• Become a ref! It's fun, really
    I was going to take Sunday off. But the emails kept piling up from our ref assignor. "Games open." "MORE games open."
  • Start practice with play: U.S. Soccer gets it right
    In 2009, I wrote a column headlined, "Why is scrimmage dessert?" - because I had observed so many practices for young children that bothered me.
  • Have mercy? How coaches can manage a mismatch
    The opposing coach was emphatic. "Left foot only!" he yelled. He had also imposed shooting restrictions on his players.
  • Reffing according to the score?
    As many people realize that I'm an experienced official, often the winning coach asks my advice on what to do to not continuously score goals.