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Michigan Referee Program / Blog (Page 19)

After you call a foul in the attacking area, you often have to manage the defensive wall. Besides making sure that the wall is at least 10 yards away from the free kick location, what else do you have to manage? On a contested game,...

Ask yourself. When you are an assistant referee and the ball is on the other side of the field, how much attention do you pay to the ball/play versus the offside line in your half of the field? You know you need to be aligned...

When you manage the wall upon a free kick, which side of the wall do you go to? Have you ever made a conscious decision about it? Usually, it is better go outside (closer to the touchline) than inside (closer to the middle of the field)....

In your introductory referee class, you learned that the referee would run on a diagonal line so they can keep the play between themselves and an assistant referee. While this statement is true, the referee should not run on a diagonal "line." Their diagonal must...