Written by Referee Administrator
Last Updated: 20 February 2017
Referee Game Day Checklist
This checklist primarily addresses center referee duties. However, we use a team approach, so share responsibilities and share the fun!
WHEN YOU HAVE FREE TIME Read the Region Rules
BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE
- Plan to arrive 20-30 minutes early.
- Allow time for parking and coffee.
- Bring uniform, watch, whistle, coin, red & yellow cards, pen or pencil.
BEFORE THE GAME
- Stop at the blue shed
- Check day's schedule, and any announcements
- Inspect the field.
- Check nets, sidelines, corner flags, scan pitch.
- Meet with referee team.
- Discuss positioning, signaling, and questions
- Get scorecards from coaches.
- Get game ball from a coach.
- Check for assistant referee's flags.
- Equipment check/quick talk to each team.
- Look for shin guards (required), jewelry (none), casts (none), dangerous cleats.
- Discuss expectations and encourage fair play.
- Meet captains for coin toss & introductions (winning call chooses direction, other kicks-off).
START OF THE GAME
- Count players on field.
- Goalkeepers (if any) & AR's (if any) ready?
- Check time.
- U6: 12 minute halves.
- U8: 20 minute halves.
- U10: 25 minute halves.
- U12: 30 minute halves.
- U14: 35 minute halves.
- Teams positioned for kick-off.
- 10 yards, all players on own half.
- Whistle and point in the direction of kickoff to start the half.
- Ball played forward (even the slightest tap will do).
- 5 minutes.
- Referee Team meets to review and check-in.
- Notify teams at 4 minutes that start will be in 1 minute.
END OF GAME
- Referee Team meets at center then moves to sideline and review game.
- Sign scorecards. Note situations requiring follow-up.
- Overly rough play, ref no-show, field maintenance required, sideline problems.
- Assure that teams respectfully congratulate each other.
- Turn scorecards in at blue shed (white box by schedule).