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Referees Making a Good First Impression

Updated Thursday April 14, 2016 by POB Soccer.

Making a Good First Impression

Know the Laws: Success begins by being prepared

  • Read and know the Laws of the Game and work to learn the correct interpretations.
  • Know the generally accepted mechanics approved by the USSF and found in the Guide to Procedures for Referees, Assistant Referees and 4th Officials. You should have received this booklet in your entry level course.
  • Know the local Rules of Competition.
    • Length of halves
    • Size of ball
    • Number of players
    • Substitutions
    • Penalty kicks or no penalty kicks
    • Direct free kicks allowed or only indirect free kicks
    • Offside, no offside
    • What you do with the game report
    • Uniform requirements
  • As an inexperienced referee, you will not make all the right decisions. You will learn from experience and from working with more experienced referees. 

Dress and Act Professional:

  • If you expect to command respect (one element of game control) on the field, then you must look and act like a professional
  • Approach the game in a way that shows you are looking forward to being there and being a part of the game.
  • Dress for success - wear the proper uniform with your referee jersey tucked in and your socks pulled up.