The Weekly Soccer Referee Blog – Volume 10 Issue 35 – Simultaneous Strike

September 23, 2018

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Volume 10, Issue 35 – September 23, 2018

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Quote of the Week

“Don’t listen to him.”

From a from a varsity coach to her player after he tells her the referee told him where the wall was and she wanted him somewhere else!

This Week’s Question – Simultaneous Strike (or pretty close to it):

On a competitive league game…

The play on this one has been above average, with some bone-headed mistakes mixed in.

You see A12, in an offside position see a ball kicked forward towards Team B’s end (and towards A12) by A7.

At the same time, B8 sees the same kick, and goes to head the ball.

A12 moves to head the ball.

B8 and A12, moving from different directions, come together and both apparently strike the ball with their collective heads.

The ball takes a wild carrom to the left, towards A7, who has now moved in from onside to play the ball.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

Last Week’s Question – Noisy Commentator

On a rec league game…

The game is between two area teams with little talent and a lot of attitude.  The towns and teams hate each other for no good reason.

As the game starts up, you hear B4 start providing color commentary on the game.  If Team A flubs a pass, he’s on it with some nasty comments about the lack of skill.

Nothing but compliments for his team, regardless of the outcome.  This has gone on for 3 minutes.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the Restart?

What You Said:

Referee 1:

Respect for the game, and for opponents.

A warning, then a YC.

If he persists, a second YC should cure the problem.

Referee 2:

Call:  Nasty comments by B4 concerning Team A’s skill such as flubbing a pass can be deemed a Cautionable offense YC or Sending of offense RC pursuant to Law 12 of the IFAB laws of the game.

B4’s negative commentary to Team A can be deemed as “showing lack of respect for the game” requiring a YC.  It also can be deemed as “using offensive, insulting, abusive language…” resulting in an RC.  I would warn B4 when his negative commentary about Team A starts that he should stop it or he will get a card.

If it happens again, depending on what he said and the good of the game, give him a YC or RC.

Restart:  If play stopped for any reason prior to issuing the card, restart is not changed.  If you stopped play to administer the card, the restart is IFK at spot of the foul.

The Answer:

Stop this – fast, or you risk losing control of the game even faster!  Once it becomes obvious that Captain Oblivious intends to keep a running commentary, don’t wait for a stoppage.  Stop the game, and tell him he either pipes down, or gets carded.

Then if he starts up again, make a decision.

If it’s just ignorant, give him / her a Caution for Dissent or Unsporting Behavior.

If it’s abusive, show them a Red Card, and the team plays short.  Note: If you hear abusive at any time, Go Red – don’t warn!

I figure this would happen once.  Once it’s addressed, it stops fast, as it did in this case.

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The Weekly Soccer Referee Blog – Volume 10 Issue 34 – Noisy Commentator

September 15, 2018

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Sharpening Referee Knowledge and Judgment, One Week at a Time

Volume 10, Issue 34 – September 16, 2018

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Quote of the Week

“We’re going to have to stop payment on the check.”

From an AD.  See the response to Professors Rules.

This Week’s Question – Noisy Commentator

On a rec league game…

The game is between two area teams with little talent and a lot of attitude.  The towns and teams hate each other for no good reason.

As the game starts up, you hear B4 start providing color commentary on the game.  If Team A flubs a pass, he’s on it with some nasty comments about the lack of skill.

Nothing but compliments for his team, regardless of the outcome.  This has gone on for 3 minutes.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

Last Week’s Question – Professors Rules

On a recent High School JV Tournament game…

It’s been raining all morning, and you have 2 games scheduled to work in the early afternoon.  The forecast isn’t good, but the school sends two emails – the first that they are assessing the weather, and the second saying we’re going to play unless there is lightning.

Fair enough.  You get all your gear on, and head out to the field.  Arriving 30 minutes early, you stand around for 10 minutes waiting for someone from the school to show up, then finally get the tournament rules, field assignments, and check from the person (who arrives 20 minutes prior to the game by the way) and make your way out to the field.

The north end of the field (which is the school’s primary soccer field) is covered with at least two inches of water.  The south end is better – there is only a large mud puddle full of water in front of the goal mouth.

You walk the field, check the goals to assure they are anchored, and mend / adjust the nets.  Your feet are now soaked by the way since you could have used a boat in the north end of the field.

At 5 minutes before the start of the game as you are looking for captains and coaches to call in for the coin toss, you see the coach from the home team coming over, so you meet him in the middle where he says “all the games on this field are forfeited.  We aren’t going to damage this field.”

You grab your gear and partner, and head to the staging area.  After standing around in the referee staging area for 15 minutes watching a game on a field 400 feet away, you are not approached by anyone.

You Make the Call:

What do you do in this case?

What You Said:

Referee 1:

Well, HS rules state the home team AD is responsible for deciding whether a game may “begin”, so, you can oblige him.

Especially since you have already been paid. This one is pretty easy. Except for the forfeit part. Not our decision.

Just report to the assignor what happened and find out what he/she wants you to do from there.

Referee 2:

If the person whom you checked in with is still available, recheck with them.

Otherwise, I’d assume it’s the home team coach.

Pack up and go home.

The Answer:

This one got crazy.  Too fast.

Here is the transcript of the AD’s voicemail:

“Hello George, this is (Name Redacted), I’m the Athletic Director over at (Redacted) High School.

Um, we think that for some reason you may have left.  We have soccer games here that we contracted with you to officiate for.  

I understand the games on your field have been postponed, but obviously we can use you for a three-man crew.

I understand that you also took your pay check.  That’s an issue. Obviously, we’ve contracted with you to officiate, and we’d like you to work our tournament today.  If you get this message, if you could turn around and come back, we’ll put 3 man crews on the field and give the kids a really good officiated game.  If you aren’t able to come back, obviously we’ll need to put a stop payment on that check.  If you have any questions, give me a call.”

Someone clearly doesn’t understand the rules of engagement here.

For referees, if called off before you leave (generally), no pay.

If you arrive and they cancel games (or a team doesn’t show up), you get paid.

I did call him.  This AD was over the top.  He insisted he didn’t say anything about “breach of contract” but his statements in the voicemail noted above, definitely hit that mark.

So, what was the contract:

For 2 JV games, 2 ref system.  Which were cancelled due to field conditions (which did not just materialize – they were present before I left for my 30 minute drive.)

He did offer to pay for my mileage and time.  At that point, I just wanted to get away from this AD, so I told him I shredded the check (which I did) and just left it at that.  I also dropped the rest of my games at that school and won’t be taking any games there in the future.  Why bother getting hassled by an AD?  Isn’t the harassment we get from fans, players and parents enough?  Yep!

I could have seen this coming.  This school doesn’t provide water for officials, and their tournament food policies for officials were well-below those offered at other schools.  My old Rec Association had better food policies than this school, and that was for full 3 ref crews covering up to 9 fields.

I can afford to be selective.  I don’t have to work for people who are rude and oblivious.

The Weekly Soccer Referee Blog – Volume 10 Issue 33 – Professor’s Rules

September 9, 2018

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Volume 10, Issue 33 – September 9, 2018

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Quote of the Week

“I wasn’t offside, the ball got there before I did.”

From a player who got called for (wait for it) offside.  The submitter doesn’t know where these players come from, or who trains them, and neither do I!

This Week’s Question – Professors Rules

On a recent High School JV Tournament game…

It’s been raining all morning, and you have 2 games scheduled to work in the early afternoon.  The forecast isn’t good, but the school sends two emails – the first that they are assessing the weather, and the second saying we’re going to play unless there is lightning.

Fair enough.  You get all your gear on, and head out to the field.  Arriving 30 minutes early, you get the tournament rules, field assignments, and check from the person (who arrives 20 minutes prior to the game by the way) and make your way out to the field.

The north end of the field (which is the school’s primary soccer field) is covered with at least an inch or two of water.  The south end is better – there is only a large mud puddle full of water in front of the goal mouth.

You walk the fields, check the goals to assure they are anchored, and mend / adjust the nets.  Your feet are now soaked by the way.

At 5 minutes before the start of the game as you are looking for captains and coaches to call for the coin toss, the coach from the home team comes over and says “all the games on this field are forfeited.  We aren’t going to damage this field.”

You grab your gear and partner, and head to the staging area.  After standing around in the referee staging area for 15 minutes watching a game 400 feet away, you are not approached by anyone.

You Make the Call:

What do you do in this case?

Last Week’s Question – Leg Around

On a recent High School Freshman Tournament game…

B12 has the ball and is working to make a turn.  You see A3 approach quickly from behind and reach a leg around B12 to move the ball away.

A3’s leg contacts B12, moving his leg back, before making contact with the ball.  B12 does not fall down.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

What You Said:

Referee 1:

Perhaps “advantage” is allowed.  Wait and see what happens from there.

Referee 2:

The way this was described, you definitely have a foul on A3 for tripping. Don’t blow the whistle.  Instead raise the arms and shout advantage.

If the trip ultimately affects B12’s play, go back and award a direct kick from the spot of the foul.

Referee 3:

Sounds like an attempt to play the ball, that didn’t quite come off.

Trifling; play on.

Referee 4:

You could call a foul, but really, it sounds trifling to me. But YHTBT.

The Answer:

The contact with B12, whether B12 falls or not, before the ball is a foul.

Conversely, if the player had made contact with the ball first and then A3’s leg made contact with B12, as long as it wasn’t reckless or with excessive force, no call.

Look for Advantage – can it be applied?  In this case, it was not mentioned but the ball went to an opponent, so no advantage.  Whistle the foul for the illegal contact (kicking), and issue a Direct Free Kick to Team B.

The Weekly Soccer Referee Blog – Volume 10 Issue 32 – Leg Around

September 1, 2018

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Sharpening Referee Knowledge and Judgment, One Week at a Time

Volume 10, Issue 32 – September 2, 2018

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Quote of the Week

“If you guys allow another goal, I’m pulling you all off the field.”

From a coach at a Varsity Tournament in Oregon last Saturday, when his first team had allowed 2 goals in 5 minutes.  Two minutes later, another goal was scored against his team, and he pulled the entire first team off and put on the second team who did better.

This Week’s Question – Leg Around

On a recent High School Freshman Tournament game…

B12 has the ball and is working to make a turn.  You see A3 approach quickly from behind and reach a leg around B12 to move the ball away.

A3’s leg contacts B12, moving his leg back, before making contact with the ball.  B12 does not fall down.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

Last Week’s Question – Grabby Grabby

On a recent College Scrimmage game…

You see B2 with the ball, and A12 with him wrapped up nicely (arm over shoulder, other arm around B2’s waist).  Other Team A players are closing on.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

What You Said:

Referee 1:

Definitely holding. Tactical foul = YC = DFK.

Referee 2:

A12 is holding. Give a second or two to see if an advantage materializes for B. If not, blow the whistle. If this has been a pattern you could show a caution for unsporting, but in most cases, this is solved with a stern couple of words to A12. Restart with IDFK for B.

The Answer:

In all Laws / Rules of the game, this is Holding.  You have to whistle this quickly, before the player being held takes things into their own hands, or elbows, as the case may be.

Whistle the foul and issue a Direct Free Kick to Team A at the point of the hold. Provide some guidance on “No more of that” to the offender.

The Weekly Soccer Referee Blog – Volume 10 Issue 31 – Grabby Grabby

August 26, 2018

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Volume 10, Issue 31- August 26, 2018

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Quote of the Week

“That looked like a direct attack on the player, and it should be a red card.”

From a coach at a college scrimmage game.  From the referee’s perspective, it was a Caution, as the trailing leg got the opponent’s leg, and the lead leg got the ball.

This Week’s Question – Grabby Grabby

On a recent College Scrimmage game…

You see B2 with the ball, and A12 with him wrapped up nicely (arm over shoulder, other arm around B2’s waist).  Other Team A players are closing on.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

Last Week’s Question – The Wrong Head

On a recent USSF game…

Player A18 has already been cautioned for delaying the restart.

On a throw-in, B6 and B18 are legally challenging 2 yards from the throw in.

A18 throws the ball legally, but directly at B6’s head.  The ball carroms off B6’s head and on to the field.

B6 staggers and falls to the ground.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

What You Said:

Referee 1:

A18 is going off either way due to having the prior caution.  If the throw is reckless, second yellow, then red.  If used excessive force, straight red.  Given B6 staggered and fell, that’s pretty clearly violent conduct and goes to straight red, in my opinion.

Agree on the NFHS document.  It was so loaded with errors, especially in the examples, that I was quite befuddled.  Glad I’m not alone.

Referee 2:

From the information given, it appears that A18 threw the ball violently and deliberately at B6’s head; at least enough to knock him down. You could give him a red card for malicious play or a yellow card for reckless play which would result in a red card anyway since it would be a second yellow.

Referee 3:

Here is one the parents are going to holler over.  Red card to the player throwing the ball at the head of the opponent.

That is striking and can’t be tolerated

Referee 4:

Bye, bye, dude.  Throwing the ball at a player’s head is good for a YC.

Since it’s a 2nd YC = RC, he gets the rest of the game off.

The Answer:

This is Serious Foul Play.  It was committed by a player against an opponent while putting the ball in play.

Red Card the offender and move on.

Why not a Yellow and 2CT Red?  Simple: This issue needs to be sanctioned as what it is – Serious Foul Play.  Going the 2CT route sends the message that this was reckless, not with excessive force.

It was also the Player in this case sending a message – that the Laws of the game require 2 yards between the throw-in and defenders, but I’m requiring more, and making it Open Season on Defenders who stand closer.

This type of action doesn’t belong in Soccer.  Award the Red Card it so richly deserves.

The Weekly Soccer Referee Blog – Volume 10 Issue 30 – The Wrong Head

August 19, 2018

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Volume 10, Issue 30 – August 19, 2018

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Quote of the Week

“They pushed around our kids and the ref allowed it.”

From a parent on a competitive USSF game.  Where the players legally charging, but since the one team had players “playing up” and the other team didn’t, there was a lack of height to contend with.  Which isn’t any part of the Laws of the Game.

NFHS Pre-Season Soccer Guide “Kicks” A Call

I have heard from a number of you on the NHFS 2019 Pre-Season guide, and an assertion that it makes.

The assertion is INCORRECT.  No, this isn’t a rule change.  You can’t award a PK for a foul OUTSIDE of the Penalty Area.

Ever.

This has been validated with numerous authorities.  Why NFHS can’t get it right is hard to understand.  Or maybe it isn’t….

Here is the paragraph:

Play 11: Player B1, with no attempt to play the ball, trips attacking player A1 outside the penalty box (error 1, there are no Penalty Boxes in Soccer – it’s an AREA).  Ruling: Because B1 denied A1 an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, the referee awards a Penalty Kick and issues a red card to B1.

So, No, it isn’t a PK unless it happens in the Penalty Area (Error 2).

Why can’t NFHS get this right?  There are at least 4 technical errors in the pre-season guide.

This Week’s Question – The Wrong Head

On a recent USSF game…

Player A18 has already been cautioned for delaying the restart.

On a throw-in, B6 and B18 are legally challenging 2 yards from the throw in.

A18 throws the ball legally, but directly at B6’s head.  The ball carroms off B6’s head and on to the field.

B6 staggers and falls to the ground.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

Last Week’s Question – Foul or Not

On a recent USSF game…

Player B4 is in Team A’s Penalty Area, and headed towards goal, when Player A12 makes a tackle.

A12 gets B4’s legs then the ball while B4 is in the Penalty area.  B4 goes to ground, with his arms up, looking at the referee.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

What You Said:

Referee 1:

This week’s answer.  A12 committed a foul when she “gets B4’s legs.”  Since in the penalty area, the restart is a PK.

Not enough info provided as to whether or not this might be DOGSO red or DOGSO yellow, or if B4’s “arms up” would be dissent.

Referee 2:

We have all sorts of things going on….

First we have a PK and perhaps a caution depending on the severity of the foul, and….perhaps a word for a player who lifts up their arms at the official…or a caution depending on the amount of dissent!

I’m getting old and cranky like that.

On a personal note….I saw the game you mentioned….very physical.  As for that start I don’t think her whistle had blown.

On some plays I wondered why the official didn’t do anything however it’s easy from the seats to referee!

Referee 3:

Says it all – at the least pk.

 

Now, if there is also a DOGSO issue, then address that as well in accord with the new mandates.  No information indicating DOGSO, or reckless/serious foul play so the simple answer:  PK

Referee 4:

Call:  Tripping in the penalty area by defender A12 results in a PK if no goal scored (info unknown) or kickoff if goal was scored.

YC to A12 for reckless behavior whether a goal was scored or not.  (Could have been a DOGSO but we do not have enough information to analyze that).

Restart:  PK if no goal scored.  Kickoff if goal scored. (YC to A12 no matter what).

Referee 5:

Can’t go through the player to get the ball.

It’s a foul, in the box. = PK

Referee 6:

Easy peasy – legs first means tripping – PK and maybe YC if it was clearly tactical (referee decision is very player skill level dependent).

Referee 7:

Leg first is a direct kick foul. In the penalty box means this is a PK. If you feel this was a reckless foul, show the caution. As for the arm waving from B4, I try to ignore that stuff. Sometimes I will tell the player “I got it”.

Referee 8:

I would restart with a PK. No CARD here. BUT there are CR’s who are either really BAD, or BLIND, or merely gunning for trouble cuz they have an agenda.

The Answer:

As much as you’d like to slap B4 for the “FIFA arms up” crap, you really shouldn’t.  The fact of the matter is A12 got B4’s legs before the ball.

That is a foul, plain and simple.  Since it occurred in the Penalty Area, it’s a Penalty Kick.

If only FIFA and Video Assist could get this call right, all of our lives would be simpler.

The Weekly Soccer Referee Blog – Volume 10 Issue 29 – Foul or Not? – IHSA Jersey Controversy Continues

August 13, 2018

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Sharpening Referee Knowledge and Judgment, One Week at a Time

Volume 10, Issue 29 – August 12, 2018

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Quote of the Week

“You don’t see that called very often.”

From a commentator on a Women’s CONCAF game between the United States and Brazil, where the referee stopped the original start of the game as the ball hadn’t moved (apparently) in the correct direction.

More Comments on New IHSA Mandated Jerseys

The hits keep on coming.  So far, only one Clinician has indicated he likes the new jerseys.  Everyone else is less than impressed with these expensive and classless t-shirts.

More Comments:

Referee 1: I am also one of those refs who will not be buying the Gerry Davis uniform–for 2 reasons–they are ugly and I do not plan on doing Varsity anymore –very happy with doing Frosh games.

Referee 2: On the IHSA mandated shirts.  I used to live in NE Illinois and had 6 different high schools within 15 minutes driving time and worked more games than I should have.  Last year I relocated to NW Illinois.  The local high school has no boys soccer and a small number of girls games which I have been assigned my fair share of.

The next closest Illinois games are respectively 40 and 60 miles, one way on 2 lane roads. I have been assigned a number of those games and take what is offered even though when you factor in the driving time and show up time it basically works out to minimum wage. I do it for the love of the game.

I have also licensed in Wisconsin, which with mileage pays better and Iowa which pays not quite as well but is 25 miles away and does all 3 man systems.

It is insane to believe I will spend $200 for new shirts, usable only for IHSA. If my over priced Official Sports shirts are not good enough for the local Illinois schools that I do ref, they can either send me home or refuse to assign me or do a special report on me and IHSA can excommunicate me.

I agree with an earlier writer that IHSA is way too political and I have watched way too many higher level final and semi final games reffed by officials who were too old, too lazy, too slow or all of the above but who were part of the “old guard.”

Another Referee: (profanity muted)

The following may have at least an indirect connection to many of the items enumerated in the first part of this week’s very informative and humorous, yet darkly lined newsletter (I still have yet to reach the instructive section):

The (probably) largest IHSA AND club assignor in northern Illinois, as of Friday, 8-3, still had the following school game slots to fill (and I cannot wait to see how many club games greedy guts needs to fill)

Varsity (3 ref): 72

JV (1 & 2 ref): 115

Soph, F, & Jr High: 52

That’s nearly 240 slots to fill and granted this guy may be one of THE larger a**holes in the world but all’s I’m sayin’ Bloomington is,

WAKE UP, LOOK AT THE CORN, AND SMELL THE COFFEE

………AND this same guy just this very minute, sent out a revised list with yet even more and new additional contests.

Reminds me of a very old question: “Can you spell the word f&&& in the word referee??”

Answer

“There ain’t no ‘f&&& in’ referees!!!!”

My Comment: Isn’t that just the truth?  At a time where games are being cancelled due to a lack of officials, IHSA piles on $200 jerseys that look unprofessional.  Cheap. Chinsey.

One of the most important point I made in every referee class I taught was the need to look professional when you arrive at the field.  Professional jersey, shirt tucked in, socks up, ready to go.  That is 50% of your credibility – and you gain it every time you hit the field looking professional.

How can you look professional in this crappy t-shirt?  Answer: You can’t.  The IHSA T-shirt isn’t a symbol that all the players and coaches and most fans recognize.  Whether we like it or not, that is what the USSF jersey and clones are – a recognized symbol – this person who is wearing this knows for the most part, what they are doing.

T-Shirts aren’t professional.  I’ll grab a white marker and some UA shirts, and I can make shirts that look just as crappy for a lot less.  I have a ton of IHSA patches – I’ll just add Velcro to the right locations – viola!  The “new” IHSA jersey, for around $100 for all 4.

This Week’s Question – Foul or Not

On a recent USSF game…

Player B4 is in Team A’s Penalty Area, and headed towards goal, when Player A12 makes a tackle.

A12 gets B4’s legs then the ball while B4 is in the Penalty area.  B4 goes to ground, with his arms up, looking at the referee.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

Last Week’s Question – Substitute Steps On

On a recent USSF game…

Player A22 is at the mid line just off the touchline, waiting for a stoppage to occur so they can come on to the field.

You see B12 and B2 bringing the ball up towards Team A’s end of the field, passing it back and forth between themselves.

As they approach the mid line, you see A22 step on to the field, and kick the ball out from the pass from B2 to B12.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

What You Said:

Referee 1:

Here a sub has deliberately entered the field of play to affect the game.  Definitely a Yellow Card in this case.

Restart with an IFK to Team A, since the infraction occurs when A22 plays the ball.

Referee 2:

A22 has entered the field without permission. Blow the whistle and caution A22. Restart is an IDFK from the location A22 touched the ball.

Referee 3:

Outside agency interferes with play.

Restart is IDK from point where outside agent (which happens to be a Team A substitute) interfered.

A22 is sent-off, Team A does NOT play short because A22 was not a player of record, but only a substitute, therefore what A22 did was not a foul but was misconduct.

The Answer:

This is Illegal Entry to the field by a Substitute.

Blow the whistle to stop play, Caution A22 for illegally entering the field without being beckoned, and issue an Indirect Free Kick to Team B at the point of the infraction.

Simple and easy.  While A22 has to leave, they get cautioned.

The Weekly Soccer Referee Blog – Volume 10 Issue 28 – Substitute Steps On

August 5, 2018

The Weekly Soccer Referee Blog

Sharpening Referee Knowledge and Judgment, One Week at a Time

Volume 10, Issue 28 – August 5, 2018

Forward this to a Fellow Soccer Ref!

Please feel free to forward this Blog to your fellow soccer officials or tell them about it.

The purpose of this Blog is so we can all learn from each other’s experience and by doing so, avoid mistakes, make more consistent calls, and do a better job. I don’t have to make any of this up – this is what happens on the pitch.

Quote of the Week

“You can’t be serious.”

From a coach on a recent IHSA game, after his player was cautioned for standing over a Direct Free Kick, for Failing to Respect the Distance.

Yep, I was serious.

More Comments on New IHSA Mandated Jerseys

The hits keep on coming.  So far, only one Clinician has indicated he likes the new jerseys.  Everyone else is less than impressed with these expensive and classless t-shirts.

Miscellaneous Thoughts:

Another Referee: Gee, did you get your wonderful (sarcasm dripping here) shirts from GDavis yet?  ROTFL

I will not buy – even when mandatory.  The choices then are up to my assignor, the schools. Schools: can use me for the game and say nothing, use me ONLY for the one and say never come back, or say go-home right then and there.  My assignor: use me or I am done with HS ….I have NO problems however the decisions go.

I CERTAINLY do not have to worry about BS and post-season…since 2003 she has never sent me a viable post season offer.  And if I do a play-in post-season, that is local and not under her reign of terror.

Another Referee:

The “logic” of the IHSA just begs for my acerbic observation.

Therefore I will post its “logic.”

(Ahem)  Gee look at that, again OSI and USSF are changing styles of uniforms.

That is sooooo wrong, so tell you what referees.  Here, buy this style (inadequate, trite, poor quality) and we will save you from those bad people.

Oh, and when the shirt is proven to be crap, well, then buy the new and “improved” version.  See?  We saved you from those bad people.”

From the GD web site:

THE FOLLOWING GROUPS ARE ALREADY ENROLLED TO RECEIVE A DISCOUNT:

  • Illinois High School Association (IHSA)
  • Illinois Officials Association (IOA)

My position is this: a) since 2003 BS and the IHSA have never sent me any viable post-season, so that is a total non-issue for me; b) in season 2019-2020 I will of course advise my assignor that I have and will NOT purchase said wash rags from GD, If the assignor then wants to drop me, I am done. Assuming the assignor still wants me, I will appear with other uniforms, and if the host/visiting schools do not want me, I go home. or not return per their pleasure…

Frankly, the schools do not give one whit about the uniforms so long as no confusion on the field between teams’ and the official(s)’ outfit(s).

My former profession required “business attire” which had a wide range of applications.  So long as I was dressed “properly” no one told me one specific design over any other.

Compare collegiate…. many many years since last design change BUT this year IMPROVEMENTS in materials, design… yes cosmetic change in the pattern which I think was wrong to do.

But the solid essentially color scheme does not jarringly clash with USSF-now mandated design.  If officials came with USSF to a collegiate match, they were not sent home… how the game was called according to collegiate rules was paramount.

Sorry GD, but you are not receiving my money to bail you out…. sorry IHSA, you do what you want…. want to revoke my license?  No problem… then you deal with the schools screaming about more loss of official(s.)

Another Referee: I went inactive this upcoming school year because of a medical condition (excluded to prevent identification).

I am not a fan of having to buy new ref shirts. I have been an IHSA official now for 15 years. I rarely buy new jerseys, and when I do it’s because my old ones don’t fit or I have out grown them.

It seems like every other year they come out with new jerseys for us to wear, and very rarely increase our pay. It’s not always about the money though. I enjoy being outside and the exercise I get from running up and down the field with the play. I don’t ever do any post season games, so I won’t be buying any new jerseys since I just bought some 2 years ago.

I think that if the IHSA keeps changing the uniforms that we have to wear, they should supply them to us. We are losing more and more officials every year old and young.

Another Referee: I recently sent an email to Beth at IHSA asking if we could purchase jerseys from other providers that have better quality and yet less costly jerseys or if they were mandating that we purchase from Gerry Davis.

That was a week ago and still no response from Beth or IHSA. Too bad. (Not changed since not getting a response from IHSA is so routine (as evidenced by previous experience and direct comments to this blog) that it would likely be hard to discern who did it, since nobody gets a response.

Another Referee:

Regarding IHSA – I have left the state of IL so I have no ‘skin in the game’ on this one. I will say my experience with IHSA was: EVERYTHING is political. Every decision, every assignment, everything is 100% based on politics.

I stopped working IHSA because the only games I was assigned were one man freshman games 30-40 miles from my home. Playoffs? in 15 years I had one AR2 on a game 40 miles away. I also spent several years officiating HS in WI. I will say the difference is night and day. Better pay, 2 and 3 man on EVERY game. I am no longer officiating at all, mostly due to the prevailing stench of my soccer experiences in the state of IL.

This Week’s Question – Substitute Steps On

On a recent USSF game…

Player A22 is at the mid line just off the touchline, waiting for a stoppage to occur so they can come on to the field.

You see B12 and B2 bringing the ball up towards Team A’s end of the field, passing it back and forth between themselves.

As they approach the mid line, you see A22 step on to the field, and kick the ball out from the pass from B2 to B12.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

Last Week’s Question – Call or Not?

On a recent U17 level USSF game…

Player A1 is getting ready to do a throw in.

Player A2 exits the field behind player A1 and runs along the outer sideline and then re-enters the field past the last defender

Player A2 then receives the throw in from Player A1.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

What You Said:

Referee 1:

I’d stop the game before the throw-in is allowed to occur, warn the player that he/she needs to stay on the field for the restart or else they would be cautioned for UB, and restart with the throw-in.

If they continue, stop the clock and caution and show the yellow card, have the player replaced (or let them play short if they choose), and still restart with the throw-in since the restart hasn’t been done properly.

Referee 2:

How about a Yellow Card to A2 for leaving and re-entering the field without permission of the referee.

And let’s hear the coach try to tell you that it was “in the course of play”.

Don’t let them use trickery on you. It’s unsporting.

Referee 3:

This is unsporting conduct. Blow the whistle, show a caution. Restart with an IDFK at the spot the player received the ball.

Referee 4:

This week’s question with the facts as given:

  1. Call:  Yellow Card to A2 for leaving the field without the ref’s permission.
  2. Restart:  Play had been stopped for a throw-in so the re-start does not change.  Re-start is a throw-in.

The Answer:

I see nothing wrong here.  The player wasn’t doing anything nefarious (trying to put an opponent in an offside position for example, or in dissent of a referee’s call.

This is simply a player taking the shortest distance to get to where he wants to go.  They were contesting for the ball.  We would not penalize this.

No call, play continues (not Play On – This is NOT an advantage situation.)

Here is what the current Cautionable and Sending Off Offenses states:

  1. Entering, re-entering, or deliberately leaving the field without the referee’s permission (ERL)
  2. Re-entering after having previously been
  3. instructed to leave the field to correct equipment
  4. given permission by the referee to leave the field due to an injury

iii. instructed to leave the field due to bleeding or blood on the uniform

  1. Re-entering and gaining an advantage after having previously left the field to avoid being involved in active play (to avoid committing an offside offense)
  2. Leaving the field while a defender to place an opponent in an apparent offside position

[NOTE: Except for the above actions, leaving or re-entering the field is not an offense if, in the opinion of the referee, it was done in the normal course of play]

 

While no longer applicable, USSF’s previous Advice to Referees was clearer:

 

“12.28.7 DELIBERATELY LEAVES THE FIELD OF PLAY WITHOUT PERMISSION

Players who leave the field without the referee’s permission most often do so for unsporting reasons—for example, to create an unfair offside situation (see Advice 11.10).  They may also leave the field to indicate dissent or to “manage” the referee’s next decision.

 

If a player does leave the field for some other reason without the referee’s permission to do so, and this results in gaining a tactical advantage for his or her team, the player has committed misconduct and must be cautioned and shown the yellow card.

 

Where it is apparent to the referee that the player leaving the field without permission has not done so to express dissent or to gain an unfair advantage (e.g., exited to change shoes or replace a torn jersey) and has merely forgotten to obtain permission (or thought he or she had obtained it), the referee should consider this a trifling breach of the Laws. A word/warning to the player should be sufficient in such circumstances, even if that player then re-enters the field without obtaining the referee’s permission.

 

Leaving the field in the course of play (Advice 3.9) is not considered to be leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission.”

 

Then you have the former ATR text on 3.8, 3.9 and 3.10:

3.8 LEAVING THE FIELD WITHOUT PERMISSION

The referee may caution a player who leaves the field without waiting for the permission of the referee when the substitution is requested.

 

“3.9 LEAVING THE FIELD IN THE COURSE OF PLAY

Players are normally expected to remain on the field while the ball is in play, leaving only to retrieve a ball or when ordered off by the referee.  If a player accidentally passes over one of the boundary lines of the field of play or if a player in possession of or contesting for the ball passes over the touch line or the goal line without the ball to beat an opponent, he or she is not considered to have left the field of play without the permission of the referee.  This player does not need the referee’s permission to return to the field.

 

An opponent may exploit a situation in which the goalkeeper has temporarily left the field in the course of play by quickly and correctly taking a throw-in or a corner kick.  Even though the goalkeeper may still be returning to the field, a goal scored under these circumstances is valid.  No offense has been committed.

 

3.10 ILLEGALLY ENTERING THE GAME

If a person who is not on the roster (or, if no roster is required, not clearly a member of the team) enters the game as a substitute, that person will be considered “illegal” and must be removed from the game.  Such a person cannot be cautioned, as he or she is neither a player nor a substitute.  (However, if the person is a player who has been substituted out of the game, then he or she may be cautioned, as he or she is still under the authority of the referee.)  If the referee stopped the game to deal with this person, the restart would be a dropped ball at the place where the ball was when play was stopped*.  The referee will remove the illegal person at the earliest opportunity and, unless the team wishes to play short, allow the former player to return, restarting as appropriate to the reason the ball was out of play.  There is no option for a second substitution until the next stoppage of play.  The referee must file a complete report.

 

However, if the person who entered the field is a substituted player, then he or she is still under the authority of the referee and may be cautioned.  The substituted player must also be removed from the game.  If the referee stopped play to deal with the matter, the restart would be an indirect free kick from the place where the ball was when play was stopped*.  The referee must file a complete report.

 

So, I don’t see where this fits anything, but everyone agrees except me that it should be a caution.

Can anyone provide the exact statement from the new, long FIFA rules?  I have looked, and I can’t seem to find it.

The Weekly Soccer Referee Blog – Volume 10 Issue 27 – Call or Not?

July 29, 2018

The Weekly Soccer Referee Blog

Sharpening Referee Knowledge and Judgment, One Week at a Time

Volume 10, Issue 27 July 29, 2018

Forward this to a Fellow Soccer Ref!

Please feel free to forward this Blog to your fellow soccer officials or tell them about it.

The purpose of this Blog is so we can all learn from each other’s experience and by doing so, avoid mistakes, make more consistent calls, and do a better job. I don’t have to make any of this up – this is what happens on the pitch.

Quote of the Week

“There was no foul there.”

From a World Cup commentator, after an obvious foul where the player got all leg, no ball, was played in slow motion on instant replay.  I’m not kidding.  Where do they get these people?

More Comments on New IHSA Mandated Jerseys

The hits keep on coming.  So far, only one Clinician has indicated he likes the new jerseys.

 

Referee 1:

My name is (redacted) and I am a certified high school soccer official with the IHSA. I am writing to express my deep concern and frustration with this latest uniform mandate by the IHSA.  I find this action unconscionable and completely lacking in empathy for the officials that work so hard day in and day out to provide opportunities for student athletes across the state.

 

We are at a time of extreme shortage of high school soccer officials.  Already, young officials are not joining our forces and other officials are leaving due to a number of issues including a lack of reasonable pay, backlash from coaches, parents, etc…, and time commitment.  Those of us that do work, spend countless hours away from family or work, fight traffic to get to games, all to make (in the case of a high school varsity game), $62-$65. Getting to a game in the city of Chicago can take upwards of 1.5-2 hours. By the time the game is over and we get home, the hourly rate is inadequate at best.  Sadly, the IHSA has been of no assistance in backing up officials for our hard work, as schools have held together to maintain a rate of pay that has failed to keep up with inflation.

 

Now, with all of those issues going on, the IHSA decides to require officials to purchase $200 worth of new uniforms, just a short time after we were required to purchase the “new” wide stripe uniforms, rendering the shirts we just bought “obsolete” and “unusable”.  Meanwhile, teams throughout the state get grandfathered in and exceptions made to all kinds of uniform violations due to a lack of a budget.

 

This mandate lacks any forethought of the impact it will have or the message it sends to those that work so hard for you each fall and spring.  Not speaking on behalf of any fellow officials, but I personally find this insulting.  I officiate soccer because I am passionate about it and love doing it, but the lack of any consideration for officials in the state has become unbearable. My hope is that the IHSA will reconsider this unreasonable mandate or fight to increase our game fees to help compensate for this edict.  I would be concerned that not doing one or the other will lead to an even larger shortage of soccer officials in the state, beginning with myself.

 

Referee 2:

And worst yet, they are ridiculously priced for a very unprofessional looking Tee-shirt.

 

Referee (a bunch more):

The shirts are a bad idea , poorly designed and executed.

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Great Comments!!!! They should be forwarded to IHSA, so they fire who is responsible for these shirts designs…..

Have a great day!
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My God, for CPS, 90% of the schools do not even have similar uniforms, so I say we wear whatever we want….

I agree with Xxxxx.  Looks like a 12 year old’s pajamas.  Marketing…

What’s wrong with just adopting the USSF new look…jeez….

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What happened to the collar?!? This looks like a t-shirt!  $ 44.90 ???????

Since I never order from Official Sports, I’ve never paid that much for a jersey.

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Hell. A good two piece suit shouldn’t cost $ 44.90…….

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And of course, you folks with long arms SHOULD pay another $5.00 for long sleeves but what about those of us who are slightly challenged in that department…….??????

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I already have paid my IHSA dues for the 2018-2019 season but after getting the email about the new shirts, this will more than likely be my last year. I have 18 referee shirts (long and short sleeved) in the basement….the old, old black with white cuffs and collars, the old fuchsia, probably 6 or so yellow, green, black, red, and blue. And now the IHSA is telling me I have to buy 4 more shirts (long and short sleeved) if I want to referee their games in the 2019-2020 seasons. BS!!! And don’t tell me that the IHSA is not getting some type of kickback from Gerry Davis sports since it appears they are the sole provider of these special IHSA shirts.

I have done IHSA games for 20 years but I’m not buying any more shirts! When I do decide that enough is enough, I will send an email to (assignor name redacted) advising him of my decision and will most likely copy Beth Sauser letting them both know that they lost another referee due to this latest shirt requirement.

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I will turn xx this Wednesday.  I ref between 35-45 games every season for (assignor name redacted) and (assignor name redacted). This season starts year 23 for me with the IHSA. I have 10 perfectly good shirts hanging in my closet. (Long and short sleeve and and multiple alternate colors).

You were off a little on the price of new shirts.  Long sleeve shirts are $5 more, so the cost is closer to $200.

I did not order shirts, but I suspect there are shipping costs also.  Why are they doing this?  Remember the Baden balls? The answer is obvious.  Money.  With an exclusive licensing agreement, I’d be disappointed if the IHSA is not collecting $10-$15 per shirt.

Imagine the revenue!  And what do they do with it?  Who knows.  They refuse to disclose their finances since they are a private organization.  The Sun Times did disclose that they have a large number of employees earning over $100K.  Not bad for the Bloomington/Normal area.  And I suspect their retirement benefits are not 401K like most people, but defined benefit plans.  I’d like to see their expense reports.  There are some nice expensive steak restaurants in the area.  I know, I used to entertain customers there.

And what do we get for our money?  How many clinics are there every year in Northern Illinois?  I’m scheduled to attend the only reasonably close clinic in Crystal Lake on 8/4.  And now I have to pay $5.  Guess the IHSA is not paying the clinicians anymore.  Fees are another matter.  While they have not gone up much, I don’t put all the blame on the IHSA.  I think they can only recommend, but not enforce fees.  What school district doesn’t have budget issues? I had one coach say parents had to pay a $200 activity fee for their child to play soccer. While I’m sure this amount varies widely from district to district, generally parents are paying our fees.

Can you please explain to me what Beth Sauser does other than handing out a trophy at championship games?  Is it the IHSA’s job to promote and enforce safety?  I have an issue with XX H.S.  (Redacted to protect writer expressing an unresolved safety issue)  I emailed her during the season and got no reply or acknowledgement.  No response to a follow-up several weeks later. (Left in, as this is typical of how the office responds to questions, so no issue with the person being identified).  Finally, after the season ended, I emailed her again, (redacted to protect author) if she did not do something. Finally she responded that she would forward my concern to the school.  I have not heard any more.  I haven’t been scheduled there yet, but I’m fearful if I am, nothing will have changed.  I’m doubt if a center will cancel the game either.  Other refs are also aware of this hole, and just run around it. In my opinion, she’s completely worthless.

So is there any accountability for the IHSA’s finances?  Absolutely not.

Finally, in regards to the shirt issue. I refuse to buy four shirts this year. If I do any playoffs, it will be 1A games. No one from the IHSA will be there. If someone complains, they can fire me.

I will wait and see what happens by next year.  Maybe they will back off or other suppliers and lower prices will appear.  I’ll make that decision a year from now. Even though I am now XX, I really don’t want to quit.  I love getting out there, and the money has given me freedom to buy myself a new tool whenever I want or nice birthday or Christmas presents for the family.  I want to continue as long as my health allows. As (redacted – assignor name) told me, when I said I was thinking of retiring, “What are you talking about?  The new retirement age is 80.”

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I gave up doing HS this year, so I don’t give a **** what they do.

I only do club ball now, mostly for teams under 14, using the same dozen shirts I have had for years.

I’m not about to buy anything new. If they don’t like what I do or how I ref, I’ll just hang up my whistle.

But so far teams seem to appreciate someone who knows the rules doing their games.

I know XXXXXXXXX is really hot about it; I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t renew this year.

***

Also not thrilled about the cost of the IHSA uniforms.  No other country requires all these referee uniforms–of course, none have all the school leagues but it’s really ridiculous.  At least we only need 2 colors–there is that.

This Week’s Question – Call or Not?

On a recent U17 level USSF game…

Player A1 is getting ready to do a throw in.

Player A2 exits the field behind player A1 and runs along the outer sideline and then re-enters the field past the last defender

Player A2 then receives the throw in from Player A1

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

Last Week’s Question – Offside or Not

On a recent USSF game….

Let’s go to the video on this one (note: It plays regular speed first, then slow motion with a pointer.  If you get this wrong, we need to talk.)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wfesfftci2ew7uc/Soccer%20-%20Offside%20%20MRL%2011-09-14%20.mp4?dl=0

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

What You Said:

Referee 1:

Yeah, white was in offside position, but black misplayed the ball and white took advantage.

Looks like a good goal. Restart = KO.

Referee 2:

This is similar to another recent question, but with a twist. Was the attacker in an offside position? From the video, it appears the answer is yes, but it is hard to tell definitively. It appears a defender attempted to clear the ball and instead passed the ball to the attacker. The AR should not have raised the flag. This is a good goal.

The Answer:

A Defender played the ball to the player on the offense, who kicked it into the goal.

GOAL!

So, why is AR2’s flag up?

It shouldn’t be, but it was.

Here is the rest of the story: AR2 was a < 1 year referee, who was a teenager assigned to a U17 game.  AR2 didn’t understand that the defender playing the ball negated the offside call.  The Center went with the call.  Fortunately, another referee was on the sideline, and got it straightened out.

Assignors: Know thy referees Please.  No matter how desperate you are, you can’t put a newbie on a high level game AR!

The Weekly Soccer Referee Blog – Volume 10 Issue 26 – Offside or Not?

July 22, 2018

The Weekly Soccer Referee Blog

Sharpening Referee Knowledge and Judgment, One Week at a Time

Volume 10, Issue 26 July 22, 2018

Forward this to a Fellow Soccer Ref!

Please feel free to forward this Blog to your fellow soccer officials or tell them about it.

The purpose of this Blog is so we can all learn from each other’s experience and by doing so, avoid mistakes, make more consistent calls, and do a better job. I don’t have to make any of this up – this is what happens on the pitch.

Quote of the Week

“Just a thought going into the boys season this fall.  How tough will it be on us, if these impressionable youth watch the World Cup, and decide to emulate what they see and take flops during the season?  Not something we’re used to be watching for. And if someone does eject a player imagine the outcry from the coach.

Good luck to all of us.”

From one of our fellow officials, after reflecting on the state of the games called during the World Cup, in which obvious fouls were either missed or the officials were told not to call them, setting all of us up for the future.

Thanks FIFA.

Your Thoughts on New IHSA Jerseys?

Here are your thoughts on the new IHSA jersey.  The “other shoe” dropped by the way, as everyone should have received an email from the IHSA with the requirements to have these for State Finals in 2018, and then for regular season games after that.  If you officiate for IHSA soccer and didn’t receive the email, shoot me an email and I’ll forward it on to you.

If you clicked the link, you can see the new shirt (looks like a t-shirt, no buttons, no collar) is underwhelming.  All I could think is “They have to be kidding!”

This could be it for me for IHSA.  It’s $180 for 4 new jerseys ($44.90 each – what, are they trying to compete with USSF for the highest price?)  I do this for the good of the game.  When the good of the game dips my pocket for $180, well, maybe it can do fine without me.  From what I’m seeing of the responses I can print, it appears there are a lot of people who think this is not the best of ideas.

The price is astounding.  I can get a good jersey from any number of suppliers for a lot less than that.  For the record, I can go to Score and get 3 long or short sleeve jerseys that are nicer, for $20 less.  That’s $26 a shirt folks, not $44.90!

The price of gasoline is on the rise again.  The wear and tear on the car (tires are only getting more expensive, and have you priced a brake job recently?), the cost of gasoline, the unchanging rates of referee pay including the “half pay for the JV game”, having to cut out of work early (and taking heat for that) and the time lost with my family are just making me look at this and think “Is this REALLY worth the effort anymore?”  It appears the IHSA is out of touch where they don’t see these aggregate costs and are not seeing the shortage of officials that resulted in games being cancelled last season due to a lack of officials.

Then again, apart from State Finals, what is the worst thing that can happen if you show up with an old uniform?  Is the school going to file a Special Report?  What will the IHSA do if we all or most of us thumb our noses, and say “Nah?”

For those people who sprung for the Gerry Davis pink uniform, those are not approved anymore. Sorry, I guess you’ll have to pitch them or use them for lawn work, since they don’t have Velcro for another patch and they only have the IHSA logo, which makes them unusable on other fields.  Or you could sew a Velcro patch over the IHSA logo, and use them for solo ref games or indoor solo games, or maybe sell them on eBay for Halloween costumes?

As expected, everyone is pretty much thrilled with the idea:

Referee 1:

IHSA & Gerry Davis {just like the parents in last week’s blog}, F&CK ‘EM [our TAX $$$ working hard (??) for whom] for horseshit selection & quality.

Referee 2:

Couldn’t agree more on the new jersey thing.  With only a couple seasons left for me in Illinois, not sure if I will comply.

Referee 3:

Why USSF has new jerseys?  Why new HS uniforms, or they are on the take like the rest of the society / world.  I’m old school and getting older.

Progress, LOL.  Let’s look like the pro referees of Europe, the country that is falling to socialism, terrorism and lawlessness.

I have moved to KY (which is still a God fearing area of the country) and the HS uniforms here will have the logo on the jersey.  Jerseys will look so stupid no team will have these colors.  Look at the sites and you will see different jerseys for every state.

Ridiculous!  What a scam!  I told the KHSAA what I thought of it.  We are forced to use them this fall!  Same old, why does the mass just roll over to the suits with stupid ideas?  I finished the spring wearing my old style USSF jersey.

What are all the refs going to do with all those perfectly good uniforms?  (Trash can? Ridiculous!) What about the ones that just started and now have to buy again. Like you said its no way to keep referees.

Most everything is business first no matter what lies they tell us.

Thank you for your blog, it’s good to see that over the years more referees have become active on responding to the calls.

Referee 4:

I’m not sure what they were thinking. Why re-invent the wheel? The USSF shirts work fine.

I understand trying to keep it to 2 colors. Black & Gold. With one team in White, the chances of a color conflict is diminished. So that’s a good thing.

My questions (if I wanted to burn all bridges with the IHSA) would be:

  • Why?
  • Is this a mandate of the NFHS?
  • Are you making any other sports officials in Illinois have specific IHSA jerseys/uniforms? Why not?
  • With this mandate of specific jerseys, will there be a pay increase?
  • What other states are doing the same thing? (Gerry Davis Sports also has a jersey for Missouri High Schools on their web-site)

As I see it, I go along with the regular USSF style jersey and when it comes to State Finals (like I would even be considered) the assignment would have to be declined.

That’s the price you pay for being “rewarded” with a State Finals assignment, you get paid but it costs you $180.00 to be properly outfitted.

Referee 5:

We have now seen the new SS shirt officially.  I am ambivalent to the style/color except that up to now I wear gold 90+% of the time.

Given the decision to mandate new shirts by IHSA, it would have been nice to have a committee including some referees to narrow the possibilities to 2 or 3 styles/colors and then give the refs a chance to vote on their preference.

But then that is only me.  BTW, I spent $200 last fall buying the new USSF style/color shirts.  Now I have to drop $200 more.  My pin-stripes from 2006 are still in good condition.

As for fees for doing games, like other refs, I would like to see a raise.  My pet peeve is the “haircut” when you do a double header.

This Week’s Question – Offside or Not

On a recent USSF game….

Let’s go to the video on this one (note: It plays regular speed first, then slow motion with a pointer.  If you get this wrong, we need to talk.)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wfesfftci2ew7uc/Soccer%20-%20Offside%20%20MRL%2011-09-14%20.mp4?dl=0

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

Last Week’s Question – Stand By Me

On a recent World Cup game….

The referee calls a Direct Free Kick for Team B.  As B11 is lining up to take the kick, A12 and A20 stand directly between the ball and their goal, delaying the restart.

You Make the Call:

What is the call?

What is the restart?

What You Said:

Referee 1:

Delaying the restart is a YC offense.

Tag them both and watch how quickly they start giving the required distance.

Referee 2:

By the Laws, restart will still and always be, continue with the original restart AND perhaps caution either and / or both offenders but as this was the WC, most if not all those officials are going to view this as borderline trifling (might very well possibly, be handled in a similar fashion in IHSA). Verbally admonish the defenders, back them up ten, and prior to all this, advise the kicker to wait for your whistle.

Now, should this be the (third) instance, then one can quickly, confidently, and easily go to that 1/7th of the color spectrum……..!!

Referee 3:

This is by far the move I detest the most. Coaches teach this one. No matter what you do, at least this first time the game is delayed. You issue a caution (or two) the restart has been delayed. You tell the players to respect the distance, same outcome.

I tend to give a loud verbal warning the first time. If the players ignore me, I give the caution. Period. On the second time (and all subsequent times players attempt to delay the restart) I give a caution. Period. This is unsporting and I won’t stand for it

Referee 4:

1st time, a loud “Back up Red/blue/whatever!”

2nd time, or if no immediate reaction, get that yellow card out and measure 10 yards of distance with it.

If B takes the quick free-kick regardless, ignore the situation and move on with life.

Referee 5:

Yellow cards to A12 and A20 because they were “delaying the restart”.  However, depending on other (game management) factors not given in the question, perhaps a warning first and if not heeded then the cards (to both or perhaps only one to send the message).

Re-start:  Play was stopped for the DFK for Team B so the re-start is the DFK for Team B.

Referee 6

The World Cup and other professional games are a different animal than most of the games we do. I like the term used in the movie Bull Durham…. “the Show”.  Because that’s what it really is.  In World Cup play, you’d NEVER give a caution for delay in this situation. With ~43% of goals scored of set pieces (33% during normal league play), we can now see how important it is for ceremonial restarts.

While Team A is forcing Team B to wait, B11 knows that he also wants the same curtesy for his defenders.

What is the restart?

Ceremonial whistle for Team B at spot of foul after setting the wall.

The Answer:

The call is a Caution for Failing to Respect the Required Distance.

We call it when a player stands over a Direct or Indirect Kick, preventing a Quick Kick, and allowing their team mates to set up a defense.  It is recommended (at least in the past, under the discontinued Advice to Referees that such play be rewarded with a Caution, as “it removes the excitement from the game from quick kicks.”

Why FIFA fails to have their officials enforce this during televised games such as the World Cup is beyond perplexing.

In doing so, they have established a standard in the rest of the world’s player’s heads as to what will be called, and the bar is so low that the rule might as well not exist anymore for “professional” soccer.

Delaying the Restart would be called for kicking the ball away after a call or picking up the ball and withholding it from the opponent who should be able to take the quick free kick.