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Question Number: 23190

Appearance 4/26/2010

A. H. of Overland Park, Kansas USA asks...

I always hear that referees, if they choose to wear an undershirt, must wear a black one. Yet, I see MLS referees wearing white undershirts which are easily revealed with the new Adidas jersey cut. Does the color matter?

Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

Many local referee associations require that their assigned referees wear a black undershirt. The look should always be professional, but there is no nationwide rule about the color of referee undershirts.

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Answer provided by Referee Michelle Maloney

You'd have to ask the MLS assessors.

For USSF games and assessors/assignors, referees will need to wear black shirts under their jerseys, with sleeve lengths that match, or suffer at a minimum a chewing out.

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