The Midfielder
Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter
August 2018
Heartland Soccer Association 
Celebrates 40 Years of Soccer!
9161 W 133rd Street, Overland Park, KS 66213
Phone: 913-888-8768
Heartland Soccer Association is recognized as one
of the largest soccer leagues and tournament hosts in the country.
We offer recreational to premier divisions,  ages U8 through U19.
The "Quote" of the Month:
From Shane Hackett, Heartland Executive Director:

"I was thinking about how much I have enjoyed the game of soccer with each one of my kids over the years. I've been lucky enough to coach all of them and have time together on the field, practice, games and the car rides to and from. I have very specific wonderful memories of each one of them. I can remember Christian Hackett playing sweeper around 9 years old and taking the ball from the back and dribbling up the outside beating player after player. My buddy Steven Sitkowski was yelling on the sideline "he is going to do it, he is going to do it" the entire run. After dribbling the length of the pitch, Christian finished with a rocket over the keeper. I can still see it in my mind like it was yesterday and it happened over 20 years ago. I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday but I have so many wonderful memories of my kids playing." #blessed #soccerlegacy

Midwest All Girls
Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and 
Wyandotte Sporting Fields

October 5th-7th, 2018

This long-time classic tournament brings together thousands of girls on more than 300 teams from throughout the Midwest. Consider it an opportunity for your team to test itself against a concentration of female teams from many states.  You can expect opponents matched to your level of play with Gold, Silver and Bronze brackets.

*Registration deadline is September 3rd*

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Congratulations to the 2018 Heartland 5K
Participants and Winners!

Overall Male:
Jacob Bull
Connor Young
Behr Kitts
Overall Female:
Gigi Lofferdo
Katie Blend
Izzy Ross
Under 9 Male Winners:
Wyatt Carson
Braden Meuschke
Tristen Coates
Under 9 Female Winner:
Izzy Coates
10-14 Male Winner:
Jac Davies
10-14 Female Winner:
Cherry Yu
Dilyn Davies
15-19 Male Winners:
Conner Stanley
Hugo Yu
Alex Jashinski
15-19 Female Winners:
Katherine Edmunds
Maria Masroua
Jackie Sayers
20-49 Male Winners:
Will Lawrence
Brett Mayekawa
Tom Mura
20-49 Female Winners:
Shauna Lawrence
Nidni Jain
Limei Ma
50-69 Male Winners:
Miles Marshall
Ron Yu
50-69 Female Winners:
Bridgette Samuelson
Grechen Sayers
Diane Kingsley-Kendall
70+ Male Winner:
Earnest Kendall

Thank you to all our Sponsors 
for supporting  the Heartland Soccer 5K.

Kona Ice
For more information on partnering with Heartland Soccer and our 2019 5K please contact [email protected]t

This Month in History: August

U.S. Soccer was originally known as the United States Football Association. U.S. Soccer was formed on April 5, 1913 and on  August 15 of that year, was accepted as one of the earliest member organizations of FIFA and was the first from North America. The affiliation was temporary and at the following year's FIFA Congress in 1914, the USFA, as it was abbreviated at the time, was accepted as a full FIFA member. The governing body of the sport in the United States added the word "soccer" to its name in 1945, when it became the United States Soccer Football Association; by this point, "football" as a standalone word had come to define a totally different sport in the U.S. It dropped the word football from its name in 1974 to become known as the United States Soccer Federation.

Save the Date!

Heartland Midwest Classic
Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex
Aug. 31st - Sept. 2nd, 2018

Want to make sure your team plays a tournament at the world class Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex this season? Sign up now for the Heartland Midwest Classic. The tournament will be completed 
on Sunday  evening,  no games will be played on Labor Day  Monday. 
Guaranteed Acceptance and all games will be played at the World Class Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex. 

*Registration is closed

2017/18 Heartland Numbers

Fall league teams '18
Spring league teams '18
League players 
Tournament teams
Tournament players 
Dave & Buster's, Overland Park is now open! Be our guest and get $20 in FREE Game Play! Eat. Drink. Play. Watch Sports

Upload your favorite picture from the Heartland Spring 2018 season with  #Heartlandsoccer

Cold and wet!  #Heartlandsoccer

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The Lee's Summit Blackfire Soccer Club U12 boys took 2nd place in the USA Cup International  Soccer Tournament in Blaine, Minnesota.


Jonathan Jacques, Sporting Wichita 03 Elite, Winner of the U15 Golden Glove Award at National Presidents Cup

In kicks from the mark, Jonathan Jacquez came up big with the last save, allowing Sporting Wichita to claim the win.

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Soccer Nation Academy magical season ends as US Youth Soccer NATIONAL FINALISTS

Concussion ImPACT Testing

2018 Kansas State Cup/National Championship Series 

Who will be #TEAMKANSAS and on the #RoadtoTX?

2018 Presidents Cup 

Who will be #TEAMKANSAS and on the #RoadtoOH

Dear All,

We hope your season is starting off well and the players are having a great time. The weather is warm but the soccer is great.

One thing that we want to mention is the very positive reports we have been getting about player and coach behavior.

So far we have had 1 player red card, which was for two yellow cards, plus no ejections for coaches. We know that may not seem like a big deal, but when you are talking about 1300 teams and around 18,000 players we think it is hugely positive.

Our goal is always to have zero, but that is almost impossible for the players, as it is a contact sport and the rules lead to ejections for many different offences. However, from an adult/coach situation we should never be satisfied until the number is zero for the season.

We are constantly trying to improve our referee standards and to do that we have to have the younger officials learn the game while they are officiating. That takes bravery from them and patience from the coaches and parents at the games. We all want the product to be better so please stay patient and let the progress continue.

Thanks for everything you do.

~Heartland Staff
Aug 17-19
League Play
Aug 24-26
League Play
Aug 31-Sept 02
Heartland Midwest Classic Tournament
Sep 07-09
League Play
Sep 14-16
League Play
Sep 21-23
League play
Sep 28-Sep 30
League Play
Oct 05-07 Midwest All Girls Tournament / League Play
Oct 12-14 League Play
Oct 19-21 League Play
Oct 26-28
Rainout Weekend
Nov 02-04 Heartland Invitational Tournament - Girls
Nov 09-11 Heartland Invitational Tournament - Boys
Nov 18 Heartland Soccer Rock the Runway Fashion Show



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SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Referee Meetings

Referees of all ages and experience levels  are encouraged to attend Heartland's monthly referee meetings!  Join us to learn tips and tricks for ARs and Referees, fun games, vital information, and fabulous prizes!  Parents are always welcome.  

September 10
October 15
November 12

Mentors meet 6 - 6:45 pm and Referees meet 7 - 8:30 pm   
Meetings will be held at the "Steve D. Scheels" Training Center in the northwest corner of the second floor of the Scheels store located at:
Thank you Scheels!  
We appreciate your continued support of 
Heartland Soccer and 
our Referee Mentor Program.

The Referee Blog
Heartland Referees  - Ready for the Fall Season

Thursday, July 26 th , Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex (Fields 1 and 2):   In eight days the 2018 Fall Soccer season will kick off   at the Scheels Overland Park complex.  Have you seen the new turf? It is spectacular. The venues are ready to make sure you are playing on some of the best fields in the country.

Tryouts are over.  The teams for 2018-2019 are set.  The teams are practicing so they can get a fast start in their divisions.  The Heartland office is in full production mode getting the schedules ready.  The fans are excited and are looking forward to cheering on their teams. Over 80 Referees came out to the complex on Thursday night to rekindle relationships with their peers, to work on mechanics and decision making and to share pizza as they get ready for the new season also.  Thank you, Minsky's, for providing the pizza!

The stations were staffed with some of our mentors. Yes, the Mentor Program will also be back in the fall.  We know from our experience that while Referees are certified in the classroom they are made on the field of play.  This is the driver for the "Peer Mentoring Program" at Heartland. The goal of this Program is to accelerate effective Referee development by reviewing with the Referee team their specific performance in a game setting measured against proven basic skills.  This provides both support (everyone knows that we are working with the Referees to help them get better) and specific skill development for the Referees.

In addition to stressing the importance of having the correct uniform and equipment, what did your Referees work on during the July 26 th session?
  • Fitness:  We created teams and had a series of relay races that worked on sprinting, side stepping, running backwards and combinations of these skills.  You could see the competitiveness in their performances. They know that being fit is what we all expect from our officials.
  • Decisions and Assistant Referee Mechanics :  Side stepping and sprinting.  Stopping and delivering a professional signal.  These were the AR mechanics we stressed in the second station.  Remembering who is attacking and who is defending is critical to making the right decision.  We made them think and they delivered with enthusiasm.
  • Decisions by the Referee and AR/Referee communications :  Was the play in the Penalty Area?  This exercise worked on being close enough to make that call.  What about goal line decisions? Heartland relies on our Assistant Referees to be the goal line technology.  Getting to the goal line and having effective communications between the Referee and the Assistant Referees was the focus of this station.
  • Correctly making Offside decisions :  We put them to the test of making decisions using the PRO AR offside exercise .  You can test yourself by going to this link and watching the video.  We will have more to say about this important Referee function in our Referee Corner article in this newsletter.
Entry Level Clinics also started in July.  117 new Referees will earn their certification this weekend and there are classes forming for August too (your opportunity to get on the field). The Referee program is working hard to bring you the safest and most fair playing experience for this Fall season.
Is it possible that the young person doing your match this fall could someday be appointed to a World Cup match?  Many of our Referees will be wearing their Heartland Referee shirts. The mantra is "Preparing for 2026". Our job is to behave in a way that will get them coming back every week, so they can develop their skills and with hard work reach their full potential.
When you come to your first matches for the Fall season, remember the lessons from the last season:
  • Decisions can be hard to make
  • Decisions don't always come out the way we want them to
  • Players and Referees learn from each decision they make
  • And, No One is Perfect
Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your Heartland Soccer experience.
Your Referees

US Youth Futsal has launched a new logo and  website:

2017 and 2018 Tournament Numbers
(number of teams)

Border Battle '18
KC Champions Cup '18 436
Mother's Day Classic '18 sponsored by Holiday Inn Express-Shawnee 431
KC Invitational '18
Fall Kick Off Challenge '18
Heartland Midwest Classic '17
Midwest All Girls '17
ALDI Heartland Invitational Girls  '17
ALDI Heartland Invitational Boys '17

*In the last 12 months Heartland welcomed teams
 from a total of 17 states and Canada.



ODP registration is open for the 2018/19 year! 

Please visit our  P hase I page for more details! We look forward to working with the  players next year!
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2018 Fall Season Is Underway!

Overland Park, Kansas.  Heartland Soccer Association's  Fall  League has 1,264 teams competing. The season  kicked off on August 3rd and will run through the end of October with the Rain out weekend set for October 26-28. 

On top of the astonishing league numbers, Heartland will host 4 tournaments (5 weekends) this Fall; which started with the Fall Kick Off Challenge held on August 10-12th. 

As if league and tournament play wasn't enough, the biggest news expected to come out of the Fall 2018 season will be the opening of the Olathe Soccer Complex in Olathe, Kansas. We are excited for the players to get to play at another world class facility!

The Pink Party at Menorah is a celebration that kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Come out and enjoy complimentary food & drinks, pampering shopping, free gifts, and learn about breast care from our medical experts.

2018 Fall Kick Off Challenge is in The Books!

The first tournament of the fall season is complete! August 10-12th, Heartland welcomed in 207 teams for the 2018 Fall Kick Off Challenge. This tournament is the newest addition to the series and featured three levels of play  (Gold, Silver and Bronze). Everyone had a great time and we are so proud of each and every player. Congratulations to all the players and coaches and thanks to all the families, staff and sponsors in helping create an amazing weekend to kick off our fall season!

REGISTER NOW: 2018-2019 Girls Fall State Tournaments!

2018-2019 Fall Girls U15-U19
Kansas State Tournaments at Swope Soccer Village
October 25 th -30 th , 2018
Registration Deadline - September 3 rd , 2018

State Cup
State Cup Champions will advance to the 2019 Midwest Regional Championships in Saginaw, Michigan June 21st-26th, 2019!

Midwest Regional Champions will advance to play at the 2019 USYS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS in  OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS
July 22nd-28 th , 2019!

Presidents Cup
State Presidents Cup Champions will advance to the 2019 Midwest Presidents Cup in  OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS
July 13th-17th, 2019!!! 

Midwest Presidents Cup Champions will advance to the 2019 National Presidents Cup in Murfreesboro, TN July 10th-14th, 2019! 

Two opportunities to represent #TeamKansas in your home state!!!

Dave Barry: On Father's Day, don't forget the soccer dads - or their 'warrior' daughters
Miami Herald
June 14, 2018 

This Father's Day I want to sing the praises of soccer dads. I am one. My daughter, Sophie, started playing youth soccer 14 years ago, when she was 4 years old and roughly the same height as the more mature dandelions on the field. Back then my primary responsibility as a soccer dad was to stand on the sideline with the other parents and shout "Sophie, kick the ball!" several hundred times per game.

Not that it helped. Sophie went two solid years without ever kicking the ball. You think I'm exaggerating, but I am not. Sophie has always been a cautious, meticulous person; she hates to do the wrong thing. Even at age 4, she was afraid that, if she kicked the ball, she might kick it in the wrong direction (not that there really is a "wrong direction" in 4-year-old soccer). Sophie's strategy back then was to hover near the ball, frowning at it with concern, but to leave the actual, physical kicking of the ball up to the other players.

As years passed, Sophie's soccer skills greatly improved, and my role shifted from shouting "Kick the ball!" to shouting "Offside!" Offside is a rules infraction in soccer that nobody truly understands. We parents like to shout it from time to time to indicate to the referee that we are on top of things.

Our team's parents shout quite a bit during games. Perhaps at times we shout too much. We cannot help ourselves: We are a Miami team, mostly Hispanic, and it is in not in our nature to be quiet. Two Miami people can make more noise greeting each other in an elevator than the entire city of Des Moines makes on New Year's Eve.

So, yes, we parents are loud on the sidelines. I will go so far as to say that sometimes we might sound obnoxious, especially if you're a parent from the opposing team. But I love us anyway. We've been through a lot together: We've driven countless miles to games and tournaments, and we've spent many nights in hotels with questionable hygiene standards, where, if you listen carefully, lying in your room in the dark, you'd swear you can hear, over the rattle of the ancient air conditioner, the sound of mold growing. We've watched a million games from our folding chairs on the sideline. We've been rained on more than a Vietnamese rubber plantation. We've cheered our girls when they won, and we've hugged them when they lost (while assuring them that the only reason they lost was that the other team was offside).

And along the way, we parents have bonded. I am not ashamed to say I love these people. I love our parent-coaches, Motor and Deano. That's right: we have a coach called "Motor." His actual name is Antonio Paz, but everybody calls him "Motor" because he's always running. Our other coach is Deano Nunez. We call him "Deano" because that is his name.

Motor is an optimistic extrovert; Deano is a pessimistic introvert. Motor could talk the bark off a tree; Deano would stand around saying nothing until the tree became uncomfortable and started talking just to break the ice.

Motor and Deano have starkly contrasting coaching styles. If a player does something wrong, Motor will yell something encouraging, like "Good try! I like the idea!" Whereas on the same play Deano will turn away and grab his head with both hands, silently expressing the concept of "NOOOOOO."

But they're both great coaches, and I love them. I also love the moms on our team - strong, beautiful, passionate Hispanic women, all of them warm and caring and nurturing, unless they think you are a threat to their children, in which case you will die.

But it's my fellow dads I want to talk about here. We may not be as sensitive or thoughtful as the moms, but we have one quality that every soccer team needs: a willingness to try, against all odds, to erect the team tent.

A soccer tent is a canopy-style structure that is designed and engineered so that, if properly cared for, it will give you as many as four or five uninterrupted minutes of trouble-free service before it begins to deteriorate into a useless wad of bent metal and torn fabric. Pretty much every soccer tent I have ever dealt with, no matter how new, was in its death throes.

Traditionally it is the role of the team dads to grapple with the tent before and after each game, despite the very real risk of pinched fingers. If you wanted to design a statue honoring soccer dads, it could be based loosely on the famous Iwo Jima statue, except instead of courageous young Marines struggling to raise a flagpole, it would be middle-aged men wrestling with what appears to be a huge mutant bat.

Over the years I have fought many a tent with the dads on our team. I've also enjoyed many a road-trip meal with our team parents, and hoisted many a postgame beverage in the hotel bar. I've loved all of it, and I'm truly sorry that, after 14 years, it's coming to an end. I'm writing these words shortly before Sophie and her teammates will play their last soccer game. After that - this is my idea, anyway - we will ceremonially shoot the tent.

And then soccer will be over. Next year our daughters will be in college, and we'll have our weekends back. 

Except I don't want my weekends back. I want to keep spending them on the sidelines with my fellow soccer parents, watching our daughters play a truly great game.

A word about that: If you've never watched girls, especially older girls, play organized soccer, you might think that they play a less-intense version of the sport than boys do. Wrong. Granted, the boys are bigger, faster and stronger, and the pace of their game reflects that. But the boys also tend to be much more likely to whine about fouls, to dive, to flagrantly overact in hopes of getting a call, to preen and strut when they score a goal, like the pro soccer players they worship. It may be counterintuitive, but it's true: On the soccer field, boys tend to be dramatic.

Girls do not. During the game, they're all business - their faces impassive, their demeanor stoic. But they are just as passionate as the boys, just as aggressive, just as physical, just as tough and - yes - just as dirty. They shove and get shoved, elbow and get elbowed, knock people down and get knocked down. Sometimes they exchange words, and sometimes, when they're not too close to the parents' sideline, one of them may drop an f-bomb. They are not fragile flowers out there, not after all these years in the sport. They are warriors.

When the game is over, win or lose, our girls shake hands with their opponents. Then they gather by their bench for some postgame analysis and words of encouragement from Coach Motor, and possibly even a grunt of approval from Coach Deano.

Then they walk, or in some cases limp, across the field to where we parents are waiting. That's my favorite moment: to see my daughter, who was once too scared to kick the ball, now a confident young woman, walking shoulder-to-shoulder with her teammates, her fellow warriors, all of them hot and sweaty, grass-stained and grimy, battered and bruised but happy to be together, laughing about something that happened in the game, rejoicing in the special bond they have.
At that moment I think they are the most beautiful girls in the world. And I am the luckiest dad.

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03 Sporting Wichita Elite National Presidents Cup CHAMPIONS!

Last year they felt heart break...this year they set out for redemption in a dream season

Final Match Highlights:

U15 Boys  03 Sporting Wichita Elite (KS) defeated Heat FC 02 AS (NV) in kicks from the  mark to crowned the U15 Boys National Presidents Cup Champions!  Before the shootout, both sides had scored three goals each. Sporting Wichita opened up the scoring in the 13th minute as a corner kick led to a volley from Muntader Almaliky, but Heat FC retaliated immediately with a goal from Alan Lopez two minutes later. Sporting Wichita went into halftime with a 2-1 lead as Almaliky scored his third goal of the event. Seven minutes into the second half, Jair Coronel leveled the game and Omar Coronel stole the lead for Heat FC with his goal shortly after. Just as the game was about to end in Heat FC's favor, Sporting Wichita's Jackson Heckart tied up the match for the third time, taking the two teams to overtime. In kicks from the mark, Jonathan Jacquez came up big with the last save, allowing Sporting Wichita to claim the win.

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   Papa J ohn's Heartland Referee Spotlight:

Q&A with Rina:

When did you start referring?
I was certified to be a referee on July 20th, 2017. 

What made you decide to get certified to referee?
I wanted to be a referee because I love the game of soccer and I want to be a police officer or be in the army. I thought being a referee would help me better understand how to enforce laws and when to enforce them. I try to make sure that the players are safe, because that's my job. I don't referee for the money; I referee because I simply enjoy the game!    

What is your favorite part about reffing?
My favorite part about reffing is being part of the game. I play soccer myself, reffing has just made it easier to understand the game better. I love interacting with the kids on the field. I have fun while doing it and I never pick favorites.

What is a life lesson you feel you have learned from reffing?
I have learned a lot about being a referee, it actually pushed me more towards wanting to be in the armed forces. It has also helped me to be a better soccer player and it has helped me to have a good work ethic, because I always love doing extra games, and when it's nice out, I bike the three miles to the Scheels Complex to referee! 

What level of referee do you aspire to be?
I want to get as far as possible as a referee, I want to do my job well. I would like to be level 1 if that's possible. I watched the Russia World Cup, I was paying close attention to the referees and the calls they made. I think after watching them I will make better and crisp calls, and not be scared to put up my flag or blow the whistle. There is lots of stereotyping, saying girls can't do things, I want to show them that they are wrong!

Do you participate in any sports or activities?
I was a varsity bowler at my High School as a freshman at Blue valley West. I plan on trying out for the basketball team, because I love basketball! During summer, spring, and winter break, I volunteer for YVC (Youth Volunteer Corps), I have 250+ hours of volunteer hours with them. In 8th grade I received the presidents award for over 150+ hours of service. I love the opportunity to help those who need help, or working at a animal shelter to make sure animals are ready to be adopted, I also volunteer at Head Starts, and chill with little kids. I go to Camp Wood in Elmdale, Kansas for about 2-3 weeks during summer as well. I love to babysit kids as a second job other than reffing. I go to the lake a lot; I love to tube and play around on our wave runner. I have my boating license and I am a certified referee, I love it! 

What was the last book you read? 
The last book I read was Dear John by Nicholas Sparks, it is a romance book and it is also a movie. It is about when a soldier John Tyree (Channing Tatum) meets an college student, Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), it's a strong romance book. Over the next seven years Savannah gets separated by John's increasingly dangerous deployment, the two stay in touch through their letters, meeting in person only rarely. It's a great book and the movie is really good as well, one of my favorite actresses, Amanda Seyfried is in it, I don't want to spoil it! But I loved the whole book although it was sad when John had to leave for his deployment.

What types of movies do you like? 
I love action and romance movies. The last movie I remember watching was Mamma Mia, again having not one but both of my favorite actresses Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep! It is another romance movie, I have watched it more times than I can count, I was super excited to hear there was a second one coming out. I loved the whole movie, there was nothing to hate about it, the singing and acting was awesome! Rush Hour was also another movie I watched, it has Jackie Chan.

What is your favorite sports team?
My favorite soccer team is Manchester United from England, my favorite NBA basketball team is Golden State Warriors.

E at Fresh at Minsky's - and Save 20%

Take a break from the heat this summer at Minsky's Pizza! Being outside in the heat of summer can take a toll on your body, so eat at Minsky's and fill your body with the fresh fuel you need. Lighten things up with one of our three seasonal summer salads!

Summer Salad : Summer-fresh strawberries, 
juicy mandarin oranges and red onion on a bed  of crisp romaine. Topped with candied walnuts  and our soon-to-be-famous raspberry walnut 

Quinoa Salad : Salad mix, mandarin oranges, roma tomato, cucumber and kalamata olives. Topped with our lite Italian cilantro vinaigrette.

Chicken Caesar Salad: Romaine lettuce, Romano, red onions and pimentos. *try it blackened if you like!

Salads not your first choice? From pizza and pasta options, hot sandwiches and calzones, to our gluten-free and dairy free selections, we have delicious alternatives to satisfy most every taste! At Minsky's, we choose only the freshest ingredients - the quality of our hand-cut veggies, finest meats and hand-crafted dough speak for themselves. Just one bite and you'll taste exactly why we've been voted the best in Kansas City time and time again!  

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The Referee Corner
Law 11 - Offside Again: 

Law 11 is one of the shortest Laws of the Game but continues to be one of the most misunderstood Laws of the Game.  This month's Referee Corner will once again share this important Law with the goal of helping all of us better understand what factors the Referee and Assistant Referees use when evaluating an Offside infraction in your team's matches.

Let's start off by sharing one of the videos that every certified Referee goes through in their first day of class,  The Offside Rule explained in 2 minutes . You can click on the link to view this quick overview.  Sounds simple, right? Did you go to the PRO training exercise?  If you haven't, go there now  PRO AR offside exercise and test yourself.  If you didn't get 100%, don't get discouraged.  Nobody got them all right on Thursday either. This exercise highlights the many moving parts of the offside infraction and how much focus needs to be applied by the Assistant Referees.  Think about how you could get more correct and what changes in focus would make that difference.

Offside Position is the easier part to understand because it is defined as being closer to the opponent's goal line than either the 2nd to the last defender or the ball.  Assistant Referees are trained to focus on the 2nd to the last defender and to position themselves even with this person.  The challenge is to keep your focus on this person when the fun stuff is happening around the ball.

Position is black and white.  Agreed? But soccer is a dynamic and always moving game.  What is the next condition we need to concentrate on to correctly make an offside decision?  It is the timing of the touch by the player's team mate. The Law says you need to be in an offside position at the moment the ball is played or touched by a team mate.  This means expanding your field of focus on both the position of the 2nd last defender and the ball so you can tell when the ball was last touched by a team mate.  If you did the PRO exercise you understand how important this focus is in making a proper decision.  Multiple moving pieces to the decision. Assistant Referees are making judgements based on all these moving components.  Experience is key to correctly judging the components for an infraction. 

Finally, the decision is made based on active involvement which means:
  • Interfering with play by playing a ball played or touched by a team mate
  • Interfering with an opponent by preventing them from playing the ball or obstructing their line of vision
  • Gaining an advantage when the ball has deflected off the goal post, cross bar, match official or an opponent or if the ball was deliberately saved by any opponent (i.e., a save is when a player stops or attempts to stop a ball which is going into or very close to the goal with any part of the body except the hands/arms unless it is the goal keeper within the Penalty Area).
Do they sometimes miss an offside infraction?  It is safe to say that might happen. Do they sometimes make the wrong decision?  Again, this could happen. Do they get it right sometimes? Definitely. It is always an easy decision?  Probably not very often. Does it build their confidence when they are able to make the correct decision in front of players, coaches and you the fans?  Always.
You now know what the Assistant Referee is thinking about before they raise the flag.  Think along with them and congratulate them for making the decision because you now know it isn't that easy.

The Coaches Corner:
This month's session is from Tactical Practices of the Pros
Diagram 62

Training Overlaps

This is a game situation developing the overlapping theme using simple examples of overlap runs in a 4 v 4 game.  For simplicity and to ensure overlaps are practiced, from throw-ins or goal kicks, set the condition that the opposition can't move until a non-competitive overlap has been performed.  Once this has been done, and the overlapping player has received the ball, the opponents can begin to play.

Every time a player passes the ball forward in the game, they must perform an overlap move with the receiver.  This shows a pass and overlap run from (3) working with receiver (4) who brings the ball inside to create more space outside for the run of (3).

If successfully performed in a wide area (where most overlaps will occur), then in this example, (2) is now making a run into space to receive the cross.

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All premier and recreational coaches  that currently have an "F" license are eligible to coach. Any coach without a current license is temporarily eligible to coach until the new US Soccer Grassroots courses are available on line.
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