This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we welcome Esfandiar “Esse” Baharmast, a former referee, player, coach and current instructor who has been involved in more than a dozen World Cup tournaments and Olympic Games, and was named the 2020 winner of U.S. Soccer’s prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award. We dive into how great referees prepare for a match, advice on how to clm down an intense in-game situation, and Ease retells the story of 1998 Mens World Cup in France about when he made a very controversial call in a match with Brazil versus Norway.

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Highlights from the Podcast:

  • What does it take to referee at the highest level?
  • How important is physical preparation for a referee?
  • What gives one referee an advantage over another referee?
  • What happens after the match?
  • How does a referee control the safety of a game?
  • How does a referee connect with a player and calm the situation?
  • 1998 Mens World Cup in France…Esse explains the Brazil v Norway penalty call
  • How has VAR changed the game?
  • How can we retain more first year referees?
  • What happens when a parent or coach is fined for bad behavior?

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