Field Position – Thrown-ins

Let’s examine proper positioning on throw-ins in the defensive end. You can see the direction of the ball by the arrow indicated. Referees must know the “options of the players. What will they do? Although the referee will not know for sure, he/she must know what the player “can do”. In all cases, the referee

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Referee positioning

I have watched many games in the past months and I have seen some positioning errors on the part of referees. While referees may not be completely at fault due to misinformation from assessors, I can assure you that the advice below will help you in your decision making. Be close to play. The further

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Pre-Game

The importance to a clear precise pre-game are essential to the beginning of a successful game. The referee needs to “take charge” of the match and the pre-game is the foundation. As the referee, you must dictate the length of the talk, the time limits on which you have to deliver the pre-game and the

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Referee Class 101

It seems that we, as referees, are getting away from the basics of soccer officiating. I have been witness to various incidents that referees need and must do. The basic equipment. Not just the whistles, watches, red and yellow cards, pencil and paper, coin but there is one that should be the basics but some

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Starting Your Game

I have attended many games since I became the Director of Referee Development for WPA referees. I have witnessed many positive things during my observations. From foul recognition, when and how to administer misconduct and dealing with unruly coaches and parents. I have also witnessed some things for improvement. Most of these are basic observations

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Handling

Each week we will give insight into certain fouls which will assist referees in determining what to look for. Last week we discussed charging and today we will look into handling offenses. Although the actual wording in the Law is “handling” or “handles the ball”, most people and referees refer to it as “hands”. Remember,

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Abuse of Referees

Let me be clear as to what drives our referees out of officiating. IT IS ABUSE. Abuse by coaches, spectators and parents. This practice must stop and the adult referees MUST show an example to our younger referees that ABUSE will not be tolerated. It appears that some are confused about what is actually ABUSE.

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Jefferson Cup, Boys Weekend

Taylor Bombalski and Corey Yerace attended the Jefferson Cup, Boys Weekend. Here’s a report of their experience at the tournament: Attending out of state tournaments are an adventure. You get to meet new people, explore new places, and referee different teams. Corey Yerace and Taylor Bombalski traveled to Richmond, Virginia on March 11-13 and assisted

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Charging

There have been many questions regarding the Laws of the Game, and in particular, Law 12—Fouls and Misconduct. We will continue to answer your questions but let’s discuss “charging”. The Laws of the Game really do not explain what a charge is. One has to remember that the FIFA Law book is written for those

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