2011 Referee`s Manual - Rochester Referee Unit



2011 Referee`s Manual - Rochester Referee Unit
Rochester Referee
RRU 2012 Referee Manual | Complied by Steve Montanino (vp1)
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The Rochester Referee Unit
Referee Manual
May 9, 2013
Rochester Referee Unit
2013 Referee Manual
Dear Referee,
This 2013 Rochester Referee Unit Referee Manual contains all the information you
need to know to referee to referee the youth and adult soccer matches around this city.
In this manual, you’ll find useful information including contacts, game fees, league
specific rules, links to useful websites and more. The manual is brought to you by the
Referee Unit’s Executive Committee.
We welcome your feedback and encourage you to submit additional information that
you feel should be included in this handbook. We hope you find it useful!
~RRU Executive Committee
Tony Perdue, President
Steve Montanino, Vice President
Kevin Barci, Vice President
Kip McDowell, Vice President
Democratis “Jim” Pashalidis, Secretary
Neil Ernenwein, Treasurer
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Page 4 - Important Contacts & Assignor Info
Page 7 - RRU Policies
Page 10 - RDSL Policies
Page 16 - RDYSL Policies
Page 22 - Thruway League Policies
Page 25 - MURSL Policies
Page 27 - Index
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Important Contacts
Executive Committee
1st VP
2nd VP
3rd VP
Tony Perdue
Steve Montanino
Kevin Barci
Kip McDowell
Neil Ernenwein
Jim Pashalidis
Other Rochester Contacts
Bill Bianchi
Scholarship Chair Mike Smith
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
585- 738-3879
Unit Assignors
Thruway League
Colonial League
Brighton REC
Greece REC
Irondequoit REC
East Roch REC
RDYSL (youth travel)
Frank Marino
[email protected]
Franz Sauer
[email protected]
Wednesday Paul Tam
[email protected]
Franz Sauer
[email protected]
Bill Engel
[email protected]
Sat / Sun
Tony Perdue
[email protected]
RDSL (adult soccer)
Frank Marino
[email protected]
Franz Sauer
[email protected]
Neil Ernenwein [email protected]
Franz Sauer
[email protected]
Fri / Sat / Sun
Tony Perdue
[email protected]
Michael Tata
[email protected]
Michael Tata
[email protected]
Dave Petri
[email protected]
Frank Marino
[email protected]
Frank Marino
[email protected].com
Frank Marino
[email protected]
John Winterberger [email protected]
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Tournament Assignors (sorted alphabetically by tournament)
Chili Hot Dog
Chili Travel
College Showcase
Gates Invitational
Greece Buccaneers
Greece Cobras
Greece Soccerfest
Hilton Heat
July 20-21
June 22-23
May 31, June 1-2
July 12-14
May 11, 12
June 28-30
July 19-21
May 17-19
July 12-14
July 19-21
May 31, June 1-2
May 17-19
June 22-23
June 14-16
Frank Marino
Paul Tam
Paul Tam
Tony Perdue
Frank Marino
Dave Petri
Paul Tam
Bill Bianchi
Bill Bianchi
Frank Marino
Paul Tam
Frank Marino
John Winterberger
Frank Marino
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Chris Chilano is the assignor for RDSL and RDYSL matches in Orleans,
Genesee and Livingston Counties, in addition to Genesee Youth Travel
[email protected]
C : 585-993-0561
Assignor Contact Info
Bill Bianchi
Chris Chilano
Dave Petri
Tony Perdue
Frank Marino
Franz Sauer
John Winterberger
Michael Tata
Neil Ernenwein
Paul Tam
Phone Number
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
If you have problems or questions regarding your RDYSL or RDSL soccer assignment,
you should contact the day assignor who gave you the game. If you cannot reach that
assignor, contact Lead Assignor Bill Bianchi.
If you have a claim to fees from the teams/leagues we service for any reason you must
contact the assignor with the information regarding your claim. Also, submit this claim
via the new RRU financial claims form at the RRU website.
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RRU Policies
General Membership Rules
Member in Good Standing
In order to remain a member in good standing, the referee must:
 Pay dues as set by the RRU Executive Committee ($20 for 2012)
 Recertify with the USSF annually
 Attend 2 of 3 yearly business meetings (or receive an exemption from the
secretary of the executive committee)
The 2012 meeting dates are:
o March 11 (already held)
o June 10
o August 5 (elections)
 Referees in their first three seasons (who are not refereeing travel leagues) may
meet their yearly meeting requirements by attending 2 of 4 mentor zone
meetings in place of the general business meetings.
 Follow other unit policies throughout the season.
Refereeing RDYSL/RDSL – League Specific Meetings
If you desire to referee in one of the travel/adult soccer leagues, you are required to
attend a league specific meeting for the leagues you wish to referee. These meetings
are generally held in April of each year.
Attending the meeting does not guarantee match assignments in any given league.
Match Responsibilities: Prior to Game Day
You are responsible for keeping your availability schedule current and accurate through
the Arbiter system (or other system if the assignor does not use Arbiter) for the duration
of the season. Failure to do this will negatively impact your game assignments.
Know your assignors and how to contact them. If you cannot find a game site, have
game-day questions, or any other problem(s) come up, contact the appropriate assignor
for additional instructions.
Crew Communication
Referees working with Assistant Referees should contact their Assistant Referees no
later than 72-hours prior to the match to confirm the assignment location, go over any
pre-game instructions (e.g. uniforms, car pooling, specific rules, etc) and to establish
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where/when to meet once at the field. If you are unable to contact your crew via e-mail,
get their phone number from Arbiter and call them.
Assistant referees who have not heard from the referee less than 48-hours prior to the
match should contact the referee. Any crew communication made within 24-hours of
kick-off should be made by telephone.
Match Responsibilities: Day of Game
Match Arrival
You are required to be at the game site a minimum of thirty (30) minutes before the
scheduled kick-off of any game, regardless of your assigned position.
WNY Inclement Weather Policy (Applicable to All Matches in WNY)
If you see lightning OR hear thunder, you MUST stop the game immediately. Do not
allow the game to restart until a minimum of 30 minutes have passed from the last flash
of lightning seen or bang of thunder heard.
Use your discretion for all other unusual weather conditions (e.g. hail, rain) to maintain
player safety accordingly. You MUST seek shelter to set the example for all to follow.
Field of Play & Goal Safety
Your decision as to the safety of the field of play is final. The use of portable goals has
become commonplace. You must ensure that all goals are counterweighted (anchored),
if they are not, DO NOT start the game.
Corrections to the Field
If you find that any part of the field does not pass inspection, but could be corrected (i.e.
nets not attached, lines missing, goals not anchored), politely ask the home team’s staff
to correct the situation. The teams are responsible to have playing fields ready by game
time. Always document any problems with the fields you encounter in the match report.
Rules of Competition
The FIFA Laws of the Game shall be used in all cases, unless modified by a league’s
specific rules of competition. If there is a point of law not modified or that is unclear, the
Laws of the Game take precedent. If a modification has been clearly made, please
enforce it. This manual lists these special rules of competition. If there is a discrepancy
between this manual and the leagues rules, please abide by the league’s rules.
Match Reports
You MUST submit a match report to the league after any match you referee. Reports
should be sent within 48 hours of the game’s end. If there is a red card or other unusual
circumstance the report, along with seized documents are due within 24 hours.
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Referee Assault
The procedure in the event of referee assault is clearly outlined on in the USSF Referee
Administrative Handbook. First, inform the SRA (Michael Tata) This policy must be
followed in the unlikely event of an assault. Further advice on this topic (see: STOP
document) is provided in the INDEX section of this handbook.
Communication with Leagues & League Officers
If one of the leagues we service contacts you directly, do not answer. Instead, contact
your league liaison who will follow up through the appropriate channels or provide you
instructions on how to answer the league’s query.
Social Media Policy
With the increasing popularity of Facebook, Twitter, etc, there is a real possibility for the
things you post to be read by league officers, team coaches, or players of a given team.
Due to this possibility, RRU expects that referees will use good sense and intelligence
regarding posts related to matches they referee. RRU prefers that you do not make any
public posts/comments about matches you are assigned to or have refereed.
Aside from our website located at www.rochester.wnyreferee.org we also have
FACEBOOK and TWITTER accounts which will periodically be updated with information
at the following handles:
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RDSL (Rochester & District Soccer League)
Rules of Competition
*NOTE: This is for adult soccer, not the youth travel soccer league, for that see: "RDYSL"
Teams are responsible for providing a roster to the referee no later than 15 minutes
prior to the match. The home team shall furnish the referee with two line-up sheets for
their team. The referee shall give one copy of the line-up sheet to the visiting team who
shall also give the referee two copies of their line-up sheet (one of which goes to the
home team). No team may list more than twenty-two (22) different players on their
official roster. (The Over 50 division may list up to 25 players on their roster.) Players
affiliated by club may play on a higher division team and their name shall be written in to
the roster prior to the match, in which case the player pass requirement is still enforced.
The rosters must:
 Be legible.
Include player names as documented on the player passes.
Include player ID numbers as documented on the player pass.
Include correct jersey number.
Player Passes
Only players listed on the roster may play in a match. These players must also turn
their player’s pass over the referee for the duration of match. At the conclusion of the
match the referee shall return all player passes, except to players who have been sentoff (RED CARD).
The referee shall seize the player pass of any player sent-off (or coach’s pass for any
dismissed coach) and send it in to the league with the match report within 24 hours of
the end of the match.
The RDSL strictly enforces the NO PASS, NO PLAY policy with the only exception as
noted below.
EXCEPTION: Driver License & League E-Mail
In the event a player’s pass is lost, a Drivers License may be used in conjunction with a
copy of an e-mail from the league registrar (Chris Chilano) stating that the Drivers
License may be used. The e-mail will have an expiration date by which the player must
have a new player’s pass made.
Use of a Drivers License should be noted on the roster along with the Drivers License
ID number. The referee shall collect the copy of this e-mail and submit it with the match
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report. No deviation from this policy will be permitted if a pass is missing… Remember
Players may be substituted and re-substituted as frequently as desired; only at the
following times:
Substitution Request Restrictions
Who May Sub?
When May They Sub?
Either Team
Prior to Any Goal Kick
Either Team
Prior to Any Kick-Off / @ Halftime
Team in Possession
Prior to their own Throw-In
Injured Player(s)
After Play is Stopped for an Injury
Referee Fees & Payments
Men’s Premier*
Men’s First Div.
Over 30 Premier
Any Other Division
Other (If ARs are
Ref Assignor
AR 1
AR 2
*League Cup matches shall be paid at the same rate as men’s Premier.
^Divisions requesting ARs that usually use a single referee, shall pay these rates.
Fees Due Prior to Match Beginning
All referee fees and expenses shall be paid by the home team and must be paid
promptly before kick-off. Do not start the match until fees are paid in full.
Assignors Fee
Along with the referee fee, you will collect the Assignor’s fee:
Center Referee:
$3 per game (If fee is $62, then you collect $65)
Assistant Referee $1 per game (If the fee is $37, then you collect $38)
At the end of each month, the referee shall send the owed fees to the assignor who
gave them the games, so if you received matches on Monday, Wednesday, and
Saturday in the RDSL, you will send three checks for that month, one check going to
each assignor who gave you game assignments.
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Travel Fee
There will be a $10.00 travel fee for a Referee and a $5.00 fee for each Assistant
Referee who lives in Monroe County and must travel outside Monroe County limits for a
game. A maximum travel fee of $20.00 per match will be paid. Referees and ARs who
live outside of Monroe county and travel to any other county outside their own,
excluding Monroe county, are also entitled to a travel fee.
This fee is payable at the time the rest of the referee fee is collected. You must inform
the team that they owe the travel fee in order to collect on it.
Late Start Fee
If for any reason a team is not ready to start the game within 15 minutes of the
scheduled start time, the late start will be noted in the written game report to the league
Divisional Organizer. The official(s) will receive a $20.00 (total) late start fee. The
referee will inform the teams when the game report will note a late start. The teams may
choose to pay the late fee at the field or be billed for it (plus the Administrative fee) by
the League.
Unplayable Field
If a field is not playable and all parties are present at the match site, a $10.00 travel fee
will be paid to the referee and $5.00 travel fee to each Assistant Referee. Games
outside Monroe County that are cancelled due to unplayable fields shall only pay one
travel fee.
Missed Assignment Penalty
In the event a referee or assistant referee fails to appear and the League has not been
notified at least 48 hours before the start of the game of any assigning problems, the
Referee will pay the usual game fee to the assignor.
Miscellaneous Payment Issues
If a match is suspended because of weather and the match had not reached halftime,
the referee(s) will receive half of the game fee. The referee(s) will receive full game fee
payment for any other reasons of suspension or termination, or if the game reaches its
midpoint. Teams will split the half game fee paid to a referee for a game called off
before halftime.
RDSL Policies
The Referee
The referee shall be the sole judge on the field of play and his/her decisions on the
Laws of the Game shall be final. You must wear the correct USSF referee uniform at all
Late Arriving Team – Grace Period / Team Does Not Show
If a team is late arriving to the game, they shall be granted a 30-minute grace period to
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arrive. If the team fails to provide the minimum number of players by the end of the
grace period, the referee shall leave the field and the match may not be played. The
referee shall return the players passes, and note the reason the game was not played in
the match report.
Claiming Fee for No-Show Team
The referee is entitled to collect their full match fee, if it is available at the field, if not it
will be paid to them by the assignor by the end of the calendar year after fees are
settled with the RDSL. In order to claim this fee, you must file an official USSF match
report stating the reasons the match was not played, within 48 hours to the division
organizer, the assignor who gave you the appointment, and the RDSL Liaison (Steve
Montanino) no later than 48 hours after the scheduled start time of the match.
Field of Play – Safety
On arrival at the ground, the referee shall inspect the field of play and he/she shall be
the sole judge as to its fitness. If the referee finds the field, over which he/she has
control, unplayable, the game shall be postponed and the referee shall be entitled to
his/her traveling expenses only (per referee contract).
Bench Positioning
Where practical, team benches must be set up on opposite sides of the field. When
official linesmen are used a crowd-control barrier must be in place twelve (12) feet from
the touchline.
RDSL Hearings
When there is a protest or a hearing concerning any game, the referee who officiated
the game is obligated to make “responsible effort” to attend such hearing or protest to
give evidence in person.
Referee Assault
If a referee is assaulted and bodily harmed, due to the neglect of a team to provide
adequate protection, that team may be fined at the discretion of the League or Cup
Competition concerned. Said team may be liable to the referee, upon proven evidence
for any consequences of such assault.
Match Reporting
Following the game, the referee shall fill out his/her Game Report form within 48 hours
of the end of the match (24 hours in the event of any send-off or referee assault), with
one copy of each team's line-up enclosed and any Player Passes from ejected (red
card) players included, mail it promptly to the Divisional Organizer. All RDSL match
reports must be submitted on the official USSF Match Report & Supplemental Forms.
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RDSL Division Organizers List
Check the RDSL website @ www.rdsl.org for the current D.O.
2013 RDSL Liaison
Steve Montanino
[email protected]
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RDYSL (Rochester & District Youth Soccer League)
Age Group Differences & 2013 Referee Fees
Ball Referee’s Number of Players Maximum
Groups Length Size
Roster #
U08-10 2 x 25’
U11-12 2 x 30’
U13-14 2 x 35’
U15-16 2 x 40’
U17-19 2 x 45’
Assistant Referee Fee: $30.00*
Roster #
*Except games assigned through the mentor program.
Fees for ARs through this program are:
U12: $15.00 -- U13: $20.00
(See rules regarding payment and rosters below)
Follow the procedure defined in Law III of the FIFA Laws of the Game with the following
 Teams may request an unlimited number of substitutions during a match
 Players may reenter the game an unlimited number of times.
 Substitutions may only be requested as outlined in the chart below:
Substitution Request Restrictions
Who May Sub?
When May They Sub?
Either Team
Prior to Any Goal Kick
Either Team
Prior to Any Kick-Off
Either Team
After Play is Stopped for an Injury
Either Team
During a Mandatory Water Break
Team in Possession
Prior to their own Throw-In
Subs - Under 10 and below ONLY
Teams may sub at any stoppage in play regardless of whether or not the other team
Throw-In - Under 10 and below ONLY
If a player takes a throw-in improperly, the referee shall order the throw-in retaken. If
the violation is repeated the throw-in shall be given to the other team.
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The home team pays all referee crew fees.
Payment may be cash ONLY. Cash should be paid with exact change only, but be
flexible with this if necessary.
Weather Cancellation - Travel Fee
If a game is cancelled due to unsafe field conditions or weather PRIOR TO KICK-OFF
and each team has the minimum number of players and one risk-management
approved adult, each referee/AR is entitled to $12 only.
If a game is started and later suspended/terminated, you are entitled to full-fee.
Other Cancellation Fees
This section applies only when a match is cancelled due to filed closure/"Act-of-God".
If you're assigned to a match and it is cancelled for any reason and the assignor is
notified more than 6.5 hours before the scheduled match start, you are not entitled to
any fee, but you should be reassigned to another game on the same day (if one is
If the assignor is notified that your match is cancelled with less than 6.5 hours prior to
the scheduled kick-off but more than 2.5 hours prior to the scheduled kick-off, you are
entitled to one-half of your match fee regardless of whether you are assigned to
another match on the same day.
If the assignor is notified that your match is cancelled with less than 2.5 hours prior to
the scheduled kick-off, you are entitled to FULL match fee regardless of whether you
are assigned to another match on the same day.
To receive your cancelation fee, you must submit a match report within the normal time
frame AND you must directly e-mail the assignor who gave you the match. Failing to do
either of these tasks will disqualify you from receiving payment.
Travel Fee (> 60 miles round trip)
If you travel (30) or more miles, one-way, to any game, you are entitled to a $12.00
travel fee, to be paid by the home club. The maximum travel fee is $24 for a crew of 3.
Carpooling is strongly recommended to keep costs low for everyone.
Payment form for travel fee, go to: http://www.rdysl.com/forms/RefTravelVoucher.pdf
Late Start & No-Show Teams
If a team is not present or prepared to play by 30 minutes after the scheduled kick-off
time, you are entitled to the full game fee. You will be paid after filing a report online.
Payment in these cases is made by no later than six months, but a time table of 6-8
weeks is typical.
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Player Eligibility & Call Ups
Roster Size
A team’s roster may list up to the number of players listed under “Maximum Roster.”
“Game Roster” is the number of players who are eligible to participate in a match.
Coaches shall “scratch out” the names of any players on the roster who exceed the
game roster limit. This is a team responsibility; the referee shall make no adjustments
to the game roster.
The referee should only check in players who are present. If a player arrives late they
should bring their pass to the referee at a convenient stoppage or halftime and then be
checked in on the roster. You may be fined for improperly checking in teams.
The referee is not responsible for the age or number of call ups a team nominates.
A team must provide the referee with a fully completed call-up form and the player pass
for each called up player PRIOR to the start of the game. When dealing with a call-up
form, treat the player as any other. It is the coach’s responsibility to correctly document
any called up players.
Collect the call-up form and include it with the game report you will be mailing to the
RDYSL Division Coordinator. You should also collect that player’s pass for the duration
of the game.
Should a call up player receive a red card, keep the pass and include it in the envelope
when mailing in the game report, as usual.
Player Passes
Each player must present a player pass in order to play in a game.
RDYSL Policies
Zero Tolerance
This was adopted to eliminate inappropriate behavior by all spectators and participants.
This is NOT a silver bullet for the referee to use indiscriminately. Do NOT tolerate loud
or persistent behavior but be understanding of a stray comment.
Please use common sense when applying “zero tolerance.”
(Read Zero Tolerance in INDEX)
Team Benches
Team spectators are REQUIRED to sit on opposite sides of the field. The home team
has its choice. The referee MUST enforce this by requesting assistance of the head
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coach. If the pitch has stadium seating the teams should sit on opposite sides of the
center of the field with reasonable room between the spectators. (2012 game report
requires you to report compliance.)
Game Ball
The home team shall provide a game ball, this must meet the referees approval, above
all it must be safe. If the ball becomes defective or lost the home team may replace it.
If the home team cannot provide a suitable ball the referee shall ask the visiting team for
Heat/Humidity Rule
If the temperature is higher than 90⁰F or there is very high humidity you are REQUIRED
to take a maximum 3 minute water break mid‐way through each half at a convenient
stoppage such as a throw in. During the water break:
 The clock stops (the entire time is added on to the end of the half)
 Players may leave field
 Unlimited substitutes are allowed.
Inclement Weather Policy
Same as WNY (see above). The referee shall abandon game after 60 minutes of wait
time or if it will be too dark to resume game after 30 min wait.
Risk Management Passes
Each team must have at least one adult with a valid, current risk management pass and
be present on the team’s sideline during the entire match. (They may be handwritten in.)
Should there be no adult with a valid pass present the match shall be abandoned and
circumstances reported to the RDYSL Division Coordinator.
Team Uniform Color Conflict
The home team changes jerseys if there is a conflict.
Player Equipment
NO JEWELRY IS ALLOWED. (Medical warning devices are OK if may be worn only if
they can be made safe to the satisfaction of the referee.)
Halftime shall five (5) to ten (10) minutes long.
Tied Games
No overtime shall be played. Games that end in a tie are reported as such.
Added Time
Time shall be added to the end of each period consistent with Law VII of the FIFA Laws
of the Game.
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After the Match
RDYSL prefers the referee observe the end of game handshake and report any
inappropriate behavior, but this is not required. If you are not comfortable waiting, you
may leave immediately after the game is finished. Do not wait there if you feel your
safety is in jeopardy, or your further presence will cause unnecessary conflict.
 COLLECT two (2) game rosters from each team.
 PRINT your name and then sign one from each team and give it to the opposing
 CHECK OFF the names of the players who have provided player passes.
 CHECK OFF the names of the coaches/managers listed on the game report
whom present a risk management pass.
 OBTAIN a signature from team representative to verify you correctly conducted
player/coach/manager check in.
 COLLECT all players passes and coach risk management passes who have
checked in.
At the field
 SEIZE any ejected players pass and any ejected coach’s risk management pass.
 RETURN all other player and risk management passes prior to leaving the site.
After leaving the field
 FILE the on-line match report using the rosters as provided by the team within
50 hours of the scheduled start time of the match. (Link to OGRS on RRU)
 SEND all seized passes to the division coordinator by postal mail by the next
day. If the match is played on a Saturday or Sunday, send them on Monday.
Reporting Misconduct
Provide basic information on misconduct in the comments section of the online report
(example: #12 for Team A, John Doe, was cautioned and shown the yellow card for
dissent after he verbally protested my decision.)
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Reporting Coach Behavior
Coaches may be dismissed (ejected) for irresponsible behavior. If you warn a coach
regarding their behavior or dismiss one, you must report the details in the comments
portion of the match report and include that they behaved in an irresponsible manner.
Reporting Spectator Behavior
If you must ask the coach of a team to warn or eject any of their spectators, this
behavior must be reported in the match report. Please note the time of the match, any
names you can provide, and the details of what happened.
NOTE: Do not engage spectators yourself. Correct protocol is to have the coach deal
with them directly.
Late Reports
A report is late when it has not be submitted within 50 hours of the scheduled start time
of the match. If a report has not been submitted by this deadline, the referee will pay a
fine of $10 for each occurrence.
If a report is submitted more than 122 hours after the scheduled start time, the referee
will pay an additional fine of $15 for each occurrence. (Total fine = $25)
Reports not submitted within 10 days of the completion of the match may result in
additional sanction at the discretion of the referee unit, in conjunction with the assignors
and RDYSL, up to and including revocation of match assignments. Any additional
sanction is at the discretion of these parties and shall be explained to the referee, with
the intent of receiving the completed match report - upon receipt of the missing report
any additional sanction would be lifted, but any fines accrued would stand.
Terminated Matches
If you terminate a match for any reason, please report all of the details in the comments
section of the online match report.
Red Cards & Dismissals
If you send a player off or dismiss a team official you are required to e-mail a copy of
that game report to the Referee Unit Liaison to the RDYSL.
2013 RDYSL Referee Liaisons
Kevin Barci, Neil Ernenwein & Jim Pashalidis
[email protected]
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NYSW Thruway League
Rules of Competition
Exceptions to the Laws of the Game
Except as otherwise provided by the Thruway League Playing Rules", the FIFA "Laws
of the Game" apply.
Game Balls
The Home Team shall provide the game balls to the referee.
Age Specific Info & Referee Fees
Age Group Info & Referee Fees
Age Group
Half Length Ball Size Ref Fee
45 min
40 min
35 min
35 min
30 min
AR fee
Payment shall be made on the field before the start of the game. Each team shall pay
one-half of the total game fee (one team pays Ref, other team pays the two ARs).
Substitutions may be made with your permission, at any stoppage of play. Substituted
players may reenter the match an unlimited number of times.
Game Reports
The home team shall provide the Thruway League Game Report Form.
After the game, the REFEREE shall submit the completed Game Report Form on-line
at: http://www.thruwayleaguecup.com
League Policies
Coaches on the Sideline
A maximum of three coaches/trainers will be allowed on the team side of the field. Any
adult on the team side MUST have a risk management coach’s pass. A player from an
older team acting as a coach must have a risk management youth coaching pass and
cannot be on the sideline in a coaching capacity unless there is an adult (over 21 years
of age) with a coach’s pass on the sideline as well.
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Risk Management Coach’s Passes
All player’s and coach’s MUST have a laminated player’s pass or coach’s pass, signed
and sealed by the league/district registrar or State Risk Management officer, with a
recent photo, in order to participate in any Thruway League game and/or to be on a
team sideline. If a team is from a state that does not have a Risk Management Program
recognized by NYSWYSA, then the coaches and sideline personnel must have a risk
management pass issued by NYSWYSA. There are no exceptions to this rule.
This rule is not to be interpreted and must be strictly enforced by all referees at all
league games.
Player Passes
Any individual player(s) without an authorized player pass will not be allowed to
participate or remain on the team/player’s sideline unless that player is out of uniform.
Each team must present the referee crew with an original certified roster listing all
players and coaches who are members of the team. Referees are to check to be
certain that the passes and certified roster match. At the conclusion of the match the
certified roster will be returned to the coaching staff.
In the event that a team appears at a game site with passes but without the certified
roster, a neatly printed roster with the player’s names, pass numbers and jersey
numbers will be given to the referee who, in turn will file a report with the league
administrator attaching said roster to the report.
Player Passes
Prior to the start of each game, the Referee MUST check USYS Player Passes against
each player and their name(s) on the Official State Roster. US Club Soccer passes are
NOT valid for this league!
The Official State Roster shall include the jersey number of each player including the
Player Eligibility
All players must have a valid US Youth Soccer player pass and must appear on the
team’s certified roster.
Game officials must be advised that the contest is being played under protest.
At game time a referee may declare the field unplayable. If the field is declared
unplayable, the referee shall report the specific reason it was unplayable (goals not
anchored, grass too long, flooding, etc.)
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Bench Personnel
There will be a maximum of 3 non‐players allowed for each team on the player’s side of
the field. This includes coaches, assistants, managers, photographers, spectators,
Cautions and Send Offs
All rules covering cautions and send offs are covered by the FIFA Laws of the
Game. The Thruway League has also added to these laws with additional rules:
 If the referee verbally warns coaches and all other non‐players/non‐substitutes
on the team side the referee must report that warning in the match report.
If any non‐player is asked to leave the premises, this must also be documented
in the game report.
If you issue a send-off, that person’s member pass (player or coach) must be
sent to the League Office.
Any ADULT team official who is sent-off from a game, cannot be within sight of
the remainder of the game or the game they are sitting out.
Online Referee Game Reporting System
All referees will be providing the “Official Thruway League Game Report” online,
referred to at times in this memo as simply a “game report”. The Thruway League has
automated this process for several reasons:
 To make it easier for referees to submit reports.
 To better track any discipline from resulting matches
You will still be filling out the Official Thruway League Game Report Form immediately
after your games, as you have always done. However, instead of mailing them in to the
league office, you will just log onto the Thruway League website and enter the results of
the game later that day, online. You’ll then be able to keep the original Official Game
Report on file as a record of the games you refereed, to match against your payments
The league retains the right to request that anyone who does not file reports in a timely
manner not be assigned future matches.
Thruway League’s site online.
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MURSL (Monroe United Recreation Soccer Leagues)
The current FIFA Laws of the Game and Universal Guide to Referees is the official
rulebook to be utilized by all coaches, players, and referees with the following
Age Level
U19 (3 refs)
U19 (1 ref)
Ball Size
Player Range
5 to 7
5 to 8
7 to 11
7 to 11
7 to 11
7 to 11
12' x 4
12' x4
30' x 2
35' x 2
40' x 2
40' x 2
Ref Fee
AR Fee
Home Field Advantage
The Home team gets to choose their sideline. The supporters of that team shall occupy
the same sideline. The Visiting team and its supporters shall occupy the opposite
sideline. Coaches are asked to enforce this rule whenever possible, and avoid involving
the referee.
The number of substitutions is unlimited.
Both teams may make substitutions following an injury, at the start of each period, after
each goal, and before each goal kick.
On throw-ins, only the team awarded the throw-in may substitute.
Substitutions are not allowed on corner kicks.
Substitution for Injury
If play has been stopped for an injury, and the coach, trainer, or other adult enters the
field to attend to the injury, the injured player(s) must leave the field and may be
substituted, INCLUDING goalkeepers.
An injured field player may return at the next substitution opportunity.
An injured goalkeeper may return at the next stoppage of play with the referee’s
Visible Blood Injuries
In the event of an injury with visible blood, the player must come off the field. They may
be substituted.
Goals must be anchored to the ground or the match may not be played.
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Team Colors
If both teams have the same color jerseys, the home team is responsible for wearing an
alternate color shirt or vest. The referee shall decide if the jerseys are too similar in
color. Goalkeepers must have a different color shirt than either team.
Referee Payment
The referee shall be paid prior to the start of the match by the coach of the home team.
If the match is canceled before the start of play, the referee shall be paid a $6.00 travel
fee. If the match is terminated after the start of play, the referee shall retain the full
match fee. If a match is forfeit for any reason and not played, the referee is entitled to
the full match fee.
Sliding Tackles
Prohibited in U12 & younger; this is to be deemed as playing in a dangerous manner.
The penalty is an indirect free kick. If contact is made with an opponent before the ball,
then it is a direct kick foul for unlawful tackling.
Sliding Tackles are permitted at U15 & up provided they are not dangerous.
Volunteer Linesman and Assistant Referees
Each team ages U12-U15 shall be responsible to provide a volunteer linesman
acceptable to the referee. The linesman shall not be a team player or coach. The
designee should be at least 13 years of age, and is not to coach while handling the flag.
The linesman shall only be responsible for signaling when the ball goes out of bounds
by raising the flag straight up. The referee will signal possession for restart.
Cautions, Ejections and Misconduct
If you eject any player, coach, or spectator, you must report the facts of the event to the
referee assignor. Do not restart the match until after the dismissed person leaves the
field; out of sight and out of sound.
A player receiving a yellow card caution must leave the field, and may be replaced by a
substitution – or the team may play short-handed. A goalkeeper receiving a caution
must leave the field, and a new goalkeeper must be designated. Any cautioned player
can return to play at the next regular substitution opportunity.
There will be no official scores or standings kept.
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Match Experience Record
You are required to keep
records of the games you
have refereed each year.
Use this form to do that.
Write them here, then
transfer to a computer.
Soccer Referee Match Experience
Western New York State Referee Association, Inc.
Period from:
Age / Div
I certify that the foregoing information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Date:_______________ Signature:_________________________________________________
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Soccer Referee Match Experience
Western New York State Referee Association, Inc.
Period from:
Age / Div
I certify that the foregoing information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Date:_______________ Signature:_________________________________________________
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The USSF updated the standard match reporting form in April 2012. The new file is
available at the RRU website under the "Forms" navigation tab. While the old reporting
form will be accepted for the 2012 season, it is strongly recommended that you begin
using the newer reporting form now on.
Similarly, other game reporting forms which may be specific to an individual league will
be available in the same location.
ALL MATCH REPORTS should be completed within 48 hours of the end of your match.
Dealing with assault, abuse, and harassment against soccer referees.
By Steve Montanino
Special Thanks to Curt Hamlin, past SRA for the use of some excerpts he wrote.
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No soccer referee should ever have to deal with assault.
Even though it’s a rare occurrence referee assault is a reality.
Referee assaults catch their victims off guard.
It’s important to know what to do in event of an attack!
Remember STOP
What is a referee Assault?
Referee assault is an act committed by an individual involved in a match (player,
substitute, coach, team official, or spectator) against a referee that is of a violent or
intimidating nature.
The act of assault is always one of physical violence meaning some form of physical
contact (or attempted contact) has occurred. It also includes damaging the referee’s
What are some examples of referee assault?
Physical assaults (include, but not limited to):
 Grabbing the referee’s body or clothes in a threatening manner.
 Slapping away the referee’s hands when ref is signaling.
 Snatching a card out of the referee’s hand.
 Shoving the referee (no matter how hard).
 Spitting ON the referee.
 Striking the referee (kick, punch, knee, elbow, w/ the ball).
 Inappropriate touching (includes kissing).
 Tripping the referee.
 Pulling the referee’s hair.
 Pouring any beverage on, or damaging a referee's personal property
 Any other form of touching is designed to intimidate or cause physical harm.
What should I do if I am ever assaulted?
Remember the 4 steps of “STOP” and follow the proper USSF procedure.
 Get to Safety
 Think
 Game Over
 Call the Police
During the game moments may get tense, passions may flare, and players can become
aggressive. If a player begins moving at you in an aggressive manner to the point where
you fear for your safety, or if you are struck or otherwise physically assaulted – GET
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AWAY from them. Seek out a place on or away from the field that is safe until the
aggressor is calm or restrained.
Do your best not to strike anyone, if possible. Only strike back as your final resort.
However, USSF suggests the best course of action is to be as passively defensive as
possible (blocking, running away) rather than aggressively defensive (striking back, etc.)
Once the situation has calmed, take a moment to think about the event and decide if
what the player did was a referee assault. Common sense should tell you fairly
immediately if you have. If you are unsure, check with your assistant referee’s (if you
have any.) If you have decided that an assault occurred, write down every important fact
about what happened. Get witnesses. Include, jersey #’s, names, who was involved,
etc. If it’s a player or substitute, don’t forget to SEND HIM OFF! However, if the
player/sub you’re sending off seems agitated skip this part and inform the team captain
or a player from his team (who is not out of control) what you are going to do. Write in
the match report whether you were able to show the card and if you didn’t, explain why.
Once you have recorded your information, inform the players the match is going to be
terminated. It is better to not continue matches after a referee assault has occurred. You
probably won’t be in a state psychologically to do the game justice, and the players will
surely be on edge. It’s better to keep everyone safe and end the game rather than try to
continue it.
As a matter of course, it is good practice to call the police to the field. You should file a
police report and ask them to arrest the person who committed the assault. Press
charges. You can always change your mind later – however, if every referee pressed
charges and individuals who commit assaults were arrested and had to deal with
criminal charges every time, it stands to reason that assaults will decrease. Additionally,
a police report will document all issues pertinent to the event. Having a legal document
of the event will also help out the state association which handles the penalties given to
players. It is also useful if you decide to file civil charges later.
It is conceivable that some assaults may be minor enough where you may not need to
end the game or call the police. It is up to you to use your best judgment to decide if the
assault was severe enough to warrant the more severe actions.
However, in the event of any physical assault the referee should always keep in mind
their prerogative to call law enforcement and terminate the match. If you are under 18
years old and the perp is over 18, you have no choice, you MUST call the police.
Even if you allow the match to continue you must still report the assault to the
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SRA and the league via match report within 48 hours and follow the steps set forth by
the USSF.
What is Referee Abuse?
Generally, using language that threatens the referee with violence or that can be an
implied threat against the referee is considered “abuse”.
Some examples of abuse are remarks such as "I'll get you after the game" or
"You won't get out of here in one piece," or spitting at (but not on) the referee.
What should I do if I am abused?
1. Immediately stop play, if the ball is still in play.
2. Once play is stopped, think about what was said to you. Ask yourself, was I just
threatened by this person? If you can answer yes, you should assess the severity of the
3. Identify and record the offender’s identity. Next, write down exactly what was said to
you, and any threatening movements made toward you.
These facts must be included in your match report.
4. If the abuse came from a player or substitute send him off and show a red card to
that player/sub, so long as you feel that a red card will not escalate any danger to you. If
you don’t show the red card, inform the team captain or another player on the team that
the player is being sent-off.
5. If the abuser is not a player/sub, instead eject the coach, or spectator from the area
of the field. Be careful not to escalate any danger toward yourself.
6. If you feel an imminent threat, or fear for your safety due to a threat of violence
against you, then you should terminate the game and depending upon the severity, call
the police without hesitation.
7. If you don’t feel at risk, you may simply eject the offender. The offender must leave
the field area so they are outside of “sight and sound” so they can no longer interfere
with the match. If the offender is a youth player, remember that they must be under the
supervision of an adult so you may not be able to force them away from the field.
Usually you may send a youth player to the bench, where they must sit and change out
of their game shirt into a different shirt. If the player continues to disrupt the match, then
you must terminate the game and report all of the details in the supplemental match
report form.
8. File a match report to the league and the SRA within 48 hours containing all of the
details of the incident so that the State Association may punish the player appropriately.
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Who can I turn to in the event that I am assaulted or abused?
It is important to talk with other referee’s who you trust in the event of such an incident.
The State Referee Administrator (SRA) – You are required to deal with the
SRA as you must submit details of any of the offenses listed above within
48 hours. The SRA will also be able to help guide you through the appropriate process
and give you ideas on how to effectively report the offenses.
The District Referee Administrator (DRA) – This person is your local unit’s
representative to the State Referee Committee. He is also a good contact point with the
local leagues. He should be able to assist you in dealing with the local leagues where
the offense took place.
A more experienced referee who you can trust – Talking about what happened with
more experienced referee’s may help you to feel better and they may be able to give
you some pointers on how to handle the case in the future.
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(Youth Only) – The following is text taken directly from the NYSWYSA website:
In effect
Parents & Spectators
No parent or spectator shall persistently address the referee or assistant referees at any
This includes, but is not limited to:
a. Parents and spectators shall not dispute calls during or after the game.
b. Parents and spectators shall not make remarks to the referee(s) or advise the
referee(s) to watch certain players or attend to rough play.
c. Parents and spectators shall never yell at the referee(s), including criticism,
sarcasm, harassment, intimidation or feedback of any kind before, during or after
the game.
The only allowable exceptions to the above are:
a. Parents and spectators may respond to a referee who has initiated a
conversation, until such time as the referee terminates the conversation.
b. Parents and spectators may point out an emergency or safety issues, such as a
player apparently injured on the field or observed fighting.
Additionally, parents and spectators shall not make derogatory comments to players of
either team.
Penalties (Parents & Spectators)
In the opinion of the referee, depending on the severity of the offense, the referee may
take any of the following actions:
a. The referee may issue a verbal warning to the coach of offending party’s team.
b. The referee may stop the game and instruct the coaches to direct the parent /
spectator to leave the field.
c. The referee may abandon the game if the parent/spectator does not leave the
The conduct of the players is governed by the Laws of the Game as stated by FIFA and
USSF. The Laws themselves describe penalties associated with violating the Laws of
the Game. Additional penalties for players who engage in misconduct may be
established by the club and/or league but may in no case be less severe than penalties
established by FIFA, USSF, or NYSWYSA.
Coaches, Assistant Coaches & Bench Personnel
It is the responsibility of all coaches to maintain the highest standards of conduct for
themselves, their players and supporters in all matches. Failure to do so undermines
the referee’s authority and the integrity of the game resulting in a hostile environment for
players, the referee(s), coaches, assistant coaches, bench personnel and spectators.
As role models for all of the participants and spectators, coaches participating in a New
York State West Youth Soccer Association sanctioned event are expected to be
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supportive of, and to acknowledge the effort, good play and sportsmanship on the part
of ALL players from either team in a contest. By example, coaches, assistant coaches
and bench personnel are expected to show that although they are competing in a game,
they have respect for their opponent, referees and spectators at all times. The New
York State West Youth Soccer Association will not tolerate negative behavior exhibited
either by demonstrative actions and gestures, or by ill-intentioned remarks, including
those addressed toward the referees or members of an opposing team. Coaches
exhibiting hostile, negative, sarcastic or otherwise ill-intended behavior toward referees,
opposing players or coaches will be subject to sanction by the match official. Additional
sanctions may be imposed by the club that the coach or assistant coach represents, the
league that the match is being played under, or as allowed by New York State West
Youth Soccer Association policies after a review of the match report.
Coaches shall not interact directly or indirectly with the coaches or players of the
opposing team during the game in any manner that may be construed as
negative, hostile or sarcastic either by way of demonstrative actions and gestures
or by ill-intentioned remarks.
Coaches shall not offer dissent to any call made by the referee(s) at any time.
Coaches are not to address the Referee(s) during the game except to:
Respond to a referee who has initiated a conversation.
Point out emergency or safety issues.
Make substitutions.
Ask the referee, “What is the proper restart (i.e. direction and Indirect Free Kick or Direct
Free Kick)?
Ask for the time remaining in the half.
Coaches are allowed to ask a referee after a game or during the halftime interval,
in a polite and constructive way, to explain a law or foul, but not judgment calls
made in the game.
a. Polite and friendly concern can be exchanged with the referee. If the polite tone of the
conversation changes, the referee may abandon the exchange at any time.
b. Absolutely no sarcasm, harassment or intimidation is allowed.
NOTE: It is recommended that coaches or other team members do not engage in any
conversation with the match official once the match has concluded.
Penalties (Coaches, Assistant Coaches & Bench Personnel)
In the opinion of the referee, depending on the severity of the offense, the referee may take
any of the following actions:
a. The referee may issue a verbal warning to the offending coach, assistant coach or
bench personnel.
b. The referee may eject the offending coach, assistant coach or bench personnel. Once
ejected, the individual will be required to leave the field immediately.
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NOTE: Referees are instructed not to display any cards to bench personnel. They are
strictly reserved for players and substitutes.
c. The referee should abandon the game, if the coach, assistant coach or bench personnel
do not leave the field or any immediate adjoining area after having been instructed to do
Additional penalties associated with the ejection of a coach, assistant coach or bench
personnel may be assessed by the local club or league which sanctioned the match in
accordance with their documented policy. These penalties may be no less stringent
than sanctions as may be imposed by NYSWYSA following their review, if conducted, of
the incident.
All cases of alleged abuse or assault of a referee shall be reported to the NYSWYSA
State Office and State Referee Administrator within 48 hours of the match that
engendered said behavior. NYSWYSA will then conduct a verification of the complaint
and subsequent actions as required by applicable sections of USSF Policy in effect at
the time of the incident. Although NYSWYSA is continually bound by USSF Policy and
its various revisions, definition of referee abuse and referee assault found in USSF
Policy 531-9 as of the creation date of this Zero Tolerance Policy is offered by way of
information as follows:
Referee Abuse
(a) Referee abuse is a verbal statement or physical act not resulting in bodily contact which
implies or threatens physical harm to a referee or the referee’s property or equipment.
(b) Abuse includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a referee: using
foul or abusive language toward a referee that implies or threatens physical harm;
spewing any beverage on a referee’s physical property; or spitting at (but not on) the
Referee Assault
(i) Referee Assault is an intentional act of physical violence at or upon a referee.
(ii) For purposes of this Policy, “intentional act” shall mean an act intended to bring
about a result which will invade the interests of another in a way that is socially
unacceptable. Unintended consequences of the act are irrelevant.
(b) Assault includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a referee:
hitting, kicking, punching, choking, spitting on, grabbing or bodily running into a referee;
head butting; the act of kicking or throwing any object at a referee that could inflict
injury; damaging the referee’s uniform or personal property, i.e. car, equipment, etc.
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This is an example of the form required to be reimbursed for travel fee through RDYSL,
available on the RDYSL website under the “forms” link.
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This manual was compiled by Steve Montanino (1st VP). The RRU strives to provide its
referees with the best information available. To that end, if you find any errors or have
any ideas to improve this manual, please let us know by e-mailing Steve at
[email protected]
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