The Challenges of Refereeing Soccer
Let's face it. Being a referee is a tough job. No matter what the level, no matter what the sport, refs are challenged, screamed at, and booed by players and spectators alike. In fact, according to the California North Referee Administration more than 5,500 refs from 2014 haven't registered for 2015, probably because of the treatment they receive on the field.
Clearly, something's not right here.
Randy Vogt, referee of over 9,000 soccer games and author of Preventative Officiating, joins us to discuss this growing trend of disrespect. How much does arguing with refs at the pro level influence similar behavior in the youth game? Why is it that the people who seem to know the least about the sport heckle the most? What role can coaches play in preventing this kind of treatment?
For a look into the life of a soccer referee, it doesn't get any better than this podcast.