Spot The Mistake

Volleyball is, on balance, a fairly easy sport to officiate.  The teams are separated, the actions are fairly predictable and the view of the referees is relatively unimpeded.  Still, every so often something happens in a game that is unexpected that a referee misses.  And if the ‘offending’ team is smart (obviously depending on your point of view on sportsmanship and gamesmanship) about it, you can get away with stuff.

Here is a clip from the 2014 Men’s World Championship.

See if you can spot the error.

And why the referee (and everyone else) missed it.

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11 thoughts on “Spot The Mistake

  1. jhforman3

    I saw it! 🙂

    But of course I was looking for it. Still, if one of the refs was paying attention after the play he might have figured it out before the next serve.

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      1. Tony Vasile

        Surely one of the Italian assistant coaches would have noticed the incorrect rotation on the Italian side?

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  2. Dodds

    I have done it before, but usually you switch back right away after the serve! They forgot!! Veteran players on that team, i love it!

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  3. Tony Vasile

    There is also a rotational fault at the start if I have worked out the rotation correctly. Iranian player 2 in position 4 appears to behind the libero in position 5. The R1 has compounded the referee but not noting that the setter #4 and the opposite #10 have swapped positions. A good teaching example for the referees on how one error can compound things later on.

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  4. Brock

    A lot of smoke and mirrors from Iran, the double sub was clutch right when Italy was figuring it out. Pretty sweet stuff. Sportsmanship? Gamesmanship? Hmmm, I would say that this is up to the refs to call. The old hate the game not the player.

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  5. Hugh Nguyen

    The referee should know before the rally if the setters on both team are FR or BR! The cout would have picked it up!

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    1. Matthias Vetter

      Players on this level, do not make these kind of “mistakes”, so the referee was caught off guard.
      Referees in middle leagues would not have missed this bullshit.

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