Episode 44

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.

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TeamSnap Podcast host, Emily Cohen, dreams of living in a world where kids can enjoy sports for the pleasure of a well-hit ball, a faster time, or a corner goal – one without helicopter parents managing their every move. As a youth sports blogger, she’s been honored to write for TeamSnap for over half a decade, and now she’s taking her wit and wisdom to the airwaves with her new podcast that tackles issues relating to youth sports.

As a Cal grad and long-time Bay Area resident, Emily Cohen knows a thing or two about sports. With two very active teenage athletes, she is well-versed in bleacher-sitting and the conduct of sports parents – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some topics close to her heart include sideline etiquette, injury prevention, and good old-fashioned sportsmanship.

When she’s not on the tennis court, at a game, or managing her kids’ teams, she’s writing snappy marketing copy for technology companies, walking her dog, or learning to play the drums.

Follow Emily’s podcasts and learn more about how to support your children in their athletic pursuits at podcast.teamsnap.com. You can also follow Emily on Twitter at @emilygcohen or email her at [email protected]

Release Date: Nov 04 2015