ASK THE REF: What Action Would You Take?
At the elite level of Refereeing, sometimes it is fun to turn the tables and say "You are the Ref" and ask the question; What action would you take!
Here is a great example of one of the many difficult questions referees must handle in the split second of action in a high paced soccer game. What would you decide if you were the ref?
Keith Hackett says, "Paul Trevillion and Wayne Rooney are very similar characters. Both are full of energy and love the game of soccer. Paul and Wayne are both skilled artists. Paul can capture pace and movement through his art. Wayne is an artist with the ball and his powerful movement on the field of play is a delight to witness."
Keith Hackett is a world class ref and the author of You Are the Ref, the Ultimate Illustrated Guide to the Laws of Football. The book is available on Amazon.com
You Are The Ref is a cult classic comic strip in England. SN is thrilled to bring this to our American soccer audience and share these stunning portraits of soccer stars from all eras. For anyone who has ever questioned a ref's eyesight or grappd with a clearly 'wrong' call, now it is your turn!
According to David James, "Anyone who loves the game knows You Are The Ref. Paul Trevillion's brillant art has been around for generations!"
Any opinions expressed in this column shall not be construed as advice on Laws of the Game, and may not represent the official position of US Soccer, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), CalSouth, the Presidio League, or any affiliates thereof unless specified with appropriate attribution or reference.