It goes without saying that match officials of any stripes – but particularly soccer referees – will, at some point in their careers, face abusive behavior. This abuse can come from various sources, including players, coaches, parents and/or fans. It occurs in low level games, even those involving kids, and at the highest levels. Abuse can take many forms such as offensive language, veiled and explicit threats and physical assaults resulting in injuries and even deaths. Sadly, such abusive behavior is becoming more common place than we would like to admit and major leagues and soccer governing organizations would like to acknowledge. Facing little or no support from their local, regional or even national referee organizations, many referees believe that such abuse is simply part of their job description and “deal” with it on their own or simply accept it. AND THEY SHOULD NOT!