Only 6 games in Week 16, so not a lot to discuss in MLS, but we did find a deflection/deliberate play situation in Toronto and we offer some advice on how to work with the referee to get it right. Even with 6 games we did find three nice choices for Call of the Week.
This week we highlight movement, as we know that being in the right position leads to correct calls. We also give the answer, deflection or deliberate, in Atlanta v Sporting Kansas City after scouring the world of FIFA for the right answer. An interesting play from a corner kick, offside? You decide. Our Call of the Week choices feature two "benefit of doubt to the attack" decisions, whose was best.
Oh, and we have added Perception Test #17 for your pre-match prep.
A good week for PRO assistant referees who did well on keeping flags down on tight offside decisions in all 11 matches, many good decisions all around. Also, fun fact, there were no penalty kicks this past weekend. You can also see ARs are thinking about the VAR delay with the flag, so we look at three situations where this delay was used to various degrees of effectiveness.
Wednesday night's game in Atlanta featured a deliberate vs deflection offside decision on a goal. Time to hear your opinion on it. Three really good offside decision to pick from for Call of the Week.
A tough week in the AR ranks with 2 decision being corrected thru VR and another one sort-of corrected (See NE v SKC). These were clear and obvious errors in offside. There were also many very good and tight decisions in many games, but as tends to be the case, these are overshadowed by the two.
One thing should be clear, support will be there if benefit of doubt is given to the attack on close decisions.
The point of Video Review was to add another team member to the referee crew to keep them from making a clear and obvious error. This week the reverse happened as the AR assisted the VAR and helped him avoid what could only be seen as a clear, obvious and embarrassing error. All in the name of teamwork.
There was more good teamwork on display in Salt Lake and Portland and we highlight it this week. Also, a close decision in Montreal leaves us asking, What Should You Do?
We had three offside decisions overturned by VAR this week, which is good in the sense that VAR worked as it should, but poor that VAR had to be used. We also had an incident in Chicago that demonstrates why the decision on the field is so important, and that we get it right, even more so. Position and movement were key factors in all these decisions.
On a positive note, we have a rookie vs veteran battle for Call of the Week.
This week was a solid week for PRO assistant referees. No KMI errors and some good assisting on penalty situations, misconduct, some scuffles, and even helping the VAR. Of course there was the usual excellent offside decisions also. It's the type of week that helps you forget about the storms in March.
This week we look at some good concentration on offside decision coming from deflections and rebounds. A quick glance into the world of VAR and another What Should You Do? incident.
Last season may have been a very good season, but that is in the past and PRO ARs must prove themselves again this season. They must prove themselves every game. Although errors will inevitably happen, work rate to stay in good position and concentration are the factors that can reduce them.
This week we look at an offside error. that fortunately does not result in a goal. We are using this error as an learning tool for all, so as to not have it happen again.
Also this week a good "What Should You Do? poll for an offside decision that deals with line of vision and of course, the Call of the Week.
We don't often talk about concentration, because it is pretty much expected at the top level. Identify who last played the ball - defender or attacker - can be difficult sometimes and the help of the referee can be a deciding factor whether the flag goes up or not. We had two situations this week where defenders made deliberate plays on the ball.
Sure there are some 380+ games to go in the season, but the first 10 are in the bag and they were tucked away nicely. The first 20 assistant referees have laid down the level for those opening up their seasons in Matchday #2. No KMI errors, some quality tight decisions and one very good instance of teamwork that results in a correct send-off.
VAR "check completed" all offside decisions on goals including the correct denial of Seattle's goal vs LAFC. We want your opinion on the second goal at LA Galaxy and of course, who deserves to win The (insert sponsor name here) Call of the Week.