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The referees' union is holding a press conference today (Wednesday) on the occasion of the opening of the second round of the Premier Soccer League.
Among other things, we are talking about new guidelines that came out recently, as well as professional highlights and insights following the 2022 World Cup - including the emphasis that the issue of long overtimes will also be adopted in Israel.
Liran Weksberger, chairman of the professional committee of the referees' union, explained the matter of the time additions: "There is a significant change in attitude, certainly in games where we see an unusual waste of time.
We saw in the World Cup how FIFA was able to eradicate this phenomenon, it worked very well. Players saw that the referee had no problem adding 10 and 12 minutes. That's what we strive for, not just running around with the times. The referees will receive full support to implement the guidelines on the subject."
Haim Yaacov, the union's professional director, added: "The constitution has not changed, we still play 90 minutes of play and 45 minutes of halftime. If there is no reason, then there is no need for overtime. At the same time, the referee has tools to know how much to extend. Substitution is the order of magnitude of Half a minute, treatments for about a minute. VAR checks also require an addition. In Ashdod against Be'er Sheva in the cup, the referee added six minutes and then added three more. There is a possibility of correction. What is important is not only the stopper, but to burn out phenomena that we do not want to see." .
The press conference of the Union of Judges (Photo: Niv Aharonson)
Union chairman Giora Inbar: "We saw football as a unifying factor in the World Cup, there was no unpleasantness.
I was with the senior international judge in Israel, Avraham Klein, and everyone around him didn't talk about the judges.
No one talked about the refereeing, only about football.
I would like it to be like that for us too.
We made summaries of the first round and by and large it was a positive round for us.
I gave instructions to the CEO of the union to continue promoting the transparency project we started, when we share the teams and allow the referees to explain the decisions. This is despite the fact that in UEFA many places that started the transparency project, went back.
We decided to continue."
Waxberger on the first round: "The screen refereeing did the job almost perfectly. 34 critical mistakes were corrected out of 40, the screen referees did a good job and the success rates are very good. We will further strive to minimize the mistakes that remain on the field, we expect to understand the level of intervention of the screen referees and aspire to zero. A point for improvement from our point of view is that there is a significant increase in the amount of interventions, this is also felt in UEFA.
We need to return to the averages that were two or three years ago, perhaps judges are a little more passive and wait for the big brother to correct them and less decisive about decisions.
We showed the referees events that we expect them to intercept on the field, without the screen referees."
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Union Chairman Giora Inbar (Photo: Niv Aharonson)
Regarding the image and respect for the referees, Wexberger said: "We made progress in the first half of the season, this is a major goal. The referees are instructed to contain, not 'the home owner has gone crazy', absolutely not. But up to a certain limit. We will not allow what happened on the benches in the match between Argentina and the Netherlands in the World Cup to happen Referees are instructed to work in stages regarding the benches. Young referees is one of our main goals. Shanir Levy, Aviad Shiloh and Nael Odeh are involved in big games and there are also others who have progressed. We will continue this trend, of course when the professional ability is good on the field."
Regarding differences: "When there is doubt, we prefer to let the game continue and only check afterwards. Don't be reckless with the swing, we saw it work perfectly in the World Cup. We allow the game to flow and goals to be scored, and if necessary the screen referee intervenes."
On Sapir Berman: "She has not yet met the goal of physical fitness that is suitable for the Premier League this season. She is currently in Leumit's criteria and therefore assigned there as a central referee and a fourth referee. As soon as she returns to the standards of the Premier League, she will return to refereeing in the Premier League. At the moment some adjustment is being made regarding fitness The physical and it is embedded in the national league, with agreement and understanding with it."