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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Serious Foul Play Video – Orlando vs. Portland

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Orlando City SC defender Brek Shea for one game and issued an undisclosed fine for serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent in the 15th minute of Orlando’s match against the Portland Timbers on April 3. http://www.mlssoccer.com/mls-disciplinary-summary/2016/week5/brek-shea Here is a great example for SFP which endangers

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Disney Girls Soccer Showcase

Taylor Bombalski and Ashley Smyda recently attended the 2015-2016 Disney Girls Soccer Showcase that took place December 28, 2015 until January 3, 2016. This event was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida. This venue has many fields and courts for just about any sport you can imagine and it

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Advantage

With the season fast approaching, it’s a good time to mentally prepare and review certain aspects of the Laws of the Game. Let’s begin with a segment in Law 5, The Referee. In particular, advantage, the Law states: The referee may play advantage whenever an infringement or offense occurs. The referee should consider the following

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Mentor Notes

To all WPA referees, I, along with Max Hartman, Colin Nelson, and Josh Sanders recently attended a college showcase tournament in Richmond, VA. Not only was it a well-organized tournament with terrific facilities and good play, there was also mentoring with myself, Alan Kelly, 2015 MLS Referee of the Year and Rob Fereday, former FIFA

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How Could You Not See That?

I have been asked this question many times in my 40 year career in officiating. With today’s technology of smartphones and much better quality of TV, the referee is under much more scrutiny in all aspects of officiating. But, there are some hints to help the soccer referee and the assistants on how to not

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Goal/No Goal Procedure

There was a situation recently where referees forgot the proper mechanic as it is rarely seen but it is an important one to remember, and more importantly, cover in your pregame. Here is the scenario: The team leading takes a shot and hits the crossbar hard near the right post, ricochets downward striking the ground/metal

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