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Question Number: 20952

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/9/2009

RE: Select Under 15

Christopher Lloyd of Novato, CA USA asks...

Again more a rant than a question.

I was a parent on the sidelines at my daughters U14 game this weekend. She'd broken clear on her own and was inside the Penalty Area. The keeper, the last player, dived at my daughter, made no attempt to get the ball which my daughter had kicked in front of her, and dragged my daughter to the ground.

No whistle from the referee, no penalty, no possible red card for a DOGSO. AAAARGGHHH!

Why won't referees in youth soccer award penalties for clear offences? Get's my goat.

Last week, under similar circumstances in an away game, the referee said after the game that he did not want to upset the large crowd of home team supporters!

Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

Perhaps that referee should find a less upsetting activity.

Too many referees - a minority, but too many, because they stick out - wimp out from making tough calls because they 'don't want to decide the game'. Referees must make the tough decisions, and must realize that they are not deciding the game, the player that elected to play outside the Laws already did that.

OK, ranting over. Now let's fix it. Your question header says you are a referee. You should professionally and without bias report the referee to the assignor or local referee association so the ref can get additional training. Maybe next time he will have developed some backbone.

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Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

When we sign on to referee we agree to enforce the Laws of the Game as our primary duty. However there are some referees who think they know better than FIFA or US Soccer how the Laws should be applied. These referees seem never to make it out of youth soccer for some reason... Perhaps they referee using the 'it makes me feel good' method of judging a particular event. They do nothing for The Game except run around [walk around would be closer to the truth] and make sure the match ends on time.

This referee should be made aware of his deficiencies using the method Ref Voshel offers or beating him severely about the head and shoulders with a copy of Advice to Referees open to paragraph 12.36/7 until he figures out someone is trying to gain his attention. Then, if he can still focus his beady little eyes, have him read what is contained therein. Failing that he can run lines for U-6's until he gets that message. Yeah, I'm ranting too..


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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

I would just add that you were not the referee at your daughter's game and were totally biased as to what you saw. That said, all too many youth referees fail to make calls that need to be made.

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