Rockland Youth Soccer: Referee Corner

Micros Referee Information
Sample email from the referee coordinator:

Saturday Micro refs for / / 2013 (Please let me know your decision by Thursday )
Referee 1__XXX___Referee2__XXX___Referee3___XXX______Referee4____XXX____

Imporntant Information for Micros Games:

  • U8,U6, & U7s ALL have a corner kicks
  • Whistles have not been loud enough and many bad throw ins were not called. Solutions - obviously blow the whistle as loud as you can as your job is to manage the game.
  • Bad throw-ins must be called - player throwing the ball in must be behind the sideline, have both feet on the ground, and when the ball leaves their hands in a 2 handed over the head throw


You will need your own whistle (not provided)

Please arrive at Esten field by 8:15 AM
     * You must fill out a RYS volunteer form if you are not already a registered player. Visit the RYS website to print out this form and bring it with you!
     * You must sign out for a stopwatch at the concession stand if needed! (Those of you that already have a stop watch – GREAT! Please bring it!!)
     * You are responsible for returning the stopwatch you have signed out. This includes replacement cost if lost or broken due to negligence.
     * Pack a drink ,a snack ,sun block & maybe socks. The field is wet in the morning
     * Referee duty ends at 12 PM -Report to concession stand for any compensation and to RETURN the stopwatch at this time. GAME TIME, Micro Fields 1-4 U8/8:30 AM Kick off U7/ 9:45 Kick off U6/ 11 AM Kick off · 25 minute halves
     * 4 players for each team on field
     * Check socks over shin guards and cleats- sneakers are allowed
     * No jewelry If you find improper cleats (baseball style with a cleat at the toe area) -Please inform the player that the cleats he or she is wearing are improper for soccer. I would still let them play but they must have them replaced in the near future... Please let the coaches know to tell the parents that -soccer cleats are needed.
     * When the game starts -players only on the field!! Soccer is a thinking sport. Coaches can not herd or steer players on the field. Coaches can direct from the sideline (in a positive manner) ONLY!!!

While reffing, Please stay in the area of play to properly observe and judge. (No scarecrow referees!! please move around to see the game from the best possible view point)


  U8, U6, & U7s ALL have a corner kicks. When a defense kicks it out on their own end line- then the Attacking team gets a CORNER "kick” . On goal kicks back the opposing team to their defensive half of the field!! Also let them have a few tries on the throw ins- BUT CALL THE BAD THROW INS!!

Blow the whistle!

2 times at half time
3 times at the end of the game and always as loud as humanly possible!

NO penalty shots / No direct kicks- Let them know they can not use hands. Let the other team have the ball (throw in) then play on.

Injury Event

Leave the victim to be attended to:

  • Get all other players toward their Sideline but keep them on the field of play.
  •  When and if Emergency Medical Technicians (ambulance) arrive make sure that the victim can be seen by the EMT crew by helping with the direction of the crowds towards the infield not towards the parking lot!
  • As a group keep folks away from the injured and the parking lot.

Any sign of lightning blow the whistle 3 times then send everyone off !!!

Many RYS volunteers are walking the field and watching for your safety and well being. Verbal abuse by parents, coaches or anyone will not be tolerated. Report any issues to me A.S.A.P Any questions or doubts: please refer to: Blow your whistle louder !

Thank you! Please let me know by Thursday! Have a Great Bulldog week !

Information about becoming a Referee


There are 2 entry level courses for Referees: the Recreational Referee Course (Grade 9) and the Referee Course (Grade 8).

Grade 9:  To successfully complete the Grade 9 Recreational Referee course the candidate must be at least 12 years of age and must attend 8 hours of course work, including a written test.

Grade 8: To successfully complete the Grade 8 Referee course the candidate must be at least 16 years of age, must attend 16 hours of course work and pass a 100 question written test. 


Take the Grade 8 Bridge course if:

  • You have been a Grade 9 Referee for at least 1 year and your age plus your years of experience adds to exactly 16 or more.
  • You now want to referee more competitive games
  • You have been a high school referee
  • You have been a Grade 8 referee in the past five years, but let your registration lapse. (Contact the SRA to check your status).
  • Determining which referee course to enroll in can be confusing. Here are some points to consider before you enroll to help you choose the right course for you.

     Take the Grade 9 course if:

    *  You are at least 12 years old 
    *  You wish to referee small sided games only (typically 6-8 players per team on the field)
    *  You want to referee small recreational games only. That means that the players did not go through a formal tryout process for the team and the games take place between teams that come from the same town

    You want to referee only players who are under the age of 14...

    Take the Grade 8 course if:

    *  You are at least 16 years old. Note that you may be asked to referee in other towns, so make sure that transportation is not going to be a problem for you
    *  You wish to referee full-sided (11 players a side) soccer

    You want to referee competitive players... That means that you want to referee the higher skilled players, those that have been selected to play for their town, and who will play in games against other towns.   

    To be a Referee for - Micro Games-- U5-U8 age groups:
    * You must be at least a registered u12 player or registered with Rockland Youth Soccer as a volunteer
    * For scheduling purposes, please contact Paul Taft, the Referee Coordinator by email at


    Massachusetts Referring Website
    This is the official website for anyone who is interested in becoming a certified referree.