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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?

    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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    Summer workout program

    NISOA is the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association in the US (don't ask - we have several governing bodies in our country depending on whether soccer is played at the club level, high school level, university level, etc.). They have issued some weekly workout programs geared...
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    Shorter running fitness test/workout

    As I was messing around the Internet last night, I found this running workout that is shorter than the Premier League match replication session. Credit to this web site for the photo. In terms of intercollegiate soccer in the United States, Stanford University is a long-time traditional power...
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    Premier League Matchweek 30-31 assignments

    As things start again, it will be interesting to see how games involving European qualification and/or relegation are assigned. Right out of the chute today, Oliver gets a key match with Villa only out of the drop by goal difference and Sheffield United out of a Europa League position on goal...
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    Small-field/Indoor positioning

    I'm hoping that this group, with more games done with a single referee, will be helpful with some of my questions. Over the past 3-4 weeks, I've worked two indoor tournaments. The field is basically 1/4 the size of a regulation field (about 55 yards x 30 yards). U14s and younger play 7v7 (6...
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    Advice-feedback request - Futsal vs Soccer law differences

    My local facility in the US is launching a futsal league. I anticipate there will be a LOT of learning, as this is the first time there's been a true futsal league and not a small-sided version on a basketball court with Pugg goals and no goalkeepers. Since my son plays his soccer at this...
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    Single referee calling offside

    As a referee in the United States, I don't officiate very many games where we don't have two neutral assistant referees. On Sunday, I only had one assistant, so I was fully responsible for offside on one half of the field. I have also worked some small-sided games on smaller fields where we only...
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    Very good "wait and see" call from MLS

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/05/19/new-york-red-bulls-defender-tim-parker-sent-against-atlanta-united Excellent officiating by Robert Sibiga, who I think is one of MLS's better referees. He waited to see what the result of the (off-balance) shot by Josef Martinez would be before calling...
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