I go home. (Yes I?ve done it.) The basic uniform always includes your patch so that's not mentioned. ..Why a spare of things? Ever loose anything, ever have a watch band break, ever have a battery fail, ever drop something? Murphy's Law says that what can go wrong will go wrong, corollary 1 to that law states that what does go wrong will be the worst thing possible... Prepare for that eventuality and all will be well. ..My luck is that both watches will fail so I write down the time of day the half starts and ends before whistling to start. That way I can use the stadium clock for timing. My assistants will always have a watch running so time is covered, no mistakes there. My luck runs so bad that a player will steal my yellow card and tear it in half (stuff happens) so my primary cards are hard 3mm plastic; thanks Carlo. New pens don?t stop writing as often as old pens but the get lost as often, a spare is handy. More than one sheet of paper to write on is a plus. The spare whistle, a different tone as well, in a different place or not tied to the other one because where it drops will be muddy or a dog will have been there first? ..At the interval your kit bag will have all necessary items to satisfy needs, right down to spare shoes, shirts, trousers, socks, shoe laces, water, towel, sun screen, insect repellent, shoe polish, comb, mobile phone, etc. ..If there is no locker room available I tie kits bags together, a thief that snatches a bag and runs off will have a hard time dragging three bags with him! ..Regards,

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