Referee Standards of Dress
Presentation and Videos on Build Out Line
Referee Uniform Updates - 2019
2019 Spring Season Rule Changes
Authorized New Style Pro & Economy Jersey - 2 Stripe Socks
This year the new referee uniform is required. The biggest change to previous uniforms are shirt and socks. If you own the old 3 strip socks or old pinstripe and broad stripe shirt, they are no longer part of the official uniform and should not be worn.
Each season I'm asked "What color shirt do I need?" - for all referees the basic uniform should be a short-sleeve yellow USSF jersey, black referee shorts (these are not player shorts), the two stripe USSF referee socks, black, or mostly black, shoes, and the badge of the current year. This will cover most games. As you develop and accept more challenging games (travel and tournaments) you may need other colors. I've found that in our area, black is a good alternate then red if you need a third. Yellow, Black, Red, Blue and Green are currently the only authorized colors.
There are several resources online where you can find referee equipment - I listed a few below. Ensure you're getting the current authorized version as several sites still have the old styles listed. I've seen the economy jerseys from $21 and the pro jersey from $26.
soccerone.com (offers both old and new styles)
amazon.com (offers both old and new styles)
No Longer Authorized to wear for USSF/VYSA games
Old Style Broadstripe & Pinstripe Jersey - Old 3 stripe sock
SFL Games (For NVSC Recreational U13 - U19)
Change: Goal Differential/Mercy rule - now requires a reduction in players starting at a four (4) goal differential, removing additional players as the goal differential increases and an automatic game termination when the goal differential reaches 8 goals. Once the game reaches an 8 goal differential (8:0, 9:1, 10:2, etc...), the referee should terminate the match. Include in your report the game time when the match the was terminated
Example: If you're 5 minutes into the 2nd half of a U14 game, the score is 9-2 and the winning team scores another goal - the goal differential is now 8. Blow the whistle indicating the end of the match, note the time - inform the coaches that the match is terminated due to this rule. In your report indicate that the game was terminated due to the mercy rule in the 40th minute (35 minute halves, 5 minutes into 2nd half - 40th minute).
The coach or team captain man now implement the mercy rule at any time when the goal differential is 4 or more. If this happens, include in your report that this was a coach initiated game termination, note the time as well.
Reminder for CCL Games - all age groups:
Roster and Card verification/checks are not required. These checks are conducted between team officials prior to the game. You will still receive the rosters for both teams. The only thing you need to confirm is if there are any players not on the roster that should have been added.