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Question Number: 26760

Law 4 - Players Equipment 9/13/2012

RE: Premier Under 17

Kirk Kraemer of Griswold , CT US asks...

This question is a follow up to question 25430

My sons team wears Adidas TIRO 11 jerseys. The jerseys are DESIGNED to be worn OUT as they have a colored stripe ('V') down the back tail of the jersey. The Referees are STILL telling them to tuck them in. I thought if the jersey was obviously designed to be worn out that the Ref would allow it...NO?

Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

There has been a change from US Soccer, and not everyone has gotten the word.
A good way to deal with the issue, however, is for your club to contact the referee assignor/association and to get the word out.

'USSF Answer (April 5, 2011):
In the past custom, tradition, and safety required that players keep their shirts tucked in and their socks pulled up and generally maintain a professional appearance. However, nowadays the uniforms are cut differently by the manufacturers and the jerseys are clearly meant to be worn outside the shorts. It is time for us referees catch up with modern fashion and learn to live with it.'

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Kirk
Referee Wickham has given the USSF position on this.
As to how to manage this I would agree with Referee Wickham that your club contact the referee assignor to highlight this change.
However I would also warn about getting into a debate with the referee about this before the match kicks off. Should a player dissent the referee's advice he could find himself cautioned or a coach removed from the technical area. While that may be rescinded that will not prevent the matter being handled incorrectly by the referee on the day.

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