- 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
It is the opinion of the International FA Board that a match should not continue if there are fewer than...
(a) five players remaining in a team.
(b) six players remaining in a team.
(c) seven players remaining in a team.
(d) eight players remaining in a team.
Can the referee show a red card to a substitute and order him to leave the technical area for using offensive language?
(a) No, never.
(b) Yes, always.
(c) Only if the substitute has not yet participated in play and the full number of substitutes has been used.
(d) Only if the substitute has already participated in play.
How is play restarted if a player spits at an assistant referee while the ball is not in play?
(a) Play is restarted with a direct free kick or penalty kick.
(b) Play is restarted according to the Laws of the Game.
(c) Play is restarted with a dropped ball.
(d) Play is restarted with an indirect free kick.
During the taking of a corner kick, the player lifts the ball up with one or both of his feet. The referee...
(a) allows play to continue.
(b) stops play and awards a dropped ball.
(c) stops play and awards an indirect free kick to the opposing team.
(d) stops play and has the corner kick retaken.