By Gemma Bell
So we go up against the Cods, the ball is in play and one of the Cods enters the penalty area and strikes his own player... YOUR the referee, do you..
a) Send off the blue and restart the game with a drop ball from where the ball was when the incident took place
b) Send off the Cod and restart the game with a penalty kick
c) Send off the Cod and give an indirect free kick from where the incident took place
What would you do? What is the law of the game? Last week I sat in a room for a Mid Lincolnshire course with 99 men and Michael Brader who is the referee development officer for the Lincolnshire FA was asking just that. I have had his permission to use this example. Luckily for me I am not phased and smashed all the answers except one, can't get them all right can we !?
I have got to say I absolutely loved the course but the FA are looking for some more female (and male) refs. Michael is passionate and a joy to work with. Most men in the room learnt a lot in a short time so I imagine the full course is very insightful (this was a mid Lincs youth football evening) and he is keen to hear from you TODAY! Drop Michael an email at:
100 people on the course and I was the only female... do I get nervous? YES! Do I carry on? YES! Why? Because I genuinely love the game and I am learning more every day. Would I recommend becoming more than a fan of football? HELL YES!