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Question Number: 8318


RE: Under 12

Mike of Prospect, CT USA asks...

Is there a rule for soccer Refs as to the proper shirt to wear as a ref? Example, Many games this year the refs have worn gold/yellow jerseys with black strips. Our team colors are Gold/Yellow and black. Many a game we have lost the ball due to our players passing off the ball to the ref. My understanding is that it is the job of the ref to wear non-conficting team colors. Is this a rule and if yes wear can I find it written.

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Mike there is no specific rule only that the referee is expected not to conflict. At your level of play the referee may have only a short sleeve yellow shirt. That's the primary color and if there are three referees assigned the match all are expected to wear the same color and sleeve length. Yellow has been the ptimary color for four years and if a team continues to purchase a yellow uniform they must accept the occasional mistake. ..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

I'll have to disagree. One can purchase the alternate color referee shirts very cheaply at numerous sites. Referees should carry more than one color shirt to every game, even rec level. I find it inexcusable for the referee's jersey color to detract from the player's ability to have a fair game. Far better to have the referee crew not match than for the players to be confused. I always bring extra shirts with me when doing lower level games in case my ARs have only the yellow.

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