The U11 red team coached by Jij Mercer & Sean Gouvin won the Scorpion Bowl Barcelona Division championship last weekend. Despite the cold and snowy conditions the boys prevailed against the host Scorpions in a great semifinal match and then defeated GPS North for the title. The boys are heading to the Jefferson Cup in VA this weekend. Congratulations boys.
Over 60 parents and players attended WUP's College Night to hear presentations by MCLA's Deb Raber, WMA's John Boozang & Gary Cook, Franklin Pierce's Roy Fink and Smith College's Mark Platts. The coaches provided the audience with a wealth of information about the college recruiting process that will help them in planning for their college years. With over 80 alumni currently playing in college, helping our players get recruited is a large part of WUP's mission.
College Night has been rescheduled for Sunday Feb 22nd 4-6PM at the Smith College Campus School, Northampton MA.
With over 80 alumni currently playing at the college level, the Western United Pioneers are pleased to continue to assist our players in the college process. Please click READ MORE for details.
WUP is pleased to offer 2 free outdoor soccer clinics for girls ages 13 & 14 on Saturdays
February 28 and March 7 10 to 11 am at Williston’s Sawyer Field. The clinics are presented by Smith College coach Mark Platts and former Eastern Oregon coach Jenn Simonetti. Players should bring a ball, proper outerwear & shin guards. To register, email email@example.com
Note: the Saturday, Feb 28th clinic has been postponed due to predicted temperatures Saturday morning.The remaining date March will take place as scheduled. We are working on finding another date to make up the 2/28 clinic.Read More
Western United Pioneers are pleased to release the 2014 Collegiate and Scholastic Awards list. Over 50 current WUP players, alumni & coaches were honored this fall for their efforts on the field at the high school and collegiate level. Everyone at WUP would like to congratulate all fall athletes who competed this past season, and would like to wish luck to all who will participate this coming spring.
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Ask the Referee #8
If a player changes places with the goalkeeper without prior permission from the referee, is it necessary to stop the game?
- It is not necessary, as long as the new goalkeeper is not controlling the ball with any part of his hands or arms.
- It is at the discretion of the referee.
- No, play continues until the next stoppage when both players are cautioned.
Ask the Referee #7
Situation:A player from the blue team is on a break away against the red team. The blue team player beats the keeper and has an open goal to shoot at. As he shoots the ball toward the open goal, a substitute player from the red team (that is warming up behind the goal) runs onto the field and kicks the ball out of play before it completely crosses the goal line. What would the call be?
- Count the goal, issue a red card to the player from the red team and the red team plays short handed
- Issue a red card to the player from the, the red team plays short and award a penalty kick.
- Issue a red card to the player from the red team, the team does not play short and award an indirect free kick at the 6 yard box.
- Award the goal & verbally caution the substitute explaining to them that their play was unsportsmanlike
Ask the Referee #6
Situation:It is bad weather day and the wind is howling. It's Team A's turn to kick off, and Number 11 is the kicker. He tries to drive the ball down field. Unfortunately, the ball gets held up by a wind gust and blows back toward midfield. While players for both teams stand bewildered, Number 11 runs and meets the ball and starts to dribble the ball up the field. Can number 11 do that? If no, what would the call be?
- Play on!
- Goal kick for Team B
- The kick-off is retaken.
- C) Indirect free kick to Team B
- Dropped ball
Ask the Referee #5
Situation:The blue goal keeper is taking a goal kick. Before the ball leaves the penalty area, a red player enters the penalty area to intercept the ball and is violently pushed to the ground by another blue player. You stop play and show the red card to this blue player and restart with a penalty kick to the red team.
Is issuing a red card and awarding a penalty kick the correct call?
Ask the Referee #4
Situation:Team A is setting up for a free kick. A defender goes to kick the ball, but he realizes that his kick isn't very powerful. He turns around and passes back to the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper, caught off guard is unable to save the ball as it rolls into the goal. What's the call?
- No goal; a goal kick is taken
- An own goal. Time for a kick-off!
- No goal. A corner kick is taken
- No goal; a dropped ball is given
Ask the Referee #3
Theres a corner kick for team A. Team B's keeper makes the save and in doing so gets tangled up with a player from team A. After the two players seperate, Team B's keeper distributes the ball down field. While the ball is now clearly down field and in team A's penalty area Team B's keeper punches team A's attacking player in the head. What would the restart be?.
- Immediately stop play and award and indirect free kick from where the ball is for team B and eject the keeper for violent conduct.
- Let play continue until the next stoppage and then eject the keeper for violent conduct.
- Immediately stop play, award a indirect free kick from the spot where the keeper struck the player from team B and caution the keeper.
- Immediately stop play, award a penalty kick and eject the keeper for violent conduct
Ask the Referee #2
An offensive player dribbles away from their opponents’ goal trying to create space for a shot. The offensive player is fouled outside the box but the ball was clearly on the 18 yard line.
The player was going away from the goal, they were fouled outside the box but the ball was clearly on the top of the 18 yard line.
What are the restart and caution/red card?
- A direct kick from the top of the box and red card to the defender for denying a goal scoring opportunity.
- A direct kick from the top of the box and caution to the defender for a reckless challenge.
- A penalty kick from the spot and caution to the defender for a reckless challenge.
- A penalty kick from the spot and a red card to the defender for denying a goal scoring opportunity.