I have been asked several times when other referees see my kit and I'm getting ready for a match: "what is that blue card for?" In the world of outdoor soccer, blue is a pretty strange color to associate with misconduct in soccer. We know what a yellow card is usually for, and we certainly can all call a red card when we see it. But how do you explain blue?
Soccer referees are amazed to see more technology entering the game. In this year's Copa América Centenario, hosted in the United States, ProReferee supplied each stadium with a double-sided Favero Substitution Board. Wrapped with a TAG Heuer (check out this video how to pronounce) advertising case, the LED digits are easy to read across the pitch, in the stadium, and on television.
The world's favorite sport is growing with the adoption of Beach Soccer along the coastlines of the United States. Last year was the first time I was involved with Beach Soccer and it was a thrill. Players are more acrobatic with bicycle kicks, the ball performs differently on the mounds of sand, and the workout everyone receives will build up your post game appetite!
With nice weather this time of the year, we will see more Beach Soccer tournaments at beaches in California, Florida, and other prime locations that soak up the sun. We came up with a list of essential gear you will need in order to enjoy yourself, perform professionally, and inform others who may need some advice.
We just caught a glimpse of the brand new Official Sports International soccer referee uniforms for 2016, and they look great! Let's break down the features and analyze the latest image we saw.
The latest Major League Soccer season kicked off on March 6, 2016. Almost two weeks prior to games kicking off, the league debuted new soccer substitution boards and announced a long-term partnership with TAG Heuer to become the official watch and timekeeper. TAG Heuer also announced a similar partnership with US Soccer.