- Crews felt empowered by referee
- Good communication from referee to ARs
- Overall focus and quality of ARs was good
- Referees were following USSF directives
Things to work on:
- Overall read of the game was lacking
- No urgency in movement and action when the game required, and an inability to read the warning signs and lend a presence to the situation
- Effort level and an inability to sprint as needed for 90 minutes
- Dealing with serious challenges the first time they occur
- The referee's personality (response) often did not match the situation, and/or the referee's body language sent the wrong message
- Foul recognition and foul selection was below par
Action plan for all referees:
- Improve yourself by searching out more matches
- Watch more matches to see what top referees are doing
- Professionalism – always be prepared!
What is significant about these findings is that they were universally shared by all of the observers. In most cases, there is some disagreement even among experts as to the relative strengths and weaknesses of any individual referee or group of referees, but at this tournament the consensus was entirely unanimous. Obviously we have some things to work on at the higher levels if our amateur referees desire to turn pro.
I will talk more about some of these specific bullet points in a future post.