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Referee Region: First Impressions

Referee Region

Did you know that people size you up in seconds? They form an opinion within three seconds of seeing you. All based on your appearance, how you walk onto the field and your body language.

An FC Dallas coach shared with us at a North Texas Soccer State Advancement clinic – “I can tell immediately if a referee is nervous, hesitant or knows that he/she belongs in this game”.

We are being sized up before we even meet a coach, conduct a coin toss or blow the whistle. The spectators, players and coaches are all noticing you when you arrive to the game.

Part of having a confident attitude is looking sharp. I keep getting the question, “When do we have to have the new uniforms? Is it the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2018?”

Now that we all have received the mini Official Sports Holiday Catalog, I say, if you don’t have the new style, order them now. Take advantage of the great deals.

If your shorts are no longer black but rather a faded kind of grey or you hit a growth spurt and your socks don’t quite come up to your knees – it’s all on sale. Flags looking dingy and the best laundry soap can’t bring them back to a bright color, they are on sale. If your whistle sounds like the ref on the field next to you – get a different whistle. They are on sale.

If someone has asked, “What would you like for Christmas this year?” Tell them you would like something from Official Sports International, and give them their website.  

If you are a part of the many families that have two, three or more referees in your family – order it all together. The savings are bigger the more you buy.

Take advantage of the savings in the month of December.

Look your best and feel confident. Look sharp in 2018.

Happy Holidays,

NTX State Referee Committee