This should be the first of a two-day posting series.
I just returned from a recruiting trip. I had the opportunity to watch two high school games Wednesday night in an OHSAA sectional tournament. I watched another two games Thursday night. Then, tomorrow, the recruiting week will conclude with three games.
For some odd reason, the OHSAA allows high school soccer games to have a 2-man referee system. This is ludicrous! FIFA and NCAA have 3-man systems. The NCAA does allow a “2-man system” if a referee is unable to continue. It’s a bit different though because they’ll get a “club linesman” who’s only job is to flag offside and out of play.
I cannot, for the life of me, understand why OHSAA would continue to allow a 2-man system. The ONLY benefit to it is you save paying one official. That is ALL. There are no more positives to it. While soccer is relegated to a 2-man system, basketball gets 3 officials, football gets 6 officials, baseball gets 2 umpires, and volleyball gets 2 umpires. Soccer is played on a field that is MUCH larger than any other high school sanctioned sport — unless you play at the stadium I was at last night where the field is 100×52 (Cracker Jack box).
How does a High School Athletic Association feel it is remotely safe to put 2 referees on a field that typically measures 110+ yards by 60+ yards and those referees are responsible for keeping a game safe with 22 high school student-athletes?! A basketball court measures 82 feet by 50 feet and has 10 players on it…and 3 officials.
Let’s look at some numbers:
- 82*50= 4100 square feet
- 110(3 feet in a yard)*65(3 feet in a yard)= 64350 square feet