Soccer’s governing body FIFA, has given the go-head for league’s to use two additional assistant referees during the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons. The experiment with two additional assistant referees was first carried out in the 2009/2010 UEFA Europa League, and will continue to be used through 2012.
Four basic criteria had been established in order to approve the experiment:
1. The experiment must be conducted in member associations’ professional leagues and competitions or at confederation level (club competitions only).
2. The experiment must be completed in time to allow a decision to be taken in 2012.
3. The additional costs incurred by conducting such an experiment must be covered by therelevant league, member association or confederation.
4. It is mandatory for all matches in the applicable competition to be officiated with two additional assistant referees.
Will the big leagues embrace this idea? Is this a good idea?
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