With Tuesday and Wednesday games in the bag, we have had some interesting matches that have provided us with great learning experiences as a whole group. Some of us had matches that were not as challenging and some had a game that would test the entire group.
On Tuesday, Eric was on a 15 girls match at 10:30am as a 4th official. The match was well played with little assistance needed. He established good rapport with each coach before the match began which lent to an easily managed game. The referee did an excellent job as well by maintaining control of the match with correct foul discrimination, positioning, presence and player management.
Wednesday provided to be the learning experience on a 17 boys match. When going to tournaments, we must adhere to the rules written out. It is then that when officials do not follow them, issues/problems will and potentially arise. Our learning experience came at our debrief when our assessor told us that bench control/management was disregarded for the match. As a result, one of the teams stormed the field at the conclusion of the match to express their unhappiness towards the final whistle coming just a couple seconds (literally) after being awarded a free kick 19 yards out from goal.
In the learning process, the final whistle is not incorrect since we were over our minimum stoppage time but you can understand how one might react to the decision of the referee. Be prepared when making decisions such as that one. Finally, the LOTG and other advice documents lend credence as to why we make sure bench control is a vital issue to cover in each pre-game. Pre-game is where we come together to make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to dealing with certain instances. A pre-game is really important!
The instructional meetings have been beneficial for everyone. Alfred Kleinaitis
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Welcome fellow referees, family and friends to our blog updating you on the happenings at the 2013 U.S. Youth National Championships in Overland Park, Kansas. Today we are traveling and getting settled in to the hotel. There are no plans other than Vince and I have a trial run with the trophie presentation for the luncheon on Monday. It will be web streamed live at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live. We are then able to relax and get prepared for our morning training session on monday before the luncheon.
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Talk to you all soon,