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Referee Information

Referees (Officials): The official protects the players and enforces the rules.  The referee officiates the game and is on the field with the players.  The referee keeps the official time.  The assistant referees each patrol one half of the field, from opposite sidelines.  Their job is to provide assistance to the referee only.  ARs as they are called, use a flag to signal to the referee and to the players when the ball is out of bounds, when a player is potentially offside, or they have seen a foul committed.  The referee makes the final determination whether or not to blow the whistle.

A referee shall be assigned by the Director of Competition to officiate each match with the authority assigned to him/her as defined in) FIFA Laws of the Game.   U14 age group plays with full FIFA rules.  We do utilize recommended guidelines for modified play in U5, U7, U9, and U11  Modified Rules Summary 2021.

The referee shall at all times put great emphasis on the welfare of the players and officiate each match in a manner inducing clean competition and sportsmanship. The referee is empowered to end any match if in his/her opinion players, parents, or coaches are not conducting themselves according to the NCenYSA, WSYSA or FIFA rules.

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