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Published: Sunday, March 30 2014 7:05 p.m. MDT

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Cedar City, UT

Other than the fight identified in this article, I just do not think that there is any greater problem this year than any of the previous. Not every red card given in soccer is equivalent to a personal assault and should not be judged as such.


I am a high school soccer coach and referee. Soccer is not like any other sport. The rules are different and ejections happen more often because of those rules. However, one issue with UHSAA soccer referees is they do not have to be trained, they only have to pass an online open book test. We have many outstanding referees who do a great job and are subject to abuse from fans and coaches. Players take their cue from the adults. If the adults are abusive, so are the players. UHSAA referees do not have to pass a physical fitness test either. As a college referee, I do pass an annual fitness test. The game is meant to be physical, but the referee has to control the game using his voice, the whistle, AND cards. If the referee doesn't use their voice, a physical game can spiral out of control. Getting ANY referees is hard enough, but requiring training will make it tougher, but that is what we need.

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