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Soccer Referee Responsibilities and Equipment According to FIFA

The referee is the final authority on the soccer pitch. His job is to officiate the game, ensuring all players and staff are conforming to FIFA’s rules. The referee does more than enforce the rules of the game. He must comply with a set of regulations set forth by FIFA, including where to stand so that he can catch a glimpse of the play in action.
Referee Responsibilities
The referee is the final word on the field, and soccer is famous for not allowing replays to alter a call. This has unntended side effects like the Diego Maradona “Hand of God” play, where Maradona touched the ball with his hand to score a goal, but this is also part of what keeps the game exciting. The referee relies on assistants, known as lines men, who help make calls the referee cannot. They watch out for things like off-sides and out of bounds calls, which the referee may not have the vantage point to call accurately. Multiple officials are important during controversial calls to, as referees are allowed to consult one another on the field.
The referee is also responsible for keeping the match civil. Soccer is a physical game, but serious injury should be avoided at all costs. The referee times and scores that match, including penalties handed out for malicious behavior.
Before a match begins, the referee must also inspect all players. This is to ensure their soccer uniforms meet the standards set out in law 4 of FIFA’s rules of the game. Referees are trained on where to stand during a match, and they are taught to recognize and penalize only the most serious offenses in the game.
Soccer Referee Equipment
Referees must wear colors that distinguish themselves from everyone else on the field. These colors are typically fluorescent, but they may vary depending on the league and the match. Referees, like players, are subject to rules that dictate what they cannot wear. Everyone on the pitch is banned from wearing jewellery, but referees are not allowed much padding. They will wear cleats, but they don’t need gloves or shin guards. They must carry a whistle, and recently referees have been carrying spray foam that they use to mark the location of a free kick.
Final Thoughts
The referee also has the power to stop a match for various reasons. Injury is the biggest one, but any penalty can be used to stop the match if things get too serious. Of course, the referee is also responsible for tracking stoppage time and adding it to the end of each half.
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From the 1954 original to the F50 worn by Lionel Messi in 2012, adidas has stood for quality in the world of soccer for more than 60 years. Adolf Dassler learned how to become a cobbler, following in the footsteps of his father and working with his brother to form a family business. The two brothers fought constantly, so keeping the adidas soccer shoes enterprise together in the early days was quite the challenge.

The two managed to team up long enough to offer shoes to the American track star Jesse Owens. He would go on to win four gold medals with those shoes, cementing the adidas brand in sports history for the first time. Here is a short profile of two of adidas’ most famous shoes.

adidas F50

The F50 range was first created in 2004, ahead of EURO 2004. Using these shoes, Christiano Rinaldo made a name for himself. The company took something of a leap with this line. The Nike Mercurial shoe was released at this time, and the F50 tried to borrow aerodynamic elements from the likes of the McLaren F1 supercar to compete. It was a boot designed for speed, with removable spikes so that players could get the perfect amount of traction depending on the turf they were playing upon. This boot began the trend of hiding the laces completely, which gives players a wider surface area to strike the ball with.

adidas Predator

The adidas predator was first launched in 1994, and it struck a fine balance between function and fashion. The shoe features “fins” that are designed to increase the strength of a strike. The idea was first proposed by Australian footballer Craig Johnston. Initial product tests confirmed what Johnston had thought. Players immediately saw increased control in the distance, power and swerve of their shots. Future iterations included a fold over the tongue to hide the knot of the laces, and a larger surface area to improve connection with the ball. Removable studs were introduced in 2000, and the design was changed to something more sleek and modern.

Final Thoughts

The shoes made by adidas have always been part of the lore of soccer, and the adidas story is fairly ingrained into the minds of footballers worldwide. The F50 and the Predator are two of adidas’ most well-known shoe lines, offering strikers better control over their shots.

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The History of adidas Soccer Cleats
The first pair of adidas soccer cleats was stitched in 1925, made by Adi Dassler who would become the founder of the company. His small factory in Germany started the dream of engineering foot wear for athletes, especially soccer players who were so popular in his time. The logo of three parallel bars at an angle has been a part of the company logo since the beginning.

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Basic Rules for Kid Soccer Uniforms
Soccer clothes consist of shorts and shirts that are of matching team colors. It’s common for kids athletes to maintain a clean set for games and a practice set. In most children’s leagues, training sets consist of practice gear that does not have to match. Socks are also included, and tend to be worn up to the knee. Shin guards are typically placed below the socks, which help shock absorption during falls. Tackles aren’t standard for every age group, but shin guards are still good for those unexpected tumbles on the uneven grass.

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The History of adidas Soccer Cleats

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