Archive for the ‘Officiating’ Category

Tom N has his last college match


Michael H was the middle on this last college match of tom’s career. 

Tom will still do high school matches. 

Thanks for the mentoring Tom!



Matches in San Ramon


i got to work with nick in the u19B final. Great game and nick did a great job. 

I worked the u16 boys final after that. Not as great a game however I had a lot of fun. 

Women’s World Cup, the view from Keri. 


Great quotes from Keri sietz from her trainer experience. 

Bottom analysis is Julie Johnston should have been sent off for a Dogso. 

Wow. That would have changed the whole World Cup. She would not have played in the final. 


It’s Saturday and it is state cup quarterfinals and I finally get a good game


what makes a good soccer game when your referee?

You wanted to mean something to the players.

The players have to be good enough to try things to gain advantage so that they will push the limits of the game.

And this process must create some conflict on the field that the referee helps moderate. 

That you 15 boys match between two Latino teens met all of these criteria.

Steve and Bob were part of my referee team and they gave me just a little support I needed.

The highlights of the match.

A tactical

The highlights of the match.
A tactical file called early on when the player raised his arms for Handley on the cross in the box. This early misconduct became important later in the match. 

It was lots of touching and sliding in contacts and the boys didn’t like when they contact. 

This is typical Latin style and it is difficult to manage. 

Call shouldn’t start to appear for contact with the keeper but for both ends. 

Shenanigans occur in the middle of the field on ceremonial restarts. Resulting in more cautions. 

 I receive reports of players changing jersey numbers during the match. 

I disallow a penalty kick take because of too long a stop on a stutterstep kick.  I had to check if I got the resort right on that one. 

 There is lots of contact off the ball. 

It’s near the end of the game with the one to nothing score. 

The player goes in hard and Poppins the opponent the classic gyration for misconduct. 

It’s the same player that had the tactical handling at the beginning of the game. 

His team now please down and scored to tie the match. 

The match goes to kicks from the Mark and the team with 10 players prevails. 

 It was a great game. 

This photo is Alex and Oscar from the previous match are you 19 girls middle.  It’s own story. But not as good. 


Sometimes you get a great game, NorCal state cup in Turlock


Some NorCal matches are uneven components like the ones I had yesterday. 

Today’s match meant something. It was boys. And it was a great match. 

Allen and Oscar were just enough team help. 

With a 1-2 score there was a comeback 3-2 final score. 

The next u19 girls match went to penalties however it was a less interesting match. 


State cup quarterfinals in Turlock


oscar and Matt were great help on a testy but easy u15 girls match. 

The match was fun. 


MVLA Spring league starts


this was a good under 15 boys game. 

Lots of energy on the field a couple of key calls to let the boys know that they could play safely and then the game got exciting with the pony cake two minutes from the end of regulation on a handball. 

Sean and Bob were good support making it easy for me the center to get the most all the calls correct. 


Last varsity boys match at gunn HS


Geoff and Jed and I had a great last varsity boys match. Exciting and a 3 to 2 final score.

Player #5 on Cupertino was the franchise. His two direct kicks that went around the wall and into the net were extraordinary.

Geoff had excellent coverage and good foul recognition during the match. A couple of good tactical fouls during the match.

The jv match before required a lot of game management too. The caution for the contact to the head and the two cautions I gave for PI showed the level of play was challenging on this last match of the season for the boys.


Last varsity boys match of the season at TAK


Joe P and Chris G and I four the last regular season Varsity match of the season.

Joe does such a good job.

Washington easily beat mission.

I got to take one goal out of the net with an off side call.

Let’s all do it again next year.


Varsity boys match at TAK


Chris did a fine job in the middle.

Modi and I provided support.

Now if only I could get the direction right in the second half.