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Referee Ricardo Portillo dead after player assault.

b2ap3_thumbnail_refereeRiccardo-Portillo.jpgThe shocking and disturbing news in the last couple of days of the death of a soccer referee in Salt Lake City leaves us all sad, numb and in disbelief


The referee, Ricardo Portillo, 46 died in hospital where he was being treated following the assault on Saturday night last.


A 17-year-old player who punched the referee after he gave him a yellow card was arrested.


A daughter of the late Mr Portillo said she had been told by witnesses that the player hit her father on the side of the head “when he was writing down his notes.”


This is not the first time that a referee has been attacked and killed by thugs masquerading as soccer players.


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Goalkeeper Jerseys, Gloves & Gear from!

It is safe to say that the amount of effort and dedication a goalkeeper puts into every game is unique. And it’s not just about saving a ball from going into the net but a whole lot more. It’s about constantly motivating the defenders as well as other teammates to level up their game. It’s about keeping calm under pressure knowing he or she is the last man (or woman) standing between the goal and the opposing team scoring. Without any doubt, the efforts of a goalkeeper can – and do - make a huge difference in the game. It is, therefore, imperative for him/ her to own good quality goalkeeping gear, including goalkeeper jersey, pair of goalkeeper gloves, goalkeeper padded pants or shorts and goalkeeper socks. With superior quality goalkeeper gloves, goalkeeper jerseys, shorts and pants one can expect to make crucial saves during a match.


I. Goalkeeper Jerseys.


Goalkeeper JerseyA goalkeeper jersey must therefore be highly durable, comfortable and breathable.  A good goalkeeper jersey must be of the highest quality in order to enhance the performance of the goalkeeper. Therefore, purchasing a high quality goalkeeper jersey should be carefully made as a good quality goalkeeper jersey will help a goalkeeper to maintain his/her edge and sharpness during the game. For this reason, offers only superior quality goalkeeper jerseys. For example, the Martinique Goalkeeper Jersey features new and improved protective elbow padding and is made of ActiveMax high-tech fabric that offers comfort by increasing the airflow to the body. This Goalkeeper Jersey also sports great and unique design, including Reflex-Vision accents, gradient sublimated design and piping finish on sleeves.  Goalkeeper JerseyGoalkeeper Jerseys offered by SoccerSuperstoreUSA are available in multiple sizes, including youth and adult sizes, and in variety of color combinations.  Goalkeeper Jerseys are also available in long-sleeves and short-sleeves. They also come in unique pattern designs. These jerseys were designed with goalkeeping in mind so they feature elbow padding, reinforced construction and superior fabrics for excellent moisture control o always keep your body cool and comfortable.  So, if you are looking to buy the best goalkeeper jersey at an affordable price, all you need to do is to purchase it from a

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Keep Them Guessing...

b2ap3_thumbnail_gameshot.jpgBack when I was a player in high school, I came across this particular referee during one of my games who has left me with a long lasting memory and added a clever game management trick to my referee tool kit that I like to use every once in a while. As I was finishing my warmup, the referee crew had summoned the captains for the coin toss so I made my way toward the gathering. It seemed that his character was that of a standup comedian and he had his assistants chuckling by the time I had arrived. I thought to myself that this was a nice change of pace from the older, grumpier officials that I was used to. 

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Soccer Referee Uniforms offered by is a specialty store that offers a wide selection of soccer-only products, including soccer referee starter kits, soccer referee uniform packages, soccer referee jerseys, soccer referee shorts and soccer referee socks.


According to the Advice to Referees issued by the United States Soccer Federation, soccer “referees may wear only the gold primary jersey or the black, blue, red, or green alternate jerseys.” You can purchase all soccer referee jerseys in approved colors and in a new updated bold USSF style stripe design at offers soccer referee jerseys at two price points: professional soccer referee jerseys and economy soccer referee jerseys.


Soccer Referee JerseyThe Professional Soccer Referee Jersey comes in a new updated bold USSF style stripe design and is made of Cooltec performance fabric that keeps your body cool. The professional soccer referee jersey also features raglan sleeve and a true-to-size cut for a more comfortable fit, max-stay collar ensures a professional look, two large front flap pockets with Velcro closures and built in pen channel and hook and loop badge holder on the left pocket. This soccer referee jersey also comes is cut and style for a woman soccer referee. The Women Soccer Referee Jersey was designed by women for the woman referee.

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What I Wish I'd Known as a First Year Ref.





The New Referee's Shopping List


I promise not to sell you a bill of goods on this one. I'm only going to talk about the stuff I found useful. As you progress in your career, there may be other accessories you want to add, but the basics are:



  • Jersey: Gold should be the first color you buy. Whether your first jersey is short or long sleeve is dependent on your climate. I referee in California, so I opted for short sleeve.
  • Black shorts: They should have pockets in front and back, to store your coin and cards.
  • Socks: Depending on where you referee, either the three-stripe or the USSF logo socks will be acceptable; some leagues care more than others.
  • Shoes: I would consider two things when it comes to shoes:
    • Cleats will work on some surfaces, but not all. If you own soccer cleats and are comfortable with them, that's fine, but, as with other clothing items, the predominant color should be black.
    • Turf shoes are a good bet for short to medium grass, and are ideal for indoor.
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