Bumped into this wonderful video: “Thiago Impressed by Linesman’s Skills”.
It reminded me of one of my games. I blew the whistle for half-time and the ball rolled to the sideline. A player walked there and kicked the ball towards me. I did not catch the ball with my hand, but controlled it with my foot from the air. When we walked up the pitch for the second half the player passes me and said: “You got pretty solid receiving skills.”
How are your football skills? Or is lack of it the reason you started refereeing?
PS: trying to play the ball has a risk as referee. If you make a mistake, people will definitely laugh at you.