Returning referees- check out the recertification class. New refs who have passed their classes and recertified refs should contact the referee assignors to get games.Young first time refs–contact the Dribblers and Trappers assigners.
Ref Assigners Spring 2018
Dribblers ($14/ref) Lee Jean Zech 561.4649
Trappers ($14/ref) Vicky Shannon 205.3965
Shooters and Passers ($18/ref, 2 refs/game) Tim Feldman 505.7795
Flyers ($23/team, 2 refs) and Wings ($23/team, 2 refs) Jill Tummler-MacKenzie 474.2840
Strikers($27/ref, 2 refs) Steve Wilson 474.5968
Kickers ($29/team, 2 refs) Richard Pendleton 673.9026
Minors ($31/game, number of refs tbd) Contact TBD

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 levelcourse.
  • Know the local Rules of Competition.(see the Cheat Sheet for a summary)
    • 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. They don’t make all the right decisions either, but the best refs strive to improve. 
Dress and Act Professionally:
  • 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.

Take Charge:

  • Taking charge does not mean yelling and acting like a dictator (which is abuse of power).
  • Greet each coach with a firm handshake, a smile and look each coach in the eyes.
  • Issue firm, but simple instructions to the players so they know you are capable of managing the game..
  • Start the game on time.
What You Need to Have
  • An approved USSF referee uniform. The gold shirt is the primary jersey color for referees so it should be the one jersey you purchase right away.
  • Solid black shorts.
  • Black knee socks.
  • Your current year USSF badge on the left shirt pocket of your jersey.
  • A referee bag that should contain the following:
    • A watch with stopwatch functions – two watches are preferred, one for starting and stopping and one for keeping a running time in case you forget to start the first one.
    • Pens/pencils,
    • Notebook
    • Red and yellow cards
    • Tossing coins
    • Whistles – always have an extra in your bag
    • Cold weather gear when the time of year makes it necessary
    • Street shoes and dry socks
    • A large plastic trash bag (to put your ref bag inside in case of rain)
    • Sunscreen
    • Snacks (energy bars are great!) if you are going to be doing more than one game.
    • Rubber bands or baggies to hold and separate player/coach cards for each team.
    • Water – don’t forget to bring water.
What You Need to Do
  • You should arrive at the field at least 15 minutes prior to the game.
  • If you don’t drive, make sure you have made arrangements for someone to pick you up to take you home.
  • Bring a cell phone, as well as the telephone number of your assignor and club contact.