- inspect the field/nets
- introduce yourself to the coaches
- check in teams
- conduct a pregame with your referee crew
- perform coin flip with captains and start game ON TIME
Each member of the referee crew should be properly dressed with ref jersey, ref shorts (not soccer/basketball shorts), black referee socks (3-stripe or newer logo version), black shoes and all your other equipment (wrist stopwatch, coin, whistle, book, cards, flags). You may be forced into duty as the center ref and everyone must be prepared.
Each member of the referee crew needs to know the rules for the particular league they are refereeing, such as substitution procedures, game length, roster, player pass issues. Not knowing will lead to players and coaches doubting you on other matters during the game.
After the game, the center ref should fill out the After Game portion on GameOfficials.net so everyone can get paid promptly. Any issues during the game should be noted in detail.. Send-offs and other major incidents in NorCal, ECNL and EGSL games require other procedures. The information on that and other game day procedures can be found at these links:
NorCal Referee resource page (NorCal, NorCal State Cup, NPL)
EGSL - Elite Girls Soccer League
ECNL - Elite Clubs National League
Rage Rec Rules
Ballist Rec Rules in Team Manual
New this year for NorCal games, substitutions will be allowed prior to other team’s throw-in if team in possession is also substituting. Subs must be ready at center line, no subbing from bench.
For Rec games, substitutions prior to team own throw-in (in addition to other, normal sub opportunities). No player passes needed.
Rage Rec U16 & U19 teams and opponents need to present a laminated team roster, no player passes needed.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
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Daily Referee Quiz
A player is about to take a throw-in. He throws the ball on the ground before it enters the field of play. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The referee awards a new throw-in to the same team.
(b) The referee awards a new throw-in, to be taken by a different player from the same team.
(c) The referee awards a new throw-in, to be taken by a player from the opposing team.
(d) The referee cautions the player and awards a new throw-in to the same team.
How is play restarted if a player spits at an assistant referee while the ball is not in play?
(a) Play is restarted with a direct free kick or penalty kick.
(b) Play is restarted according to the Laws of the Game.
(c) Play is restarted with a dropped ball.
(d) Play is restarted with an indirect free kick.
A substitute enters the field of play when the ball is in play and kicks it with his foot as it rolls towards an opponent. What decision should the referee make?
(a) Award an indirect free kick and caution the substitute for unsporting behaviour.
(b) Award an indirect free kick and send off the substitute for two cautionable offences.
(c) Caution the substitute for entering the field of play without permission and award an indirect free kick.
(d) Award a dropped ball and caution the substitute for unsporting behaviour.
After the referee has dropped the ball, before it touches the ground, a defending player violently kicks an opponent. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The player is cautioned and play restarts with a dropped ball.
(b) The player is sent off for violent conduct and play restarts with a dropped ball.
(c) The player is sent off for serious foul play and play restarts with a dropped ball.
(d) The player is sent off for violent conduct and play restarts with a penalty kick.