Whenever I recall the reading of advice from the recent article in Soccer America, for whom incidentally I used to write in the seventies, when Clay Berling was the editor of the magazine he founded in 1971, I still get a little steamed, like my daughters' dogs:
It is incomprehensible to me that someone could referee for more than thirty years, through more than 8000 indoor and outdoor games, and still not absorb a principal tenet of officiating. How did he miss that refereeing is based upon enforcing a set of rules which are the same for all participants? How did he come to believe that he could make up his own laws?
No matter, I have written to Soccer America suggesting they correct the egregious error, and I promised you I would explain how you can deal with a flag that you don't need or want. The technique is still sound, even in these days of radio communication among the three or four or six or however-many officials (when is the increase going to end?)