“Always a challenge: dealing with critical game moments” – Rodric Leerling

“Always a challenge: dealing with critical game moments” – Rodric Leerling

Rodric Leerling, Leerling.biz, Sales Power Provider, RefRod

I sure had my moment last Saturday. The beaten home coach referred to this while shaking hand afterwards and said “you surely had your key moments ref”. He was referring to a collision in mid air during  the 1st half, in the goal area, between his attacker, an away defender and goalie. The latter fell and dropped the ball as a result, and the attacker scored. I decided a foul in my mind, even before the ball was played again and blew the whistle.

I told him as response that talking about my call mid 1st half was “water under the bridge”. In fact, if his own attackers would have scored the one or two obvious scoring opportunities we wouldn’t have had this conversation.

But I still want to know who pushed who. The attacking player claimed the two away team mates bumped into each other and he “wasn’t involved at all” (which normally means he was). I explained it as attacker pushing defender first. Neither video, nor an assistant to consult. Just me and my mental registration of the split moment. I will have one ‘alternative report’ in the mail though soon – from my assessor. I didn’t noticed him during the game (hidden on the big grandstand) but found a picture on his Facebook page being on the spot, so there’s definitely a report to expect. Let’s see what he thinks of it.

All in all, it was a good game. No cards needed, with just a few verbal cautions in an overall fast and fair game. I felt pretty good about most decisions. Had a slight injury playing up during 2nd half which slowed me down for few minutes. Let’s see if the assessor noticed that too.

One thought on ““Always a challenge: dealing with critical game moments” – Rodric Leerling

  1. I got the assessor’s report this week. A very positive report, I am proud to say. Without even mentioning the disapproved goal. “Defensive and preventive reffing helped the ref control the game from start to finish”. At each free kick close to the goal, I took the right position. Judged the game well and let both teams play. All I want to hear. Two excellent reports this season and a perfect score on the rules test. Who can stop me?


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