Originally published in Soccer America in 2015, here a good primer for parents explaining Offside, Ball out of play, Handling, Advantage, and Direct vs. Indirect kicks: “Five rules youth soccer parents get wrong at every game”.
It’s certainly human nature to be disappointed when things don’t go your way… and with our kids it can be much harder to really be objective. But when we criticize referees, it very rarely has a positive outcome. You’re never going to get a call changed.
The only thing worse than criticizing a referee for one of their mistakes is criticizing them when it’s actually you who are wrong.
So, before you attend your next game, be sure you know these five commonly misunderstood rules. Your new and improved “Soccer IQ” may just help swing things your way.