Week in Review #11 May 13-15

In recognition of Kevin Stott refereeing his 300th MLS regular season match last week we dug deep into the photo vault to find this shot.  There is over 1,000 MLS regular season games in this pic.   Fun Fact: Henry Kissinger never refereed in MLS.

In recognition of Kevin Stott refereeing his 300th MLS regular season match last week we dug deep into the photo vault to find this shot.  There is over 1,000 MLS regular season games in this pic.   Fun Fact: Henry Kissinger never refereed in MLS.

Week 11 was pretty much at standard level all around, with nothing really unusual happening to PRO assistant referees.  In fact, it was difficult to find any really good clips this week to use for education and development.  Yes, Kevin Klinger did call back two goals for offside in the same half, that's unusual, but they were in the way offside category.  But really, overall another standard level week for ARs.

As we try to improve in assisting in match control and identifying whether there is misconduct, we present one clip where there is a tackle in front of the assistant.  What action should you take?  What information do you need to provide the referee?  What is the correct outcome? 
A breakdown in teamwork (all 4 officials) is presented as a reminder that you must stay current with law and correct application.
Of course, Call of the Week #11, because every week there is always several ARs who are above standard. 

Last Week's Handball Question

Last week we asked if this situation was handling.  The overwhelming response was - yes- flag it- (93%) .  It fortunately is also the correct answer.  The main consideration used is the unnatural position of his arms which makes him bigger.  You can read all the considerations here.

Teamwork and Treatment of Players

In Columbus v Toronto, two players from opposite teams collide and are injured, a foul is called.  Both receive treatment on the field for over a minute.  Both remain on the field when play is restarted with a free kick.  Is this allowed?


Not according to Law 5:

Injuries:
stops play if a player is seriously injured and ensures that the player is removed from the field of play. An injured player may not be treated on the field of play and may only re-enter after play has restarted; if the ball is in play, re-entry must be from the touchline but if the ball is out of play, it may be from any boundary line. Exceptions to the requirement to leave the field of play are only when:

  • a goalkeeper is injured
  • a goalkeeper and an outfield player have collided and need attention
  • players from the same team have collided and need attention
  • a severe injury has occurred
  • a player is injured as the result of a physical offence for which the opponent is cautioned or sent off (e.g. reckless or serious foul challenge), if the assessment/treatment is completed quickly

Assistant referees should be aware and remind the referee of the correct procedures to take after a player is treated on the field.

Call of the Week #10 Winner - Corey Rockwell

Call of the Week #11

This week's contributions come from two set pieces.  Ian Anderson had a super tight call that is proven correct by the foot of the defender.  Can you say tight!? 
Eric Weisbrod's call in Dallas was not as tight, but a good example of remembering to take the mental picture of where players where at the moment of the shot just in case you have a gaining an advantage decision to make.

Ian Anderson

Eric Weisbrod

Who had Call of the Week #11?
Ian Anderson - Portland v Atlanta
Eric Weisbrod - FC Dallas v NY Football Club

What Do You Do?

Watch this play in Colorado and give us your vote and opinion.  What should you do if you were the AR?

What Should you do?
No foul - Signal for the throw in
No flag - This is the referee's call to make
Flag for the foul
Flag for foul - communicate Caution for USB
Flag for foul - communicate Send-off for SFP
Other
Please Specify: