Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Referee Size & Fouls

Soccer is a game with many split-second judgment calls made by a referee. Since there is variance whenever  a human makes decisions, it would be helpful for a coach to have insight on whether the referee calls a tight or loose game.

Without benefit of prior experience with a specific referee, what else can be done? One rough method is to see how physically large the referee is. One might imagine a larger ref growing up as a larger player who does not see tough play as much of a problem. Conversely, a smaller-sized official might be more sensitive to a physical style and call more fouls.

Definitely not Howard Webb
Obviously, there will be exceptions. I imagine Napoleon would have swallowed the whistle. But it beats flipping a coin.

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