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. 

MLS Week #13 May 23-27

MLS Week #13 May 23-27

This week we examine two good uses of the VAR delay flag.  There was a wrong decision in Colorado for offside that was corrected by Video Review, but was it done right?  A quick look at a momentary loss of focus in LAFC that should serve as a good piece of education for all assistant referees. 

MLS Week #11 May 9-13

MLS Week #11 May 9-13

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. 

MLS Week #10 May 4-6

MLS Week #10 May 4-6

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. 

MLS Week #9 April 27-29

MLS Week #9 April 27-29

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.  


MLS Week #8 April 20-22

MLS Week #8 April 20-22

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?  


MLS Week #7 April 11-15

MLS Week #7 April 11-15

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. 

MLS Week #5 March 30-31

MLS Week #5 March 30-31

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. 

MLS Week #4 March 24

MLS Week #4 March 24

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.