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Test Your Laws of the Game Knoweledge at's "You Make the Call" Video Site

Referees, Players, Coaches and Fans Learn About
Referee Decisions with “You Make the Call”

CHICAGO, Ill. (July 25, 2006) – Referees, players, coaches and soccer aficionados can dissect plays, make calls and test their referee skills on’s “You Make the Call” interactive video site. The presentation allows referees of all ages and grade levels to reinforce their knowledge of “The Laws of the Game,” while allowing players, coaches and fans to put themselves in the referee’s place and learn more about the reasoning behind decisions that officials make.

"We are happy to be able to release You Make the Call again," said Julie Ilacqua, U.S. Soccer Managing Director of Referee Programs. “It's a fun method of helping referees and non-referees alike to have a better understanding of the ‘Laws of the Game.’"

"You Make the Call" debuted on in December 2005, and has since, much like the website itself, undergone a transformation that renders the interactive site easier to use. To access “You Make the Call,” simply click here or select “Laws of the Game” from the homepage navigation menu. A drop-down menu will appear with “You Make the Call” as one of the options.

Users will be able to watch a video clip of a foul, along with a summary of the incident. The user is given four choices as to what the referee’s decision should be. Upon submitting an answer, players will get a summary of the results, the reason for the decision according to “The Laws of the Game,” and a short explanation of the correct answer.

“You Make the Call” is an excellent learning tool for young referees who are still becoming familiar with “The Laws of the Game.” It not only allows young referees to see the foul in real time, as well as replays, it explains the correct decision, as well as why the other options are not correct, specifically citing “The Laws of the Game.”

The game is also a great venue for players, coaches and fans, because it gives insight into the application of “The Laws of the Game.”

Participants also have the option of signing up to receive e-mail alerts when a new video is posted.