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" So don't be afraid to... stray!!! "
Refereeing is a... Art Form,... NOT a Science. If it were a science we could teach Referees what to do in very situation. There would be a right and wrong way to Referee soccer, and the game was never meant to be played or Refereed scientifically.
The beauty of the game is in its dynamics and diversity, not its
structure. The best Referees understand this concept and allow the
dynamics of the game to dictate how the game will be Refereed. The best
Referees are not tied to any certain referee structure.
While assessing a professional match recently I observed two players
having a pushing contest off the ball behind the Referee's back. The
Referee turned around in time to see the player who had been pushed
first, turn and push the player who pushed him. At that point the
altercation was over. The two players split up and went on to play.
After what seemed like a long time the Referee blew the whistle to stop
play, and sent off the player he saw pushing the other player. The match
went down hill from there; the coach had to be removed and the match got
nasty After the match I asked the Referee why he stopped the match to
send off the player when it was obvious the altercation was over and the
players had gone on to play. His reply was that he had seen the player
push the other player and felt obligated to stop the match and send the
Your willingness to find alternative solutions to man-management
problems that fit the match you are Refereeing, will set you apart from
those Referees whose personalities don't allow them to stray from the
structure they see as the book solution. The Law Book was written with
very few situations that call for a specific disciplinary action; so
don't be afraid to stray from structure if it could have a positive
effect on the match.
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