Week #21 July 28-30

This week we will look at what happens when you don't quite move quick enough and we will check out a clip where good movement when play is in the penalty box results in an excellent decision.
In addition we will use the goal in NYFC v Colorado to review what it takes to interfere with an opponent.
Finally, we want to see your comments on the advise you would give to the referee for a play that occurs behind his back in the 8th minute of Sporting Kansas City v Portland that we will review in more detail next week.

What a Difference a Couple Yards Make

There are actually two situations from the same game which are combined in this clip so we can reinforce what we are saying about movement and being in the best position.
In part 1 of the clip notice the position of the AR when he correctly spots Altidore in an offside position and raises his flag.  You would have to say perfect position, square to the field, right in line with the second to last defender.
Next, watch part 2 which starts with a free kick and the same AR in perfect position to make the "no offside" call that starts the sequence.   However, it is the second phase that we want to improve on.  Study the freeze frame of the moment the ball is headed, the AR has not moved as quickly as the players and is a couple of yards away from being perfectly in line (in this case, it would be with the ball).  Also, the shoulders have turned and no longer are square to the field.  Unfortunately, although the camera angle is not perfect, most would agree that the goal scorer was at least level with the ball.
Are we being picky? Yes, because we think there is room for more intensity and pace.  This is something that you knowingly have to plan to do at these moments.  It is easy to slightly relax as the ball travels thru the air, since you have already made the decision that everyone was "good" at the kick,  yet, it is the second or even third phase of a play that you may need to be ready for.

Sidestepping in the Penalty Area

This is a very good decision that is the result of good movement while attackers are in the penalty area.  In the latter part of the clip you can see in the split screen that the assistant referee stays square to the field for the entire sequence, sidestepping and constantly making minor adjustments.   This is very good movement and something that should be emulated by all assistant referees.

Review of Interfering with an Opponent

A goal was scored by Frank Lampard in NYFC v Colorado that featured teammate #99 Tony Taylor in an offside position.  In the clip you can see that the ball passes by #99 before Lampard puts it in the net.  Did Taylor interfere with an opponent?  Specifically, did he interfere with Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard?
Let's review and see if Taylor was guilty of interfering with an opponent.

  • Clearly attempts to play the ball which is close to him (No)
  • This action impacts Howard (No)
  • Makes an obvious action that clearly impacts Howard's ability to play the ball (No)
  • Clearly obstructing Howard's line of vision (No)

#99 Taylor did not interfere with an opponent and the assistant was right to let the goal stand.

Communication on Misconduct

Watch this video and concentrate on the foul that occurs completely out of the view of the referee but clearly visible to AR 1.  On this play a caution is eventually give to Portland's Adi, however ignore that for the sake of this assignment.  Imagine yourself as the assistant referee that sees this situation.  What are you telling the referee when he comes over, since your flag was raised and you stopped play?  Make sure that you consider the players involved, the time of the match, the importance of the match and what actually happened.  Put your comments in the section below.