47 episodes

An honest perspective from the 3rd team on the pitch... the referees. Through humor, analysis and education, we are slowly changing how people view referees and officials in all sports. We care and have a love for the game as much as any player or coach. Sometimes even more. Youth soccer (proper football) is a multi-billion $ industry in the US. Tremendous money is spent on players, competitions, travel etc., but almost nothing spent on developing the next generation of referees. I hope that this Podcast inspires, educates and humanizes the next generation of referees for their own development and appreciation from the players, coaches and spectators they need to work alongside. 

Refs Need Love Too David Gerson

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

An honest perspective from the 3rd team on the pitch... the referees. Through humor, analysis and education, we are slowly changing how people view referees and officials in all sports. We care and have a love for the game as much as any player or coach. Sometimes even more. Youth soccer (proper football) is a multi-billion $ industry in the US. Tremendous money is spent on players, competitions, travel etc., but almost nothing spent on developing the next generation of referees. I hope that this Podcast inspires, educates and humanizes the next generation of referees for their own development and appreciation from the players, coaches and spectators they need to work alongside. 

    The Journey of a Young Female Soccer Referee with guests Scott and Katie Sapper

    The Journey of a Young Female Soccer Referee with guests Scott and Katie Sapper

    Can a 16-year-old girl command respect on the soccer field as a referee? Today, we’re thrilled to welcome Katie and Scott Millsap from the YouTube channel "Reffing with the Sappers" to share their incredible journey into officiating. Scott started refereeing to bond with his son, while Katie, initially motivated by potential earnings, discovered a passion for the sport she’s never played. Listen as they recount the joys and challenges they've faced, from dealing with difficult coaches and par...

    • 46 min
    Inside the Ref's Mind: Unspoken Truths and a Call for Respect in Youth Sports

    Inside the Ref's Mind: Unspoken Truths and a Call for Respect in Youth Sports

    Ever wondered what goes through the mind of a referee that most people have no clue about? From pre-match jitters to the intricacies of making those split-second calls on the pitch, I share my real-life experiences of the hard truths of what goes into officiating games. We'll unpack the nuanced nature of calling fouls and dive into why experience and context are game-changers for making the right calls.But that's not all. We also tackle the often unspoken financial motivations that pull...

    • 39 min
    The Crucial Referee Whistle: Special Episode as a Guest on the "Over the Ball" Podcast

    The Crucial Referee Whistle: Special Episode as a Guest on the "Over the Ball" Podcast

    This is a special, guest star appearance for me on the "Over the Ball" podcast which is sponsored by Soccer America. It was a fun conversation and I hope I represented the 3rd team well. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who's felt the surge of emotion at a contentious offside call or debated a referee's split-second decision. We delve into the intricacies of VAR technology and its diverse applications across leagues like the MLS and Premier League, offering a rare glimpse into th...

    • 37 min
    Defying Age on the Field: Fitness, Nutrition, and Referee Longevity Beyond 40

    Defying Age on the Field: Fitness, Nutrition, and Referee Longevity Beyond 40

    Join the ranks of those refusing to let age dictate their fitness regime as personal training expert Brad Williams and I, explore the intricacies of staying in top shape as a referee beyond 40. With Brad's insights on combating sarcopenia and tweaking fat storage, you'll be equipped to maintain that crucial burst of speed when it matters most on the pitch. As I approach my own half-century mark, I'll share the trials and triumphs of juggling the whistle with targeted, intelligent traini...

    • 39 min
    Stop Blaming the Ref!: Victim Mentality vs Success Mindset

    Stop Blaming the Ref!: Victim Mentality vs Success Mindset

    Have you ever left a youth soccer game feeling furious at the referee? It's a familiar scene: parents and fans seething on the sidelines, convinced the referee has 'robbed' their kids of victory. I'm David Gerson, and in this episode, I confront this blame game head-on, championing personal responsibility over misguided finger-pointing. Referees aren't the puppet masters of the game's outcome; it's the players and coaches who carve their destiny on the pitch. I share my vexation with the slew...

    • 22 min
    Chronicles of a High School Soccer Referee and Why I LOVE it!

    Chronicles of a High School Soccer Referee and Why I LOVE it!

    Have you ever stood in the center of a storm, making split-second decisions that could turn the tide? Welcome to my world, David Gerson, where the whistle's blast is my thunder. This episode takes you behind the scenes of my state cup refereeing adventures, where I own up to my blunders and share the invaluable advice tossed my way. I've been polishing my craft with tips from the pros, like honing my whistle's melody and mastering strategic placement during set pieces. It's a journey of growt...

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

B-rad3863147 ,

Family

We feel close to those we ref with in our region, but this podcast and its associated social media brings all of us together.

glmt76 ,

Admirably helpful podcast

Excellent job David! Your podcast is a tremendously helpful tool we can all use to get better at reffing such an amazing game. Keep up the great work and I look forward to you next episode!

Paramedic15900 ,

Excellent work

Came across your platform on Instagram. I love the podcast as much as I appreciate the videos. Keep up the good work. Positive role models matter. This should be mandatory for all refs, players, coaches, and spectators to listen to.

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