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Being A Referee

Being A Referee

To be an effective Referee you will need to:

  1. Focus on Safety: Inspect the field, goals and ALL players.  Know the rules regarding weather conditions.
  2. Be Responsible: Be respectful to all players and coaches.  Remember, you are the Referee and your call is FINAL.  Be decisive and take charge of the game and the field.  Work with your crew as a Team.
  3. Prepare: Know the Rules of the Game and Rules of Competition you are refereeing!  Review them and review the video tutorials.  Also, make sure you have your FULL equipment at all times.


  1. USSF Shirt(s): For the beginning, purchase a Yellow short sleeve shirt.  If you like, for the colder days a Yellow long sleeve shirt.  They make 5 different colors shorts both Short and long sleeves.  If you see that you have a great desire to continue refereeing then you should invest in purchasing all colors for Travel games.  This is required for Travel games because the Referee crew potential might have to change color shirts depending on Team Jerseys.
    1. For Recreational: USSF Yellow short sleeve shirt & USSF Yellow long sleeve shirt 
    2. For Travel: ALL 5 colors (Yellow, Green, Blue, Black and  Red) Short and Long sleeve shirts.
  2. USSF Black Shorts: Need to purchase USSF Black Shorts.
  3. USSF Black Socks: There are 2 types of USSF socks.  Three White Stripes on top or USSF Logo in the middle.
    1.  For Recreational: Will use the Three White Strips on Top.
    2.  For Travel: You should buy both USSF Two Strips in the middle and USSF Three Strip socks
  4. Cleats: BLACK.  If you play soccer and have multi color cleats, invest on inexpensive BLACK Cleats for your Referee assignments.


  1. Whistles: ALL Referees are required to have several whistles in their bag and 2 on their person during the game.  When purchasing whistles, make sure you have whistles of different tones so you can differentiate yourself from other games near you. 
  2. Flags: All Flags with USSF Logo.  Both Referees must use the SAME SET.
    1. For Recreational: Basic Flag Set Red/Yellow is OK.  Alternate set is Diamond World Cip Flag Set
    2. For Travel: Diamond World Cup Flag Set.
  3.  Watches: ALL Referees during their game assignment MUST wear 2 wrist watches (one on each arm).  Nothing hanging around your neck.  Each watch much have a stopwatch functions and/or countdown.
  4. Coin: Game coin for the toss.
  5. Pencil/Pen Game Pad: Make sure you always have the game pad and pencil/pen to record game stats. 

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  1. USSF Shirt(s): For the beginning, purchase a Yellow short sleeve shirt.  If you like, for the colder days a Yellow long sleeve shirt.  Th
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