Who are the Referees
All referees we see are local people who love the game of soccer. They have dedicated time to take a national certification course to learn the rules and procedures around the game. And they take time each year to recertify (5 hours of education plus pass a test). They have decided to take time to come out and support the local soccer community as a referee at your child's game.
Things to Consider
Coaches and parents influence the behavior of players, positively and negatively
Referees are doing their best
- Think before you say something
When they yell at a youth referee, they are yelling at a child - a child from your community
- Referees cannot and do not see everything
- Referees are not biased
- Youth referee should not be expected to stand up to an adult
- Referees do not want anyone to get hurt
You need to support the development of the referees or have no referees
Winning is not everything
- Provide a good role model for your child
U08-U13 Recreational Games
- Referees who are officiate the U08-U13 recreational games are kids (and sometime parents) from your local community. They probably live no further than 5 miles away from the field.
- U08 and U09 games are usually officiated by 13 and 14 year olds who are in their first year of refereeing.
- U10 and U11 games are usually officiated by 14 and 15 year olds who are in their second year of refereeing.
- By U12, the official(s) in the game have a firm feeling for the game and have refereed for 3 or more years.
Premier and Select Games
- Referees for premier and select games are from your local community. They sometimes travel 15 miles to get to your game.
- Center referees for the U11 and under games have usually refereed for 2 or more years.
- Center referees for the U12 - U14 games have usually refereed for 3 or more years.
- Center referees for U15+ games have usually refereed for 4 or more years.
- Assistant referees for the U11 games are usually first year referees.
- Assistant referees for the U12 - U14 games have usually refereed for 2 or more years.
- Assistant referees for U15+ games have usually refereed for 3 or more years.
Last Updated March 10, 2011