On February 3, 2012, the FA issued a statement “confirm[ing] that [John Terry] will not captain the England team until […]
Handling, or not, that is the question: Did Dowd and Webb get it right?
Referee decisions involving the offense known as “handling the ball” almost always stir controversy. Those that result in penalty kicks […]
Did Vincent Kompany deserve to be dismissed???
We have no idea how Mancini could think that the appeal would be successful. After all, the FA requires that […]
Instant Replays in MLS: To Review… or Not to Review?
We have lots to cover in this discussion, so let’s get right to it. The introduction of Official Reviews (use […]
Fast Track at 40: Meet Robert Sibiga, MLS’ newest Referee
Every year or two, we read with great interest about the arrival of a new referee in Major League Soccer, […]
MLS Referee Alan Kelly’s five star performance at the Citrus Bowl.
At last! It’s been long coming and, quite frankly, we thought we would never seen it. But, it finally arrived. […]
Effective Refereeing: From Minute 1, Be Ready… for Anything!
One of my recurring criticisms of MLS Referee performances this season is that on too many occasions, officials seemed hesitant, […]
MLS Players kicking while they’re down: Upon review, why the obsession?
The World Cup has been over for a month, but I still can’t get the image of Joe Fletcher’s infamous […]
Player-Management skills and proper use of cautions.
Fellow sports enthusiasts, it’s been one euphoric weekend here in Los Angeles… for pretty much everyone except Donald Sterling. First, […]
MLS Referee spoils the game: Send-off for 2nd caution unfairly tips the balance!
Back in 2001 (plus or minus a year), when I was cutting my teeth as a National Referee, we welcomed […]