State Cup game this past weekend. I’m coaching. Other team fouls us as soon as we have the ball. Referee called a LOT of fouls in the 1st half. But no plastic came out. We were up 2-0 early. Went into half time tied 2-2. About 10 minutes before the end of the half, the referee stops the game to have a chat with parents on my sideline. They are usually pretty chill. At halftime, I approached the ref to ask if I had a parent issue that I should deal with. He said he handled it and not to worry. I also took this opportunity to ask if he could be a little more stern with his warnings to the other team and that a card might calm things down. I said “I thank you for call the fouls. It’s not like you are allowing them to get away with it. But at some point, I’d like to try and play soccer today. Them fouling us every time we have the ball cant go on for another 40 minutes”. He said “I’ve been calling the fouls. They are not overly careless or reckless”. I agreed and said “how about persistent infringement.” He said he’d control the game and we parted ways. 2nd half was much of the same from the other team. Ref did pull out some yellow. Some for dissent after he called a foul. Some for recklessness. Some for PI. In total, there were 9 yellows against them. One of them being a double to their center back. (So 9 yellow and 1 red). Coach was telling his players to stop fouling, but they didn’t seem to understand. Their coach got a shiny yellow card too. For arguing an advantage call for his team near the corner the resulted in a shot on goal.