The Referee’s Pre-Game Instructions.

The teams spend time training and working on teamwork in practice. Their coaches go over tactics before the game. Doesn’t it logically follow that the officiating team needs to spend some time before the game discussing how they will work as a team?
The referee should go over what is expected of the assistant referees. I tell them to wait a split second to raise the flag for offside just to be certain that the player in the offside position is involved in the play. A slower flag and correct call is much better than a quick flag and incorrect call.
I also tell them to run all balls down to the goal line.
For good goals, they sprint up the touchline 15 yards or so, watching the players on the field at all times. Should the ball go into the net but the AR spotted a foul or some other problem which the referee did not see (that would nullify the goal), the AR should wait at the corner flag, the referee comes over. They then can briefly discuss what happened and determine whether the goal is valid. This does not include offside, …
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