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By Danielle Chesky and Adrienne McDonald, in Scotland
Day Five (08/10/2014):
The final day of the tournament finished up with three games, including the U-19 final. We worked together for all three matches along with various excellent Glaswegian referees as the other assistant referee in the trio. The final was a fast-paced, hard-fought match with many exciting moments and ended 1-0.
We also had the opportunity to watch a couple of our observers in action, including Donnie MacKinnon and FIFA AR Derek Rose.
Throughout the tournament the feedback has been excellent as well as the hospitality from our hosts and tournament staff.
Thank you to everyone who made this trip so wonderful. It's been an absolutely rewarding experience!
Day Four (08/09/2014):
Saturday, our fourth day in Scotland, saw the sun come out for the tournament and another round of challenging matches.
Danielle worked two matches with assistant referees from Scotland, which was helpful given the pace and speed especially of the U-17 match in the afternoon. The games have different management needs, including physicality, than what we generally see in the U.S.
Adrienne meanwhile worked three games, in the U-13, U-17 and U-19 age groups. Most youth games here do not have assistant referees so spectators, coaches and substitutes tend to stand extremely close to the touchlines, sometimes making running and seeing the line difficult.
We worked with some wonderful referees who have taught us more about how they manage their games and continue to receive helpful feedback from our observers, like Derek Rose, Iain Brines, Gerry Corrie, and PRO's Sandra Serafini.
Saturday evening finished off with a great night out with our host family, Paul and Elaine Salina, PRO's Sandra Serafini, and our Scottish FA hosts Derek Rose, Alan Cunningham, and Iain Brines and his wife. It was a great way to cap off a long day with good food and good company.
Day Three (08/08/2014):
We started the day with a great breakfast and a drive around the area where we are staying in East Kilbride. The tour included a windmill farm and our very first castle sighting!
Once the leisure activities were done with, the afternoon and evening were all business, where we were able to touch base with Sandra Serafini, PRO's Women's Referee Coach and Assignor.
We worked together on our first game and received some great feedback from David Somers, Donnie MacKinnon, and retired FIFA referee Iain Brines. The U-16 boys game was fast-paced and hard.
Our second games saw Adrienne working with two local Glasgow referees on an U-19 match that saw some quick and difficult decisions needing to be made. Danielle worked a U-19 "single man", which required remembering how to position to see the offside without assistant referees.
All in all, it was a good day’s work and our first good dip in the water of Scottish soccer. We’re looking forward to learning even more in the matches tomorrow.
Day Two (08/07/2014):
Our second day in Scotland brought some exploration outside the Glasgow city limits.
We headed off east to Falkirk where we stopped to see the Falkirk Wheel. It's an engineering behemoth that was built to connect two canals with over 100 feet difference in height. The day was beautiful, and we enjoyed seeing the countryside and the wheel.
We headed over to our homestay with Paul and Elaine, who have graciously put us up with them for the rest of our time here.
We went out to dinner with two female referees who are moving up the ladder of Scottish refereeing. It was a fantastic meal with fantastic company and conversation. The girls were great and showed us around the town and introduced us to Scotland's own Irn-Bru soda.
We've received our assignments for tomorrow and can't wait to meet our crews, do the games, and receive the feedback from some top level observers.
Day One (08/06/2014):
We arrived safely in Glasgow this morning and the Scottish hospitality has been great. From Derek Rose arranging for Donnie MacKinnon to pick us up from the airport to Paul Salina, Alan Cunningham, and the rest of the guys at the training session this evening, everyone has been helpful, informative and wanting to know more about us and officiating in the US.
Walking around Glasgow today were told more about the Commonwealth Games that were recently held in the city, and also used the time to explore the city centre, the People’s Palace and Glasgow Cathedral.
We finished the evening with a training session with a group of Glasgow region referees, and it was a great way to work the tiredness out of the legs from the long journey. It was useful as well to meet some of the local referees who are officiating the many professional leagues in Scotland, and speak to share with them our experiences.
We can’t wait for the tournament to start. It all begins on Friday, August 8, and we’re incredibly excited about this fantastic opportunity.