- 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
When a player takes a goal kick, the ball strikes the referee inside the penalty area and continues into play. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The referee stops play and restarts with a dropped ball.
(b) The referee stops play and awards an indirect free kick to the opponents.
(c) The referee stops play and orders the goal kick retaken.
(d) The referee allows play to continue.
Of the following infringements, indicate which is stated in the Laws of the Game as an offence punishable with a sending off under Law 12.
(a) Being guilty of violent conduct.
(b) Being guilty of serious foul play.
(c) Receiving a second caution in the same match.
(d) All are correct.
What are the maximum and minimum number of players and substitutes allowed in any one team that can be listed to participate in an official match?
(a) A maximum of 16 and a minimum of 7.
(b) A maximum of 23 and a minimum of 7, depending on the maximum number stipulated by the rules of the competition .
(c) The maximum and minimum number is established by each of the member associations.
(d) A maximum of 11 and a minimum of 7.
All offences relating to the throwing of objects (or the ball) are sanctioned by...
(a) a sending off.
(b) a sending off, a caution or no disciplinary action.
(c) a sending off or a caution.
(d) a caution.