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Conrad Thomaier

Was the "no added time" part of the approved tournament rules? Tournaments often don't allow added time as schedules are too tight.


I have some good news. Here in Canada, Joe Guest, formerly of the PGMO in England, is our National Director of Officiating and is setting us on the same sort of path as the rest of the world. However, for younger referees like myself, the "trickle down" effect still happens, and I actually found myself at one point in the following situation:

High-profile youth match, in a national competition, and I had two players engage in a bit of a pissing contest, if you will. They were right in each others' faces, trying to intimidate one another, and of course I stopped the situation from escalating, tore a strip off them both, and cautioned them for USB. Later in the match, there was an offside call against a player, who, after the whistle was blown, clearly kicked the ball over the bar in protest to the call. I was moving towards him, whistle blowing, to caution him either for dissent or delaying the restart, when I realized that this was the player I had cautioned from the earlier incident. I knew I had to caution him and send him off, but I didn't. All I could think of was "2+3=5, but 3+2 does not," which is, of course, incorrect (if you don't know what I mean, it's in Dr. Evans' book!). I opted to lecture him instead, and in the process lost the respect of everyone, including the assessor. It was not a pleasant experience.

The happy ending, for me, is that I have realized my error and have learned from it. After discussions with National referees and the likes of Bob Sawtell and Neil Ellett (former NASL referees I believe!) at that competition, I have set myself back on the right path.

Although we have to manage the players on the field, it is imperative that we do not allow them to get away with actions that warrant a sanction under the Laws. The situation I described above is all too easy to fall into.

Cal North Pride

The situation that Josh describes is a far too common occurrence. One must question as a referee, why should we protect players from themselves. If a player is sitting on a caution, it is there job to adjust their play to stay in the game. If they do something stupid, well ... adios.

klaus mueller regional NISOA Assesseor

to many referees are afraid of using the 2nd yellow card that is were the problem comes in.

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