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    MLS is Back offside VAR review

    Honestly, I do think cost did have something to do with it. However, the "MLS way" to me is a better process. Deep down, I would say neutral fans would be fine if VAR got the major "howlers" corrected. It would be interesting to see what changes (if any) Howard Webb would make to the Premier...
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    MLS is Back offside VAR review

    You simply don't use lines. You watch the video without lines, a ruler, or anything other than the ability to slow the video down. If there is clear video evidence that the player is in an offside position and then becomes involved, it's an offside call. If it's obvious, you won't need a level...
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    MLS is Back offside VAR review

    ARs follow the normal decision process as if they had no VAR. They then delay the flag so VAR can review. The only two exceptions are to delay the flag until the scoring opportunity is over, OR (and this is my add) if player safety like a keeper collision is in danger. If the AR raises the...
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    MLS is Back offside VAR review

    The answer to this issue with offside is simple, but it will never be adopted because those who continue to believe in a theory will always win out. Make the standard for overturning offside the same as for subjective decisions like penalties and send-offs. Factual decisions like a foul...
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    MLS is Back offside VAR review

    Remember that my timing was from the ball going into the net, not the start of the review. So let's say there was 15-20 seconds before the formal review actually started. That means we are in the 1:20-1:30 range. For a call of that magnitude that late in the game, I'm OK with that timing (but it...
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    MLS is Back offside VAR review

    (I'm hoping this isn't geo-locked). In last night's MLS is Back tournament semifinals, there was a very close offside/no offside decision. Video of the situation is below. https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/08/05/was-philadelphia-unions-potential-game-tying-goal-offside-you-make-call If you...
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    US referees with colored socks?

    While everything is fluid here in the US, the current status is that my son's team is likely going to schedule non-tournament games individually as friendlies with other teams. Several neighboring states either have issues with rising numbers or overbearing politicians, so we are kind of on an...
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    US referees with colored socks?

    An interesting new addition to the Official Sports website. OSI is the official provider of referee kit for United States referees. https://officialsports.com/1303y-solid-yellow-sock-with-black-osi-logo/ I have a very, very hard time thinking the US Soccer Federation will mandate colored...
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    ARSENAL VS CHELSEA

    I think this wasn't DOGSO (primarily because I think Rudiger was covering enough where it wasn't an OBVIOUS opportunity with the angle). However, had Taylor gone with DOGSO, I wouldn't have had any complaints. I also think this is a great example of where the call on the field should stand...
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    ARSENAL VS CHELSEA

    I thought Taylor was excellent in the first half. Great spot on the foul just outside of the area, good caution for Mount’s persistence, and the penalty call/SPA caution/no DOGSO was a great call. The second half wasn’t so great. This is why I personally think Oliver is a better referee than...
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    Swansea v Brentford

    I agree with you. I'm sure there were others, but the only really rough moment he had was at the end of the ManU-Everton game when he really looked tentative when trying to process everything related to the offside. The aftermath of the game with Ancelotti wasn't great, either. However, overall...
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    Red card a coach for...?

    I would have sent the coach off for the "Are you f***ing blind?" comment if anyone else besides the two of us could hear it. At a minimum, it's dissent so a second caution in this case. However, questioning my eyesight with an f-bomb thrown in would rise to OFFINABUS for me. As for the players...
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    Swansea v Brentford

    I thought Kavanagh and crew called a really good game in Leg 2. The advantage on the keeper bump allowed Brentford's keeper to play a very good distribution leading to the first goal. He had another excellent advantage in the second half. The game seemed to have the right mix of flow and...
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    MLS Inside Video Review

    While not being perfect, I do think PRO/MLS does a solid job with VAR. The one thing I do like is that they don't mess around with the offside lines. I think that forces MLS to truly look for obvious offside errors, which is the real intent of VAR related to offside. I also like these video...
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    Polar V800 vs. Vantage V

    Trust me, I'm definitely aware of all of the issues! :) I knew something was up on Friday morning. I didn't even think something was going on Thursday night, but when I didn't see my scrimmage or the walk I took with my wife on Friday morning when I checked Garmin Connect I knew something was...
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    Polar V800 vs. Vantage V

    Well, for those of you with any sort of Polar, you've been several up on those of us with Garmins. It took until Sunday night to sync the scrimmage I worked on Thursday night! Fortunately, I was wearing my StatSports GPS tracker as well, so I was able to review my data after the scrimmage.
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    Liverpool v Chelsea dropped ball

    I treat "managed" drop balls like I treated the captains discussing a situation last Monday where one team was short a player and asked the other team's captain and me whether the other team could play short to even the teams. My response to the captains was, "I cannot make you play even. If you...
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    Swansea v Brentford

    Plenty of SG2 referees working as VARs and fourth officials on the 10 Premier League games. The EFL should not have played playoff games on Sunday. This challenge was a foul, and I could probably go with a caution given the speed of the challenge and how (at speed) the plant leg appeared to be...
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    Anthony Taylor to referee the FA cup final!

    Discussions like this always fascinate me. It does seem like England's domestic people think Taylor is the top referee, while UEFA and FIFA seem to think Oliver is. It was Oliver who went to the U20 World Cup (and, in my opinion, performed well enough to earn the final despite my compatriot...
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    Anthony Taylor to referee the FA cup final!

    Probably the only time in history where you could call the referee a Bast**d and be 100% correct . . . :)
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