Come On Ref!!!

We’ve all done it – questioned the integrity of a ref’s vision when they miss a call.   At EyeGym Canada, we have trained lots of athletes to have more efficient vision but no refs – yet.    Refs have just as demanding of visual tasks as players do and in some ways more.  Take for example, this soccer match offside play. Watch this video and it’s hard to believe the ref missed this call….and on a play that could easily decide the game.

So how could the ref miss this obvious offside?  Let’s watch the close-up replay.

After watching the close-up it is apparent that this was not offside after all.  It was Stephen Sunday (aka “Sunny”) of Real Salt Lake (team in white) who tipped the ball to Nemanja Nikolić scoring his first goal for the Chicago Fire (team in red).  Good Call Ref…..and great vision!

Michael Nelson, OD FAAO

EyeGym Canada

How to Develop Your Soccer Skills

My son is in 10 year old soccer and is a victim of change.  His youth soccer program has adopted a new format for his age group.  Last year, when he was nine, he played on a larger 9vs9 field.  This year at 10 he is now playing on the smaller 6vs6 field. 

As occurs with any change, I have heard grumbling from parents that this a step backward and I must admit, at first, I felt the same.  After watching the additional touches this smaller format provides, my mind is changed.  The smaller 6vs6 format allows more ball touches and increased skill.    It requires faster reaction time, better vision and more skill.

Daniel Coyle , author of The Talent Code, has a great summary of the use of the sport Futsol, played in Europe and Brazil, that takes advantage of a small format game to develop soccer skills.