A major bug bearer of mine is how many referees can't get to grips with officiating the offside line. Given the myriad of offences they have to look for at the breakdown it's perhaps not surprising that referees aren't on top of defences creeping offside. Touch judges are passing the buck and not getting involved either.
Could a solution to the problem be found in what the NRL are trialling in the 2009 season?
QUOTEhttp://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...11/2444244.htmThe NRL board has confirmed two referees will control every NRL match in 2009 in the biggest on-field change to the way the game is controlled in its 100-year history. The two-referee model will apply to the top-flight NRL competition only, with one official patrolling the play-the-ball area and the other positioned on the 10-metre defensive line.
The main referee will be the 10-metre official, who will use the whistle to order stoppages or penalties.
The second referee will communicate directly to the referee who has the whistle.[/b]
The main referee does the same job as at present while the 2nd referee's specific task is to mark out the offside line and advise the head official whenever defences encroach. It could have the effect of speeding up the game by virtue of (slightly) more space being available for backs to work in. The rules of the game don't change but they're enforced more efficiently/accurately.
Any thoughts? This may not be possible to implement at lower/amateur level but at the professional level where, like it or not, the game is now a product which has to appeal to TV and spectators it may be a quick fix to one of the major blights on the game.