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Question Number: 3717


RE: pro Other

Rob of devon, u.k. asks...

what are the pre-match procedures of a referee?

Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Basically, the crew should exam the field and goals for safety, then the referee should have a pregame meeting with his AR's going over what he/she expects and wants from them. Then they check in the teams and exam and approve 2-3 balls to be used. A meeting of captains and a coin toss is held. The winner gets to decide which goal to attack and the losing team kicks off..In our youth league, at very young recreational levels (U10 and younger) the referees are encouraged to have a pregame with the parents to try and explain some of the rules of which the parents are usually ignorant of. I also always ask the players and coaches if there's anything they'd like me to go over..At Select level of play, I rarely do anything more than tell the players to play my whistle and to play hard but fair.

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Answer provided by Referee Dawson

Hi Rob, check out this site . is a detailed list of topics that you can decide to apply to a referee's pregame routine...Always allow yourself sufficent time to have an information sharing session with your officials prior to the game. In each league or step up the ladder you will have more or less duties to perform id cards, tournament rule advice etc.. The constant theme that should prevail no matter what level is trust and respect for those you officiate with and a commitment to the players you are there in their best interests. Cheers

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