Stop Calling Cheap Penalties

Discussion in 'Women's College' started by Kazoo, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. Kazoo

    Kazoo Member

    Nov 1, 2015
    I don't know how others feel, but it seems to me there are too many cheap, bad penalty calls in women's college soccer. (Of course this may be true in soccer--period!) There are too many officials who blow the whistle and point every time the offensive player takes a tumble in the box--I see it a lot, too much. There are (good) officials who understand the import of a penalty call and thus refrain from making the call unless the foul is obvious--but they seem to be in the minority, no?

    Yesterday a terrible penalty call in the second half of a tourney game proved decisive. Penalty kick made; final score is 1-0. Of course it was made worse by the fact that the losing side was totally dominant in the game, but that's ultimately not the point. Offensive player dribbles the ball into the left side of the box; she is challenged on the run by defensive player. Offensive player initiates contact with her shoulder; defensive player counters with her shoulder--and perfectly, meaning she did not use excessive force; both players fall down; penalty called. Total BS. It was a perfectly average soccer play and a perfectly obvious no-call--and the official ruined the game with a cheap, ridiculous call.

    I wonder if the problem is that we see officials blow their whistles and make iffy foul calls, outside of the box, all the time, especially when a player hits the turf. But it rarely results in a goal. When the same thing happens in the box and a foul is call, the decision often decides the match. I think a lot of these officials have got to be more judicious when it comes to contact in the box. Yea, I am venting because a team I follow was screwed--but I see cheap penalty calls in a LOT of games.
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  2. RtD!

    RtD! Member

    Nov 12, 2014
    Ft Lauderdale Strikers
    I think the big picture problem is that one person cannot possibly have the proper angle necessary on every play.
    I would be willing to bet the mortgage that this official was trailing this play and got "straight-lined." They were not in position to see "through the play." They really had no idea the extent of the contact or where it initially occurred. So, the guess is to point to the spot.
    Soccer needs to have 2 center officials. I officiated high school basketball for 25 years and small college ball for 15. I was working when we made the move from 2 officials to 3. The quality of the game improved as the officials were much more often placed in the optimum position to have the proper angle to see the play and get the call right. Soccer has been operating under the same officiating structure for over 100 years (I hope some historian knows more about this and chimes in).
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