Week in review #19: July 4-5

The midweek independence day matches did not have many fireworks for the assistant referees to deal with. Overall another good week as we enter the second half of the season. So the main purpose of this report are to look at two What Should You Do? situations. The answer from last week – that saw about 20% of you calling a penalty – and a new offside situation from an NASL match which denied an own goal.

This week there was a Video Assistant Referee camp in Park City, UT. Coming soon will be instructions and best practices for assistant referees. The first official VAR matches in MLS will be the weekend of August 5.

Call of the Week #18 – Winner – Corey Rockwell

Call of the Week #19

For Call of the Week 19 you have a choice between two assistants each making a pair of good decisions. So really this week it is all about who made the best two calls of the week.
Eduardo Mariscal made two very good decisions in Vancouver. The first decision makes you think someone has got to be offside but on review of replay it is actually a pretty straight forward decision as both players start off in onside positions and the first attacker does not touch the ball and, even if he had, the scorer was even with the goalkeeper at that moment. His second good decision is a nice wait and see as the onside attacker wastes a glorious chance at goal.

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