It is the mission of the LYSL to develop, deploy, and maintain a comprehensive program for the development and promotion of the game of soccer for the youth of Lincoln Township, and surrounding areas. This League has been established as a non-profit and e

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Process, expectations & mechanics for LYSL recreational level referees


1. Administrative Info

  • If you have to cancel or change assignments contact the referee coordinator as soon as possible. Referee Coordinator: Mark Smith, 332-4691, Email is the preferred method, however, for less than 24 hour emergencies you must call mobile phone.

  • Field map: Click here.

  • Payment process: Cash after match is played. If coach does not have an envelope contact .

  • Current pay schedule, you will need to initial receipt of payment on the payment envelope.

    • U10 Center $25

    • U12 Center $25, AR's $20, Single $35, Dual $25

    • U14 Center $35, AR's $25, Single $45, Dual $30


2. Pre-Game Management

  • Arrive at the field at least 20 minutes before the start time, dressed properly

    • Properly dressed includes referee shirt, shorts, socks with 3 white stripes pulled up & predominantly black shoes.

  • Verify field is ready (lines, corner flags, goals anchored, etc)

  • Introduce yourself to the coaches.

  • Review your expectations (game duration, substitutions timing, etc.)

  • Inspect player equipment

    • All must wear shin guards, socks over shin guard, shoes/cleats (must be soccer style), shorts, shirt. No jewelry unless medic-alert type. Prescription glasses only. Additional cold weather clothing must be worn under jersey. Goalie jersey color different than players.

  • Give limited instructions to players (sub process, offside (if used), etc)

  • Coin toss--winning team chooses direction to attack, other team kicks off

  • Start the game on time


3. Starting the game

  • Remind players to be on their half of the field till the ball is kicked, defense outside the

    center circle.

  • Expect kick off procedure violations (no 2nd kick, players on their sides until ball is kicked). Restart with proper procedure.


4. During the game

  • Use your whistle to communicate. If they can’t hear it, you aren’t communicating.

  • Be instructive. Briefly explain your calls to ensure the players and/or coaches understand.

  • Verbally acknowledge all necessary fouls or misconduct (or lack of) whenever you think

  • there is a question (“watch the pushing”, “nothing there”). This let’s others (coaches,

    players & parents) know that you are aware and doing your job.

  • Don’t let things go just because it is recreational soccer. Be conscious of the flow of the

  • game when deciding to make the call. This is the hardest part, since it requires a certain

    degree of judgment that is developed over time. Do your best.

  • FIFA direct and indirect kick guidelines apply for divisions U10 and above.

  • Be decisive. Make your call and stick to it. Don’t back down because the coach or player

  • challenges you. You are in charge (whether you are right or wrong).

  • Make mistakes. What a great way to learn. If necessary, explain your error to the coach

  • and don’t repeat.


  • 5. Key Specific Procedures

  • ARs: You must make every effort to be in the right position (even w/ last defender or ball,

  • whichever is closer to the goal). Get to the goal line quickly to make the correct call for

    goals, corner kicks, goal kicks or any other potential situation.

  • ARs: flag position for substitutions (outside-not ready / inside ready)

  • Learn and practice the ceremonial start when using Diagonal System of Control (DSC) or Center/AR1/AR2 format. You’ll be expected to do this when working USSF games.

    • Referees start at touch line at hallway, walk on, shake hands, take positions.

  • If you find yourself shorthanded for a DSC assignment, be prepared to use a Dual (two referee)

  • system or club linesmen (ask each coach for one).

  • No deliberate heading U12 and under.

  • U10, remember to keep defending players out of the build out area when the goalie has the ball, whether is be a throw out (punting is not allowed) or a goalie kick.


  • 6. Players on field: U10 7v7, U12 9v9, U14 11v11