Referee The Game Like Willy Wonka!.
Officiating professional soccer is definitely not for the faint of heart. This is not surprising as people’s livelihoods are based on the results.
Officiating youth soccer is sometimes not for the faint-hearted either. The majority of youth soccer referees quit within their first two years with verbal abuse by kids’ parents being the #1 reason for quitting.
New and relatively new refs are trained by the best and brightest referees, many who officiated professional games. They are often many years removed from the Girls Under-7 or Boys Under-9 games that inexperienced officials referee when starting out. Unfortunately, this often shows in the clinics as new referees are taught that they are “judge, jury and executioner” when officiating a game.
The emphasis in clin…
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