General Referee Information

Only take assignments for United States Soccer Federation affiliated matches from certified USSF assignors. Do not take assignments from coaches or any other non-certified assignor. This includes preseason “friendlies”, scrimmages, and all USSF affiliated tournaments.

Arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled starting time, in order to check the field, Conduct a full pre-game conference, and check in the players. If you know either or both of the coaches, always address them as “coach” and not by their first name. Any perception of favoritism is not good.

Goals must be anchored.

No Pass, No Play, No Exception. True for youth matches, and also true for coaches. For adult matches, follow the league rules for a player not having their player pass.

Understand the severe weather/lightning - NJSRC Thunder & Lightning Policy .

The USSF does not recognize the 2 referee/2 whistle system. If only 2 referees show up at the field, 1 is the referee, the other is AR1 Find a parent to call balls in and out of play on the other touchline.

In cases of referee abuse and/or assault, file a report immediately with the league, NJ Youth Soccer or other sponsoring organization, and the referee office.

It is your duty and responsibility to file a match report. This should be done the following day. You must report the score, any misconduct and/or player injuries, and anything else that was relevant to the match.

After the match keep the player passes for those players sent off and return them to the league (note: some youth competitions do not follow this policy – know this BEFORE the match.)


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