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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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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Medical Insurance

On behalf of your State Referee Committee, here is the link for those that want to purchase medical insurance through PAW. This is for any referee any age and will cover you officiating YOUTH GAMES ONLY. Below is the link for the referees interested in purchasing insurance through PA West Soccer. http://pawest.affinitysoccer.com/eventmanager/public/event.asp?calid=9790623 Referees can use

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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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