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PRO offside test

The PRO (Professional Referee Organization) which assigns referees to professional soccer matches in MLS, USL, NASL, NWSL, etc. has released a training video they use for their assistant referees.

See how many you can get right: (Write down your answers. The answers are revealed half-way through as each clip is repeated with a pause at the time of the decision.)

Source:  http://www.proreferees.com/news-offside-test–pro-assistant-referee-training-camp.php


Denial of an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity by either deliberately handling the ball or by a foul/infraction that results in a free kick is punishable by a red card.  Guest instructor Lee Eichenbaum from NOCRA covered this topic in our March monthly meeting.

PRO’s Play of the Week this week  provides 3 videos of both DOGSO and non-DOGSO scenarios and gives a great graphic illustrating Direction of play, one of the  four “D” criteria referees use to determine if a scenario is an OGSO.  Remember, as the age and skill of the players gets lower, play must be at a narrower angle of attack and even closer to the goal before the opportunity can be considered obvious.

Here’s the link: http://www.proreferees.com/news-play-of-the-week—2014—wk4.php