Game Officials tutorial . This is a pdf file, available for download.
A requirement of being a soccer official is to accept or decline your assignments as soon as possible after you receive them. Our assignors work tirelessly, and at times thanklessly, to assign the appropriately experienced official to a particular match. It is imperative that you do your job by responding accordingly.
Please make sure that your availability calendar is updated in Game Officials. The tutorial on how to do that is located in the “HVSRA Member Area” of this website. Most of the leagues that this region serves are assigned through Game Officials. If there are unforeseen events that preclude you from turning a game back, it is your responsibility to contact the lead assignor of that match. It is best to communicate through a phone call. Do not rely on email or text messaging services.
Failure to not take action on an assignment, may eliminate your from your future assignments, so please take your responsibility seriously.
Youth matches are generally assigned by the Thursday prior to scheduled game (and most games are on weekends). The lead assignor is Cathy Romano (Roma7779@aol.com).
Adult matches are also assigned through Game Officials, and the assignor is Gallo Trujillo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contacting the Home Team’s Coach:
It is required that you contact the home team’s coach not less than 48 hours prior to the match. Please see the information from the EHYSL league president, Jim Purdy:
East Hudson Referee,
One of your responsibilities as a referee of East Hudson games is the notification to the Home Team Coach that you are assigned their game. This notification should be made when you are assigned the match by the respective assignor and certainly no later then the Friday before the match.
Be sure both your email and cell number are included in the notification. If you need the coach's email it can also be found at ehysl.net on the bottom left corner of league homepage. If you do not notify the coach and game is changed and you miss the assignment you will not be paid. However if you complete this part of your responsibility and a match gets changed and home coach does not notify you then you will get paid.
Here is a sample of what you will send to the home coach:
I have been assigned as the Match Referee for your game this Sunday at 1:00pm at Podunk Park.
If there are any changes here is my contact info. should you need to reach me:
Contacting the Referee Team:
Communication is key on and off the pitch.
Equally important is communicating with your team if you are the center referee working a 3-man system. It is required that you communicate with your team via email (better) or text message (best), not less than 48 hours prior to the match. Pick a central place where you’ll meet and walk onto the field together as a team. You can speak to your pre-game during the “walk of pride”. Using the text message thread is good, especially if you all are coming from different games to a new location. It gives everyone the expectation that you’re all in good communication with each other.
Assistant Referees and Club Linesperson(s):
Below is the specific guidance from USSF at this link:
DIAGONAL SYSTEM OF CONTROL
The diagonal system of control consists of one referee and two assistant referees. All competitions sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation require the use of this officiating system and certain competitions may require the use of a fourth official.
In order to comply with the Laws of the Game all games sanctioned directly or indirectly by member organizations of the U.S. Soccer Federation must employ the diagonal system of control and be assigned according to the following order or preference:
One registered referee and two registered assistant referees
One registered referee, one registered assistant referee and one unregistered club linesperson*
One registered referee and two unregistered club linespersons*
One registered referee only if no unregistered club linespersons are available or if one registered referee is appropriate for the level of competition
*Club linespersons are only allowed to signal for the ball in and out of play. The preference should always been given to unregistered club linespersons who have no affiliation to the participating teams.
Similarly to accepting assignments, if you are officiating any match in the leagues outlined below, you are required to complete and submit a game report. The link to the game report, and instructions on how to complete them are listed below. Each league has different requirements on how and what to complete, but all require a game report.
Failure to not submit a report in a timely fashion, may eliminate you from your future assignments. Please complete your report in a timely fashion.
Reports from games involving red cards, injuries, assault, or other unusual situations (such as improper player passes or forfeits) should be sent to the league officials and the lead assignor should be copied as well.
Issues involving assault on an official must be communicated to the President via a phone call (646.500.3065) IMMEDIATELY.