The cut off point for referees in a World Cup takes place after the round of 16.

In South Africa 10 referee teams have been released from the Referee Headquarters in Pretoria.

The highest profile ones to be released were those involved in the major controversies but FIFA have also released the reserve trios who often acted as fourth officials or reserve assistants.

When referees leave the camp at this point in a tournament, the whole dynamics of the referee headquarters changes.

Where there were 81 officials on Tuesday, by Thursday there will be 57 and friends who have been part of a team for over four weeks will say goodbye to each other.

Living in together in a training camp can be a problem for both players and referees.

Some can cope with the situation but others find the camp boring, especially if they are not playing or refereeing. Some become homesick and miss their families and are desperate to go home while others want to stay to referee the Final.

I am surprised that FIFA have kept 19 referees since there are only 8 matches left. At best this will mean 16 referees being appointed. In actual fact some referees will probably receive more than one appointment which means that there will a number of officials who will be in the camp for the next two weeks but whose active participation is over.

 Others in the Referee Headquarters in Pretoria will be hoping to be appointed to the biggest game of their lives.

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