CUFA Mandate

Clean Up Football Association Mandate Summary

The 4 regulations summarized below, make up the CUFA Mandate

It is these 4 regulations that CUFA will petition to have implemented in the Top-League in each relevant country.

Also outlined are the 4 main problems in the sport today.

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Problems in the Sport Today :

Incorrectly Awarded Red-Cards

In too many matches red cards are given incorrectly, and this decision then goes on to determine, or at least influence, the winner of the match. Frustrated fans often see the truth on video-replays, whilst the field-referees, must enforce their original, incorrect decision.

Incorrectly Awarded Penalty Kicks

In too many matches, incorrect penalty kicks are awarded, that often end up deciding the outcome of the match. Referee errors occur, and sadly, they have occurred too often inside the 16-meter box. Having to witness your team lose, because an incorrect penalty is given to the opposing team, should no longer be accepted.

Time Wasting & Injury Exagerations

Exagerating an injury in order to influence the referee, and their decision, is widespread in football. Often, this leads to incorrect referee decisions and wrong bookings. Also common is "Time-wasting"; attempting to stop or slow down play, in order to try to secure a win or an unfair advantage. Often these "Time-wasting" activities happen via players exaggerating or "faking" an injury. It’s time fair-play and sportsmanship are actually enforced in the sport.

"Diving" & "Faking" Activity by Players

The practice of players "diving" for fouls is too present in football. Done by players in an attempt to influence the referee, to get a foul in their teams favour, or simply put, to get an un-just advantage. Most football fans have needed to accept their team losing at least once, because of an incorrect penalty being given, due to "diving". The same is true for incorrect red-cards and free-kicks, as a result of "diving".

Solution - CUFA Mandate :

1.1 Any foul judged to be subject to a red-card booking by the field-referee, must be confirmed by the video-referee to be valid.

The field-referee blows the whistle as normal for a red-card situation, but signals that the final decision will go to the video-referee. Video-referee then has 2 minutes to review footage; confirming or rejecting the red-card. Then, video-referee relays their decision to field-referee via head-set; either red-card is given, or no booking is given. Play resumes as normal.

2.1 Any suspected foul inside the 16-meter-box, which is called by the field-referee, must be confirmed by the video-referee to be valid.

The field-referee blows the whistle as normal for a penalty-situation, but signals that the final decision will go to the video-referee. Video-referee then has 2 minutes to review footage; confirming or rejecting the penalty. Then, video-referee relays their decision to field-referee via head-set; either penalty is taken, or goal-kick is taken. Both scenarios continue as usaul.

3.1 Players: lying on the field, time-wasting or potentially injured; are immediately moved to the side-line for a minimum of 4 minutes, allowing play to continue directly. (Excludes Goalkeepers)

Any 'injured' player who stops play, is moved to sideline for treatment. Player can then be substituted immediately. Otherwise, player is removed from play for minimum of 4 minutes. After 4 min, player can re-join or be substituted. During these 4 minutes, play resumes as normal.

4.1 Field-referee enforces an automatic booking (yellow-card) to any player who exaggerates, "fakes" or "dives"

Rule already exists, but needs to be enforced.

4.2 Video-replay used after final whistle to issue "diving" players with bookings (yellow-card)

Video-referees have 40 min after game to award 'diving-bookings'. Bookings are carried forward to next match.

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