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Week #5 Notes and Information

Hello Camarillo AYSO Referees,


We are heading into the halfway point of our fall soccer season and I would like to cover a few important items and list some dates for upcoming referee classes.


Upcoming Referee Classes (Camarillo AYSO office):

   ·EXTRA Referee Training Class (Thursday 9/22 6:30 to 8:00):  Mandatory for all referees wanting to officiate and EXTRA match.  This class only needs to be attended once.  Referees should have at least 10 games experience under their belt to attend this class and to officiate an EXTRA game.

   ·Intermediate Referee Class (Tues-Thurs 9/29-9/29 6:30 to 9:30):  We have only a few spots left for this class.  Regional referees should have 25 games under their belt to get the most out of this class.  Contact Rich Frank immediately if you are interested in attending.

   ·Advanced Referee Class (10/2, 10/4 & 10/6):  Intermediate referees interested in upgrading their badge please contact Cindy Elliott for more details.

Player Game Cards (Competitive):
We need your help.  Several game cards were turned in this last weekend that were not properly filled out by both the referees and coaches.

  · Mark the square on the card with an “X” when a player rests for a quarter.  Mark the square with an “G” when a player play goal keeper for a quarter.  Make a note when a player has to come out for an injury.

  ·  All cards should list the players jersey #, first and last name on the card.  Hand the card back to the coach if it is incomplete and politely ask them to complete the information.  The card should also have both coaches first and last names.

  ·  Print both the half time/final scores on both cards along with the team #’s not the name of the team or the color.

  ·  If team 202 beat team 210 4 to 2 the score on the 202 card should read 4 to 2.  The score on the team 210 card should read 2 to 4.

  ·  Print clearly all three referee names and team # you represent on both cards.


Goal Keeper Safety:  It’s a good time to brush up on ways to protect the goal keeper.  Click here for a link to our region’s website on Goal Keeper Safety.  Remember the Goal Keeper is considered to have control of the ball when:

  ·  The ball is clearly being held in one or both hands

  ·   The ball is being pinned against the ground with any part of the hand or arm, in the limiting case with as little as one finger.


Remember to always side on what is safe, fun and fair for the players!!


Missing Game of the Week Volunteer Points:  I have misplaced the sign-up sheet for the 10 or so referees that attended my game of the week class in week #2.  Please contact me immediately If you watched the game with me and didn’t get your referee point for your team that week.


Contact our Referee Administrator is you have any further questions

New "No Heading Rule"


1) Consistent with the U.S. Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players U-11 (U-12 and below for programs without single age divisions)and below in both practices and games.

Heading for players in U-14 is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches.

2) An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.

    a. The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.

    b. An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s goal area, must be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head.

3) Neither cautions nor send offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infraction.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Referees can purchase a pink Referee Jersey at

What Should Go in a Ref Bag?

Before you head out for the pitch, you always want to make sure you have all the necessary tools and supplies for the game to be a successful referee. 

First and foremost, make sure to have a stopwatch, preferably two. One will be used to start and stop and the other to keep a running time just in case you forget to start the first one. Other important supplies include: 

  • pens/pencils
  • A referee wallet
  • Red and yellow cards
  • Tossing coins
  • Whistles (and it's a good idea to have an extra in your bag)
  • Flags for the assistant referees/club linesmen
  • Cold weather gear (hats, gloves, etc.)
  • Street shoes and dry socks
  • A large plastic bag/raincoat (to protect your bag in case it rains)
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks (especially if you're reffing more than one game)
  • A water bottle

7 + 7 Cautionable & Sending-Off Offenses

A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he/she commits any of the following seven offenses:

1. Is guilty of unsporting behavior (USB)

2. Shows dissent by word or action (DT)

3. Persistently infringes the Laws of the Game (PI)

4. Delays the restart of play (DR)

5. Fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick or free kick (FRD)

6. Enters or re-enters the field of play without the referee's permission (E)

Full explanation Cautions/ Send Offs

2016/2017 Laws of the Game

The Laws of the Game have had a major overhaul in 2016/17.  

For the first time, the Laws of the Game will be published by IFAB, the International Football Association Board, the organization responsible for updating the Laws for many years.  This means the IFAB logo – and not the FIFA logo – will be featured on the cover. 

This is the result of IFAB being formed as a legal entity separate and apart from FIFA.  IFAB exists solely for the purpose of setting the Laws of the Game.

The Laws had not seen a comprehensive rewrite in many years.  IFAB selected retired English referee David Elleray (pictured above) to oversee the rewrite.  Among other goals, Elleray has said the rewrite should make the laws “clearer” and less subject to contradicting interpretation.

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