Referee’s Page

Important Information for Referees

If you are interested in becoming a Referee, please contact our Referee Coordinator, Pat West at refdirector@methuensoccer.org

Referee Registration – Fall Sign Ups Closed!*

*Please Note: Registration does not guarantee placement as a Referee for Methuen Youth Soccer, you will be contacted by the Ref Director after sign-up if chosen.

Ref Handbook

Coaches Code of Conduct

Zero Tolerance Policy to protect Officials

Parents Code of Conduct – Zero Tolerance Policy

Rules of the Game
US Youth Soccer Rules of the Game

Prior to every game it is the responsibility of the Parent first, then Coach and finally Referee to make sure that every player is properly dressed and ready for play. A Head-to-Toe check must be performed. Check the Player “Head-To-Toe” Checklist

Code of Conduct – Zero Tolerance

Because of physical and verbal abuse against referees Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association along with Essex County Youth Soccer Association (ECYSA) other soccer organizations have adopted a Zero Tolerance Policy on Officials. This policy as described below is in effect for Methuen Youth Soccer Association.

It is the responsibility of ALL coaches to maintain the highest standards of conduct for themselves, their players and supporters in all matches. Abusive and obscene language, violent play, violent conduct, fighting and other behavior detrimental to the game will not be tolerated. A coach’s responsibility for referee support and spectator control includes the times prior to, during and after the game at the field and surrounding areas.
All persons responsible for a team and all the spectators shall support the referee.
Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee and all the other participants and spectators.
Consequently, ECYSA has adopted the following rule:

No one is to address the referee during the game!! Including persons responsible for a team

Coach and Assistant Coaches Exceptions and Penalties

Exceptions During the Game:
• Responding to a referee initiating a communication.
• Making substitutions.
• Pointing out emergencies or safety issues.

Exceptions at Half Time or at the End of the Game:
• A coach or assistant coach can ask a referee to explain a rule(s) in a polite and constructive way.
• A polite and friendly feedback can be given to the referee.
• Absolutely no sarcasm, no harassment and no intimidation.

Penalties:
• Any Major Infraction Warning (Caution) or Dismissal (Ejection) depending on the seriousness of the infraction (FIFA).
• Initial Minor Infraction A verbal warning.
 
Any Subsequent Infraction Will Warrant the Following Actions:
• Warning
(Caution): Must be told by the referee that this is their WARNING and must be reported to ECYSA

• Dismissal (Ejection):  Must be told by the referee that they are DISMISSED, their pass card must be kept and reported to ECYSA.

Spectators Exceptions and Penalties

Exceptions During the Game:
• Referee initiating a communication.
• Pointing out emergencies or safety issues.

Penalties:
1st Infraction
: The Referee, at the next stoppage of play, should ask the coach to quiet the offending spectator.

2nd Infraction: A verbal warning. The Referee, at the next stoppage of play, should ask the coach to warn the spectator that the next infraction will be a removal of the spectator or the referee will abandon the game.

3rd Infraction: The Referee, at the next stoppage of play, shall instruct the coach to direct the spectator to leave the field. The referee should abandon the game if the spectator does not leave the field.
 

If the referee abandons the game, the referee shall file a report and ECYSA may impose a forfeit on the spectator’s team.

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