Making of a NISOA Referee – Best Practices – Clock Management

Published on: September 25, 2019

Brandon Marion (NC)

As part of NISOA’s continuing dedication to college soccer officiating excellence, we are pleased to present another in a series of best practices instruction for our members. In this episode, Brandon Marion, our 2019 Week 1 Terry Vaughn NISOA Referee of the Week presented by Official Sports Winner describes his thinking and decision making during a critical match incident which decided the match outcome.

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2 Responses to “Making of a NISOA Referee – Best Practices – Clock Management”

  1. Noah Yannie NRE says:

    Most any foul in the attacking 1/3 within the last minute of the match should be viewed as Tactical.
    Yellow Card offense or not, a clock stoppage is good “public relations” and lets the offending team know that the foul gave them a potentially unfair advantage because of the amount of time that runs off the clock.
    In the video clip, everything turned out well for the non-offending team because a goal was scored directly off of the free kick. However, should the ball have rebounded off the bar or post, the offended team may not have had a chance at the rebound before time expired. I am not saying that the referee should always stop the clock on a foul inside of 45 or 30 seconds within the offensive 1/3, but give serious consideration to a clock stoppage for a suspected tactical nature of a foul under these circumstances.

  2. Thomas smith says:

    GIVEN THE ENTIRETY OF THE SITUATION, CLOCK MANAGEMENT IS CRITICAL.
    I DID NOTICE IN THE CLIP, THE OFFENDING TEAM KICKING THE BALL AWAY, EVER SO NON OBVIOUS,
    THAT COULD BE THAT YC OFFENSE.

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