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2019-2020 Law Changes

Are you looking for the complete list of law changes from June 2019? Look no further – just follow [this link] to get to the IFAB page!

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Please watch these training videos!!

The Minnesota Referee Committee has created three excellent videos that we encourage all referees to watch: Part 1) Laws of the Game changes / clarifications (25 minutes) Part 2) Showing Cards to Coaches (25 minutes) Part 3) Handling (20 minutes)

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Conflicts of Interest

In addition to the U.S. Soccer Federation Polices 531-1 and 531-6, officials should take steps to prevent any appearance of a conflict of interest. Disqualify themselves from participating in any match where there is a vested interest “Vested interest” is … Continue reading

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Refs: In the right spot, at the right time

By Randy VogtI have seen many soccer games when the referee made an important call — sometimes correctly, sometimes incorrectly — and loud dissent followed since the ref was 40 yards away from the play. Just as with phones, long-distance … Continue reading

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Girls vs. Boys: Should they be refereed differently?

By Randy Vogt A decade ago at the Long Island Junior Soccer League Convention, there were two panel discussions on whether there are any differences between girls and boys in youth sports. Successful youth soccer coaches spoke about the profound … Continue reading

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Using Psychology In Soccer Officiating

Psychology – “The science that deals with mental processes and behavior.” By Don Dennison, NISOA National Clinician, Maryland Using Psychology In Soccer Officiating I am sure that there was a time in the distant past when all that a referee needed was … Continue reading

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The art of refereeing solo

By Randy Vogt The referee’s position is called a “diagonal,” which he or she runs goes from corner flag to corner flag. Actually, a referee who strictly adheres to this diagonal will miss seeing a number of fouls. I like … Continue reading

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An Unusual Approach to the Ball for a Penalty Kick

This position paper was published by the U.S. Soccer Referee Education Resource Center on August 19, 2011 Recently, in an international friendly match between United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Lebanon (played on July 17, 2011), a penalty kick was called … Continue reading

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