Week #22 August 3 -4

Week #22 August 3 -4

We often have emphasized that PRO assistant referees have certain traits that give them the best possibilities of consistently making correct decisions. For the top ARs these become habits that are used in every match. In this week’s report we display some good habits that were used in Week 22 of the MLS season. Good habits that all ARs should have.
Last week was the second anniversary of the introduction of Video Review into the league and since the inception we have been working on perfecting the VAR delay and that will continue. Although we show an instance where VAR delay was forgotten, we will be introducing more practice for everyone.

Week #21 July 26-27

Week #21 July 26-27

Body language is an important element of good communication as well as always using proper mechanics. Both are ways that good assistant referee’s effectively get their message out. Standing at attention and not moving up the field after a goal are examples of two ways that we say, “I’m not happy with the goal until I get some feedback from the referee.” This past week MLS and LigaMX combined 4 teams each to play the first round of the “Leagues Cup”, which may become an annual mini-tournament. Joe Fletcher, PRO Performance Consultant walks us thru a couple of scenarios where language could have been a barrier.
Why do we run the ball back with the back pass? Read on. Why do we have Call of the Week? Because quality needs to be recognized. It was another good week for PRO assistant referees.

Week #20 July 17-21

Week #20 July 17-21

This week we point out how body position can leave you chasing the game, in the case presented, the AR gets into a deep crouch for an offside call, but that left him well behind play for a secondary decision.
A few paragraphs to prepare you for how to react on delayed offside flags when there is a possibility of a collision with the goalkeeper and we keep beating the drum, work rate, work rate, work rate!

Week #19 July 12-14

Week #19 July 12-14

What to do when an offside positioned attacker and goalkeeper are moving straight towards each other, collision imminent? PRO’s Joe Fletcher gives some sound advice for assistant referees on how to best deal with this difficult situation.
There’s a great highlight of some solid positioning work when offside is not a priority, it is best practice stuff so worth a look.
Three more clips worthy of your look for Call of the Week.

Week #18 July 3 - 7

Week #18 July 3 - 7

The end of July has a very large number of games between MLS and the many international friendlies. It is important that you not let your work rate drop for any of the matches. So this week we highlight a portion of a match where an AR has a drop in work rate.
There is also advice on how you should to communicate if confronted with a DOGSO incident and you will want to look at the choices for Call of the Week which highlights a red card involvement up against as fantastic wait and see offside decision.

Week #17 June 26-30

Week #17 June 26-30

We are in the busiest time of the season with everyone doing multiple games, sometimes in the same week. Do not allow yourself to become complacent. Every game needs your full attention and concentration. Focus on best practices, get the rest you need between matches, activate your body right before the start of each half, and always bring your best to every game.

Week #16 June 22-23

Week #16 June 22-23

At the recent PRO assistant referee camp the work continued on “how” to communicate with the referees to get the desired result. The areas of focus being timing, tone, and credibility. The following clip gives an example of just how influential the Assistant Referee can be on big decisions.

Week #14 & 15 May 29 - June 8

Week #14 & 15  May 29 - June 8

Due to the PRO Assistant Referee training camp the first weekend in June and that there were no games in MLS last week there was no report for those weeks. However, we make up for it today, with an interpretation of offside in the Women’s World Cup and we offer the candidates for Call of the Week 14 and 15, because there are some medals to hand out for excellent PRO assistant refereemanship.

Week #13 May 22-26

Week #13 May 22-26

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.

Week #12 May 15-19

Week #12 May 15-19

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.

Week #11 May 8-12

Week #11 May 8-12

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.

Week #10 May 1-5

Week #10 May 1-5

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.

Week #9 April 24-28

Week #9 April 24-28

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.

Week #8 April 19-21

Week #8 April 19-21

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.

Week #7 April 12-14

Week #7 April 12-14

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.

Week #6 April 5-7

Week #6 April 5-7

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.

Week #5 - March 30-31

Week #5 - March 30-31

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.

Week #4 March 23-24

Week #4  March 23-24

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.

Week #3 March 16-17

Week #3 March 16-17

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.

Week #2 March 9-10

Week #2 March 9-10

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.