The equipment is placed on the field as indicated in image number 1.
The players are positioned on the field as indicated in image number 2.
When the instructor blows the whistle, the referee and the assistant referee begin to perform the exercise as indicated in the numerical sequence.
When the referee crosses the halfway line, the instructor makes another signal with the whistle for the players to start the action.
In one half of the field, a player kicks the ball towards the area of the assistant referee. 2 attackers and 2 defenders challenge for the ball and there may or may not be a foul. In the other half, the players challenge for the ball in the area between the referee’s diagonal and the assistant referee’s area.
Once the action is finished, the referee and the assistant referee cool down for the indicated time and perform the same exercise in the opposite direction.
The work with the assistant referees is carried out on both sides of the field and starts simultaneously, but only the assistant referee concerned takes part in the technical decisions.
The referee starts the exercise from cone nº 1 with a forward run (10 m) to cone nº 2, followed by a rightwards side run (2 m) to cone nº 3, and a leftwards side run (2 m) to cone nº 4. He continues with another rightwards side run (2 m) to cone nº 7 and ends with a forward run, passing between the two cones on the halfway line towards the decision-making area.
The referee looks as soon as possible for the position that will allow him to evaluate the action: to decide whether there is a foul, where it has been committed and, where appropriate, to decide the adequate disciplinary sanction.
The referee tries to collaborate with the assistant referee (whose attention is divided into several factors) in identifying fouls committed in the assistant referee’s area.
The assistant referee starts the exercise from cone nº 1 (5m from the halfway line) with a forward run (15 m) to cone nº 2, followed by a rightwards side run (5 m) to cone nº 3, and comes back to cone nº 4 with a leftwards side run (2 m). He continues with another rightwards side run (2 m) to cone nº 7 and finishes with a forward run to the decision-making area.
The assistant referee positions himself as quickly as possible in line with the second last defending player, in order to help the referee with the incident. He signals, where appropriate, for infringements or fouls committed and the direction of the restart of the play.
In a double-tasked exercise with an external focus of attention, the assistant referee observes the action of the players whilst he visually looks for the instructor and identifies a gesture made by him.
In one half of the field of play, a player kicks the ball towards the assistant referee’s working area whilst the referee is going between the cones on the halfway line. Attackers and defenders challenge for the ball and: (i) commit a direct free kick offence, an indirect free kick offence (simulation or dangerous play) or a penalty kick offence, or (ii) do not commit any infringement at all.
In the other half of the field of play, similar situations take place although the location changes this time: to the area between that normally patrolled by the referee in his diagonal and that of the assistant referee.
The instructor blows the whistle at 30 second intervals, coordinates the groups taking part in the exercise and controls the execution of the exercise technique.
The instructor positions himself in an area of the field of play (close to the players) from where he can explain the action to the players and check the work carried out by the referee and the assistant referee.
The instructor positions himself on the touchline on the other side of the field opposite the assistant referee and makes a gesture that the assistant referee shall identify.