CUFA Mandate

Clean Up Football Association Mandate Version 1.0

Outlined below are the core principles of the CUFA Movement.

The 4 regulations included in this Mandate are what CUFA will campaign to have implemented in the Top-League in each relevant country.

An overbearing issue in the Mandate, is the need for technology in Football regulation.

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Regulation 1.1 :

Any foul judged to be subject to a red-card booking by the field-referee, is called. However, in order to be valid and enforced, it must be confirmed by the video-referee

  • In the event of an extreme tackle or incident, where the field-referee considers a red card to be applicable, the field-referee stops play. They then signal which player(s) are under advisement to be given a red card;
  • The signal is then made that the decision will go to the video-referee (by pointing to the video-referee-box for instance);
  • The video-referee then has a limited time, say 1-2 minutes, to judge the foul, and if a red card actually is applicable;
  • With the power to overrule the field-referee, the video-referee makes the final decision and informs the field-referee (via assistant, headphones etc.)
    • In the case of a confirmed red card, the field-referee gives the card and play resumes;
    • In the case of non-confirmed red card(s), the field-referee signals the objection by the video-referee (via hand gesture for instance), and play continues as normal.
Regulation 2.1 :

Any suspected foul inside the 16-meter-box which is potentially a penalty-kick, is called by the field-referee. However, it must be confirmed by the video-referee to be valid and enforced.

  • Whenever the field-referee judges there to be a foul inside the 16 metre box, the whistle will be blown and play-stopped. The field-referee will indicate the potential foul and players involved, as 'normal';
  • The signal is then made by the field-referee, that the decision will go to the video-referee (by pointing to the video-referee-box for instance);
  • The video-referee then has a limited time, say 1-2 minutes, to judge the incident, and if a penalty actually is applicable;
  • With the power to overrule the initial field-referee decision, the video-referee will confirm or object the penalty-call.
  • The decision is relayed back to the field-referee (via headset, assistant or another suitable method);
    • In the case of a confirmed penalty, the field-referee signals for a penalty, and a penalty-kick is immediately taken, as normal;
    • In the case of the penalty not being confirmed by the video-referee, the field-referee signals the objection by the video-referee (via hand gesture for instance), a goal kick is announced, and play resumes as normal.

  • Regulation 2.1 would also mean Field-Referee's calling more potential fouls / potential penalties, inside the penalty-box. Simply because the video-confirmation ensures there is no possibility of an incorrect penalty being awarded.
  • So if there is an incident (potential-penalty) inside the penalty-box, without the chance of any 'advantage-play', the refere could securely stop play, and refer to the video-referee.
  • What this means is potential penalties that might be missed in todays game, would be much more likely to be called, and correctly-awarded, with Regulation 2.1 in place.
Regulation 3.1 :

Players that are: 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)

  • After getting tackled players can either:
    • Stand up within a reasonable time frame (say maximum 10-20 seconds), and resume playing;
    • OR, the potentially injured player signals to the referee (by lying on the field for instance), that a possible injury has occurred. The player is then immediately moved to the side-line for treatment. The coach/team then has two options;
      • Immediately substitute the player for another reserve-player; letting play continue with minimum time wasted (only applicable if it does not exceed substitution rules)
      • OR; Let the potentially injured player receive treatment for a minimum of 4 minutes. After which, they can re-join the match, or get substituted.
  • During these 4 minutes, play resumes, and the team whos payer is 'injured' will have the disadvantage of being one-man-down. This discourages any player to ‘fake’ or exaggerate an injury. If a player feels they might genuinely be injured, they will in any case need to receive at least 4 minutes of treatment (and advice from medical-team), or will need to be substituted off.
Regulation 4.1 :

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

  • Reduce this type of behaviour by implementing, and actually enforcing, an automatic and immediate yellow card in these events;
    • Large foul, or impact exaggerations; exaggerating injuries; implying there was contact; fabricating a foul from a clean tackle; or simply any unsportsmanlike conduct that attempts to influence the referee.

    **Although this rule already exists in most leagues – it is very rarely enforced. Much more value and weight needs to be put on these type of infractions. This rule needs to be enforced.**
Regulation 4.2 :

Video-replay is used after the final whistle to issue players found guilty of "diving" with bookings (yellow-card)

  • A team of video-referees is responsible for reviewing match footage within a limited time after the final whistel (say 40 minutes after);
  • If any players are found guilty of diving or incorrect conduct within this 40 minutes review, they can issue bookings that are valid immediately;
  • These bookings are then carried forward to the next match the team has in that specific cup, league or championship.

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