- 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
An assistant referee signals that the ball has crossed the touch line. Before the referee has indicated the ball is out of play, a defender inside his own penalty area strikes an opponent with excessive force. The referee...
(a) sends off the defender for violent conduct. Play is restarted with a penalty kick to the opposing team.
(b) cautions the defender for unsporting behaviour. Play is restarted with a throw-in.
(c) sends off the defender for violent conduct. Play restarts with a throw-in.
(d) None of the answers is correct.
Which of these statements is not correct?
(a) Violent conduct may exist, even if the ball is not in play.
(b) Violent conduct may exist if the ball is in play.
(c) Violent conduct may exist if the ball is not in play if it is committed against players, referees, assistant referees, fourth officials, officials or spectators.
(d) Serious foul play may exist if the ball is in play, even if it is not being challenged for.
During the half-time interval, a player changes position with the goalkeeper without informing the referee. The new goalkeeper denies a goal with his hand and the ball goes for a corner kick. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The referee awards a penalty kick and sends off the new goalkeeper.
(b) The referee awards a goal and sends off the two players involved in the change during the next stoppage in play.
(c) The referee awards a corner kick. He sends off the new goalkeeper and cautions the other player involved in the change.
(d) The referee awards a corner kick in favour of the attacking team and cautions the two players involved in the change.
What decision does the referee make if a player strikes him when the ball is in play?
(a) The referee sends off the player and restarts play with a dropped ball.
(b) The referee sends off the player and restarts play with a direct free kick.
(c) The referee applies advantage and sends off the player when the ball next goes out of the play.
(d) The referee sends off the player and awards an indirect free kick.