Share why you love to ref and win some goodies

Got a nice gift from RefStuff. Where Refsix is going digital, this hand held device wants to make it easier for you to keep track of the scores. I like the idea of this new product. Will test it myself during my next game, but can already share one with you.

Want to get one? Look at my social channels and it’s easy to win. I’d love to know why you love refereeing.

You need to like my page/profile and comment on the different pictures like the one below. Please share why you love to referee. You can also share messages with the hashtag #WhyILoveRefereeing. These comments will be anonymously used in a future blog post where I publish a list with reasons why refereeing is so much fun. One winner will be picked from comments on all different blog social channels. The winner will be announced after October 31st 2017.

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The RefScorer from RefSTuff

How does RefScorer work?

Check out the video below, because that will give you some insights. Or check their website.

Lessons from Stan Teuben: making his pro level debut at age 21

Stan Teuben thought he made his debut as the youngest referee in Dutch professional football. Another ref appeared to be 31 days younger than him. It doesn’t make him less happy, because this first game was just the start of something beautiful. In this story you’ll get some tips and lessons from this young referee that will help you in your career as well.

Stan Teuben, right before the start of his first pro game

Stan Teuben right before the start of his first pro game, which was in the Jupiler League. He officiated Telstar vs Dordrecht.

Be proud and invest a lot of time

In an interview on the KNVB website with the KNVB website Teuben told he was not nervous at all. Just the regular tension before a game. “Most of all, I am very proud I can experience this at this age.” This is why you put so much effort and a lot of time in your referee career. “The last few years I was 24/7 busy with refereeing, which makes it a great that I get awarded like this.”

Watch how other referees perform

Teuben loves to watch a good Champions League game, but not just for the teams. He also focuses on the referee. “The way they run, the way they act. But also to the game itself. I am a person who loves football. That you can be part of the moest beautiful game on earth, that makes it the nicest hobby there is.”

Stan Teuben’s best tip: focus on your own achievements

In the interview Stan Teubel mentions one tip especially for young referees ‘who have the ambition to get to a higher level’. “Stay close to who you are and focus on your own achievements. If you get comments about your age, like I got, make sure you rise above it. But the most important thing is to make sure your Laws of the Game knowledge and physical condition is allright. And you need to be mentally top fit.”

Want to work on your Laws of the Game knowledge? Do the weekly quizzes on my blog that are published every Friday at 12pm (CET).

Stan Teuben showing a red card at his debut at the professional level

Stan Teuben showing a red card at his debut at the professional level

Best training session in weeks: losing your house keys

I had my best training session in weeks, but it was not deliberate. I put my house keys in my shorts pocket during a short break from work. A short run, that is what I wanted. But then I lost the keys …

Almost back home, I notice the keys are no longer in my pocket. A short run with some stretching exercises, turned into a bigger round. I run the round in the park for a second time, but without any success. I only saw bycicle keys from someone else, but not mine.

It is a great lesson to keep going, even if you don’t want to. I have to get back to my home desk that time, because work is calling.

No way I can get into my apartment.

(This is when I realise my keys aren’t there yet any more. Ran it twice and then into the city centre)

Best training session in weeks in Zuiderpark

The only option is running to my wife’s work, which is an extra few km’s from the park. Walking takes too long, so I keep going. More km’s, but still not happy with the extra distance. Got her keys and ran back home. Bought new locks, just to be sure. Although it’s not funny to lose your house keys, it’s a good lesson.

Best training session in weeks: put extra effort in

The distance is not the furthest I’ve run, although way over 10km in the end. But it is a great session and lesson in giving that extra bit of energy even if you really don’t want to. Just keep going, keep putting effort into it. A good lesson for our games, because sometimes you might think you can relax. Think you can stop or take it easy. But to get to your destination – or close to play during a game – you need to put that effort in it, even if you don’t want to.

PS: Another lesson. Always keep your keys in a pocket with a zipper when going out for a run 😉

Do you want some on-field exercises for referees? Check out these High Intensity Training sessions.

Week 3 Laws of the Game Quiz 2017-2018

Week 3 of the Laws of the Game Quiz for 2017-2018 is all about penalty kicks today.

Last week there was a mix-up during a penalty shoot-out in a Dutch cup game. The referee applied the ABBA-technique, where Team A takes the first kick, then two kicks from team B, and so on. I also read that West Bromwich Albion haven’t received a penalty kick for 39 games. Yes, 39.

That got me into penalty kick mode, so all questions are about penalty kicks during a regular game.

Good luck!