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    • BarryWeber

      Some like soccer to cheer on their team. Some love to play it. I became a referee 10 years ago and from the best seat in the house I love watching the battle, the strategy, and the skills of coaches, players and teams. Overtime it has provided an education in managing people and group behavior that I believe has given me insight into all management activities.

      I believe the role of the referee is to judiciously apply the Heisenberg uncertainty principal to maximize fun for participants and observers, to manage safety and to optimize the perception of fairness for all participants of a system that starts in motion when the referee whistle is first blown. :)

    • yaypie

      I believe the role of the referee is to judiciously apply the Heisenberg uncertainty principal to maximize fun for participants and observers...

      That's such a great way of putting it. 😄

    • Chris

      Hey Barry,

      Welcome! I've always wanted to talk to a soccer referee. For AYSO? I had a couple kids go through AYSO and they were fanatical.

      Do you have thoughts on what it's like to referee World Cup games? I've always wondered what it must be like to be the only one on the pitch and how you take in a game with so much movement over such a large area. And how they handle all the flopping.

    • BarryWeber

      Yes. I've been a USSF referee but focus my limited time on AYSO because I like the more balanced comradery from AYSO in general and from the AYSO referee community. I am not one who is looking for the income from USSF officiating.

      FIFA are professionals in the game that they do. Interestingly, they are instructed to ensure that the game is safe, fair and fun for spectators. FIFA referees have a challenge in managing tactical fouls to influence their decisions and tactical fouls that are done to affect players. While it is another challenge to officiate at that level, they have three advantages. a) play is more consistent and predictable, b) they become familiar with every player and c) they have good communication with assistant referees and know them well also.

    You've been invited!