Soccer Referee Resources
Ask a Question
Recent Questions

RSS FEED Subscribe Now!

Q&A Quick Search
The Field of Play
The Ball
The Players
The Players Equipment
The Referee
The Other Match Officials
The Duration of the Match
The Start and Restart of Play
The Ball In and Out of Play
Fouls and Misconduct
Free Kicks
Penalty kick
Throw In
Goal Kick
Corner Kick

Common Sense
Kicks - Penalty Mark
The Technical Area
The Fourth Official
Attitude and Control
League Specific
High School

Common Acronyms
Meet The Ref
Contact AskTheRef
Help Wanted
About AskTheRef
Panel Login

Question Number: 30179

Mechanics 3/7/2016

RE: JV High School

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

I told myself I would never do a dual referee system, but since I have started NHFS games I have had to do this several times. While I prefer a 3-man crew more than dual, I would take dual over being alone (especially with no club linesmen).

What are the goals of a 2-man crew? Where should I focus most of my energy and attention?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Derek
Like all systems the important part is to know and understand what is required and expected of the system. As it is a team system it always helps that referees operate as a team not as individuals.
The system is outlined at the rear of the NFHS Rules booklet and it clearly sets out the roles etc

Read other questions answered by Referee Joe McHugh

View Referee Joe McHugh profile

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

HI Derek,
luckily we have a resident expert on this panel as a senior official within the NHFS ranks, who will give you his professional opinion. I can only suggest you have a good talk with the other official to ascertain if experience and foul level tolerance are close. You get one who is too relaxed , that allows everything to the other guy who is too uptight that calls everything, things are likely to cross wires at some point. Know your strengths and weaknesses, if you are sore, running a third match that afternoon your partner might push hard to cover a bit more ground. Talk over the particulars, get a feel who is more senior but avoid being patronizing or ego orientated. You are two equals, working a match for the benefit of the kids never lose sight of that whether you find your partner agreeable or not.
Read the rule book, find a good mentor and seek out training options. Post game reviews and match reports sort out much over time!

Read other questions answered by Referee Richard Dawson

View Referee Richard Dawson profile

Answer provided by Referee Joe Manjone


In high school play, the focus should be on play around the ball. As I had mentioned previously, this requires the trail official to sometimes have to run from goal line to the penalty area on the opposite end of the field, and sometimes move very quickly to be able to get in a position to cover offside. Please remember that you are a referee, and should be in a position to call play in from your side to the center of the field. You are not an AR who stands near or outside the touchline and just moves fro goal line to midfield. Unfortunately, this sometimes occurs. For information on positioning, movement patterns, sounding a whistle, etc., please see the Dual Officiating System in the NFHS Rules Book, pages 87-93.

Read other questions answered by Referee Joe Manjone

View Referee Joe Manjone profile

Ask a Follow Up Question to Q# 30179
Read other Q & A regarding Mechanics

Soccer Referee Extras

Did you Ask the Ref? Find your answer here.

Enter Question Number

If you received a response regarding a submitted question enter your question number above to find the answer

Offside Question?

Offside Explained by Chuck Fleischer & Richard Dawson, Former & Current Editor of AskTheRef

This web site and the answers to these questions are not sanctioned by or affiliated with any governing body of soccer. The opinions expressed on this site should not be considered official interpretations of the Laws of the Game and are merely opinions of AskTheRef and our panel members. If you need an official ruling you should contact your state or local representative through your club or league. On AskTheRef your questions are answered by a panel of licensed referees. See Meet The Ref for details about our panel members.