Referee Info >>
NEVER argue with a referee, especially a youth referee. All refs,
like all humans, make mistakes. Keep in mind this is just a game and
a bad call is not the end of "Susie’s" soccer career. However,
yelling at a referee could be the end of a coaching career! If you
find yourself or a player in the middle of a confrontation, send for
All referees have completed a USSF certification course. The
responsibilities of the referee are varied, but include:
- Maintain safe play by adequately controlling the game.
- Maintain safe equipment by checking goals, fields, and
- Applying the rules of soccer with fairness and consistency.
- Enforcing area where players, coaches and spectators are
expected to stand.
- Maintaining a sportsmanlike atmosphere.
The authority of the referee takes effect from the time he/she is
in the vicinity of the field until he/she leaves the area of the
field, including the parking lot. KEEP IN MIND that the referee may
award a caution (yellow card) or a send-off (red card) to maintain
control of the game environment. A card can be awarded before or
after a match. Yellow and red cards issued shall be reported by the
referee to the BBSC office.
A card may not be displayed when a caution or send-off is given a
coach or spectators. A team’s coach may be asked to help quiet an
A send-off (red card) requires a player or coach, at a minimum,
to sit out the following game of that season.
The referee may suspend play pending resolution of any conflicts.
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