Kontributors – Pat Ferre 2017-06-21T09:17:55-08:00

USSF Referee Grade 15 Emeritus
USSF Referee Instructor
USSF Referee Assessor
USSF Referee Assignor
District-7 Youth Referee Administrator (DYRA)


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204, 2018

Dealing with Missed Calls

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During soccer games, referees make countless decisions and signal correctly. At times however, officials can be seen pointing in the wrong direction, missing a flag from an assistant, blowing the whistle when it is not needed or showing cards when they could have used an alternate way to handle a situation. We are all human and are bound to make mistakes but it is how we explain our decisions, how quickly we correct them and how often we make them that determines how effective we are at successfully controlling the games we are asked to orchestrate.

102, 2018

The Importance of Body Language

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Communication is more than listening or hearing the spoken words. While communicating with others, our body language is just as important and powerful as the words that come out of our mouth. Just like using profane language or a different tone of voice, our body language is just as important as verbal communication. Positive body language can ease a conflict while poor body language can further inflame a volatile situation. When speaking, stand tall, be firm and confident. Your posture [...]

3012, 2017

Help is There (If You Only Go and Look For It)

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Whether you are a young aspiring official or one who has some years of experience, you are looking to reach the next level in your career and you are not necessarily getting the help and support you would like from those around you.  What do you do and where can you look for help? If you are not getting the help you feel you need, either you are not taking advantage of what is available to you, you are not [...]

2911, 2017

Do it Properly

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Referees could avoid some criticism by showing more pride and professionalism in their work. In any game and at any level you will hear referees being criticized.  Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot, but it is a constant happening.  The reason for this criticism almost always comes from two basic areas. The first is due to their application of the Laws of The Game.  Many of the referees’ decisions are based on differing judgmental decisions regarding something that happened [...]

2009, 2017

Referees Face a Tough Road

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Parents and spectators should realize that new officials seen on the fields are in training. Whether they are working their first game or have been around for a few seasons, these officials still have a lot to learn when it comes to making split second decisions dealing with the activities of players on the field and the different personalities of coaches and spectators along the sidelines. Most people will understand that players need, even before their first match, much [...]

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