Many of the articles and subjects we write about on this site concern events that occur at the higher levels of the game, i.e. professional leagues and International competitions. However we surmise that many of our readers never will referee at these levels, and most of their games are in youth soccer.
The article I wrote a few weeks ago about an incident in the Dallas Cup jogged my memory about another match I had observed at the Dallas Cup. This was in the U-14 division and it occurred to me that writing about it might be helpful to the readers I mentioned above.
Cautions are intended for two main reasons. One is for punishment for the offense, and the other is to maintain game control. Remember this was a U-14 match. It should be possible for a referee of this experience to control the game without having to resort to this many yellow cards, especially in a game played in good spirits, that was never in danger of getting out of control. In this case the referee forgot the basic principle of who the game is for at this level and went somewhat heavy-handed in his management of the match.
[BTW, talking about Dallas reminds me to let our readers know that both Bob and I will be attending the RTS in Dallas this coming weekend. If any of our readers will be also attending, we will be pleased to meet you and say hello.]