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Ontario Soccer recently caught up with former FIFA Match Official Amato DeLuca for some tips and tricks on how to get Match Officials ready for upcoming matches and prepare properly for their seasons.
The Match Official should consider the following circumstances before the match:
Importance of the game, rivalry and previous games, result needed, goal difference and team set up.
Match Officials should consider the following circumstances during the match:
(During) all these circumstances, the Match Official should always take preventative measures, and always be alert of the abuse of fair play principles.
Remain calm. The use of humour is ok provided it is done fair and in good taste
Approachability - A player's strength of character means different players need a different approach methods.
Flexibility is good at times. Some of the rules can be slightly bent (not broken) for the good of the game.
Keep an eye on behaviours of the players. If the referee does not deal with certain situations the players act upon it themselves. If this happens the Match Official must recognize it and act accordingly to adjust player’s behaviour.
Recognize the physical challenges – are they fair or foul? Are they sending a message to the opponent?
The Match Official must know the laws of the game and be credible in their application.
Players can be managed by having a chat with the guilty players but for the Match Official’s credibility, they must be cautioned if they continue.
As for the youth Match Officials, they should not allow advantage – instead, just make the simple call. This will eliminate the need to manage players.
As for parents’ behaviour, the best way to deal with a difficult parent or spectator is to talk to the coaches and have them be responsible for their own spectators.
Coach management for youth Match Official should always be done in a respectful manner. Adults don’t like to have a young person yelling at them. The approach should be calm, don’t overreact. Simply tell them what is needed to be said (in regards to the match) and move on. Don’t threaten ejection at the first visit to the technical area. Be firm and with a good strong posture and body language. Do not show fear.
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