Benefit of doubt is the AR’s best friend, because we have seen year after year how on tight situations that keeping the flag down not only benefits attacking soccer but also usually proves to be a correct no flag. The flash lag effect has been well documented and it takes years of practice for PRO assistant referees to trust themselves to keep the flag down on those bang bang offside incidents. This week we want to again remind all to keep giving benefit of doubt to the attack.
This week we look at teamwork. How assistant referees need to work with the referee and the officials in the VOR to get decisions correct as quickly as possible. Some good examples of communicating both offside situations and fouls within the AR’s area of responsibility, plus a refresher on what the correct procedures are for instances where the AR has doubt about a touch or involvement.
The focus this week will be a little different than usual as we take a special look at AR responsibilities on Law 12 decisions. Former FIFA World Cup and PRO assistant referee Joe Fletcher takes over this week’s report to summarize what are best practice from both the referee and assistant referees, especially dealing with Law 12. It is excellent material that can be used at all levels.
We did keep Call of the Week #11, because we just can’t help but point out some really excellent work and we know that winning the coveted weekly prize feels real good.
This week we take a look at offside positioned attackers at free kicks. You know, the ones stand in a clear offside position and then they might get involved or might not, a real pain.
We will also look at short corners and how to prepare yourself for a possible offside situation. There is also a What Would You Do? with an offside incident in the DC United v Columbus match.
Finally three good choices for Call of the Week #10, I know you’re saying “only three, but there were so many!?” The selection committee did struggle to whittle them down to just the three.
This week we are looking at VAR Delay, and more specifically the movement that is required to make it happen. Additionally, we will point out the difference between VAR delay and "Wait and See”.
Three really fine choices for Call of the Week, all of them highlight very good movement by PRO assistant referees.
Am I the only one that was completely confused all week with the Parley uniforms? Couldn’t tell who was who…and none of our officials could go out in black, which really looks sharp!
This week we look at an overturned goal in San Jose with a special analysis of the importance of body language. This is good practice for everyone….imagine you’re always on camera.
Some late information from the AR in Atlanta and the answer to What Would You Do?
Overall this was a good week for PRO ARs. The trend keeps moving up and there was some really excellent ARs working Generation Adidas this past week in Dallas. Strong future ahead.
This week we highlight some really strong work done by Felisha Mariscal, Andrew Bigelow and Ian Anderson who had matches with multiple decisions that had a clear impact on the outcome of the match. The all showed good focus and concentration for the full 90.
We will look at a poor decision in Dallas that had a fortunate outcome. We ask the question, how can we avoid this happening again?
Just to show you how up-to-date the report is, we will present a What Should You Do? question on a potential interfering with an opponent during the FC Cincinnati v Real Sal Lake from Friday night.
Finally, as always, some really really good decisions selected from the many that were made in Week 7 of the MLS season for Call of the Week.
This will be a shortened edition of the AR report as half of the PRO assistant referees will be gathering in New Jersey for their first in-season training camp this weekend. The other half will attend a similar training session the first week of May. There will be field training with fitness testing and offside instant feedback drills. Main classroom theme will be involvement in match control and communication with the referee.
Week 6 has provided 5 clips worthy of studying. Starting with a well executed delayed offside flag that lead to a penalty kick decision, a midfield no-delay decision and we’ll add 3 excellent offside decisions to close it off. For maximum fun all 5 decisions are up for Call of the Week.
With a full slate of matches PRO ARs had a busy weekend on Matchday #5. One slight unwanted trend was the number of errors made in the first 10 minutes of several games. These included two offside decision that were corrected by video review as well as a couple of boundary line decision. So, in addition to analyzing how to correct the offside errors, this week we want to review what activation techniques you can use to make you mentally prepared to start your match at full throttle.
With only 5 matches in Week #4 there were not a lot of moments where PRO assistant referee were able to showcase their talents. However we can highlight a very well done delayed offside flag in LAFC v RSL and an offside that came from a corner kick that needed a flag.
There was another offside decision in LAFC v RSL that created a bit of controversy for Salt Lake fans, but it really was a nothing burger for PRO ARs.
Several big decision by PRO assistant referees in Week 3. An offside with a deliberate play incident created controversy in Toronto vs New England, but for anyone who has closely followed offside interpretations for the last several years would not find it all that complicated to decipher.
There was a mass confrontation at the very end of a match that at 3-1 was finished for all intensive purpose. We look at the AR’s involvement, was there a drop in concentration? and what our best practices should be.
The answer for the Tulsa v Portland2 offside question and the Call of the Week #3.
The surf is the new turf in Orlando along AR1’s touchline and in Kansas City around the pitch. It is not grass anymore and until some recent pellet addition in Orlando was a hazard for slipping. (Hence the surfing…) Be ready.
This week we add a new column called “How the PRO’s do it” which contains a contribution from a former WC and PRO assistant referee. We’ll analyze some movement by ARs and have a clip from a USL match for you to analyze and decide What Would you Do?
It was a very good week for PRO ARs in all the matches of MLS, so we easily found three extra special decisions for you to pick as best of the week.
17 degrees for the Colorado v Portland match was the coldest in MLS history and PRO assistants did very well by keeping their concentration for the entire 94 minutes. Especially with a close correct onside decision at the 94th minute to close the scoring in this 3-3 match.
Around the league PRO ARs did well in making offside decisions, assisting on a penalty kick handball in Philadelphia and using VAR delay.
This report we will review some VAR delay decisions that have various results. We will look at a missed offside decision in San Jose and how we can fix it and we will open up the voting for the first AR Call of the Week 2019! Surely an honor to take home the first one of the year for someone.