District II Referee Program
The District II Soccer Referee Administration site is an external site designed to be an information resource and to provide assistance to all referees no matter what their experience level. The Referee Administration site is where up-to-date information on referee assignments and clinics can be found.
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What is a referee ?
You see them at all games. They are the three individuals carrying either a whistle or a flag. Their uniforms up were once black, but now referee fashions include gold, red and blue. They are the referees or more correctly the referee and the assistant referees. Referees are an integral part of the game of soccer. Their primary functions are to ensure that the laws of the game are followed and that the safety of the player is ensured. The duties of the referee are specific and carefully outlined.
The referee has the authority to:
- Enforce the laws of the game
- Apply the advantage of the game
- Terminate a game if deemed necessary
- Caution players guilty of misconduct or unsporting behavior
- Stop the game for serious injury
- Allow no person other than players and assistant referees to enter the field of play
- Send a player off the field
- Signal for the game to start after a stoppage of play
- Decide whether all other conditions are appropriate for play including the ball, field of play, and player’s equipment
Referees are proud of their contribution to soccer and take their appointments seriously. Their basic requirements are: an understanding of the spirit and the letter of the laws; good physical condition; cooperation with fellow officials; personal flexibility that allows for a totally unemotional approach to all decisions despite experiencing the myriad of participant emotions during a typical game; and to make the game of soccer enjoyable to play and watch.