- 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 spectator blows a whistle and a defender, inside his own penalty area, handles the ball believing that play has been stopped. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The referee stops play and restarts play with a dropped ball.
(b) The referee stops play and restarts play with a direct free kick or penalty.
(c) The referee allows play to continue.
(d) None of the answers is correct.
The maximum number of substitutes that may be used in any match played in an official competition under the auspices of FIFA, the Confederations or the Member Associations is:
(a) Five players from each side.
(b) Seven players from each side.
(c) Three players from each side.
(d) Two players and one goalkeeper from each side.
Can a goal be scored direct from a corner kick?
(a) No, never.
(b) Yes, in all cases.
(c) Yes, but only in the opponents goal.
(d) Yes, as long as the kick is taken by any player except the goalkeeper.
A player pretends to be fouled in an attempt to deceive the referee. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The player is cautioned only if the simulation took place inside the opposing team`s penalty area.
(b) The player is warned but is not shown a yellow card for the first offence.
(c) The player is cautioned for unsporting behaviour and an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team.
(d) The player cannot be shown a yellow card for this offence, but the referee can draw attention to it so the player behaves more sportingly.