Free Kick Positioning

During some recent games I noticed some odd positioning of free kicks in the attacking third. As we have been saying all along, it is important that referees be in the right position, have the best angle to view and be ready for the next stage of play. We have also been saying that the

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Misconduct Signals & Technique

Depending you who speak to or who you are assessed by, the topic of misconduct technique can vary. Here in WPA, we are trying to have a uniform way of issuing the misconduct, along with the technique on how to. Each misconduct can be different due to the type of challenge, time of game, score

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Indirect Free Kick

As everyone knows, there are 2 types of Free Kicks in soccer. Indirect and Direct. Here we are discussing the Indirect Free Kick(IFK). The IFK when indicated by the referee tells everyone that the ball must be played and touched by another player before it can be considered in play, unless the ball leaves the

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Direct Free Kick

The Direct Free Kick(DFK) indicates to everyone that the ball does not need to be touched by any other player to be in play. The signal by the referee is simple, they stand at attention and raise the arm to a 45degree angle in the direction of the free kick. This signal has a dual

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Positioning & Dynamic Movement

During a recent training session in Penn/Trafford, I demonstrated positioning and dynamic movement with the help of Ashley Smyda and Jason Caruso. It is very important for referees to have an angle of view and good positioning to see. With these 2 elements, referees will have a better chance to see and have a clear

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Corner Kick Mechanic

The signal for the corner kick occurs when the ball passes over the goal line last touched by a defender. The Assistant Referee needs to be in position to make the call and must be on the goal line. Once the ball passes over the goal line last touched by a defender, the Assistant Referee

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Goal Kick Mechanic

The signal for a goal kick occurs when the ball has passed over the goal line last touched by an attacker. The Assistant Referee needs to be in position to make the call. Once the ball passes over the goal line, the Assistant Referee raises his flag as seen below. Note: If the ball passes

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Offside Mechanics

There are 2 signals for each offside decision and there are 3 different signals for offside—Far side of the field, middle of the field and near side of the field. Each one indicates where the player was declared offside. Below are the correct signals. Before each offside, the Assistant Referee raise their flag straight up

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In Preparation for State Cup

As we approach State Cup Competition, referees must be prepared just as the players. Unfortunately, the players are practicing multiple times per week getting ready to play. These are important games for not only the players, but for the coaches, parents and spectators. The question is, ARE YOU PREPARED? How to prepare. Know your assignments

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