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Avishek Bose
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I would like to know about the powers and functions of the linesmen in Indian football.

Posted On : 4/10/2009 5:44:57 AM

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Kongkan Nag
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Avishek, the role of a linesman in football is quite important. There are two linesmen assisting the referee in a football match and they actually help the field referee to oversee the game. Though the field referee is the ultimate authority on the field, he often takes suggestions from the linesmen on different occasions. The linesmen generally decides whether a footballer is offside or not, whether he has committed any foul to an opponent footballer, whether the goalkeeper has done any mistake while handling the ball or has committed foul to the opponent footballer, whether a striker has pushed a defender or the goalkeeper illegally while scoring the goals, etc. Apart from these, the linemen also help the field referee on other occasions. The linesmen assist the field referee in cases where a play may have been outside the referee s field of vision. The linesmen use a flag to indicate the field referee about what is happening on the sidelines. The flag is raised by the linesmen whenever a footballer does anything illegal or when the ball goes out of the field. The linesmen also decide which team should get a throw-in, in case of the ball is out. However, though he is not obliged to follow the suggestions made by the linesmen, the field referee does it in most of the cases. Though the linesmen helps the field referee a lot to run the game properly, he has no power to take any decision. The decision is ultimately taken by the field referee. Another duty of a linesman is that if the field referee gets injured by any means, a linesman replaces the referee and run the game.

Posted On : 4/11/2009 4:53:56 AM

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Maniam PS
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Two linesmen assist the referee in controlling an association football match. Alinesman indicates matters to the referee usually initially by raising his flag, but nowadays also by wireless communication devices , which the referee may then act upon. All decisions by the assistant referee are only advisory to the referee assistants do not actually make binding decisions. During the game one assistant referee oversees one touch-line and one end of the field utilising the diagonal system of control. The more senior of the two assistants will normally occupy the side of the field containing the technical areas, in order to help oversee substitutions. Assistant referees were formerly called linesmen. In 1996, the name was changed, primarily to better reflect the modern role of these officials, and secondarily to become non-gender specific. They are also sometimes incorrectly referred to as referee s assistants . However the term linesman is still commonly used. Law 6 of the Laws of the Game outlines the general duties of the assistant referees, however their duties in a given game remain subject to the decision of the referee. These duties usually include indicating: When the whole ball has passed outside the field of play. Which side is entitled to return the ball into the field of play. When a player may be penalised for an offside offence. When offences or other infringements of the Laws of the Game have been committed of which the referee does not have an adequate view. An assistant referee may also be called upon by the referee to provide an opinion regarding matters which the referee requires clarification on. The assistant referees also usually assist the referee with preparatory and administrative functions.

Posted On : 5/3/2009 7:56:39 PM

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Neeraj Swaroop Sharma
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The responsibilities and authorities of the Indian Football linesman are same as per FIFA. In every match there are 2 linesman and one field referee. Referee works in the mid field which Lines man operates outside the side lines diagonally one at the one side of centre line and second on the other side of centre line. The decision taken by the linesman includes Goal cick, corner cick, Off side, whose through ball etc. Generally linesman and referee take decision independently and no interference in other s field but in certain confusion they can consult each other.

Posted On : 5/11/2009 4:18:00 AM

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