Referee FAQs

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How do I lodge a complaint about the referee at my child's game?

Referees are volunteers, trying their best just like the players and the coaches.

During a game, there is no reason for any coach, parent or player to show disrespect or any dissent towards a referee. No matter how horrible you thought the call was, there is never any intent to make a bad call against your team. However, even certified referees can sometimes make mistakes and can always use mentoring. Our region is always trying to improve its referee pool.

At the last World Cup Graham Poll, one of the best referees in world, showed three yellow cards to the same player before sending him off. Was it a mistake? Of course it was.

If you have specific incidents or situations that you feel can help us improve our program, please send an email to the referee administrator at ref88@ayso88.org. Please be specific. Include the date, the time, the field, and the division. In details, describe the situation and tell us which Law violation, in your opinion, was not called by the referee. Also, please make sure YOU review and understand the Laws of the Game before you send in your concerns. You can always look up the Laws by going to http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/lawsofthegame/index.html.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, if you are not yet a certified referee, please attend our next referee clinic as we are always looking for good volunteers.

Who provides referees for the games in the competitive divisions (U10-U19)?

There are approximately 90 games every week in U10-U19, each requiring a 3-person crew.

Each team provides certified referees for the game following theirs. The HOME team must provide two "certified" referees, and the VISITING (or AWAY) team must provide 1 properly "certified" referee. The referee assignments for the first game of the day on that field is covered by the teams playing the last game of the day on that field.

In order to be a coach or an assistant coach in our region, one must also be a certified referee. That gives each team at least two certified referees. We strongly suggest that coaches recruit other volunteers to be certified and help with the referee assignments.

Who provides referees for the U5-U8 games?

U5-U8 teams provide referees for their own games.

For U5, the region recommends that the U5 coaches "monitor" their own games. Someone other than the coaches referee these games.

For U6-U8, the region recommends that someone other than the coaches referee these games. If that is not possible, then the coaches should referee the games, but give fair guidance to BOTH teams.

Although we encourage all coaches to attend the appropriate referee clinics, at this time, only the U8 coaches are mandated to be certified U8 referees. Certification can be obtained by attending a U8 referee clinic.

What happens if I miss my referee assignment?

You will be suspended for one game and will not be allowed to coach your next game. Although you will not be allowed to coach the next game, you must still fulfill your referee obligation for the game following your game or you will be suspended from coaching. When serving a suspension, you are not allowed ANY contact with the players from Start to Finish INCLUDING the half time break.

Where do referees get their badges and uniforms?

Contact the referee administrator at ref88@ayso88.org. Include the referee clinic you took, (and when, if you remember) and the size uniform you need.

What are the "Official" game times for each division?

Under-5
Four 5 minute quarters with quarter breaks
One 5 minute half time

Under-6
Four 8 minute quarters with quarter breaks
One 5 minute half time

Under-8
Four 10 minute quarters with quarter breaks
One 5-10 minute half time

Under-10
Four 12.5 minute quarters with quarter breaks
One 5-10 minute half time

Under-12
Four 15 minute quarters with quarter breaks
One 5-10 minute half time

Under-14
Four 17.5 minute quarters with quarter breaks
Two minutes between quarters
One 5 minute half time

Under-16
Four 20 minute quarters with quarter breaks
One 5 minute half time

Under-19
Two 45 minutes halves
One 5-10 minute half time

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