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."
Soccer's new rule changes -- a ref's view by Ian Plenderleith
Coaching young players to respect the ref by Ian Plenderleith"It's therefore imperative to educate young players right from the start about the importance of respecting the referee. It will improve the atmosphere on any team, and consequently hold the players together as a unit if they focus on the soccer, not on the official.
What leagues want from their refs by Randy Vogt
A Ref's View: The Value of a Good Coach by Randy Vogt
Referee assessment, coaching and
mentoring by Ahmet Guvener
Coaching can be done at all levels of refereeing from grassroots to the professional game.
Forty years in the LOTG: Grassroots vs. the professional game by Ahmet Guvener
The requirements of modern soccer officiating (1) by Ahmet Guvener
The requirements of modern soccer officiating (2) by Ahmet Guvener
The misuse of VAR, the sins of goalkeepers ... and a big thank you to Lee Dixon by Paul Gardner
"Is there not a single referee somewhere willing to speak up and protest that, by not making these calls, referees are almost inviting serious injuries?"
Goalkeepers revisited by Paul Gardner
Another colossal VAR gaffe in England by Paul Gardner
The devious problem of tactical fouling by Paul Gardner
A weekend with the VARmints by Paul Gardner
The VAR/goalkeeper mess -- an IFAB production by Paul Gardner
Oh dear, defenders feel threatened ... again by Paul Gardner
Carding the coach will be a rule for the greater good by Ian Plenderleith
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
"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."
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. "
Ref abuse isn't a consumer right by Greg Winkler
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