- 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 goalkeeper, standing in his own penalty area, hits the ball with his shinguard which is held in his hand to prevent it entering the goal. The referee...
(a) cautions the goalkeeper for unsporting behaviour. Play is restarted with an indirect free kick to the opposing team.
(b) cautions the goalkeeper for handling the ball. Play is restarted with an indirect free kick to the opposing team.
(c) cautions the goalkeeper for unsporting behaviour. Play is restarted with a penalty kick.
(d) None of the previous answers is correct.
Can an opponent stand in front of the thrower during a throw-in?
(a) Yes, provided that he is not nearer than 2 metres from the touch line.
(b) Yes, if he is on the field of play.
(c) Yes, if he does not move and is on the field of play.
(d) Yes, even if he jumps slightly to impede the throw.
Can a team play without a goalkeeper during a match?
(a) No, never.
(c) Yes but only momentarily. He must return quickly after an injury or changing his equipment.
(d) No, and he cannot leave his half of the field of play.
With the ball in play, the referee sees a group of substitutes arguing with officials from the opposing team in the technical area. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The referee allows play to continue because the incidents are outside the field of play.
(b) The referee stops play, cautions the offenders and awards an indirect free kick to the opposing team.
(c) The referee stops play, sends off the offenders and awards a direct free kick to the opposing team.
(d) The referee stops play, takes the appropriate disciplinary action and awards a dropped ball.