During the Match

During the Match

Posted 12/09/2007 - 04:17 by admin

DURING THE MATCH
Please be aware of the following when doing your matches:
• Protect the goalkeeper, especially in U-8 through U-12 matches. Possession of the ball means the keeper has at least one hand on the ball while the ball is on the ground or the ball is held in the keeper’s hands. If you have any doubt about possession of the ball, err in favor of the goalkeeper!!
• Player safety is your first priority!! For the U-8s and U-10s, if a player goes down injured, no matter how slightly, stop play immediately. The older the age group, the longer you may wait to determine the nature of the injury before stopping play but for the younger children, stop it now!!
• In the event of lightning and/or thunder, stop the game and tell players and coaches to seek shelter away from the field. You must wait a minimum of 20 minutes from the last sound of thunder before restarting the match!
• If you are getting verbal abuse from coaches, before you pull out your cards, speak with the coach in a polite manner to let him know you hear his concern. If the abuse persists, give the coach a yellow and then, if necessary, a red card. WMSOA does not tolerate referee abuse and supports you on this issue! Report abuse to respective Representative immediately following the match.
• If a fan(s) is abusive, speak to the coach. Coaches are responsible for the behavior of their fans. HS and College referees should see the AD instead.
• If you issue a red card, ALL red cards MUST be reported by phone call and in a game report to the WMSOA USSF, NISOA or NFHS Representative that same day.