- 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
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 a player is sent off before kick-off to start the match, can he be replaced by one of the nominated substitutes?
(b) No, the team begins the match with ten players.
(c) Yes, the team is allowed to begin with 11 players and it is not considered a substitution.
(d) It depends on the Rules of the Competition.
The referee awards a free kick. An opponent stands in front of the ball. Play is restarted and the ball hits the opponent who is less than 10 yards (9.15m) from the ball. 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 allows play to continue because the opponent does not prevent the free kick being taken.
(c) The referee cautions the opponent for not respecting the required distance at a free kick. If advantage is not applied the free kick is retaken.
(d) None of the answers is correct.
A player scores a goal by supporting himself on the shoulders of a team-mate. The referee ...
(a) cautions the player and awards an indirect free kick.
(b) cautions the player and awards a direct free kick.
(c) awards a direct free kick.
(d) awards an indirect free kick.