The FA Respect Campaign
This Video from the... Ken Aston Referee Society -
To dramatize the damage done by
over zealous, aggressive parents at kids soccer matches
Worldwide created this spot.
Written specifically for Ray Winstone...
don't think there's another actor on earth that could have nailed it...
“WHY I CAN NOT BE A REFEREE”
To save you the trouble of being redundantly creative, we have condensed
here most of the common excuses for non-participation in the most
critical function in the AYSO, USSF, any other Referee associated program.
When they come around and ask you to sign up... 'to be a Referee? For your convenience, put
an X alongside the excuse or excuses which best apply to you, sign your
name and hand it in with your child’s application; OR, fill out an
application to be a Referee and learn how much fun soccer can be, not
just for your child, but for YOU as well!
I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING (ENOUGH) ABOUT THE GAME!
Most of us knew little, or less than you, about soccer when we became
referees. Not to worry … for the investment of one or two evenings or
weekend, we will train you and you will know more about the Laws of the
Game than (almost) anyone.
I DON”T HAVE TIME!
Being a Referee is the perfect slot for those parents & friends who
have crowded schedules. Your commitment consists of a couple hours of
class and, when the season begins, games are scheduled around your
child’s games (when you would be down at the fields anyway).
I’M NOT THE RIGHT KIND OF PERSON!
Yes you are. You obviously care about your child. This is a youth
program run by volunteers. Would you want your child involved with
someone who is not as good as you? Who would be better than a concerned
parent like you?
I’M IN TOO HIGH A TAX BRACKET TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE EXTRA INCOME!!!
Not to worry. When we last heard satisfaction and enjoyment were not yet
taxable. Since that will be your only compensation (AYSO is a volunteer
organization) we suggest you collect as much as you can. Besides, you
will not have to declare as income what you did not pay for all the
exercise, which you did not have to go to an expensive gym to get. You
can also advance to a Professional Paid Referee... USSF, maybe even
FIFA, you just won't know until you try it out... Just do it. The only
thing you got going is that great physical core you got going now... LOL
I’D LOOK SILLY IN THAT UNIFORM!
Good heavens . . .you obviously haven’t seen the Referee Administrator!
I’D BE EMBARRASSED!
Everyone makes mistakes (even those of us who have been Refereeing for
years). The important thing is to approach the job with enthusiasm and
enjoyment, because that will be passed on to the players and coaches
(and we can team you up with an experienced referee & mentor to help you
through the initial games you do).
I’M A WOMAN – I NEVER SEE THEM REFEREE!
Wrong! We have quite a few woman qualified as Referees – AND THEY ARE
GREAT! We could use more! What other time in your life will you ever –
with just one breath (or TWEET) – be able to make 22 kids stop what they
are doing, actually listen to you, and then do what they are told?!?
I DON’T CARE!!!
Well here it is – if in fact you are signed up your child to play AYSO or
some other association
soccer and you honestly don’t care about the quality, safety, or
enjoyment involved in this program . . . Then you have come up with the
correct excuse and we no longer have to ask why, because YOU CAN’T BE A
REFEREE, and that is that.
HOWEVER, if this last excuse does not apply to you (and we hope it
doesn’t), then we need you badly. IN RETURN, we promise you
– EXERCISE – COMMITMENT – A FREE UNIFORM – AND you’ll never be able to
watch any major sport quite the same way again. AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT .
. . the kids will be darn glad that you were there.
ONE FINAL NOTE . . .
If you still don’t think you are the right kind of
person for this job . . .
You took the time to read this whole page . . . Right?
That means you care . . . That means you are exactly the right kind of person!