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Law V - Additional Information

Before even getting on the field, you've obviously got to get assigned games. There are many different assigning methods that vary from Area to Area.

Learn what the process is from the Area Referee Coordinators. Then, follow the system. Do not compromise your principles to get games. You'd be sacrificing your integrity just for that assignment. It's not worth it.

Once you've learned the procedure and accepted the assignment, keep it. Few things upset assignors more than turned back games. Some assignors are plagued by so many turned back games, they are charging officials who accept a game and weeks later turn it back. Obviously emergencies do happen, but they should be few in number.


Soccer officiating requires you to be in good physical condition. Consider taking a physical examination before each season. Stay in shape rather than get in shape. Being physically fit is a lifestyle. If you never get out of shape, it won't be such a chore getting ready for the season.


Arrive at the game site well in advance of the scheduled start time. Allow enough time to get stuck in traffic and still make it in plenty of time.

The proper amount of time varies from level and by local practice. General rule: Arrive at least 15 minutes before kick-off. Allow enough time to stretch out, get dressed, have a pre-game with your partners and conduct pre-game duties without rushing.

If possible, drive with your partners. That gives you time for idle chit-chat and possibly a pre-game conference on the way to the game.


At a minimum, the standard gold jersey are worn. As you advance and do higher level games, it will become more important to have the full selection of alternative jerseys in both long and short sleeve option. An undershirt should be plain white or black, but white tends to work better. The shirts should always be tucked in.

In colder weather, layering is a good idea. You may find that some of the thin, high-tech insulated undershirts will provide sufficient warmth even in very cold conditions. Some referees will wear their rain (plastic) jerseys under their normal jersey. The rain jersey provides a significant wind barrier on cold, blustery days.

All black shorts. Make certain they are not too short. When you see the first sign of them turning grey due to washings, replace them. The fabric should match the fabric of the shirt, i.e., satin finish and satin finish.

Entirely black shoes are most acceptable, however, black with minimal white markings are acceptable. Black laces are always worn.

There are a number of effective ways to keep your shoes looking good. Many referees will carry shoe polish in their bag and work on their shoes between matches.


Black with three white stripes. Always make sure they are pulled up and that the stripes are even across the cuff. The use of short athletic socks should be avoided regardless of the weather conditions

Carry a spare in your shorts pocket. A wrist lanyard is the preferred method by most officials. Have several whistles, with different tones, available for use.


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