- 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
Which of the following offences committed when the ball is in play is not penalised with a direct free kick?
(a) Pushing an opponent.
(b) Violent conduct against a team-mate provided that the action occurs within the field of play.
(c) Charging an opponent.
(d) Holding an opponent.
A goalkeeper takes a throw-in. What happens if, after the ball is in play, he touches it a second time (not with his hands) before it has touched another player?
(a) The referee allows play to continue.
(b) If advantage cannot be applied, the referee awards an indirect free-kick to the opposing team, to be taken from where the infringement occurred.
(c) The referee awards a dropped ball where the infringement occurred.
(d) The referee awards a dropped ball where the ball was when play was stopped.
A defender, hanging by his arms from the crossbar of his own goal, heads the ball to prevent it from entering the goal. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The referee takes no disciplinary action and play is restarted with an indirect free kick.
(b) The referee sends the player off and play is restarted with an indirect free kick.
(c) The referee cautions the player and play is restarted with an indirect free kick.
(d) All the answers are correct.
A named substitute, not called to participate in the game, enters the field of play with the ball in play and strikes an opponent. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The referee should stop play unless advantage can be applied, send off the substitute and award an indirect free kick to the opponents.
(b) The referee should send off the substitute and award a dropped ball where the offence took place.
(c) The referee should send off the substitute and award a direct free kick to be taken from where the offence took place.
(d) None of the answers is correct.