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Question Number: 5733

Pre-Game

steve of , asks...

Regarding Question # 5670 . I took an upgrade class last summer with Paul Tamberino. I asked him how long pregames take in MLS. He indicated average is 1/2 hour ......

Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

It is almost impossible to do a good pregame,check the teams in and inspect the field in less than 1/2 hour. Almost all the problems that routinely occur among a ref crew could have been prevented with a good pregame which takes time. The only exception I would say exists, is when a crew has worked together often. By the way, you were fortunate to have been able to take a course with Mr. Tamberino.



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Answer provided by Referee Dawson

Hi Steve,.I concurr with my colleague, You are fortunate to have Mr. Tamberino as instructor. I will say that at the World cup pregames were up to 3 hours and more of a social interaction as well as covering pregame proceedures. The problem at the recreational levels and ongoing tournaments the extra time is rarely available, getting ARs period to show on time for the game is a bonus. The commitment level must be high in leagues that TRULY wish to address this issue it should be stated the time to show is well in advance of kick-off hence the monetary compensation should reflect that. AS A CR I like my ARS a minimum one hour in advance of kick-off to walk the field, talk, change, warm up and check in the teams. Cheers



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