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To color red or not….

October 10, 2008

Last night I had a rare USSF U15 girls match for me.  (I have been 90%in NISOA and High School this fall)  I am late in the game with about 13 minutes left and the score is 4-1.  One of the forwards #25 for the winning team has not scored yet and you can tell she is really pressing to get a goal.  I have called two fouls on her in the last 5 minutes where she was simply push the defender off the ball to try and get to the goal.  She has lost her patients at this point in the game. 

She is dribbling hard towards the goal and takes a long dribble.  The smart sweeper came through and cleaned that ball up and with her third touch cleared it out of the back field.  Well after the ball is gone here come #25 in hard and slides into the sweeper who just finished clearing the ball, taking out the defender.  I hit the whistle hard and instantly went to the yellow card.  She says nothing, she knew it was coming.

From this point forward I could hear her chirping about every little touch with an opponent or call I made.  Finally there was a play where two players were battling for the ball, both bumping so I let the play go on.  She starts yelling behind me to call it.  Finally the forward for the losing team gets her elbow up cleans the defender out of her way which I quickly called.  Once I made the call I turned directly to #25 and said “no more, I don’t want to hear it.”  She responds “Then call it both ways”.  (Yep I should have tossed out the second yellow and said good bye) I simply returned my closest “look of death” that I have in my bag of tricks.  Well with 30 seconds left in the game she get a long ball and heads to goal.  My AR raises his flag for offsides and I hit the whistle.  She turns throws her hands up in the and says “You have got to be kidding”.  Their team captain is standing next to me at this point and I look at her and said “get control of her because I am working hard to keep her in this game.”  The captain jumped to action and quited her down. 

Once the game was over the head coach came over to grab his team cards from me and I mentioned to him that she started talking to me after she got the yellow and it took a lot to keep her in the game.  He looks at me and says “thanks I appreciate it but next time please toss her, she won’t figure it out until she gets the red.  That is why I left her out there was to get the red.  She hasn’t grasped it yet with me talking to her…” 

WOW…..OK two things I went through in my head.  1. YES second game this week I failed to pull the red when I probably should have.  When the coach is asking for the red on his own player that is a sign I should have tossed out a red.  2.  So this coach has a problem player and he just lets her play on????

Great game other then that.  Ran 1.5 in first half (one sided half with losing team against a wind) and 2.2 in the second half.  I didn’t wear the heart rate monitor. 

I have an over 30 match tonight with a U14 boys game at 9am in the morning followed by the 5A girls quarter final game.  Both centers.  I will update on Sunday on a much needed day off.


back to school…..

October 5, 2008

What a weekend…..The weekend started for me on Thursday evening with a NAIA women’s game.  This game was uneventful for the most part with a 4-1 victory.  The most lively part of the night was pregame when I called the center and AR1 to see where they were at with 13 minutes left on the pregame clock.  They made it on time stuck in traffic and we started on time so it was no big deal.  All of us had worked together several times so no really big pregame needed.  Actually the pregame was “don’t fu#* up”.  Everything was great in the game. 

The next day I had to take a half day from work to jump in the car with another official and drive 3 1/2 hours over to do a D1 women’s match.  The home team had lost two in a row on the road 6-0 and 6-0 (the schools two biggest loses ever) so we thought they might come out a little pissed off and playing a little higher level game, which they did.  This was a great game.  We went through double overtime with 0-0 game.  Both teams rattled the posts twice each and played tough.  Some how we got the game in between lighting storms and played uninterrupted with no rain.  The center on the game called a great game I thought.  I was really pleased with how the 4 of us worked for the night.  My partner and I jumped in the car to drive home that night through storms so we could work our games the next day.  7 hours for 2 hours of soccer….I loved every minute of it actually….

Saturday-  I was feeling really good in the morning physically.  On the schedule for the day was two more NAIA games.  The first was the woman’s team followed by the men’steams.  Both games with the same two schools.  Well the field is down in this bowl on the campus and we got about 1/2 inch + of rain the night before.  When we pulled up they were throwing dirt on the center field after trying to clear all of the standing water.  The field was in OK shape considering the amount of rain we decided as we walked the field.  We went into the locker room to change and a guy walked in looking like he had just got out of the shower but in his cloths.  I gave him a funny look and he said it was dumping outside…..We hustled and got dressed and went out side to a complete downpour with a lot of lighting….The game got postponed about 30 minutes and the field was now a complete mess.  Standing water and shoe covering mud. 

With about 3 minutes left in the first half we had a big storm roll in.  We made it to half time and the storm hit with more lighting then I had seen for sometime.  This storm brought even more rain then the first.  This one rained for a good hour with lighting the whole time.  This delayed the game close to an hour and half. After a wait we got back on the field and played on.  This game ended up getting tied up and went on into double overtime with a tie of 1-1 as a final.  The game turned out to be really poor soccer in general.  I have worked 5A girls games this year that have had higher level soccer but I think the field and weather played a huge role in the game. 

Game 2-  time for the men’s game.  We put 5 minutes on the board for warm up’s because now we were concerned with daylight.  It rained on us more but no lighting and the field stayed nasty.  I was covered with mud by the end and the home team in white shorts and white tops were not even close to white by the end.  Home team did end up winning 3-0.  One goal in this match was one of the best shots I have seen in years.  It was a rip from 35 yards out to the upper v that keeper got worked on it.  The coach for the visitors was the same coach for both teams and by the second half he had really wore thin on us.  It is hard to clean the slate off for him with 5 minutes between games for the next team.  Especially when in the womens game he yells out that he is getting homered…   We end the men’s game with 5 yellows and no reds.  At half if you would have asked I would have said there was going to be a red for sure but the score kind of helped calm things down. 

Well my legs are a little sore but nothing that bad.  I will write about the crowd this week at all three sites.  They are worth their own write up.

Fitness test

July 29, 2008

Saturday I went through the NISOAfitness testing.  I decided a while back I would like to make the leap to NISOA and see how I can do.  There was a group of us that meet and jumped in a van to travel about 2 hours east to meet up with officials from the other side of the state at the middle point.  The high for the day was 94 which was a record high for the area which we were running at.

 We started the fitness test about 9:45 in the morning with the 12 minute test.  Basics of how it was administered- .25 mile track with every starting at the same point.  Just run laps for 12 minutes.  Your really want at least 6 laps or a mile and half.  I thought this would be easy enough but in the heat on a black track this turned out to be harder then I thought.  I ended up making it past the 6 lap point but hardly. 

Next up we ran two different sprints was a easy 50 yard sprint.  I pushed it hard on this one and put a decent time I felt.  The 2nd sprint was a 200 yard which was a little more difficult and to be honest I was not feeling good by this point.  I put up a great time but now I was worried as to what was to come and what I had left in the tank.  These two tests were added in there for a guy needing a fitness test for USSF I found out later and one of the two guys got hurt on the 200 and was not able to finish….

Next we ran The PRO-40 Test.  This test includes sprinting, side shuffling, backward peddling, and more sprinting.  Over all you covered 80 meters.  It is really a easy test I thought but and this is a big BUT for me I honestly thought I was about to loose my cookies just prior to this test.  Here is how it was described “The Pro-40 Test is run on a four-sided course, ten meters square. You are required to travel all four sides, using sprint, side-step, and back-peddle and side-step, then reverse direction back to the start.”  I put up one of the better times there out of the 15+ referees there that day but I honestly thought if I had tried a little harder I could have knocked 1.5 to 2 more seconds off of that time.

The last two tests were THE BRASILIAN AR 50-METER TEST and the THE 30-METER SHUTTLE.  The 30-meter shuttle is a lot harder then it sounds that stop andrestart is difficult.  On the first half of it your trying to decide what you save for the second half. 

Well it was all done and we headed inside of our 60 question test.  This test is not like USSF tests or even NASO. It didn’t focus on fouls nearly as much as game management such as clock stoppages, substitutions and uniform protocol.  I have never taken the NISOA before but I was glad I had seen plenty of college soccer in my time and been around it.

Needless to say I passed and now I am ready to do a few games this fall.  I am only on the reserve list since it is my first year but we were told to expect to be used a decent amount this up coming year.  I am really looking forward to it. 







Part two- The evening…..

July 9, 2008

I came off of the U17 game a little tired and in need of water and more sun screen.  (This is a great time to remind all of you to put on the sun screen).  I was heading to work a U14 girls semi-final game as an AR.  I was working with two Boise officials who I had worked with before.  Let’s start with the other AR.  He and I have a good friendly relationship and enjoy giving each other a hard time.  He was wearing his LONG sleeve yellow and simply stated he didn’t care what color we were wearing but he was wearing his long sleeve since his arms were totally sun burnt.  Well the center was slide onto our game when the other center was a no show.  They asked me if I wanted the center spot or would I like to work with a newer official that could really use some time in the middle of the field with two good AR’s.  Hey I was tired and all for working as my schedule was already set up for.  Well this newer official only had a yellow short sleeve with the old strips.  I switched to the old strips short sleeve and the other AR stayed in his long sleeve looking silly. (Oh don’t worry, I told him several times he looked like a fool). 

This U14 girl’s game turned out to be the worst game of the year for me.  Both team not only couldn’t find the goal I am still confident they didn’t know there were goals…This turned out to not be the “super division”, which explained to me why they were willing to put a inexperienced center on the game.  The play was so low I struggled staying focused…One team from Seattle area and the other from Tacoma area.  Both were weak.  So needless to say the game ended regulation with the score being 0-0.  The only excitement was the center giving a yellow for a soft air collision with the keeper on a corner kick.  He waited at least 3-4 minutes to give the yellow, granted this whole time the medical staff was on the field and the parents were giving him hell.  At half we asked about it and he said he wouldn’t have given the card if the keeper had stayed in the game so that is why he waited……I asked did you see the collision? His response, “yeah I think so”…..I simply said “Cards have to be “I know it was this” and once that training staff is on the field get out of there and give your card.  Personally I wouldn’t have given a card they both were straight up in the air with the keeper stretched out above her head and the player just going up for the ball.  If anything the keeper came into the other player’s space for the ball.  We didn’t discuss the foul selection only just the confidence the image that was given with the time line on the yellow. 

Well we went on to two 10 minute overtime and a shootout.  The team that should have won the game did win the shootout to move on. 

Game #4

My U12 boys game started late on the same field.  My AR’s for this game were both very green.  I had them run the flip for me while we finished out the shootout from the previous game.  As they handed me the game card which I had passed to them for the coin flip they had forgot who had won and who was going which direction…..Of course they hadn’t written it down on the game card.  I was so damn tired that I didn’t even question this with them….It simply told me I was probably doing this game on my own….I blew my whistle to call the teams out and sure enough they walked to their spots with one team waiting for the ball to kick off….Go with the flow baby….

I handed out a yellow card 3 minutes into the game to a U12 boy….This was a personal record.  As the ball was in the air an offensive player who was standing next the keeper hip checked with a little extra forearm the keeper on his butt into the goal.  I blew the play dead and yellow carded him….He didn’t question it at all. 

These guys were rather aggressive for U12 the whole game.  One interesting observation in this game:  One team from Spokane had a player with only one arm.  This was the only player that I never saw get tugged hard or shoved a little.  He passed out his fair share of punishment to others but it was never returned….Guys would simply give him his space. 

Game ended up 3-0 with little excitement outside of the obnoxious coaches from the winning team.  They were hammering me with 5 minutes left up 3-0.  I put myself close enough to their bench so the head coach could hear me without many other hearing.  As we waited for a keeper to retrieve a long out of bounds ball I turned and explained, “You’re up 3-0, if you’re excited about coaching in championship now would be the time to quite your bench area.”  I didn’t hear another sound from them….

DONE for the weekend…No championship games because I have to actually work on Tuesday morning….It was a great tournament with great fields.  They had to beg US Club to provide water for us and we were dreaming if we thought we would get food.  I heard that San Bernardino one of the other west coast regioinal locations didn’t get any water and the temperature was over 100.  I would have walked I were there….

Payday for Referees

June 24, 2008

Last week I was reading Columbus Soccer Referee (CSR) who is currently working at Regionals is blogging it all week long…He was writing about still waiting on a paycheck from a tournament worked a month ago.  It was ironically close an email I had received saying we would be getting our season paychecks soon since last Wednesday our association treasure was meeting with the president to sign checks.  It got me thinking when was the last league game and why does it take so long….So here are some facts around the timing for my area…

  • Last regular season game was May the 3rd.
  • My last regular season game was May the 1st.
  • We were told in Feb. we would have check before regionals (hopefully long before regionals).
  • Region IV Regionals ended this past Sunday
  • Last Wednesday we were told (and I quote) “For everyone waiting for regular season and State Cup checks, I have been advised that the SWISRA President and Treasurer will be meeting Wednesday evening to sign checks…..For the Fall, we are looking into a new payment system that will get everyone there money much quicker.”
  • The second half was promised for the spring last Dec.
  • As of today the 24th still no check.

So this leads me to ask….How do other area’s handle paying you for regular season games????

PI & Offsides discussion on BigSoccer

June 16, 2008

Big Soccer Forums

and the discussion continues…….There are more interesting points being made over there….

I still think you can’t pull the card…

Offside or not…..

June 5, 2008

So Sunday I was AR 1 on a State Final game for U18 girls.  The two teams were the U18 Les Bois United (LBU)Girls (Several time state champions) vs Kaos (Their first time to the show).  LBU’s coach Steve Lucas is also the women’s head coach for Boise State and is a well respected coach in the WAC.  Lucas approached myself and the center prior to the game and asked us about a set up he planned on running during the game.  He wanted our take on how we would call it…..I am glad he was smart enough to ask ahead instead of working us over during the game….

So here is the play in question:  They knew that Kaos would run an offsides trap on them.  (Kaos actually lived by this offsides trap).  LBU camped a player in the center of the field 5-10 yards offsides.  They would send a through ball from the midfield to the outside to a player running on to the ball from an onside position.  This player would carry the ball to the corner looking to play the ball in towards the 6-12 yard area to the player that was originally offsides but is now either onside by 2 players or behind the ball. 

The center and I both agreed that this was a ligament play and would be not be flagged unless the girl in the offsides position attempted to play the through ball or was still offside when she received the centering ball. 

Kao’s coach went nuts during the game saying that she can’t receive the centered ball because it is still the same play.  We explained to him she pulled herself out of the play by not playing the first ball and was now in an onside position when she played the centered ball.  Kao’s coach didn’t accept this and continued to rant for the next 40 minutes almost to the point of getting run from the game. 

Couple side notes on this:

  • LBU didn’t run this play until the second half when they were up 3-0
  • LBU scored twice directly off of this setup and missed 5+ scoring chances off it.
  • Kao’s coach complained the entire time but never made any coaching adjustments to it. 
  • I did flag the girl in the offsides position 3 times, once for making a move towards the ball and twice for still being offsides when the ball was played back into her.

So what do you guys think…..Is it all one play and she is offsides at any point in the play she is off or did we call it correctly…

Watching a game with a nation referee

June 3, 2008

So an old buddy of my mine from my college days who is now a National Referee was at State Cup this weekend mostly doing assessments and working a couple games.  I had explained to him during the referee meeting Friday night that I would like to sit with an assessor this weekend and listen to what they are watching for.  Sure enought he found me and grabbed me to head to an assessment he was about to do.

The referee that we were watching was a 5 and his better days of refereeing have passed him I would guess.  He was running on a bum knee and was probably 25-30 lbs over weight for the job he had in front of him.  It feels harsh to mention this here but these are a few of the very first comments mentioned as we sat down to the game. 

Things genereally mentioned:

  • The center is slow and struggling to keep up at times. (U14 girls)
  • Being a 5 and doing a U14 girls game he should look like Superman
  • He is positioning himself in a spot that he is not fast enough to recover from. 
  • “He is setting himself up on corners from instruction that came out 20 years ago.”  (he would position himself along the goal line)
  • “His AR has 5 or six earring in, she should have those out.”
  • “Look that player is checking in with jewelry, none of them will notice….but how do you card her for it when your AR has on more jewelry.”
  • Minute 41: He is out of energy and this game is half over with it only 1-0, he might be in trouble. (6 minutes into second half)

(keep in mind he was a state referee)

I learned a lot about positioning sitting with him.  It made me feel good about somethings I have been doing and makes me want to quickly fix a few things in my game. 

State Cup weekend….

June 1, 2008

This weekend was semi-finals and finals for State here in Idaho.  The competition was watered down a great deal this year since region IV decided to put regionals’ in Hawaii again this year.  The cost associated regionals’ and travel to Hawaii for an entire team keep several of the larger traditional state championship clubs out of the tournament.  They simply decided to take there team to 2 or 3 larger showcases for the same money.  Needless to say this was the weakest State Cup I can ever remember for Idaho. 

With that said I had a blast as an official this weekend.  I got assessments (unofficial) from every game I worked this weekend which ended up being 4 games instead of 3 games.  Many officials were lucky to get 2 games.  I worked the 2 U18 games including championship along with U17 boys semi and U14 boys semi. 

I worked with high quality crews all weekend minus one AR who I worked with twice who didn’t live up to my expectations.  I was told just before the game he had just received a high assessment for moving towards his 7.  I don’t get it…He is AR 2 on both games and never even showed subs, that is after 3 different mentions of it that I heard from centers and assessors to him.  Beside this one guy though everyone else was top notch.  I worked with a couple buddies which is always fun.

I also got assessed by 2 national referee’s.  (Well one national and one national candidate.)  You can’t buy this type of feed back in my mind.  They were great to me. I will post some of the comments later and look for some advice from the readers here on them.

I will post more this week about State and specific situations but over all I thought it was great to be referee at this tournament……

State Cup assignment is in….

May 30, 2008

Here in Idaho they are running State Cup different from the past.  Typically State Cup is Memorial Day weekend and that is it.  This year they had the first rounds of State up in Northern Idaho and the Semi-finals and finals here in Boise this coming weekend. 

Well I had that game last weekend and more things to do around the house then I can count so I didn’t make the 8 hour trip up north to work State Cup.  But I did sign up for this weekend. 

I got two semi-final games on Saturday.  I have one of the U14 boys games and one of the U18 girls games.  This should be interesting.  I am not sure how good the U18 girls game is going to be or not.  I have a feeling it will be tight though.  The U14 boys game I don’t have much faith in it being close. 

Unfortunately I had to take myself out of the 12:00 and 2:00 championship game pool on Sunday because of a memorial service I need to attend Sunday afternoon.  With this said I still got the U14 boys Championship game as AR1.  My friend who I use to coach with Ross has the center.  I believe this will be his first state championship center.  I will update you on my game on Monday…….