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Taken from Power Point coaching presentation 24 May 2004

CONTROL

TIPS & TECHNIQUES

COLLINS ENGLISH DICTIONARY

CONTROL   noun

Power to direct something; curb or check.

 

         Be yourself

         Be in charge

         Key periods

         The 3 Cs

         Prevent frustration

         Serious foul play

         Dissent

         10 yards

         Teamwork & communication

         Body language

         Protect the skillful

 

BE YOURSELF

         You are who you are, so be true to yourself.

         Utilise strengths in your personality.

         Utilise your physical attributes.

         Remember when the pressure goes on people revert to type.

         This is not to say you cannot learn from other referees.

 

 

BE IN CHARGE

You are in charge of the game.

Your calls will dictate how the game will be played

Do not pre-judge a game, referee it on its own merits.

 

KEY PERIODS

         Be extra vigilant in the first 15mins of the first & second half to establish game control.

         Also during the last 15 - 20 minutes as fatigue becomes a factor. (this applies to referees as well as players)

 

THE THREE CS

  1. CLOSE
  2. CLOSE
  3. CLOSE!

         Be on the fringes of play so that you . . .

      - have the best view of the action

       - can influence player behaviour

 

PREVENT FRUSTRATION

         This will prevent violence.

         Call the seemingly simple holding fouls.

         This prevents a players tendency to lash out.

         Use a quiet word one on one if appropriate.

         Or use a public word one on one.

         Or a public word in general

 

SERIOUS FOUL PLAY

STAMP THIS OUT! ! !

 

         Over-ball tackles

         Tackles to the Achilles

         Use of the elbow(s)

         Off the ball fouls

 

DISSENT

Expect & accept criticism.

Do not accept public displays of dissent.

Abuse of ARs, visible gestures & confrontations to your face must be dealt with, & be seen to be dealt with.

 

10 YARDS (9.16m)

         You must get 10 yards at free kicks.

         Failure to do so will . . .

     - undermine your                           credibility

     - result in the erosion of control

         Step it out, asking the wall to come with you.

         Deal with encroachment sensibly.

 

TEAMWORK & COMMUNICATION

 

         Eye contact must be established as early as possible

 

         Use gestures/signals to . . .

    - reinforce teamwork.

    - aid in communication.

 

         This is so vital its importance cannot be overstated.

 

BODY LANGUAGE

         You need to read a players body language to judge his intent.

         Deal with sledging.

         Prevent off the ball holding/pushing.

         Diffuse aggressive attitudes that do not belong in the game.

 

PROTECT THE SKILLFUL

         Allow them the opportunity to exhibit their abilities.

         Provide a safe environment for skill to be showcased.

         The game will then flow & thats what makes the game of soccer a joy to watch.