Over the Ball Soccer Podcast: Celebrating the World's Game from an American Perspective

Celebrating the World's game from an American perspective

Celebrated soccer referee and podcast host of "Refs Need Love Too," David Gerson joins Dave and guest host, John Bolster to discuss the challenges and changes in the world of soccer refereeing.

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#250 – Celebrated soccer referee and podcast host of “Refs Need Love Too,” David Gerson joins Dave and guest host, John Bolster to discuss the challenges and changes in the world of soccer refereeing.

In this episode of Over the Ball, soccer referee and podcast host David Gerson joins Dave and guest host John Bolster to delve into the challenges and changes in soccer refereeing. They tackle the rise in technicality and competitiveness in the game, while addressing the concerning lack of civility and excessive competitiveness among parents and coaches at all levels.

Gerson sheds light on the inadequate training and support for referees, their encounters with abuse, high turnover rates, and the pressing need for enhanced training opportunities. His mission is to humanize referees, fostering understanding and respect for their crucial role in the game.

The discussion also ventures into recent events in the English Premier League, including matches like Tottenham versus Manchester City and Aston Villa’s draw with Liverpool. Additionally, they touch upon noteworthy developments such as Jesse Marsch becoming coach of the Canadian Men’s National Team, Olivier Giroud joining LAFC, and 14-year-old midfielder Cavan Sullivan signing with the Philadelphia Union.

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