The rookie ref I was to mentor last weekend showed up in full gear, shoes in his hand. I was startled. Continue reading “Getting dressed for the game – Rodric Leerling”
Last Saturday looked like a perfect day for a good match of football. It turned out to be totally otherwise. Everything that could go wrong, also went wrong. Continue reading “Meeting Murphy and his law on grass – Rodric Leerling”
Football refereeing brings together people of different backgrounds and personalities. We all share a similar passion which creates a bond. One of our friends has gone last week. A farewell. Continue reading “On the death of a fellow referee – Rodric Leerling”
This morning, I made the long awaited call to the Dutch FA. After numerous sessions with various medical specialists, I can resume reffing after more than a year absence. Continue reading “Green light to resume refereeing – Rodric Leerling”
Yesterday, all Dutch football referees received the long expected promotion/relegation update. Simply stated, the ‘greens’ are up and the ‘reds’ are down a division. Continue reading “The ref promo/relegation results are in. How about next season ref?”
Having worked as a freelancer for several years now, one tends to forget how it all started and how my career choice in 2004 has defined where I am today.
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Another rookie ref close to receiving his Dutch FA ref badge and the green light to ref games on his own. We bumped into each other at the sports complex – two guys who typically didn’t belong to either the club nor a team preparing to play. Continue reading “Did he really show a red card? Rodric Leerling”
To my surprise I was assigned to a rookie referee I accompanied at one of her first matches for the Dutch FA, late 2016. She proved to have made big progress.
Assigned as his mentor, I looked over the ref’s shoulder while performing the player pass check. I might have made a comment on a missing picture, but nothing really negative. Continue reading “A first: being harassed as ref mentor – Rodric Leerling”