Violent Play

We talk about “non-soccer” plays that do not belong in the game of soccer. Elbows to the head, challenges that endanger the safety of a player, such as over the ball tackles, spitting, headbutting, etc. In the 2 clips below, you will see similar types of violent behavior. In both cases, the action by the

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Dangerous Challenges

One of the first things referees should be looking at when there are challenges on the ground are the feet of the player challenging. There are some indications that should raise awareness in these types of challenges. DISTANCE where the challenging player comes. Is that player coming from a longer distance or is the distance

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Injuries

Soccer is a contact sport and injuries are part of the game. The growing concern in soccer, among other sports, are concussions. Referees need to be more aware of the symptoms of concussions and take more of a concerned role in recognizing them. Some symptoms listed here are what we, as referees, may see when

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Apply to Regional Tournaments

Western Pennsylvania Referees is making selections for the below Regional Tournaments. If you would like to be considered for inclusion in the Western Pennsylvania delegation please complete the Google Form linked below. Selections will be based on experience, performance, and off field behavior. Events: OPD Tournament June 7-9 Kirkwood Soccer Complex, DE President Cup June

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Teamwork

Teamwork is critical for a successful game in soccer. Referees and Assistant referees (4th official if allowed), must work together. This begins with a thorough pregame among the crew. This can take up to an hour but a good ’30 minutes can cover a very good pregame. For more info, click here. Once the game

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Law 11 – OFFSIDE

Historically, Law 11, Offside has always been a controversial decision by Assistant Referees. The Law has also changed over the course of many years, as well as the interpretations, from even is on, daylight between attacker and defender, parts of the body, deliberate, deflected etc. But the Law is clear, to many, the easiest Law

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WPA State Referee Advanced Clinic – Feb 16 & 17

Referees, Assignors, Mentors and Club Administrators, the State Referee Committee of Western Pennsylvania is sponsoring an Advanced Clinic and Referee Workshop. Please see below for many more details! When:          February 16th          9am-4pm     Advanced Clinics                     February 17th          9am-2pm      Referee Workshop Location:     DoubleTree by Hilton                    Pittsburgh Green Tree

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Re-certification Reminder

Game officials is open for your 2019 referee recertification. If you have already completed your recertification and supplied any necessary updated clearances, please let me know so that we can determine why your certification is incomplete. To recertify, please log into your Game Officials account. Go to COURSES > REFEREE COURSES > 2019 Grade *

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