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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Corner Kick Positioning

Corner Kick

Corner kicks are a very important for both teams. For one, there can be as many as 22 players, yes, including the opposing GK in the penalty area which if you recall from your entry level class is 44 yards wide and 18 yards deep. With that said, it is very important that the referee

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Field Positioning – The Goal Kick

Positioning, as in every situation needs to be “intelligent” and “flexible”. What we learn in our entry level class and the information in the Law book is only a guide for you to become familiar with the basic points of positioning. Remember, the game is constantly changing as you referee and we, as referees, need

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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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