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Interim Referee Coordinator

Keith CrosbyPlayer Agent

Referee Scheduling & Game Assignments

REFEREES: To get assigned to scheduled games for the fall 2018 season, CLICK HERE.

⚽️Once you log on to your account, click "Self Assign" on the left hand side. Available games will be displayed.

⚽️Select "Date Range" to view games within a specified date range.

⚽️In the right column under "Officials" for the desired game, click on "Referee," "AR1" or "AR2" to assign yourself to a referee position. (Note: Referee = Head Referee who calls the game; AR = Assistant Referee who runs the sidelines with the flag).

Become a Referee

If you would like to become a certified soccer referee and participate in officiating games for LYS contact our Interim Referee Coordinator, Keith Crosby, [email protected].

New Referees Course

Date: 8/20 & 8/21 - Online Course (Part A).
Date: 8/24 - Field Training (Part B), 5:30 - 8:00 @ Ranch Park

$75 to register.

Referees are paid per game and will receive payment at the end of the Season.

Must be 11 years old or older to register.

Returning Referees Refresher Course

Date: 8/24

Time: 6:00-9:00

Location: Richmond Elementary School Library

$60 to re-register online at

Referees are paid per game and will receive payment at the end of the Season.

Referee Instructions and Tips for Starting the Game

How to start the game


Aim to arrive thirty (30) minutes early. You are responsible for checking that the field conditions are safe, and the goals are anchored. LYS has people that set up the field, but is is always a good idea to check for safety. Mark any gopher holes or large potholes with a disc cone if you can get them from coaches.

Your first responsibility is ensuring safety for yourself and for the players. Do not start a game if you are in doubt. Take time to make yourself presentable. Tuck in your shirt, put on your badge, pull up your socks. You are in a position of authorty, so you're going to want to look professional and in charge.

How to Introduce Yourself to the Coach

Fifteen (15) minutes before game time, you need to get ready to start the game. Introduce yourself to the coaches with a handshake. Tell them your name, and ask them to get ready for check-in. Ask them to send over a team captain for the coin toss and note who that player is.

1. Only coaches are allowed in the technical area (team bench).

  • Do not make exception to this rule. it will cause problems for you or for referees later in the season.

  • Coaching may only be done in the technical area.

  • No coaching from behind the goals by anyone!

2. Remind coaches they are responsible for behavior of the spectators. Get them to move parents to the opposite side of the pitch and at least 3 feet back.

3. Remind coaches in event of injury, you will stop the game and waive them onto the field to get their player. Ask them to have a substitute ready, as the game will go on as soon as the player is off the field. No parents are to come onto the field at any time. Coaches are to remind parents of this.

If you have a problem with a coach: Stop the game! Calmly approach the coach and give him/her a warning.If you do not feel safe or comfortable, it is your option to halt the game, inform the coaches that the game if over (terminated), and leave the field. You will need to file a report with the league, and/or call the LYS Referee Coordinator if this occurs. For all other incidents/concerns during the game that you have handled, please fill out a report to the league when you report scores for the game. Lassen Youth Soccer strives to protect the referees from any kind of harrassment from coaches or spectators and will deal with such issues as they come up.

How to check in the teams:

Have each team coach fill out the game card. Game cards are available from the Referee Coordinator. Get the player passes from both coaches (U14-U19). Get and check the game balls from the home team coach. Ask coaches to line up their players for check-in. Generally, it is a good idea to have players backs to the sun.

No Jewelry, Earrings, Hard casts or Splints that have hard metal or hard plastic. No EXCEPTIONS! No tape or bandaids over earrings! They offer no protection if a ball hits the ear! Look for Rings or bracelets on hands and wrists. String bracelets are not allowed.


  • All shirts tucked in - this helps you tell if there is shirt pulling.

  • Socks must completely cover the shin guards

  • No shinguards outside the socks!

  • Have them turn and show you the bottom of the cleat or lift up their foot.

  • No baseball/football cleats. Those have a spike in the front of the bottom of the shoe. It is dangerous for soccer. If the cleat is broken and appears unsafe, have the coach tell the player to change his/her shoes.

  • Make sure to warn them to double tie their laces as you will not stop the game for re-tying.

Coach and Player passes (U14 - U19 age groups): NO PASS, NO PLAY, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Must all be for the current/same soccer year.

Read off the names of the players, have the player turn and show their number and step behind you.

WARNING: from time to time coaches may try to sneak players in after the line up. This could be because a player arrives late to the field or for a player without a pass. It is important all players be checked in and have a valid pass. No pass = no insurance because the player was not properly registered yet or they are sitting out a match due to suspension = liability. Do not allow such player to participate. Be sure to include that coach and player in your report and mark "needs immediate attention." LYS will investigate.

Place the passes in your gear bag or in your pocket to be returned at game conclusion. Generally, there will be no issues but if you send someone off, you have to retain the pass and turn it into District IX.

Move onto the next team and repeat the check-in process.

Starting the Game and How to Mark the Game Card

Place the game ball in the center circle.

When you are ready to start the game, call for the captains to come to the center circle.

Visiting team captain calls the toss in the air.

Winner of the toss chooses which goal they want to defend.

Loser of the toss gets to kick-off.

  • On the game card, circle the team kicking off so you know who gets the kick-off at the beginning of the second half.

  • On the game card, the coaches should have affixed a sticker with the team name, the player names and corresponding jersey numbers. Have the coaches sign the game card on the line that says, "Team Official".

  • It is a good idea to put the jersey colors near the team names, especially if you do more than one match during the day.

Count the number of field players, check that both goalkeepers are ready to start.

Start the match by blowing your whistle and starting your stop watch.

Each age group has different substitution and time rules. Know them before you start the game. There is a 10 minute break at halftime for U10-U16 age groups. Use two long whistles to signal the end of the first half.

Nearing the end of halftime, walk on the field with the ball, and ask the coaches to have their teams take the field. The teams switch sides, and kickoff is given to the team that won the coin toss at the start of the match.

As above, count the number of field players and check that both goalkeepers are ready to start.

Each time a goal is scored, make a hatch mark in the appropriate box (first half, second half) and the # of the player that scored.

At the conclusion of the game, blow the whistle using three long blasts to signal end of match. Write on the card the final score.

Pick up and return game ball to the coach, return the passes to the appropriate coaches and shake hands. You retain the game cards and report scores to the Referee Coordinator within 24 hours.

* Each referee must report scores in order to be paid.

If you arrive early or finish your game assignments and notice an uncovered match for Lassen Youth Soccer, you are encouraged and welcome to officiate and report scores. We are happy for the extra help and will pay you.



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