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Game Reminders & Recommendations

This is to help remind referees of some key aspects of refereeing at each age level.

For interlocking games, home rules apply and referees should review the key rules with the coaches prior to the pre-game ceremony.

U8 Games
  • One Center Referee (CR) and 2 parent lines people.
  • Lines People may or may not be needed and is at the discretion of the CR.  If Lines People are requested by the CR, CR provides a line flag to each coach to get a parent to assist.  Lines people only call out of bounds, which may need to be explained on the ball fully crossing the line.  Lines people cannot coach the kids, so recommend someone other than the coach.
  • 5v5 with subs at quarters and halftime
  • All players need to substitute before player subs twice 
  • 20 minute halves with quarter breaks at 10 minutes.
  • No INTENTIONAL headers.  If intentional header occurs, indirect kick to the other team at the point of the foul
  • No goal keepers or players standing in goal entire game acting like a goal keeper
  • No cherry picking.
  • Help players, but don't slow down the game (i.e. keep your feet on the ground for throw ins)
  • No penalty shots.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Coach, Parents and Bench for players should be placed on opposite sides of the field.
    • Referee should have a pre-game meeting with coaches to discuss the game and show parents and players good sportsmanship.
    • Player fall easily at this age.  Player that falls and is lying on the ground near the ball should have an IMMEDIATE loud whistle to stop play.  At this age, players will kick at the ball even if it is near someone's head.  Start with a drop ball.
    • Watch the pulling on jerseys and late kicks that miss ball and kicks players.  Call the foul, as we need to teach the kids the rules.  Take a minute to get on one knee to explain the call to the player in a non-intimidating way. 
    • Calls that may have reactions or complaints by sidelines, we recommend talking to the coach at halftime or end of game to explain your viewpoint and why a foul was called.  Build a trusted relationship.
    • If opposing team keeps getting the ball on goal kicks and scoring, start to require the opposing team to step back from the edge of the penalty area.  This should only be done in the sake of blowouts and keeping the game fair and fun for the players.  Explain to the coaches afterwards why you decided to do this. 
    • Monitor handshakes and encourage players to be good sports if you see anything that may cause issues.

U10 Games
  • One Center Referee (CR) and 2 Assistant Referees (AR).
  • 7v7 with subs at quarters and halftime
  • All players need to substitute before player subs twice
  • 25 minute halves with quarter breaks at 12 minute and 30 second mark.
  • No INTENTIONAL headers.  If intentional header occurs, indirect kick to the other team at the point of the foul
  • Goal keepers at this age.
  • Punting by the goal keeper is NOT allowed.
  • Build out line is applicable in 3 situations;
    • Goal kicks require all players on the opposing team to be outside the build out line.  Ball is in play when kicked and must exist the penalty area before being touched.  If touched before existing penalty area by either team, this is a rekick.  Once the ball is in play, game continues as normal.
    • Goal keeper has the ball in their hands requires all players on the opposing team to start to head outside the build out line.  Goal keeper can play the ball at any time, including prior to the opposing team being outside the build out line.  Once the ball is in play, game continues as normal.
    • The build out line will determine the offside position of players, not the center line.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Coach, Parents and Bench for players should be placed on opposite sides of the field.
  • Referee should have a pre-game meeting with coaches to discuss the game and show parents and players good sportsmanship.
  • Watch the pulling on jerseys and late kicks that miss ball and kicks players.  Call the foul, as we need to teach the kids the rules.  Take a minute to get on one knee (for smaller players) to explain the call to the player in a non-intimidating way. 
  • Calls that may have reactions or complaints by sidelines, we recommend talking to the coach at halftime or end of game to explain your viewpoint and why a foul was called.  Build a trusted relationship.
  • Monitor handshakes and encourage players to be good sports if you see anything that may cause issues

U12 Games
  • One Center Referee (CR) and 2 Assistant Referees (AR).
  • 9v9 with subs at quarters and halftime
  • All players need to substitute before player subs twice
  • 30 minute halves with quarter breaks at 15 minute mark.
  • No INTENTIONAL headers.  If intentional header occurs, indirect kick to the other team at the point of the foul
  • Goal keepers at this age.
  • Punting by the goal keeper is NOT allowed.
  • Build out line is NOT applicable at this age.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Coach, Parents and Bench for players should be placed on opposite sides of the field.
  • Referee should have a pre-game meeting with coaches to discuss the game and show parents and players good sportsmanship.
  • Calls that may have reactions or complaints by sidelines, we recommend talking to the coach at halftime or end of game to explain your viewpoint and why a foul was called.  Build a trusted relationship.
  • Get ready to move, as this game is much quicker.  Be close to the action, so you can make proper calls.  Anticipate where the ball will be and go there early.  Examples are when the goal keeper is about to punt the ball, you should be near the halfway line.
  • Encourage ARs to be much more involved in calling fouls at the discretion and instructions of the CR before the game.
  • Monitor handshakes and encourage players to be good sports if you see anything that may cause issues

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