Fourth OfficialWhat is the meaning of the phrase ‘Fourth official’ in football?

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Fourth Official

In football a set of match officials are in charge of making sure that the players follow the laws of the game. The main official, the referee, is supported by two assistant referees who mainly help with offside decisions. There is another member of the team, the fourth official, who is in charge of looking after such things as substitutions and showing added time at the end of each time. Fourth official

  • Example: The fourth official held up the board to show four added minutes would be played at the end of the half.

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