Hello, my name is Petra Tabarelli and I do research and talk about football rules.
Nachspielzeiten is my offer to all referees and other football supporters who not only want to know what the current football rules are like, but also want to understand their development.
How do you get to know about the history of football rules?
I made a virtue out of necessity: at the beginning, I only wanted to check when a certain law was introduced. But I did not believe the first chronology offered by the search engine, but checked several of it. And so it started… The dilemma: the dates differed. And not only with this law, but with others as well. The more I tried to find a source I could really trust, the more I noticed the differences: football rules were omitted, different sets of rules were combined without pointing them out, and above all, many chronologies of websites were copied without checking.
So I started to search for the laws myself. At first I found very few, then in 2018 on Wikimedia I went through all FA Rules and others until 1920.
Is the chronology complete now?
Yes, it contains all official rule changes in football since the early 19th century.
You only deal with football rules?
No, but it is my main focus.
Hi, I am Petra – a historian, archivist, football supporter. And the woman who can explain the meaning and purpose of football rules. The Laws of the Game are the basic essence of modern football and act and react to changes in the game and society. They are therefore a pivotal point for the general development of football. To know about the development of the rules means to know about the entire game of football. I am the only person in the world who has researched the development so well.
Do you want to know more about me? Sarah Schäfer interviewed me for her self-published podcast. Click here for the interview (it is in German and available via every podcatcher)
Is that what you do for a living?
Yes, I work as a independent author, consultant, lecturer and interview partner. These are the forms of mediation in which I already have experience. For example, I support The IFAB with my knowledge of the evolution of football rules and am the author of the DFB refereeing newspaper.
I also write for 120 Minuten, the Zeitspiel magazine and other magazines.
All publications on football history that I have written and that have appeared on the internet can be found here mentioned and linked, provided it is available in digital form.
I think I need your support. Is that possible?
Sure! I will support you with my know-how, be it in terms of content or methodology.
As an author
I have broad experience in publishing and writing articles for digital and print media.
And I do this without academic language, but in an understandable and narrative way.
As an interview partner
What is the purpose of the offside rule? How did women in Germany play football before 1955? Was there only Lotte Specht? Are you looking for digital knowledge transfer in sport history?
These are possible ideas for an interview with me.
As a lecturer
You are an association of referees and plan to include the history of the rules in your coaching sessions? And are you looking for an expert?
I can take care of that. It doesn’t matter if it’s just one, several or all LoG.
As a researcher
Although I am not Justus of TKKG, I enjoy researching just as much as he does and regularly feed my databases. Thanks to my studies of history and culture I have learned to research effectively and thoroughly. Of course you can profit from this.„Petra, just have a look …“
FRÜF – Women talk about football
It is very important to me to increase the visibility of women in football and at the same time to encourage football-loving women to show themselves. There are so many non-male persons who, through their enthusiasm for football, have become connoisseurs and lovers.
I myself am part of the wonderful collective FRÜF, which was awarded the Golden Blogger for the best sports blog in 2019 in 2020. Furthermore, in May there will be a live podcast of FRÜF at the re:publica 2020 in Berlin (unless it is cancelled due to the corona virus): „Why the 2019 World Cup has changed the perception of women’s football„.