I read with disappointment the article regarding the payment of referees for high school soccer matches in the area. There should be no debate over the number of referees: the two-ref system is antiquated and inefficient. The diagonal system of control, with a referee on the field and two assistants on the sidelines, is the only accepted way to properly officiate a match.
In soccer, the clock never stops and, the action rarely does. Since it seems to be a financial issue, let’s eliminate a football official, instead. Back judge, side judge, line judge, referee, all for around 15 seconds of work every minute.
Of course, football officials are also hounded by fans for missing calls, even with their greater numbers watching the same number of players as there are in a soccer match. They probably could ill afford to lose anyone, and neither can soccer. The bottom line is that if we want fair and safe soccer matches, we need three pairs of eyes on the match.