Zero Tolerance Law

All coaches, all assistant coaches, all players, and all spectators shall support the referee before, during, and after the game. Failure to do so undermines the referee's authority and could create a hostile environment for players, the referee, coaches, assistant coaches, and all spectators, including participants in other matches.

NO ONE IS TO ADDRESS THE REFEREE DURING THE GAME!!!!!

Coaches/Assistant Coaches - Allowable Exceptions:

During the game:

  • Responding to a referee initiating a communication
  • Making substitutions
  • Pointing out emergencies or safety issues

At half time or at the end of the game:

  • Asking a referee to explain a rule(s) in a polite and positive way
  • Giving polite and friendly feedback to a referee

ABSOLUTELY NO SARCASM, NO HARASSMENT, AND NO INTIMIDATION!!!!!

Penalties:

  • 1st Minor Infraction - Referee should ignore
  • 2nd Minor Infraction - Referee should issue a verbal warning
  • 3rd Minor Infraction - Referee should issue a caution
  • 4th Minor Infraction - Referee should issue an ejection
  • 1st Serious Infraction - Referee should issue a caution or ejection depending on the seriousness of infraction per FIFA.
  • 2nd Serious Infraction - Referee should issue a caution or ejection depending on the seriousness of infraction per FIFA.

Accumulation of two cautions in one match is equivalent to an ejection.

Spectators - Allowable Exceptions:

During the game:

  • Responding to a referee initiating a communication
  • Pointing out emergencies or safety issues

At half time or at the end of the game:

  • Asking a referee to explain a rule(s) in a polite and positive way
  • Giving polite and friendly feedback to a referee

ABSOLUTELY NO SARCASM, NO HARASSMENT, AND NO INTIMIDATION!!!!!

Penalties:

  • 1st Infraction - Referee should stop the game and ask the coach to quiet the offending spectator.
  • 2nd Infraction - Referee should stop the game, give a verbal warning to the coach, and ask the coach to warn the spectator that the next infraction will be an ejection or the referee will abandon the game.
  • 3rd Infraction - The referee shall instruct the coach to direct the spectator to leave the field. The referee should abandon the game if the spectator does not leave the field.

Communications among players and referees are governed by the FIFA Laws of the Game.

REFEREE SUPPORT

Everyone, especially coaches and assistant coaches, shall provide support to the referees at all times.

1.      Coaches are responsible for the behavior of their assistant coaches, players and fans in addition to their own behavior.

2.      Any coach who does not comply with a referee's request to deal with a fan shall be issued a misconduct as deemed appropriate by the referee.

3.      Anyone responsible for the verbal or physical assault of a referee prior to, during, or following a game will be subject to review by the Board of Directors.

4.      Any team/town that refuses to provide the name and address of the responsible person(s) for the verbal or physical assault on a referee will be subject to review by the Board of Directors.

The Referee Mentor is at the field to support the youth referee. They will not overturn any calls or make any calls during the game. They are available to the referee as a resource at any time the youth referee calls upon them. The Referee Mentor will stand between the two benches at the touchline and may accompany the youth referee at the beginning of the game for uniform checks and player or coach questions.

If there are any questions or comments regarding the youth referee that do not fit in the “Allowable Exceptions”, please direct those to the referee assignor within 2 days of the game.

 

Referee Assignor: Rebecca Blanton, 978.838.2109,  

Email Questions: becki.blanton@gmail.com

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