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New Mexico Referees
Training & Development
Many referees participated in the second T&D session the last weekend of the Classic FC Tournament.  There was a lot of learning taking place, with instruction from our National Referee, assessments and even a video debrief at the end of the day!  See some pictures and read more here.

Always Stay Current...
Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all the training material out there for referees?  Stay up to date with all the latest information, both local and national, at our dedicated blog:

Futsal?  What's that?
It's essentially a form of indoor soccer played on a smaller "field".  Read what Doug Cotter had to say about his and Jeff Eschenburg's experience at the Futsal National Championships here

2009 Referee Directives
US Soccer has put out a list of directives for all referees.  They're essentially points of emphasis or areas for us to focus.  It is strongly recommended that you read these! Then go ask someone if you have questions about what they mean. Read them on the blog or by clicking here.

Far West Regionals
If you're interested in attending FWR 2009 please email Kris Grano shortly.  Remember, its a selection process.  The more training events you attend the better your chances are.

Becoming A Better Referee
Five steps to help you get there

You're walking back to get paid after finishing your day of games and you pause to watch a referee in the middle.  He moves nicely and you get to observe him call a free kick, issue a card and manage the wall for the free kick.  "Wow," you think to yourself.  "I want to be like that."

There is no easy way to become a great referee overnight.  A lot of work is involved and you'll make some mistakes along the way.  But following a few key steps will make the difference, allowng you to take it to that next level. 
  1. Make the best of what you get.  Make sure your uniform looks good, show up on time and do the best you can on your assignments (even if they're easy).
  2. Become a student of the game. Learn everything you can about the game of soccer through websites, books and other people. 
  3. Find a role model.  Watch a referee whose style you like and try to learn.  Ask them questions.  Just don't copy them entirely, because your style is your own.
  4. Attend Training Events. This means meetings, T&D Sessions, Games of the Week and the annual clinic.
  5. Travel.  Once you've put in the work and possibly upgraded its time to travel.  Going to out of state tournaments allow you to learn by seeing new teams and learning from new referees. 

Making the Tough Call
Dealing with Goalkeeper infractions
We've all been there.  The goalkeeper picks up the ball and immediately there is screaming and yelling:  "He can't pick that up!" Your mind races to remember who touched it last, was it a pass back and if I call it is it direct or indirect?

Read more here on how to deal with these situations! That way the next time that happens you'll be confident in your decision.

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