Why I love being a referee and won't quit

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"We both referee men's and women's games but we've stopped doing kids' games because of the parents. The kids themselves are great, but it's the parents on the side who are trying to live their failed dreams through their children."

The article describes a few different experiences referees have experienced and it looks like youth football (soccer) is causing more issues that the men's leagues.  It also touches on some possible solutions like:

  • issuing more cards early on
  • the associations following through on enforcing punishments
  • using  mentors
  • issuing body cams
  • teaching referee respect at younder ages

It's a good read, check it out!

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