THANK YOU to all the teams and clubs that participated in the innaugural Fall Finale tournament last weekend, and the volunteers who helped the event run smoothly. It was exciting to see the caliber of soccer played and the high level of competition amid sunny skies last weekend. To view results go to Gotsoccer. Click Read More to see some team photos and highlights.Read More
WUP teams had an excellent tournament weekend. Our u11 boys red (Jij Mercer) won the inaugural CT Rush Columbus Day Tournament u11 Division while our u14 boys white (Mark Haynes) won the Nashua NH World Cup u14 Premier White Division title with an exciting overtime golden goal. Read More to read about 5 teams that played at the EDP Cup.
Western United Pioneers is pleased to announce the inaugural WUP 8 v 8 Invitational Fall Finale to be held in Western Massachusetts the weekend of November 14, 15 & 16. The tournament is open to premier club teams ages u10 through u12 and will be played in the 8 v 8 format.
Read the flyer for more information.
All U 9 through U 14 WUP teams began their 2014 fall season this past weekend by participating in Labor Day tournaments in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The weekend tournaments provided all players and coaches an opportunity to tune up for NEP League play which begins Sunday September 7.
Congratulations to the Boys u 11 red (Jij Mercer) and the Boys U 12 red (Andrew Serafino) teams for capturing their division Championships in the Bernie Ward Labor Day Tournament. Congratulations to the u12 girls red team who were semifinalist and u13 girls red team who were finalist in their respective divisions.
UMASS men's coach Devin O'Neill presented the third annual preseason coaching clinic at Lusitano Stadium to help WUP coaches prepare for the 2014 fall season. His topic dealt with defending players between the lines. In presenting the clinic, Devin used u 16 through u 20 WUP players as demonstrators to help illustrate his points for the coaches. Teams and coaches are eagerly preparing for the NEP fall season which kicks off September 7.
WUP joins the Western Mass soccer community in mourning the loss of UMASS Men's soccer coach Sam Koch. Coach Koch was a friend of Western Mass youth soccer and a valuable asset to all. Our condolences go out to his family and the entire UMASS soccer community.
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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.
Ask the Referee #1
Situation:A goal has been scored. Before the kickoff, the referee finds that the scoring team had more than 11 players on the field at the time the goal was scored. What is the appropriate action to be taken?
What is the Answer?a) The goal shall be disallowed, the offending team player and coached shall be cautioned and the game restarted with a goal kick.
b) The goal shall be disallowed, the game restarted by kicking off again. The extra player is sent off the field with a caution.
c) The goal is allowed as it is the coaches of both teams’ responsibilities to police the number of players on the field. The opponent’s coach failed to live up to his responsibility.
d) The goal is allowed but the extra player is red carded and the offending team must play the rest of the match with ten players.
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