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Referee & Assistant Referee Procedures

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Procedures: The Pre-Game Conference - When working games as part of a referee team, it is important that each official be consistent when applying the Laws of the Game and managing the behavior of players and coaches. The referee team must also be fully aware of the need to communicate with one another quickly, clearly and accurately. In order to support these objectives, referees are expected to conduct a pre-game conference before every game, regardless of the level of competition or the experience of the officials involved. Procedures: Referee Signals - Proper signaling is important for officials at all levels of the game. The specific signals used by the referee are intended to communicate decisions and instructions so it’s vital that these signals be performed clearly and accurately. U.S. Soccer recommends that referees of all levels follow these guidelines to provide consistency and clarity when delivering information and directions to other members of the officiating team, players, substitutes, team officials, and even spectators.
Procedures: Assistant Referee Signals - Proper signaling is important for officials at all levels of the game. The specific signals used by assistant referees are more informational or advisory in nature so it’s vital that these signals be performed clearly and accurately. Watch the video, Assistant Referee Signals, to learn more about U.S. Soccer’s recommendations and guidelines on proper referee signaling.