- 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.
A substitute enters the field of play instead of a named player at the start of the match. The referee was not informed of this change. What decision should the referee make?
(a) He allows play to continue but cautions the player during the first stoppage in play.
(b) He allows play to continue but counts it as a substitution.
(c) He allows play to continue without cautioning the player and will report the incident to the relevant authorities.
(d) He does not allow play to continue, and insists that the named player enters the field of play.
After taking a corner kick, the ball strikes a foreign object and becomes defective. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The referee has the corner kick retaken with a new ball.
(b) The referee awards a dropped ball to be taken with a new ball inside the corner arc.
(c) The referee awards a dropped ball to be taken with a new ball where the ball touched the foreign object.
(d) None of the answers is completely correct.
If two players from the same team challenge an opponent for the ball...
(a) it is always a direct free kick.
(b) it is always an indirect free kick.
(c) it is not always a foul. It depends on how the challenges are made.
(d) it is always a direct or indirect free kick.