The Dutch football association, the KNVB, are to begin an experiment within youth football where games are played without a referee.

  • By Himanshu Dhingra
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knvb hqThe experiment would apply to the youngest youth competitions (De F’jes)  and the children would be the bosses on the pitch. The ruling body wants freedom back in the youth teams.

The decision comes after the behavior of the parents who behave in a fanatical way on the sidelines and sometimes cause the referee to even stop the match. Parents would not be allowed to interfere with the decisions taken by the children and must stay 20 feet away from the game.

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