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    Euros

    Kuipers is absolutely one of the top "all-around" referees for me. He may not be the strongest referee at any one particular area (but for me, he has the best whistle in the game - clearly knows how to alter how he uses the whistle to communicate on the field), but if you look at the whole...
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    Baseline Fitness Tests

    In addition to the standard soccer-referee related tests, I have worked with the team at The Deadlift Effect (www.thedeadlifteffect.com) on a couple of programs. US referee Christina Unkel (former FIFA referee, currently a rules analyst for CBS Sports) is a partner in this program/gym. There is...
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    Euros

    Watching the clip, it really is amazing how quickly so many on the field recognized this was critical and got the medics on the field. Seconds count in a life or death situation, and so many (including Anthony Taylor) recognized it so quickly.
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    US v Mexico

    One area where I am definitely envious of my European friends is that they have no shortage of referees who can handle competitive continental matches. In CONCACAF, we simply don't have any non-MLS and non-Liga MX who can competently officiate a US-Mexico competitive fixture. Their domestic...
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    US v Mexico

    CONCACAF in a single photo - Mexico head coach Tata Martino with his buddy (referee John Pitti) in the RRA during the review for the Pulisic penalty. Once US coach Gregg Berhalter pointed this out, Martino was shown a red card. EDIT - To clarify, in no way was I trying to say that Pitti was...
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    Offside?

    That's on the defenders. Nowhere in the magic book does it say that the flag stops play. I was the trail AR in a high school game in April when this play happened. AR puts the flag up, center sees the oncoming player who is onside and waits. Defense stops, offense scores. Parent in the bleachers...
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    'Double Jeopardy'/Persistent fouls crossover

    I was a fourth official in a club State Cup game on Saturday afternoon. The center in that game used a line that I thought worked well in this context. "5, I don't want to have to talk to you again about that." I've never been a fan of the line, "One more foul and you're in the book." It...
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    Extra Time

    I definitely understand that, but a futsal court is somewhere around 1/6 the size of an international soccer field. A futsal court is somewhere around 1,000 square meters (I used 42m x 25m, which is the max length and minimum width for a FIFA-compliant futsal court), while a 105m x 68m field is...
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    Extra Time

    NFHS "rules" are an interesting mash-up of FIFA Laws of the Game and some adaptations meant to help control school costs and make soccer more appealing to the casual fan. NCAA (our primary collegiate/university governing body) rules are closer to FIFA, but there are still some pretty stark...
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    Extra Time

    You are correct - nowhere in the LOTG does it explicitly say to conduct the same coin toss at the start of extra time just like you do at the start of the game. However, I'm sure the writers of the magic book figured we would consider extra time as "the start of a new game" like the National...
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    Summer training

    Found the PDF file I also wanted to add here. Fair warning that there are 100 different exercise programs in this document, so it's pretty meaty. But it does give you a number of different ideas for workouts. You can probably design your own program very nicely consulting this.
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    Half time lengths

    Do you get double word points for using "salubrious"?? :D
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    Summer training

    I mentioned this in a different thread, so I'll repost here. John offers a sample workout schedule in the podcast that you can incorporate into a Do It Yourself type of program. https://www.refcoach.org/podcast A good place to start would be the "My Life as a Sports Scientist" podcast in the...
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    Brentford V Bournemouth

    All of that is fair. This is the only possible (and I do stress possible) item I could even think of regarding possible criticism. I thought Gillett was fantastic in this game.
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    Brentford V Bournemouth

    Maybe I'm enlisting the benefit of hindsight given I was watching the match on replay, but some of the time-wasting (particularly after the Bournemouth goal) bordered on the comical. Like I said, adding six minutes at the end of the first half did send a pretty clear message that Gillett knew...
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