The Euro 2012 tournament is utilizing goal line officials to provide extra eyes on the ball crossing the line and possibly better angles for fouls in the penalty area. This seems to be a much better solution than goal line technology, especially if they are allowed to call in fouls from the area.
Entries for the ‘Referees’ Category
David Beckham recently received a red card and was sent off. No shock there, right? Except this time it was at a youth soccer match!
Anyone who watches professional soccer knows about ‘magic spray’ that mysterious spray trainers use to ‘cure’ injured players on the pitch. But when I encountered ‘Magic Spray’ in an official USSF memorandum, I was stumped and had to do a little research.
After a video of many flagrant fouls by a high school basketball player went viral, it triggered an intense debate. Should officials do more to rein in players who intentionally foul opponents?
You often hear about a referee shortage in the US, partly due to people not wanting to endure matches with misbehaving parents. But is there really a shortage?
The ZenMaster shares some tips on how teams can handle dirty play and react to it in ways to counter it and evne take advantage of it.
An experienced referee has some interesting observations about how older players may retaliate in different ways depending on their gender and what to look for.
Referee’s endure an unacceptable amount of abuse from overzealous soccer coaches and parents. But there also are referees who just don’t take their responsibility seriously, and a recent forum poster lets off an epic rant on many of the reasons why they should.
A recent weekend in Georgia saw a significant number of serious soccer injuries. Soccer is definitely a contact sport and the risk of injury very real. Perhaps it’s time for youth referees to start showing the plastic more often.
Charlie Slagle, the CEO of North Carolina’s largest soccer league, Capital Area Soccer League (CASL), has a soccer radio show that is broadcast every Saturday morning at 7AM called Back of the Net. His most recent show looks into what is required to become a soccer referee and how far you can go.
Tweet I love responding to comments from readers – it’s part of what makes writing a blog fun. But occasionally I find a comment and/or the response warrant a full blown post, so don’t be surprised if you ask an intriguing question and it ends up on Page 1 Recently a parent posted a comment [...]
Tweet They may start drinking. I know, I know – I shouldn’t joke around because if a drunk ref showed up at my kid’s match I’d be a bit upset. But still, I found it hilarious the kids (at least they look like older kids) continued to do thier post-match drills while the ref was [...]
The use of technology in soccer for things like goal line calls, offside, and more has always been experimental, and even then has been controversial. While arguing over a referee’s call is often a soccer fan’s favorite pastime, few fans or officials support its use in the beautiful game. However, more often than not the debate is about technology’s impact on the flow of the game, not accuracy. Yet as technology is evaluated for use in soccer, we cannot overlook the fact the technology is imperfect and subject to errors.
Tweet Anyone watching the Netherlands v Italy match in Euro 2008 saw a Netherland’s goal allowed that seemed to be offside – except there was an Italian defender out of bounds behind the end line. So many wondered if that player factored into any offside decision. The answer is Yes. The question was did he [...]