What I do is similar. When a goal is scored, I will look to my AR and
make sure that they have given me the signal that I am looking for.
Then I simply give a thumbs up to the AR and make sure the eye contact
is there. If there is a close call and I agree with the AR's decision,
I will also nod my head and possibly say something like "good job".
This not only shows the players that you are communicating with your
ARs, it also shows the AR on a difficult decision that you are
supporting him and that you guys are all on the same team. It's been
very effective for me.
From: Discussion of Topics for Soccer Referees
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Subject: Re: Conferring with AR for show
On Tue, 15 Apr 2003 09:08:40 -0500, Bill Liedtke <[log in to unmask]>
>Do you ever backpedal over to your AR to confer just for show - when
>already know the answer?
Rather than do anything this elaborate for show, why not just add a
emphasis to the ongoing CR-AR communication, perhaps a conspicuous wave
and "Thank! great decision, way to be there"... something like that, in
your own style and dialect.
Late in the game, I would expect the players to have noticed that you
your ARs have been communicating regularly throughout the game, so you
shouldn't have to work too hard to sell the point.