- 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
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?
(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.