Referee – it’s the most thankless job in sports. Senior correspondent Rick Westhead takes a look at the people wearing the stripes and the state of officiating technology. The 2-part TSN Original series “Ref, You Suck” is available here.
Congratulations to our very own Silviu Petrescu on officiating his 150th MLS match between Real Salt Lake and the Philadelphia Union! It wasn’t an easy game as Silviu had three VAR decisions, a possible dismissal, an offside, and the ball in and out of play leading to a goal. He also had five cautions throughout the eventful night. Silviu had this to say about reaching the milestone. “To reach 150 games in the middle in the MLS was my dream come true. When I did the 1st game in Toronto in 2007, I didn’t expect this long run in my soccer career, but with hard work and commitment and support from your family everything is possible.” We wish him all the best as he continues to referee both in the MLS and CPL.
Ever wonder how all the referees communicate on the field? Or what goes on when making a decision? This excellent clip from the 2018 FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea gives a fantastic look into what goes into a big time VAR decision.
With the season winding down one of the last things most people are probably thinking of is fitness training. That being said with the lack of games now is a great time to take advantage of the open evenings and open fields to maintain the fitness you have achieved and get ready to go into the winter months. If you follow the link in this post you will find 100 exercises for soccer referees. These range from preparation for fitness tests (never to early to start) and exercises that mimic positioning on the field. So grab a buddy and get out there!
We all see the top level referees when we watch on tv but what is it like to referee from the grassroots and up in England? BT Sport put out a fantastic mini-doc on refereeing in England and it does an excellent job showcasing the different levels referees find themselves at throughout their careers. From grassroots Sunday league to dealing with players making millions of dollars this video has valuable lessons for all referees. And just because it has Howard Webb it doesn’t mean it isn’t worth watching!
We had the pleasure of welcoming Justin Tasev to our meeting to talk about Mass Confrontation Do’s and Don’ts. Justin is an OS Assessor and former National Referee who brought an engaging presentation that allowed us to learn about the reasons for mass confrontation and how to handle them. Thank you Justin for the informative talk and we look forward to the next time you share your wisdom and experience with the Assocation! We’ll have big news to share soon about who our next guest speakers are, we look forward to you joining us!
If you have watched the MLS at all over the past 10 years you will more than likely have seen Silviu Petrescu adjudicating the laws of the game from the middle. Whether it is the 401 Derby between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact or a World Cup qualifying match, Petrescu has been refereeing at the highest level for decades.
With over 120 matches in the middle in the MLS the former FIFA referee has been refereeing in the MLS since 2006. During his MLS career Petrescu has received many awards including the 2012 MLS Referee of the year as well as being given the Cup Final that year.
Born in Romania, Petrescu started his soccer career as a player, playing for Metrom Brasov before making the transition to refereeing in 1987. After refereeing in Divizia B Petrescu immigrated to Canada in 1995 and continued with his refereeing career. In 2002 he became a listed FIFA official, a position he would hold until 2015.
A career that includes many international fixtures and tournaments, Petrescu was also a tournament official when Canada hosted the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007. Petrescu can still be seen refereeing in the MLS, he has refereed over 122 games since 2006, been the 4th official in over 60 matches, and many more as VAR.
This past February he became a certified instructor and has been educating the next generation of referees as well as contributing to the South West Soccer Referee’s Association in the role of Director of Education. We look forward to continuing to learn from such a distinguished referee.
Waterloo Minor Soccer is donating field time for Match Officials Development at Bechtel Park on the following times:
March 17th 11am to 1pm.
March 20th 6pm to 8pm.
March 24th 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each session will be instructed by Canada Soccer accredited Instructors and this will provide an outstanding opportunity for Match Officials to practice their officiating skills in a supportive and friendly environment. The sessions will consist of practical training drills focusing on fitness and decision making. If you are interested in attending any of the sessions please register at: http://bit.ly/2018-SWRSA-Waterloo-MO-Training
All Match Officials are encouraged and welcome to attend – this is an excellent opportunity to improve your skills, network with fellow officials/mentors/assignors and prepare for the upcoming season.
Waterloo Minor Soccer is looking for a part-time Match Official Manager.
Under the direction of the Technical Director, the Match Official Manager will be responsible for the management of all matters directly relating to referees including but not limited to: education, development, assigning and administrative duties within the Club.
See the link below for more details.
You know you’ve always wanted to, but can a referee score a goal and have it count? SB Nation has a Youtube show called Weird Rules where they investigate weird instances in the wide world of sports and in this episode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGRenWtHPgM they investigate this very question. Moving past the obvious question of whether you would be coordinated enough to actually kick the ball in a meaningful manner (I mean we are referees for a reason) would it count? Watch and find out about the referee who did!