Soccer America on Refereeing: Our officiating archive

From sideline abuse to VAR, here's a collection of Soccer America articles on referee-related issues.

Ending ref abuse starts with the coaches by Mike Woitalla
"Obviously, there's something about the sports environment that unleashes emotions powerful enough to destroy a reasonable person's sense of decorum."

Refs impress at coaches' gathering with VAR demos and tales from the field by Beau Dure
"But for all the gadgetry referees have at their disposal today, the game still depends on judgment and what Webb calls 'the feel for the game.'"

How a simple rule change could improve soccer's flow and fair play by Ian Plenderleith
"It nearly always pays to foul in soccer -- momentum is lost, possession is wasted from the resultant free kicks, and the punishments for infringement are too lenient."

'League refereeing' vs. 'International refereeing' by Ahmet Guvener
"The similarity where English FA and U.S. Soccer stand in terms of their low number of FIFA referees is astounding."

Glaring errors in the VAR-less EPL prove the value of video referee by Ian Plenderleith
"When the technology's been properly used, we've become accustomed to seeing clear injustices quickly ironed out."

Become a ref! It's fun, really by Beau Dure
"Obnoxious parents and coaches aside, this is a fun gig, as strange as that sounds."

What it takes to be a world-class referee by Ahmet Guvener
"One thing is clear: soccer refereeing in the USA has been well ahead of its men's national team performance in the last few years."

How do referees improve? by Randy Vogt
"For me, there are five ways that refs can improve and I will describe each way here in order of importance."

Should referee calls be swayed by player reputations? by Paul Gardner
"In soccer, a referee is automatically both cop and jury, and is also allowed some of a judge’s discretion in allotting punishment."

VAR: The World Cup, and beyond by Ahmet Guvener
The number of cameras and their positioning at the stadium make a lot qualitative difference for the VAR system.

Referees and communication: a long history of non-compliance by Paul Gardner
"Referees continue to nurture a closed culture of secrecy (though less arrogantly than in the good old days) and the authorities -- FIFA, that is -- evidently support them."

The Phantom Foul that injured Harry Kane exposes rulebook flaw by Paul Gardner
"It seems so absurd that a player can commit a dangerous physical foul yet the rules declare that the foul simply never existed."

Violent Goalkeeping (Part 1): Players at risk as soccer ignores its own rules by Paul Gardner
Violent Goalkeeping (Part 2): FIFA must radically rethink the goalkeeper's role by Paul Gardner
"Goalkeepers, we are told, need protection. No doubt we all agree. Up to a point."

Should refs call players by name? by Randy Vogt
"He would go to the colleges’ websites and memorize the number and the players for both teams. And he would address the players by first name during the game."

Referees should get a vote! And a rulebook would be nice by Mike Woitalla
"The 150,000 U.S. Soccer-registered referees have experience at all levels of the game, and interact with every sector of the soccer community -- players, parents, coaches, administrators."

Reffing according to the score? by Randy Vogt
"Often the winning coach asks my advice on what to do to not continuously score goals."

How to Retain Referees (Part 1) by Randy Vogt
How to Retain Referees (Part 2): Start by getting coaches and refs in same room by Randy Vogt
"We lose most refs in their first two years of refereeing with verbal abuse by the adults in youth soccer being the No. 1 reason for refs quitting. "

For all of Randy Vogt's youth refereeing columns, go HERE.

3 comments about "Soccer America on Refereeing: Our officiating archive".
  1. Randy Vogt, January 27, 2019 at 8:28 a.m.

    Although I have noticed an increased amount of coverage on officiating by Soccer America, I've also seen game broadcasts do the same in various sports, including soccer. Hopefully, the number of games being broadcast without a ref expert on call or at the stadium, such as Fox Sports' Dr. Joe Machnik, will continue to dwindle. The ref expert knows the rules and also knows what refs experience and that's so much better than having former players and coaches give their opinions, often criticizing the refs, when most have never opened up a rulebook, which is apparent when you hear what they are saying. Yes, refs can be criticized but the criticism needs to be based on what the rulebook states.

  2. R2 Dad replied, January 28, 2019 at 12:49 a.m.

    Amen. This is especially noticeable when there is a retired keeper in the booth!

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, January 29, 2019 at 4:43 p.m.

    Yes. Some of the statements commentators make are amazingly incorrect.

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