- 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
Ten minutes after being sent off, a player re-enters the field of play with his team in possession of the ball and strikes the goalkeeper inside the goal area. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The referee allows play to continue. When the ball is next out of play, the referee sends off the offending player again. Play is restarted according to the Laws of the Game.
(b) The referee sends off the offending player. Play is restarted with an indirect free kick from where the ball was.
(c) The referee restarts play with a dropped ball from where the player entered the field of play.
(d) The referee orders the offending player to leave the field of play and restarts play with a dropped ball from where the ball was when play was stopped. The referee must include the incident in his match report.
A team does not name any substitute players before the start of a match, so...
(a) no substitutes will be allowed for this team during the match.
(b) substitutes will not be allowed before the start of the second half.
(c) substitutes will be allowed when they arrive after the start of the match and they give their name to the referee.
(d) None of the answers are correct.
Of the following offences committed by a goalkeeper, which is punishable by a sending off?
(a) Serious foul play.
(b) Violent conduct.
(c) Uses offensive, insulting or abusive language or gestures.
(d) All of the answers are correct.
A player takes a throw-in correctly. The ball does not enter the field of play but remains outside the touch line.
(a) The referee awards a new throw-in to the opposing team.
(b) A different player from the same team retakes the throw-in.
(c) The referee orders the throw-in to be retaken by the same team.
(d) The referee cautions the player for delaying the restart of play. The throw-in is retaken by the same team.