It is the mission of the SWM 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 an

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Pre-Game Management

  • Arrive at the field at least 20 minutes before the start time, dressed properly
    Proper referee attire is:
    • Referee shirt,
    • Black shorts,
    • Socks with 3 white stripes, pulled up, and
    • Predominantly black shoes. 
  • Verify field is ready
    Lines, corner flags, goals anchored, etc.
  • Introduce yourself to the coaches
  • Review game expectations
    Game duration, substitution timing, etc.
  • Inspect player equipment
    All players must adhere to the following dress code:
    • Goalie jersey color different than players.
    • Additional cold weather clothing must be worn under jersey.
    • Prescription glasses only.
    • No jewelry unless medic-alert type.
    • Shirt.
    • Shorts, and
    • Shoes/cleats (must be soccer style),
    • Socks over shin guards,
    • Shin guards
  • Provide limited instructions to players
    Substitution process, offsides (if used), etc.
  • Coin toss
    The winning team chooses the direction to attack and the other team kicks off.
  • Start game on time

Starting the game

  • Remind players to be on their half of the field until the ball is kicked. The defense should remain outside the center circle.
  • Expect kick-off procedure violations -- no second kick, players on their sides until the ball is kicked. Restart with proper procedure.

During the game

  • FIFA direct and indirect kick guidelines apply for divisions U10 and above.
  • A whistle is a communication tool. If the players cannot hear it, the referee isn't communicating loudly enough.
  • Be instructive. Briefly explain calls to ensure the players and/or coaches understand.
  • Verbally acknowledge all necessary fouls or misconduct, or lack of, whenever there may be a question. Examples of verbal acknowledgment include: "watch the pushing" or "nothing there"). This verbal communication provides reassurance to coaches, players, and parents that the referee is aware of what is occurring in the game and addressing it.
  • Do not neglect to call misconduct just because it is recreational soccer.
  • Be conscious of the flow of the game when deciding to make the call. This can be difficult at first because its a matter of personal judgment, but this skill is developed over time. A referee should do their best.
  • Be decisive. A referee should make a call and stick to it, and not back down just because the coach or player challenges the call. 
  • Make mistakes. What a great way to learn. If necessary, a referee should explain officiating errors to the Coaches and do their best to not repeat in the future. 

Specific Procedures

  • ARs must make every effort to be in the right position -- even with the last defender or ball, whichever is closer to the goal. ARs must get to the goal line quickly to make the correct call for goals, corner kicks, goal kicks, or any other potential situation.
  • ARs must be in flag position for substitutions -- outside means "not ready" and inside means "ready."
  • Learn and practice the ceremonial start when using Diagonal System of Control (DSC) or Center/AR1/AR2 format. This will be expected when with games requiring a USSF-certified referee.
    • Referees start at touchline at the hallway, walk on, shake hands, and take positions.
  • If shorthanded for a DSC assignment, be prepared to use a Dual system (two referees) or club linesmen. If club linesmen are needed, ask each Coach for one.
  • No deliberate heading is allowed in divisions U12 and under.
  • U10: Keep defending players out of the build-out area when the goalie has the ball, whether it be a throwout/drop kick or a goalie kick. Reminder: Punting is not allowed. 
  • Players on field:U10 7v7,U12 9v9,U14 11v11