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Material Includes Player Management CD-ROM, Offside Made Easy and
Advice to Referees on Laws of the Game

For those who ever wondered what exactly is considered offside, how referees can establish good relationships with players on the field or where to go for advice about the Laws of the Game, now is the time to check out The U.S. Soccer National Program for Referee Development has announced the availability of three new referee materials including a Player Management CD-ROM,  Offside Made Easy, and Advice to Referees on the Laws of the Game.
Player Management CD
27 min.
U.S. Soccer’s Director of Professional and International Referee Development Esse Baharmast and former FIFA assistant referee and four-time MLS Referee of the Year Paul Tamberino created this CD presentation.

It is narrated by Baharmast and deals with how to become a good player manager as a referee.  What are the qualities that make up a good player manager? How can you improve this part of your game as a referee?

This is a great presentation for referees of all ages and experience levels.  The CD can be used for instruction in a group or for an individual referee’s personal library of educational material.  The CD includes video clips to enhance learning, as well as a great goals sequence at the end highlighting goals from our youngest players to our most seasoned veterans.

Offside Made Easy
35 pages – 5.5” by 8.5” Booklet
A new publication, Offside Made Easy, is one of two publications now available that present the Laws of the Game in a simplified, enjoyable form for players, coaches, administrators and spectators. In 2003, the Federation published the first book, Laws of the Game Made Easy, which was well received and widely distributed.

Offside (Law 11) is one of the most often misunderstood elements of the game of soccer yet. Offside Made Easy presents offside using simple language, humorous graphics, and a logical arrangement of the subject:

  • Where Does It Come From?—A brief summary of the history of the offside Law
  • What Does It Say? —The specific language of Law 11
  • What Does It Mean? —A discussion of offside position, involvement in active play, exceptions, and the required restart
  • What If? —A series of 15 common scenarios involving offside which often cause comments, questions, and confusion

Advice to Referees on the Laws of the Game – Updated!
62 pages – 8.5” by 11” Booklet
The first edition of Advice to Referees on the Laws of the Game was published in 1998 and was updated in November 2003.  The material in the latest edition is consistent with The International Board decisions through March 2005. 

The Advice to Referees provides USSF referees, referee instructors, referee assessors, coaches, players and fans with a reliable compilation of international and national guidelines on interpretations of the Laws of the Game.  It is not a replacement for the Laws of the Game, nor is it a "how to" book on refereeing.  The Advice provides insight into aspects of the Laws that are not always clear to the casual observer and gives referees a solid foundation for making the correct decision at the correct time.  It answers questions whose solutions are not always clear to even the most experienced referees. The Advice is also an ideal resource for coaches and players, to help them understand the decisions made by referees, assistant referees, and fourth officials.

All of the products can be purchased here or by clicking on "Order Referee Products" under "Referees" on the homepage.