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“How to deal with unexpected situations, like no shirt numbers” – Rodric Leerling

Rodric Leerling, Leerling.biz, RefRod, Sportief Westfriesland

How could I be so ignorant? Allowing a team to play without shirt numbers. I would pay the price this time for playing the flexible ref.

Our game was delayed and both teams decided to do their warm-up extensively. I couldn’t find them at first and when they arrived back at the lockers I was informed about the almost identical jerseys.the home team was instructed to change colors. They offered to play in another color shirt but unfortunately without numbers. Their shorts didn’t have numbers either.

Should I play hard ball? The rules only prescribe the use of numbers for standard adult teams. This was a U19 team.  We were late already and had no other options. What were the risks? Cards given would require a name (I would issue 3 for the home squad) and subs the same (again 3). I would manage, I estimated.

The regular game admin where no big emotion is involved could be dealt with. But what if things get out of hand? A fight, incidents etc. How to remember who did what, how report it, etc. Well, I simply ignored it and gave my go-ahead.

A lousy game followed. The bad grass pitch could be blamed. Or the late game. Or my busy day starting with a ref coaching session. My emotional nightly duty to deliver our cat at the vet after being hit by a car. A lethal mix when you add it all up.

In hindsight I didn’t do anything wrong but maybe I should have chosen for vests instead so the home team shirt numbers would still be noticeable.

”Annoying twins” – Rodric Leerling

TimeOutWhile checking the player passes before last week’s (adult) match, I noticed two similar last names and dito faces. In futsal, many teams play with siblings, so I didn’t really take further notice of it.

The game, however, proved to be a difficult one with lots of fouls, resulting in three yellow cards (= 2 mins penalty time). Especially the twins in the home team behaved obnoxious but at first I couldn’t tell whether it was the same one or if they took turns. One of them started shaking his head during 2nd half indicating he didn’t agree with anything I decided. Reason enough to warn him with yellow, but gentle as I am, I just told him to stop that behavior and called out his number to make sure I had the right one.

Three minutes before full time, he accidentally tripped an opponent. A light foul and normally no reason to pull the yellow card, but I was so fed up with this bloke I decided to take revenge for his dissent and sent him off with hardly time left to come back in the game and support his team. He exploded but had no choice. His team lost the game with only 1 goal difference. I didn’t feel any guilt. Good riddance.