Teamwork

Teamwork is critical for a successful game in soccer. Referees and Assistant referees (4th official if allowed), must work together. This begins with a thorough pregame among the crew. This can take up to an hour but a good ’30 minutes can cover a very good pregame. For more info, click here. Once the game

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Law 11 – OFFSIDE

Historically, Law 11, Offside has always been a controversial decision by Assistant Referees. The Law has also changed over the course of many years, as well as the interpretations, from even is on, daylight between attacker and defender, parts of the body, deliberate, deflected etc. But the Law is clear, to many, the easiest Law

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Holding Outside and PK

This is an interesting clip with so many discussion topics: 1. The initial decision 2. AR mechanics 3. Referee posture 4. Final decision The referee does a very good job and waiting to see if the attacker is going to play through—advantage. But then the referee crouches over, like a baseball plate umpire. Referees should

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End of the game foul

This play occurs at the very end of regulation time. A good motto to live by that I have taught for years, “the game is not over until the paperwork is done”. In this situation, you can see the referee “stop” as he feels that nothing will happen and the game is over. Referees must

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Passback

Here is a situation regarding a passback. A passback must have 3 criteria to occur. Must be deliberate Must be by foot Must be touched by GK’s hands. Let’s examine “deliberate” a bit further. In order for it to be deliberate, the defender must have control of his body. A defender off balance, being challenged

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Shirt Grab Around Neck

The following clip has been a topic of discussion amongst referees. The debate is, is this tactical or is it violent conduct? What is tactical? What the book says it is a foul that breaks up a promising attack. What is violent conduct? It is really not defined in the book, but the difference between

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Holding

Holding is one of the direct free kick fouls as outlined in Law 12. There are different types of holding but they have changed in the modern game. Players have become more sophisticated in their play and largely due to coaching and watching game on TV. What we look for in all decisions, is that

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Inside 18 Tackle

The Mentoring group had a chance to dissect this clip on their own. A couple of comments before the final answer but I must say, everyone had a good response. One person commented that if the player did not have a YC, then he should be given a YC. My question is why? Is it

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Miami Hard Foul

There are many incidents in this clip to analyze. You, as referees, need to analyze the entire clip to help you fine tune your game. We can learn from clips such as these. The referee is in good position to see the original foul but when the ball is played forward the referee makes 2

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