Sunday, July 5, 2009

Preparing for Match Two

Today, we woke up in Columbus, Ohio to get ready for our upcoming match. After breakfast we got a bus and went to a soccer field where we did a medium intensity training for 90 minutes, doing a good warm up and interval runs like we would do in a game—some jogging, some full sprints, running backwards and changing back and forth along with some slower walking for recovery. This gets our heart rate up and down as well as works on the way we run in a game.
Then after lunch we had our debriefing from the two game days. All the referees from each group sit in one classroom as we go over video clips. We debrief all the games so we are all on the same page. We go over offside decisions, positioning, misconduct selection, game management, and mechanics. We do this to help us get better for the next matches. Then we have a little free time but before we know it, it's off to the stadium to check the field and facility. Then it is time for dinner and some importaqnt rest before it's time to get up and do it all over again.


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