Best Story of the WEEK 2021

Discussion in 'Referee' started by IASocFan, Jan 1, 2021.

  1. RefIADad

    RefIADad Member+

    Chelsea
    United States
    Aug 18, 2017
    Des Moines, IA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As of lunchtime today, my now 13-year-old son has completed all of his educational work to become a certified USSF referee. He's worked a few events in the past two months to give him some game experience with either the manager of referees for his state or me on the sidelines, but now he can move forward fully certified. He and I work a 4v4 event in the area this weekend, and he's already picked up a championship game. Of course, this is a pre-season, intrasquad event where only one club is playing, and it's U-very littles. But it'll still be a fun event for him.
     
  2. IASocFan

    IASocFan Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2000
    IOWA
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    What association! I wasn't paid anything in those days, so I wasn't joining any organization - which probably didn't exist in those days.

    I didn't mind not getting paid. My kid's registration was $10 and included a uniform - which got turned back end at the end of the season. My Over the Hill games were friendlies without a referee. Life was good and simple! Soccer was definitely recreational - but fun!
     
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  3. roby

    roby Member+

    SIRLOIN SALOON FC, PITTSFIELD MA
    Feb 27, 2005
    So Cal
    On the rare occasion when I did a 3 ref match I brought my WWI Semaphore Flags for the Linos. :sneaky:

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  4. socal lurker

    socal lurker Member+

    May 30, 2009
    I didn't have to join an association, as the reffing was driven by the league. (Police Athletic League.) I think I got $3/game for U8 duals when I started. But that was pretty cool for being 11 back then!
     
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  5. YoungRef87

    YoungRef87 Member

    DC United
    United States
    Jan 5, 2018
    Not really the best story, but one extremely large annual tournament in my area announced that they will be doing U13-U19 in the fall and U9-U12 in the spring. This will definitely make for a better-organized tournament.

    In other news, I have yet to referee a USSF game in 2021. I refereed one private HS girls game in the spring, but between college and my fast-food job, I have very little time to devote to refereeing :(.
     
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  6. voiceoflg

    voiceoflg Member+

    Dec 8, 2005
    Starting fall today with four 7v7 games with no break and a high of 90. Sunday will be better. Also four games, all 11v11. BUT...
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  7. soccerref69420

    Mar 14, 2020
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea DPR
    Refereeing U19 boys final tournament match. Very very good teams, one was NPL, the other is NPL with 4-5 MLS Next players on it. On these levels of match, I usually try to call it tighter the first 10 minutes or so because I've seen far too often that calling it loose early can cause you to lose control quickly. I then gradually loosen as we go if things are staying calm.

    First 10 minutes: "OMG ref will you let us play, come on, stop with the soft stuff". It wasn't like U12 contact calls, just stuff in back etc.

    Next 20-30 minutes (40 min half): Still calling fouls but start letting contact go to let game flow better.: "WTF REF", arms thrown up in air all the time, etc. Even hear a coach "hey ref you're gonna lose control of the game if you don't start calling stuff"

    Second half: Every foul I call, just endless complaining about how I'm not letting anything go. Then when i do let things go, they cry for calls.

    End of game: Both teams come to me, "hey ref great game out there you did a good job"

    You can never win
     
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  8. threeputzzz

    threeputzzz Member+

    May 27, 2009
    Minnesota
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  9. soccerref69420

    Mar 14, 2020
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea DPR
    Blows my mind how referees all over, up to FIFA/national level, PRO, VAR, all the Euro ref organizations, etc. can look at a video clip of a situation and even with the benefit of camera angles, slow motion, snapshots of incidents, etc., you can still get differing opinions on what the correct call should have been.
     
  10. soccerref69420

    Mar 14, 2020
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea DPR
    Also, this U19 experience highly contrasted with my experience yesterday, where I was doing mostly youngers U11-U12 level (which I never do but there was a local league's tournament that needed help) and all I got all day was parents telling me how good of a ref I was and (when I was AR1) coaches asking where my crew and I have been and why can't we get all their games. Awkward conversation of "well, the best refs aren't going to be doing U11 games, so you have the newer refs who are learning just like your players" where I basically tell them that they deserve poor refereeing. Whoops.
     
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  11. gaolin

    gaolin Member

    Apr 21, 2019
    Got my Grassroots Assignor certification!
     
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  12. Pittsburgh Ref

    Pittsburgh Ref Member+

    Oct 7, 2014
    da 'Burgh
    Welcome to the sausage factory!
     
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  13. Kit

    Kit Member+

    Aug 30, 1999
    Herkimer, NY, USA
    Club:
    Everton FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't know if getting your assignor certification is the "best" story of the week. It is a pretty thankless job.
     
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  14. Pittsburgh Ref

    Pittsburgh Ref Member+

    Oct 7, 2014
    da 'Burgh
    Where else do you get to debate how many turnbacks can dance on the head of a pin?
     
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  15. voiceoflg

    voiceoflg Member+

    Dec 8, 2005
    Is there a shortage or soon to be shortage where you are? I'm considering it because when our USSF assignor moved to Colorado, our new one lives two hours away. He is very good and I hope he stays. But another that lives close by who says he will take the test is not as organized. Not even close.
     
  16. Pittsburgh Ref

    Pittsburgh Ref Member+

    Oct 7, 2014
    da 'Burgh
    At my house I'm hearing the opening notes of the theme from Rocky
     
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  17. elonpuckhog

    elonpuckhog Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    My third child was born today.
     
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  18. Law5

    Law5 Member+

    Mar 24, 2005
    Beaverton OR
    I once, sort of accidentally, attended a NISOA assessors recert class. (I was a NISOA assessor but I wasn't high enough on the totem pole to need to attend this class.) So everybody else in the class was a national NISOA assessor, the big names that you read about in all of their newsletters as having received another award, etc. We did a critical incidents clip and everybody had to write down "no foul, foul, foul caution, foul send off." Then there was a show of hands. Okay, I can accept that there will be some disagreement, but, on virtually every clip, the range was three! In other words, there were votes for ordinary foul and foul send off, or no foul to foul caution. So consider that when an assessor tells you that incident absolutely should have been a caution. He might be right but then other assessors will disagree with him.
     
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  19. threeputzzz

    threeputzzz Member+

    May 27, 2009
    Minnesota
    #819 threeputzzz, Aug 9, 2021
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2021
    Buy him/her a whistle yet?
     
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  20. threeputzzz

    threeputzzz Member+

    May 27, 2009
    Minnesota
    But for some reason the dual system is fine.
     
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  21. Dayton Ref

    Dayton Ref Member+

    May 3, 2012
    Houston, TX
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    I figured they'd work the subs board for the other kids and @elonpuckhog
     
  22. threeputzzz

    threeputzzz Member+

    May 27, 2009
    Minnesota
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  23. elonpuckhog

    elonpuckhog Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    That would work. My oldest is a stickler for the rules, so I think he will make a good ref. I hope to be able to ref with at least one of my kids, but that is still 10 years away.
     
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  24. TheBookIsFlexible

    TheBookIsFlexible New Member

    Aug 6, 2021
    Do you mind asking which state is offering grassroots assignor certification? Thanks
     
  25. soccerref69420

    Mar 14, 2020
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea DPR
    I have had the same experience in general webinars/classroom sessions with other referees, the same "choose which you think it is" game. This is also why I have had major imposter syndrome for my entire refereeing career. I basically come out of every game that's of any decent level not knowing if I actually did well or not because of how subjective everything is.

    I could do a game that no one complains about, but maybe I actually didn't do it well. Maybe I do a game where there is quite a bit of complaining, but I actually officiated it well and the players/coaches just didn't like that I was calling a lot of fouls or letting stuff go but everything I did was correct. Hell, like you said, I could even get an assessment and the assessor could fail me on missing a KMI but maybe another assessor would think I called it correctly?
     
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