STSR has recorded a webinar on the 2019-2020 IFAB laws of the game changes with further explanations and questions answered during the presentation. To view this recorded webinar, either go to the STSR YouTube channel or to the 2019-2020 Laws Of The Game Changes video on Youtube.
STSR held it bi-annual regional camp in Austin on August 3rd. Five separate fitness tests were run starting at 7:00 am and were completed at 11:00 am. After lunch, a psychology session was lead by Rochelle Caroon-Santiago Ph.D. and then there were several break out sessions which included a session on referee positioning, a session on the 2019-2020 laws of the game changes, and a session on AR positioning lead by Corey Parker - FIFA AR (AR for the 2019 U-20 World Cup Final in Poland).
The last session of the day was presented by Corey Parker and involved information on perception, deliberate vs deflection, a video offside test, and tips and tricks for ARs.
Thank you to all other presenters, the fitness test support team, attendees and the SRC team for an outstanding day for all.
This year’s changes to Law 16 – The Goal Kick have often led to the game being restarted quickly and positively but there are two situations which have generated questions from across the football world which we would like to clarify.
1. Goalkeeper ‘lifting’ the ball to a team mate who heads/chests it back to the goalkeeper
There has been much debate about whether, at a goal kick, the goalkeeper is permitted to ‘lift’ the ball to a team mate to head or chest it back to the goalkeeper to catch and then put into play. The views of technical and refereeing experts about whether this is within the ‘spirit’ of the Laws is divided so the matter will be discussed by The IFAB. Until then, this practice should not be permitted nor should it be penalised. If it occurs the referee should order the goal kick to be re-taken (but without any disciplinary action).
2. Opponent in the penalty area when a goal kick is taken
Law 16 requires all opponents to be outside the penalty area until the goal kick is taken and if an opponent remains inside or enters the penalty area before the kick is taken and plays, challenges or touches the ball, the goal kick is retaken.
However, Law 16 also applies the ‘quick’ free kick principles outlined in Law 13 – Free Kicks, 3. Offences and sanctions that if any opponents are in the penalty areas because they did not have time to leave, the referee allows play to continue.
In practical terms, this means that referees should manage goal kicks (and defending team free kicks in their own penalty area) in the same way as they manage free kicks:
- Unless the kick is taken quickly, opposing players should be required to be outside the penalty area and remain outside until the kick has been taken.
- If the kick is taken quickly and an opponent genuinely did not have time to leave the penalty area, the opponent may not interfere with or prevent the taking of the kick but may intercept the ball once it is in play. This is allowed because the defending team, as at a quick free kick, tried to gain an advantage by taking the kick quickly and if this ‘goes wrong’ the Law is not there to ‘save’ them.
- Players who deliberately remain inside or enter the penalty area before the kick is taken should not gain an unfair advantage, even if the kick is taken quickly.
If an opposing player commits an offence (as outlined above) the goal kick is retaken; there is no disciplinary sanction unless the offence occurs a number of times (persistent misconduct).
Referees are skilled at managing 9.15 meters/10 yards at free kicks and they should apply these skills and principles to the management of goal kicks and defending team free kicks in their own penalty area.
Rosendo Mendoza Receives His First MLS Referee Assignment
Rosendo Mendoza will be officiating Saturday August 3, 2019. We are proud of our own Rosendo Mendoza for his accomplishment.
FC Cincinnati vs Vancouver Whitecaps
Nippert Stadium (8PM ET)
REF: Rosendo Mendoza
AR1: Ian Anderson
AR2: Matthew Nelson
4TH: Alan Kelly
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
AVAR: Jeff Muschik
For any current grade 7, grade 8 or grade 9 referee, the 2020 grassroots re-certification course with additional requirements is now available - all online.
U.S. Soccer has transitioned to a new Learning Center/Registration Database for grassroots referees. All your license information that resided in the old database has been migrated to the U.S. Soccer Learning Center. In addition, the STSR will no longer be using our web site member sign-in for registration and re-certification of grassroots referees.
You must create a Profile in order to access your information, enroll for grassroots related courses and register starting now with U.S. Soccer for 2020.
To create your Profile, complete the following steps:
Sign up instructions are also provided at Learning Center Sign Up.
NOTE: If you are unsuccessful, e.g., you do not see all your current licenses listed in your Profile, then send an e-Mail to email@example.com and also cc: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This grassroots re-certification course is hosted on the U.S. Soccer Learning Center.
Once you have officially signed up with U.S. Soccer, you can "LOG IN" again, click on "COURSES" in the upper left and under "AVAILABLE COURSES" click on Re-certification. Then set the "HOST" filter to South Texas Referee Committee and the "LOCATION" filter to All States to obtain the necessary results or you can find the re-certification course by clicking here. Please note the additional requirements in the course details.
On June 14th, it was announced in the email "U.S. Soccer Learning Center Launch Marks New Era of Member Service" about a variety of changes for the 2020 badge year.