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Question Number: 3565


of , NTX USA asks...

What is the deal with the new Blue Shirt for referees? The frequency where it would be needed are very remote. Besides, it still would not be enough choices if you have a red and yellow team, with a GK in blue and the other one in black. It is rediculous to expect a 12 year old linesman (or any other ref) to have 4 different shirts, and in some case be required to have 4 long sleeved ones as well. Remember, refereeing is a hobby and should not require such a great financial responsibility for the refs. Does the USSF not have any real issues to deal with? Or is it true that it is just a wholey owned subsidiary of Official Sports? Did you see the game between Paraguay and Spain? Both teams wore solid orange shirts. Yet the referee did not seem to get them confused. Why do they think that 6,8,10,12, 14, or 16 year olds can't tell a referee in a yellow shirt with stripes from another kid in a solid yellow jersey. Why not create an answer to unruly parents instead.

Answer provided by Referee Victor Matheson

I guess I would simply tell you that there is no need to buy the blue jersey unless you are really getting serious about refereeing. If you are doing games in the USL or Youth/Amateur regionals, then go out and get the blue jersey. The people who are doing this for a hobby should buy a good gold jersey and perhaps also get an alternate black jersey if they start doing several games a week. Under no circumstances would I expect a first-year referee to do anything but go out and buy the gold jersey. (I honestly don't think the higher-ups at USSF expect more than that, either.)

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