If you’re a volunteer coach, the chances are you’re going to be asked to referee a youth soccer match at some point. This is a daunting task as refereeing at any level can be fraught with difficulties. These articles offer our tips and insights on how to deal with parents, coaches, players, the weather and all the other problems which make refereeing one of the hardest jobs in soccer.
From our Rugby Coach Weekly archive of Touchline Tales, commenting on a game in an U15 Cup tournament. Last weekend we lost 20-22 in a cup game. The opposition scored at the end from a disputed lineout on our line and we felt our jumper was impeded. MORE
Whether you are refereeing in training (a good thing!) or have to referee your team on a Sunday (not such a good thing!), you will probably find yourself refereeing in some capacity this season. You will need to be confident that you can apply the laws as a coach to satisfy referees who take charge of your team. And if you do find yourself reffing, then it's far more than that...game management, crowd control, position, language, whistle control and signals. MORE
You might hope not to have to get involved in refereeing, or “game coaching” as it is becoming known, or you might be dead keen to try. These days the objective is a free-flowing game, so the person with the whistle is more of a helper than a referee. Each side having a coach is... MORE
The rugby refereeing fraternity is always under the microscope. Six Nations and Super 14 games are dogged by interpretation and language difficulties. So here we look at a few of the more problematic areas. MORE