- 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
Is it possible for a substitute to enter at the halfway line and the substituted player not to exit at the same place?
(c) It depends.
(d) This is only allowed if it wastes less time.
A dropped ball is about to be taken inside the penalty area when a defender strikes an opposing player with excessive force before the ball has touched the ground. What decision does the referee make?
(a) The referee sends off the player for unsporting behaviour and restarts play with a dropped ball.
(b) The referee sends off the player for violent conduct and restarts play with a dropped ball.
(c) The referee sends off the player for serious foul play and restarts play with a dropped ball.
(d) The referee sends off the player for serious foul play and restarts play with an indirect free kick.
After a goal kick is taken, the ball strikes the referee before leaving the penalty area. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The referee orders the goal kick to be retaken.
(b) The referee awards a dropped ball.
(c) The referee allows play to continue.
(d) None of the answers is correct.
A player makes a challenge from behind using excessive force. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The player is sent off and the referee awards an indirect free kick.
(b) The player is cautioned and the referee awards a direct free kick.
(c) Play continues.
(d) The player is sent off and the referee awards a direct free kick or a penalty kick.