The away coach seemed decent and polite at the pre-match introduction. We had a short conversation about their previous match and I noticed in my records they needed the points today in order to avoid relegation from the high U19 group. Continue reading “Refusing to leave – Rodric Leerling”
I’m reading more and more unfortunate reports of molested refs these days. Being hit by players or spectators who didn’t agree with their ruling. But behold, a new generation of refs is about to step in…. and has done so during the last couple of years. Continue reading “Boring new referees – Rodric Leerling”
Last weekend I was assigned a rookie ref with an experienced radiation. But with this kind of confidence, you can also go too far or make wrong judgments. Continue reading “Don’t mess with my assistant – 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”
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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It apparently is known as the ‘referee’s ear’. I never heard of it before (…) but ever since I have this ringing noise in my head, I started to connect the dots. Continue reading “Check your whistle ref! – Rodric Leerling”
The rookie ref this weekend wasn’t that young. In fact, he told me he had been serving several football clubs as club referee and now wanted to join the Dutch FA. He needed more challenge and variation in this assigned games. Continue reading “Rookie Refs Can Be Lazy – Rodric Leerling”
For an amateur referee it’s always fun entering the football Season Finale. During the next four weeks, teams that can earn promotion or are about to relegate get to play each other in play-offs. Refs will work in turns with FA appointed trio’s, where normally each ref has to work his games alone (with club AR support).
Refs who prefer to work together can request to be formed as trio for the set of games, but most of us just wait for the teams to be organised by the FA. I’ve had some good and bad experiences with that. Two years ago, we worked as refs from the same town. Me and my ref mate from a higher league and one lower ranked ref whom we knew very well. You don’t need much time to explain how you want your game to be runned. It worked very well and we covered each other’s back when needed.
But last year was different. Me and my ref mate from the same league were now mixed with another lower ranking ref who was about to end his career. Or at least, that’s what he oozed through his AR performance at each game. And when we got a real (surprise) final to ref, he was listed as CR. This guy, really? If he wasn’t able to handle a flag decently, how would he perform as CR? No good physical condition, no guts to take measures, no communication.
Let me tell you this: the final game deserved a more motivated team. The ARs were discouraged as we expected either of us would get the game and we just didn’t trust the old guy to do well. He arrived late and his CR’s pre-game instructions were poor and lousy. The warming-up was just the two of us. The ‘old guy’ said he didn’t want to waste his energy as it was a warm day. During the game, some crucial signals were neglected and we were both getting pretty pissed off. And on top of that, I was doing the lines with the two teams’ supporters in my back. I was getting scowled for the many lousy CR decisions. Why I didn’t intervene? Why wasn’t the CR taking note of my signals? What a lousy bunch of refs, etc.etc.
After the final whistle, a shower and a quick soda, I ran for my car and drove home quickly. Luckily the two teams were out of my normal game region, so I wouldn’t bump into the teams next season. I still feel ashamed.
Hoping for a better working ref trio this Season Finale. Watch this space!
Yesterday, I appealed to an assessor’s report on my last game. The report landed in my mailbox within 36hrs after the game, which raised eyebrows. How can you write a report and also have it be checked on spelling errors, inconsistency etc. in this short time span? I’m almost certain it wasn’t.
I won’t bore you with the exact reasons for the appeal, but the most important reason is because the new judging system doesn’t make sense to me (and many referees think the same). But this particular report contained weird sentences and looked copied/pasted. Clearly not read twice, so I don’t understand some of the key comments. Good reason to appeal.
This brought me back to previous reports which I tried to read and with the honest intention to learn from an assessor’s view. One of them wrote “I should smile a bit more often, to show I’m enjoying my hobby”. I was flabbergasted by this remark. Not the prescribed hand signals, nor my rule interpretation or overall game management, but my physical appearance was criticized. Nothing I can do about my looks when I’m concentrated, sorry.
The contrast between the (too) fast delivery and appeal procedures can’t be more in contrast: 4-6 weeks waiting for the verdict. That’s after this competition is over.