Friday, June 12, 2009
Following lunch this afternoon the team met with representatives of FIFA's referee department. Led by former FIFA referee and U.S. Soccer official Esse Baharmast, the group gave a 45-minute presentation on the laws of the game and how referees were being instructed to call matches during the tournament. Using video clips, they demonstrated how certain incidents and game situations would be handled. Ultimately, this effort allows players and coaches to know what to expect from the officials throughout the event.
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