Referees, Players, Coaches and Fans Learn About
Referee Decisions with â€œYou Make the Callâ€
CHICAGO, Ill. (Friday, September 9, 2005) â€“ Referees, players, coaches and soccer aficionados alike can test their referee skills on ussoccer.comâ€™s new interactive video site, â€œYou Make the Call.â€ The interactive presentation allows young referees to reinforce their knowledge of â€œThe Laws of the Game,â€ while allowing players, coaches and fans to put themselves in the refereeâ€™s place and learn more about the reasoning behind decisions that officials make.
"It's exciting to be able to use interactive technology as a way to help inform and educate those visiting the â€˜You Make the Callâ€™ section of our website,â€ said Julie Ilacqua, U.S. Soccer Managing Director of Referee Programs. â€œWe look forward to providing game clips and scenarios that will be of interest to all who visit ussoccer.com."
To access â€œYou Make the Call,â€ simply click here or visit ussoccer.com and scroll down to the â€œRefereesâ€ headline box. Once there, participants will view a video clip and read a short explanation of what has occurred. Then, they will choose what they believe is the correct decision by the referee from a list of options.
Upon submitting an answer, players will get a summary of the results, the reason for the decision according to â€œThe Laws of the Game,â€ and a short explanation of the correct answer, as well as explanations of why the other answers are not correct.
â€œYou Make the Callâ€ is an excellent learning tool for young referees who are still becoming familiar with â€œThe Laws of the Game.â€ 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 â€œThe Laws of the Game.â€
The new game is also a great venue for players, coaches and fans, because it gives insight into the application of â€œThe Laws of the Game.â€
Participants also have the option of signing up to receive e-mail alerts when a new video is posted.
ussoccer.com is the official website of U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States.