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Referees

IMPORTANT DATES:

•Mandatory Coaches’ Clinic – Saturday, April 39th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Graver Park
or
•Mandatory Coaches’ Clinic – Saturday, May 21st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Graver Park

All referees, assistant referees and anyone interested in learning and understanding the Laws of the Game are encouraged to attend. No need to bring anything and no need to ‘come ready to play’. It’s a great session for parents who want to know more about the game, hear why calls are/aren’t made, and get a better sense of what is happening on the field.

Looking for a primer on ... how many players on a side, length of halves, restarts, and more? Check out ‘AYSO Rules Made Simple.’

We Need (And Encourage) Youth Referees

Children ages 13 and older are encouraged to put their soccer knowledge to good use ­– and earn service credit – by being youth referees.
Youth referees handle games for divisions well below their own ages and, as most coaches know, provide a valuable service to our league. We also believe that by better learning the rules and watching others play, these children become better players as well.
We have a special training clinic for youth referees:

Youth Referee Clinic:

Wednesday, May 25th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Graver Park. However, youth refs are welcome and encouraged to attend the main Refs sessions (see above) … which are far more fun! See above.
Children who want to become referees – or just get a better understanding of the game’s rules – are encouraged to join us for the above session or for any of the referee clinics. (See above schedule.)


The Referee’s Job...

is to be the official in charge of the match at every game. He or she is the independent arbiter and manager of the match. The ref’s authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees.

Safe:

The Referee's #1 job is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players. While there is risk in all sports, the referee is responsible for minimizing such risks from field conditions, equipment, spectators, and the players.

Fair:

The Referee is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game in such a way as to keep the game Safe, Fair & Fun. The referee interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses. Referees only make calls for offenses they are sure occurred.

Fun:

We want our kids to continue to play. They keep playing as long as it is fun. Referees learn that fun soccer varies from age group to age group of players.


For any questions about the referee’s position, responsibilities and training, please contact the Referee Administrator.