Overall the assessors were very pleased with the officiating from week #1; yet there are some consistency issues we need to sort out. This week the theme is the little things. I hope you never fully appreciate the ways that something small can generate huge headaches in a game. Something as small as not securing a net to a goalpost can confound the game, turn the match environment from placid to red hot. This item shows up on the League Opening Week’s list of items we need to clean up.
1) Goal nets Checking the goals should be on the list of game duties so go ahead and pencil that in after the coin toss and before the kickoff. Let me paint the picture for you…the goal nets look good but are not secure in two places, closer inspection would have revealed that the two clips around the corner are missing…Minute 41, score tied, shot appears to go wide of goal but ends up (somehow??) in the back of the net… see what I mean abouta mess and how this can be avoided? Check the goals.
2) Shinguards were missing from players on both courts. We
overheard a player say the ref told him he didn’t need them. It is in
my version of the rules that players are required to wear them. So
please make sure we all understand. Go ahead and pencil in another item on the duties list: shinguards are required equipment to be checked before kickoff. Check the players.
3) Use your mechanics to indicate your calls (i.e. point to the spot for a goal).
Sometimes we want to verbalize all calls; you are better to
verbalize what you need to when you need to. For example a ref said
aloud “goalkick”. Yet this was clearly from habit, because the ref
then properly administered a goalkeeper distribution. So we look less credible when we don’t need to say anything and we do.
Also, if the player expects a foul to be called and you don’t have one to give, tell him so that he can focus on the game. So you’d say, “keep going,,, nothing there,,, keep working…”, and the player may not agree with you, but he will understand you saw the contact and deemed it not a foul…
the whistles after goals are not required.
4) There was a collision between a keeper and an attacker; it was
intense as they were both moving at high speed laterally. The
referees determined there was no foul as the goalkeeper had left the
penalty area and allowed play to continue as the goalkeeper lie on the
ground. When the ball left the playing area the referees whistled for
play to stop and converged on the spot of the collision. The
Officials checked with the players visually and verbally before
determining both players were OK and eager to return to play. This is
an example of excellent officiating.
5) On one end of the field a goalkeeper inadvertently left the penalty
area and didn’t get a two minute penalty and on the other end of the
same field a goalkeeper did much the same thing and did get a two
minute penalty. Tune in to your partner’s world and use the game
stoppages to converge and discuss situations. This will aid in
6) DFK outside of penalty area: There was a foul just outside the
penalty area. The referee whistled for play to stop and briskly moved
to the position of the foul to indicate the spot was not within the
area. This is an example of excellent officiating.
7) Whistle variation: Use your whistle well. Most minor fouls require
a short blast conveying a civil tone. That blast becomes unnecessary
on balls obviously out of play. Save your whistle for when you need
it. When you need it, use it. So when the match tone has become
uncivil, your blast becomes stronger and sharper. For a misconduct
infraction or ejection the whistle blast should connote your
displeasure with the actions.
8) Tighten up calls last 4 minutes: Certain games become alive only in
the last four minutes, then they catch you napping. Use the final four
minutes to guard against anything from interrupting your good game.
9) Clock stoppages: We need to come to some clear understanding of
which situations stop the clock and which do not. I propose we do not
stop the clock unless there is apparent need for medical attention.
The Final minute of the match would be exempt from this.