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By Randy Vogt
When I watch a soccer game on TV, I “referee” it. Sometimes instant replay confirms that I was correct and sometimes it does not.
Just as everybody else, I like consistency in the refereeing. A foul is a foul is a foul. What’s a foul at midfield should be a foul inside the penalty area and I become very frustrated when the game is not officiated this way.
Arguably the most graphic evidence that referees are sometimes letting the defense get away with murder occurs on restarts by the goal. We have all seen the holding and shirt-grabbing in pro games as corner kicks and free kicks are played into the penalty area. If the same amount of contact occurred at midfield, the ref would whistle a direct kick but somehow it is expected that these fouls will go unpunished near the goals. So much so that a large amount of contact by the goal has filtered down to some youth games.
In April 2007, I went on a tour of the English Premier League, watching several games, including Sheffield United vs. Newcastle United. Since Sheffield coach Neil Warnock is a referee-baiter, I rooted for Newcastle. Referee Mark Halsey and his ARs unfortunately did not have a good performance. They lacked teamwork and Halsey let the players, rather than him, control the match in a game that definitely needed control. The penalty area became a bit of a war zone as the players knew that the ref was not going to make any important decisions there. What would Warnock have said had he had as clear a view as the ref, or me sitting behind the Newcastle goal, of the two hands grabbing a Sheffield player’s jersey, preventing him from jumping to head the ball just a few yards from goal off a corner kick?
In a boys U-16 game that I refereed a couple of years ago, a free kick was crossed into the penalty area at the start of the game. There was contact between two defenders and one attacker as the attacker tried to get into position to head the ball. The contact was not putting a body on the attacker to prevent a free header but rather, one defender pushed the attacker from behind as he tried to head the ball, so I whistled a penalty kick. A couple of defenders complained.
The assistant referee on that side, not far from the defending team’s bench, said that none of the coaches complained and I told him that those coaches know me and know that I am simply going to enforce the Laws of the Game. Besides, as I told the AR, “If I had not called that foul, we would have had holding and pushing on every play near the goal.”
Obviously, it was easier for me to whistle what for some was an unexpected penalty kick as there were not thousands of fans watching and many more viewing on TV. That’s just one example but come to any of my games and the matches of some other refs and you will not see the clutching and grabbing by the goal that you might see in other games.
All we need are some PKs whistled around the world and defenders would get the memo that they can no longer get away with fouling on restarts. If refs follow that up by continuing to be consistent in their foul decisions throughout the field, scoring will increase as attackers will no longer be fouled without punishment by the goal.
(Randy Vogt has officiated over 9,000 games during the past three decades, from professional matches in front of thousands to 6-year-olds being cheered on by very enthusiastic parents. In “Preventive Officiating,” he shares his wisdom gleaned from thousands of games and hundreds of clinics to help referees not only survive but thrive on the soccer field. You can visit the book’s website at www.preventiveofficiating.com.)
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Returning for a second year, in order to develop the next generation of referees, the State Referee Committee has established the Grade 8 Power Rankings, which recognizes those Grade 8 Referees under the age of 25 in the state that have distinguished themselves by their level of assignment and fitness. This is the final ranking list for the 2013-2014 Season! Standings will be reset in the fall.
We congratulate those referees that have qualified for Higher Grades and will no longer be listed.
Grade 8 Referee Power Rankings
2014 Final List
August 14, 2013 to August 12, 2014
|ASHAWAY | Games: 63 (29 Ref, 34 AR) | Fitness +11%
Best Referee: NORTHEAST LEAGUE U16B | Best AR: RISL O30/O40
|TIVERTON | Games: 40 (14 Ref, 26 AR)
Best Referee: RIWSL Women | Best AR: NELASA Men
|EAST GREENWICH | Games: 52 (27 Ref, 25 AR) | Fitness +2%
Best Referee: RIWSL Women | Best AR: PREMIER LEAGUE U17G
|WEST GREENWICH | Games: 40 (24 Ref, 16 AR)
Best Referee: NORTHEAST LEAGUE U16B | Best AR: PREMIER LEAGUE U17G
|PROVIDENCE | Games: 24 (12 Ref, 12 AR)
Best Referee: NEP U13B | Best AR: SNESC Men
|TIVERTON | Games: 45 (16 Ref, 29 AR) | Fitness +10%
Best Referee: Super Liga U16B | Best AR: NEP U18B
|SMITHFIELD | Games: 17 (5 Ref, 12 AR)
Best Referee: RIWSL Women | Best AR: State Cup U15B
|TIVERTON | Games: 15 (3 Ref, 12 AR)
Best Referee: RIWSL Women | Best AR: State Cup U17G
|WEST WARWICK | Games: 32 (19 Ref, 13 AR)
Best Referee: Maple U13B | Best AR: NPSL Men
|CAROLINA | Games: 52 (22 Ref, 30 AR)
Best Referee: Super Liga U19B | Best AR: State Cup U13B
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 defined as when the official or a member of the official’s family (spouse, child or parent) or that person’s team may be affected by the outcome of the proceeding or match.
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the below sample email should be sent 48-72 HOURS before your scheduled match
ASSIGNMENT PLEASE REPLY should be your subject line
We are working together tomorrow for a 1 pm kick off in Coventry. Let’s meet in the parking lot by 12:15. Let’s bring long and short sleeves just in case. I would prefer two stripe socks if possible. If not let’s do 3. Please confirm.
if you are assigned to a match in a league; premier league for example; where the teams are playing two games in same day at same field and with the same crew.
your CREW must be consistent with rules.
SAME RULES FOR EACH MATCH
For example if a player is allowed to use a brace in the first match you need to be consistent and allow the brace in the second match