Knowledge of the Game Laws of the game- do you know them? Advice to Referees Guide to Procedures All books @ ussoccer.com/referees : Click Resource Center> Downloads >Download Files >Instruction Resources >Books
Fitness You shouldn’t be officiating to get in shape. Selling a call (to yourself and others) is far easier when you are in the proper position Make training something you look forward to; not a task
Presentation Do you look the part? You’re being judged from the minute you show up to the fields, whether you like it or not!
Coaches: Not always the bad guys! Time/Place to approach. Be smart. If you work with them, they’ll work with you But when they are bad, remember: Ask, Tell, Dismiss.
Parents: I promise…they’re not all bad Do not allow spectators to distract you from the match Understand that parents may have a major financial interest in their child’s playing time NEVER CONFRONT A SPECTATOR OR PARENT DURING A GAME
Focus…oh hey they scored a goal over there! Wandering minds are normal. But we can train ourselves to have better focus Simple techniques can keep your head in the game: player numbers; formations; foul counts; etc.
Keep it Simple: Call Fouls! Don’t treat a u12 game as if it were a World Cup match Kids are brutally honest. An eight year old will not be diving in your game. But as for biting…
Paperwork: get used to it Fill it out as a team. Ensure that you have goal-scorers and misconduct properly recorded Know Law 12. The improper misconduct code could mean the wrong punishment for the player! Don’t let your game become contestable due to sloppy record-keeping
Success requires failure But Ref…I got all ball!!!
“Man, I really messed that up.” We all screw up. Avoid making habits out of your mistakes by acknowledging them and understanding why it was incorrect
Managing stress in the moment Taking a deep breath is one of the most useful clichés you will ever encouter. Do it! Learn to time your breathing
Enjoy the game! Never Rage Quit: don’t allow yourself to become burned out Remember that it is always about the players Find a mentor. don’t have one? Troy.Dodge@gmail.com Troy.Dodge@gmail.com