Game Day Procedures 2014 Fall Season

Referees, be at your games at the latest 30 minutes before your scheduled game time, which barely gives you enough time to:

  • 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

Other notes:

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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Norcal Leagues Substitution Rules for 2014

There have been some changes to the Cal-North/ CYSA referee administration and substitution rules for the upcoming season that I thought that you should know.  

Player Substitution Process As Modified In 2014

Players may be substituted at the following times:
i.    Prior to a throw-in, in your favor.  Competitions may allow substitutions by either team if the team in possession of the ball substitutes.
ii.    Prior to a goal kick, by either team.
iii.    After a goal, by either team.
iv.    After an injury, when the referee stops play, by either team.
v.    At half time.
vi.    When the referee stops play to caution a player, only the cautioned player may be substituted, prior to the restart of the game.
vii.    The number of substitutes shall be unlimited. A substitute shall not enter the field of play until he/she has been given a signal to do so by the referee.

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CNRA/USSF Registration Renewal for 2014

EXPRESS LANE FOR 2014 REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:

0. Go to https://cnra.gameofficials.net and login

1. Update/Correct all of your personal information in “My Info”

2. From the Main Menu on the left, Click on “Courses” (All Registration choices are contained under “Courses”.  This is where you will select from your available Registration choices.)

3. Select and click on the “Course” you wish to Register. i.e. Referee Courses - Courses for Referee Users (if you require multiple registrations ie (referee, instructor, assessor… you must do each registration individually.)

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Far West Regionals 2013

Far West 2013

2013 Far West Regionals, Here We Come.
On June 17th thru June 23rd the Pleasanton Soccer Referee (PSRA) will be represented at the 2013 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii. Making the trip will be Kyle Wiest, Erica Kuo, and Tim Kirk, who will be joining a delegation of 26 other referees and 9 assessors from Cal-North. Follow their referee exploits while the State Champions of all 14 western United States compete to be crowned the Region IV – Far West Regional Champions. http://2013fwr.wordpress.com/

2013 Game Day Procedures For D1 and D3

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Referees, you must be aware of the differences in procedures and rules for Division 1 and Division 3 level games, including Division 4 (recreational).
Part of being a professional is knowing the details about your game, including game lengths, send-off procedures, substitutions and the like. Take a look at these links for game day procedures you'll need before you go out to the field. Send one of us a note if you have further questions.  Make sure you know what to do if there is a Red card before your game, not after!

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2012/13 LOTG and Advice to Referees

For the most current information on the Laws of the Game (LOTG), Advice to Referees, Position Papers, videos, training and more, visit the Referees section of USSoccer.com or FIFA.com

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FIFA Laws of the Game Quiz and More
  • While the ball is in play a defender, positioned inside his penalty area, strikes an opponent who is outside the penalty area with excessive force. What decision should the referee make?
    (a)  The referee sends off the defender and awards a penalty kick.
    (b)  The referee sends off the defender and awards a direct free kick where the opponent was located.
    (c)  The referee sends off the defender and awards a dropped ball where the opponent was located.
    (d)  The referee sends off the defender and awards a dropped ball where the defender was located.

  • If a player changes places with the goalkeeper without prior permission from the referee, is it necessary to stop the game?
    (a)  Yes
    (b)  It is not necessary, as long as the new goalkeeper is not controlling the ball with any part of his hands or arms.
    (c)  It is at the discretion of the referee.
    (d)  No, play continues until the next stoppage when both players are cautioned.

  • A player kicks the ball from a goal kick and it enters his own goal without another player touching the ball. What decision should the referee make?
    (a)  The referee orders the goal kick to be retaken if the ball had not left the penalty area. He awards a corner kick if the ball was in play before entering the goal.
    (b)  The referee allows the goal.
    (c)  The referee always orders the goal kick to be retaken.
    (d)  The referee disallows the goal and restarts with a dropped ball.

  • A player asks permission to leave the field of play, and on his way to the touchline, he strikes an opponent using excessive force. What decision should the referee make?
    (a)  The referee sends off the offending player and restarts play with a dropped ball.
    (b)  The referee sends off the offending player and restarts play with an indirect free kick.
    (c)  The referee sends off the offending player and restarts play with a direct free kick.
    (d)  Two of the answers may be correct.


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