The Referee Communication System is one of the latest innovations of the world’s most popular sport. It was launched in 2006 and has been used at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, European championships and major European Leagues, as well as the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The device is mainly used to enhance the communication among the match officials. It consists of a transmitter, headset and a belt with a closed circuit system. It helps with instant communication between the referee, assistant referees and the fourth official in various situations, such as substitutions, identifying a cautioned player, off-the-ball incidents, as well as indicating the additional time. The Referee Communication System also makes the players very much aware as the match officials are privy to all incidents. The teamwork among match officials will also improve tremendously.
The Regional Referee Committee of ARS Lac St-Louis, the largest region in Quebec, decided to introduce this tool to improve and develop refereeing. “The Referee Communication System will be a major asset for ARS Lac St-Louis, who bought 2 kits of 4 transmitters in 2012 and is considering buying other 2 kits of 4 transmitters in 2013. This device will not be used for every game, given that there are only two so far. This system was used for the first time by our referees Masha Migen and Bartha Lorand during a 7-a-side game played for Catalogna Elite League on 8 January 2013. This is the first time when the communication tool was present on a soccer field within our region. Technology is one of the best things to have ever happened to ARS Lac St-Louis games and the experience has been positive”, said Florin Buturca, Director of Refereeing with ARS Lac St-Louis.