Video Instruction – Penalty Decision
Mental and physical preparation are essential in all college soccer matches but championship matches in front of a national (and sometimes international) audience challenge the referee team to be at their very best. In this case, a critical match incident occurs in the 84th minute of a scoreless game. The referee in this match is Tori Penso, 2018 NISOA Referee of the Week (Week 2).
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NISOA Official Decision
Foul (Penalty Kick)
This clip highlights great positioning and reading of the game in order to have the best angle of view to determine if a foul occurs inside the penalty area. This takes a very high level of concentration and awareness.
Now we will highlight a few areas in the NISOA Considerations in order to continue best practice.
Concentration and Awareness
Does the referee remain centered and focused during the incident?
- Yes, we conclude this due to the correct discrimination of the careless foul.
Is the referee in a good position to make the correct decision?
- Yes, reading the game means understanding where to be in the next phase of play.
- Tori does an excellent job reading the counterattack and long ball into the attacking third.
- You will notice that her explosiveness and acceleration gave her an excellent angle to make the correct decision.
- Tori's positioning is off the traditional diagonal, closer to the penalty area line that runs parallel to her Assistant Referee, so she is able to accurately determine the location of the foul.
- She has the optimal angle to see the challenge and close proximity to sell her decision.
- There is no dissent or disagreement by Georgetown regarding the referee's decision.
Body Language and Gestures
Does the referee's body language show signs of confidence or good concentration?
- Notice the referee sees the incident and with confident body language indicates that a foul occurs inside the penalty area.
Do the referees react slowly after an incident?
- The reaction from the referee was immediate and decisive which really sells the decision.
Does the referee have the courage to make a game critical decision late in the match?
- Yes, with the score tied at 0-0 with 5:35 left remaining in National Semifinal, she does not hesitate awarding a penalty kick.