Playoffs #2

Playoffs #2

The MLS playoffs were completed with some outstanding work by PRO assistant referees. The Sporting Kansas City v Portland series saw some excellent use of VAR delay and a couple of fabulous offside decisions. Video review corrected a Line of Vision offside decision during the NY Red Bulls v Atlanta series, which we will discuss below, because the AR to Referee communication was textbook.

Congratulations to PRO assistant referees Katy Nesbitt and Felisha Mariscal for their selection to the Women’s World Cup Finals to be held next June! We are excited and proud that they will be representing all of us in France!

Playoffs #1

Playoffs #1

The Play In matches and the first round of the conference semi-finals are completed. As everyone knows it doesn’t matter what you did in the regular season anymore, its all about the playoffs.
There have been two offside decisions that were corrected by video review but also many excellent decisions. We will look at the one review in NY Football Club v Atlanta which is a good example of why every AR needs to go thru a pre-corner kick routine.
A colleague from Iran has sent an offside incident from a match and would like some help coming to the right decision.
Finally, we have an interfering with an opponent incident in Portland where the communication failed to come to the right decision. It is your responsibility to come up with the correct solution.

MLS Week #34 October 21

MLS Week #34 October 21

The penultimate weekend of the regular season produced an offside situation from a free kick that had elements of interfering with an opponent and gaining an advantage. Was the right call made and What Would You Do? all into one incident.
Video review overturned an offside flag in Real Salt Lake, could the flag have stayed down in the first place?
We also look at two correct delayed flags and give advice on when is the right time to raise the flag once the immediate scoring opportunity is completed.
Two quality decision for Call of the Week #34.

MLS Week #33 October 12-17

MLS Week #33 October 12-17

A shortened Week 33 due to the international break so we added the mid-week games from Week 34 which produced two highlight reel decisions for Call of the Week.
Minnesota v Colorado had a video review which corrected an offside error, so we offer advice to try to avoid it happening again. Was the AR’s line of focus too narrow?
Also, advice is given on how to deal with some free kick offside situations.

MLS Week #31 September 26-30

MLS Week #31 September 26-30

This week we will highlight two incidents where the assistant referee got involved with decisions on the field that no one noticed. Did they do it correctly or were they over involved?
The answer for last week’s What Should You Do? with a new situation for you to evaluate from the Chicago v Los Angeles Football Club match. Plus three gems to decide between for Call of the Week.

MLS Week #30 September 19-23

MLS Week #30 September 19-23

This week we look at some positioning and movement issues that will hopefully trickled down to every assistant referee in the program. Advice is given on how to better anticipate play and not get caught chasing the ball or the second to last defender.
We haven’t had a What Should You Do? question for a few weeks so we pulled a possible interfering with an opponent clip from the NY Red Bulls v Toronto for you to analyze.

MLS Week #29 September 15-16

MLS Week #29 September 15-16

Week 29 includes a quick confirmation on the correct position to be taken by assistant referee on corner kicks. An example of a little more VAR delay needed. Did we get it right in Real Salt Lake vs Minnesota video review? We show the definitive angle that proves it. Two choices for Call of the Week.

Make sure that you look thru the VAR delay procedure outlined in the last report to make sure you are up to date with proper procedures.

If you have any doubt in your offside decision - you are not going to raise the flag, period.

MLS Week #27-28 September 1-12

MLS Week #27-28 September 1-12

Week 27 and 28 are combined in this week’s report after a good AR camp in Los Angeles.  For those unable to attend or were working the three MLS matches, topics covered were,  When and Where to delay the flag, Communication with the referee when misconduct is needed and a thrilling Q/A session with World Cup Assistant referee Frank Anderson.  

Make sure that you look thru the VAR delay procedure outlined in the last report to make sure you are up to date with proper procedures.

If you have any doubt in your offside decision - you are not going to raise the flag, period.

MLS Week #26 August 22-26

MLS Week #26 August 22-26

At the start of the season when the VAR delay was first introduced we outlined the parameters as to When it should be used and Where it should be used.  Over the next months most of you began working the when into your decision making, however, along the way we seem to have forgotten the where.  This week that will be the only focus of the AR report with three good examples of where the VAR delay should NOT be used. 

MLS Week #25 August 14-18

MLS Week #25 August 14-18

All of a sudden delayed flags are the latest rage in MLS, with several examples in Week 25, but did we get them all correct?  Four good incidents to look at.  
A few teams have started experimenting with offside position on free kicks, it takes teamwork and awareness to make sure we don't miss this interfering with an opponent.
An close missed offside decision at midfield with the attacker receiving the ball in his own half with their back to goal, usually is not a big deal, or is it?
For Week 25 - Call of the Week we will put two delayed flags up against a nice no offside decision to see which you liked best. 

MLS Week #24 August 11-12

MLS Week #24 August 11-12

Interfering with Play requires a touch on the ball to make an attacker offside and in Week 24 we had two situations that needed confirmation from the referee before the AR could either raise the flag to confirm offside or keep it down to allow a game winning goal. 
These clips contain good audio worth listening too, which begs the question, Can we communicate better?   
Our answer for our friend in Greece and another three great decisions for Call of the Week.

MLS Week #23 August 4-5

MLS Week #23 August 4-5

The week after the All-Star game is the time teams take a serious look at their position in the standings.  Some realize that they must get points in every game if they are to make it to the playoffs and so the intensity rises.  No surprise then that Week 23 had three mass confrontations.  Time to review best practices when 3 or more players get together in an aggressive manner.  
We also show a perfect VAR delay flag, well almost perfect.  And a trifecta of perfect decisions for Call of the Week. 

MLS Week #22 July 25-29

MLS Week #22 July 25-29

Week 22 we look at a forward's attacking move that may have caught the assistant referee off-guard.  The answer to the possible offside situation in Houston, which frankly is disappointing that so many missed this decision.  Call of the Week features an excellent VAR delay flag versus a possible interfering with the goalkeeper offside. 

MLS Week #21 July 18-22

MLS Week #21 July 18-22

In Week 21 there were two assistant referees involved in penalty kick situations which we will examine closely.  They differ in that in one case the referee decides to not go with the AR's advice and in the other he does. 
An interesting onside decision in a Wednesday game from Week 22 that we ask your opinion on and of course, the best decisions of the week.

MLS Week #20 July 11-14

MLS Week #20 July 11-14

In Week 20 we missed and opportunity to use the VAR delay, so we highlight it again so that all of you will remember to make it part of you assistant referee repertoire.   Communication with the referee on a serious foul play tackle makes sure that the correct decision is taken.  All three choices for Call of the Week show some of the best qualities of PRO ARs in a rather quiet week on the AR front. 

MLS Week #19 July 3-8

MLS Week #19 July 3-8

Week 19 and the end of the World Cup with PRO AR  Joe Fletcher acting as AVAR in the match for third place.  Naturally, he is smiling. 
This week we highlight a pair of boundary line decision with emphasis that you cannot guess on these situations.  Three slightly different VAR delay incidents to look at as well continue to improve in this slight change in procedure.  Check out the Call of the Week section also as one of the three choices shows good awareness tied with correct movement and positioning. 

MLS Week #18 June 29-30

MLS Week #18 June 29-30

Week 18 closed off the month of June and with the World Cup in the semi-final stages we will be moving into a very full calendar of MLS matches, Open Cup and International Friendlies.  
This week there are the answers to the interfering with an opponent /line of vision situations from last week, as well as, a new flag/no flag scenario and another request to add the VAR delay into your game.