Every Year, about a third of the nations 141,000 soccer referees drop out. This is attributed largely to the verbal abuse dished out from the sidelines by parents and coaches.
Unfortunately, no towns are immune to this and referee reports indicate that there has been an increase of poor sideline behavior over the past seasons.
These incidents are occurring at ALL age groups, even U7!
For those of you who need a reminder, the following are examples of phrases that ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE:
"Come-on ref Call it both ways"
"That ball is out"
"Hey ref Handball, Handball!!"
"Thats a corner kick, isn't it ref?"
Parents and Coaches need to please focus your energy on cheering for the efforts of the teams and players and not blame the officials.
Some officials are your own neighborhood kids who for the first time are directing the play of the game. In many cases these officials are just learning and need the assistance of a positive at-a-boy or girl, good call etc.