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PRO in the media - Friday, July 18

Joe Fletcher, Peter Walton, Mark Geiger and Sean Hurd at the World Cup

Here are a selection of media reports on the Professional Referee Organization from the week ending Friday, July 18.

NWSL officiating: The narrative and the statistics (The Equalizer): For the second year in a row, refereeing in the National Women’s Soccer League has been a primary topic of discussion. It was a concern in season one, and this year, rightly, wrongly or somewhere in between, it remains at the forefront of conversations amongst those who follow the league.

The World Cup’s Controversial Calls (ESPN): Peter Walton, the former Premier League referee and current head of MLS officials, assesses a number of debatable World Cup incidents, from an officiating point of view.

World Cup 2014 – In Praise Of: Mark Geiger (Play the Advantage): Americans are getting more and more into football (“soccer”) and were pretty supportive of the USMNT, who improbably emerged from the Group of Death to make it to the Round of 16. But what many of them didn’t realize was that the real American hero in this World Cup wasn’t Tim Howard or Julian Green.

These stories have been collected from a variety of media sources and in no way do they represent the views of the Professional Referee Organization. 

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