- 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
A player deliberately handles the ball inside the penalty area to prevent a goal. At the time of this foul, his team has only seven players. What decision should the referee take?
(a) Send off the player and restart the game with a direct free kick.
(b) Send off the player and add extra time to take or retake a penalty. The referee decides when the penalty kick is completed.
(c) Send the player off and stop the match unless the member association has decided their matches may continue with fewer than seven players in a team.
(d) Send off the player. The two managers should agree whether to extend the playing time to take or retake a penalty kick.
A player, with the ball in play, throws a shin guard at a trainer who is situated in the technical area. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The referee sends off the player and play is restarted with a dropped ball.
(b) The referee sends off the player and play is restarted with an indirect free kick taken where the ball was when play was stopped.
(c) The referee sends off the player and play is restarted with a direct free kick taken where the player was when play was stopped.
(d) The referee sends off the player and play is restarted with a dropped ball where the player was when play was stopped.
A player takes a throw-in with his back to the field of play but with his feet outside the touch line. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The referee allows play to continue.
(b) The referee awards an indirect free kick to the opposing team.
(c) The referee awards a throw-in to the opposing team.
(d) The referee awards a throw-in to the same team because the ball was not in play.
A player extends his arm, holding an opponent. What decision should the referee make?
(a) The referee awards an indirect free kick.
(b) The referee awards a direct free kick.
(c) The referee allows play to continue.
(d) If the referee decides the opponent was impeded he awards an indirect free kick.