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Endurance key for World Cup refs

American referee Mark Geiger's regimen far tougher than FIFA requirements

Updated: June 10, 2014, 3:17 PM ET
By Kit Fox | Runner's World

To make the most accurate calls during a soccer match, a referee is told to stay no more than 20 yards from the ball at all times. The only way to do this when the ball whizzes from player to player through 90 minutes of nearly nonstop motion? Run.

When the World Cup starts on June 12 in Brazil, soccer players representing 32 countries won't be the only ones performing impressive feats of athleticism. In each game, the referees will cover 6 to 8 miles while scrutinizing every move of the ...

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