Definition of referee's assistant in US English:

referee's assistant


  • Each of two officials who assist the referee from the touchline, especially in deciding whether the ball is out of play.

    • ‘Three players were flagged as being offside before the referee's assistant changed his mind after a chat with the referee and allowed Amoako's goal to stand.’
    • ‘The referee's assistant flagged for handball outside the area and had the result been in doubt the keeper might have been sent off.’
    • ‘The referee's assistant told them both to get on with it.’
    • ‘Initially, referee Eddie Evans seemed content to give both players a severe talking to but after consulting with his referee's assistant brandished a red card at Parkin.’
    • ‘Rangers were presented with a chance to take the lead when referee's assistant Mr Bowen flagged for the slightest of pushes on Richard Dickinson.’
    • ‘The referee, the referee's assistant, Roy Carroll, Sir Alex and everybody else agrees that Tottenham scored a perfectly good goal.’
    • ‘Replays indicated that the referee's assistant's decision was correct.’
    • ‘Lee Bowyer hammered the rebound into the net only to have his effort ruled out by the referee's assistant.’
    • ‘We felt we could have had three points but unfortunately one of the referee's assistants has decided to give an offside.’
    • ‘It was not long then before Craig Dargo and Peter Canero were gesticulating at the referee's assistant, feeling they had been unjustly pulled up for offside.’
    • ‘Wayne Carlisle tried to hook the ball clear but the referee's assistant had spotted the ball had already crossed the line.’
    • ‘The referee's assistant has just signalled that we have two minutes of additonal time.’
    • ‘As the ball rolled back into the goalmouth, Toure clipped the ball home on the rebound only for the referee's assistant to raise his flag.’
    • ‘Odlum faces a misconduct charge after confronting one of the referee's assistants as the teams left the pitch.’
    • ‘The referee's assistant has actually given the penalty as well by putting his flag across his chest.’
    • ‘Stags did have the ball in the net in the first half but Shayne Bradley, who shone in attack, was judged to be offside by the referee's assistant.’
    • ‘There was also a missile-throwing incident when a referee's assistant was struck by a coin thrown from a section of the Spurs fans.’
    umpire, judge, assistant referee, linesman, line judge, adjudicator, arbitrator, arbiter, mediator
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