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Question Number: 7415

Law 6 - Assistant Referee

Matty of London, England asks...

I would first like to congratulate u on such a brillant site. It has helped me to understand the rules of the game, shortly i will be going on a referee course and i feel this site has given me some of the foundations..Why do Linos (ar) change end with the players at half time? Surely it'd be fairer if they each ran the line for one half for each team?

Answer provided by Referee Morley

Matty.Thank you for your kind comments and good luck on your refereeing course, hopefully you will enjoy your career as a referee..As for A/R's changing or not changing sides, well that is down to the referee. One A/R is a senior assistant (usually a level above the other A/R) and some referees prefer the senior A/R to run the dug out side for both halfs whilst some prefer the junior A/R to run the dug out side first half and then change over at half time. The senior A/R always runs the dug out side in the second half as this is when the vast majority of all substitutions take place and when the benches can get quite excited to say the least. This is when the senior (and more experienced) A/R can usually handle the situation a bit better. .I hope that helps.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Thanks for the kind words. I agree with you about ARs changing sides at the half. It is rarely done around here and I never have my ARs switch just for the reason you give. Each AR just like each Center has his or her own personality and tolerance for what they view as foul play. No 2 referees have the exact same ability to keep up with play so one AR may miss an offside call that the other won't. Unfortunately, there are still some referees that simply do not understand all the Laws and when a game is saddled with one as an AR, it only makes sense that referee has to officiate each attacking half..Ref Morely is speaking of higher levels of play and I understand where he's coming from but I personally even at that level would have them not switch sides and would have the AR with most experience run the dug out side both halves. As he says, it's up to the center and we will differ among us.

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Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Thanks for the kodos, wish you well with the whistle. Don't ever stop learning! ..As to who runs which line and when, entirely up to the referee and the senior assistant. Remember, too, the sun is a factor and some eyes are better suited to look into the sun than others. If you have a low sun make sure the assistant looking at it is the one better suited overcome that handicap. ..Regards,

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