How To Be A Referee
A referee's appearance sets the respect for their authority as soon as they appear on the field. Referees are expected to dress in a proper uniform on their game field...the referee shirt/black shorts and black knee socks with three white stripes pulled up to your knee. A referee should never wear a hat or any jewelry. A referee should also bring their watch/whistle/pencil/paper/coins and water to their assigned game.
Once you receive your certification you need to notify the Wellesley Referee Assignor who will put you on the list of referees who wish to referee in Wellesley. You do not need to live in Wellesley to referee for the Wellesley United Soccer Club. At the start of every season the referee assignor will notify every referee on the list and ask what they would like to referee that season. During the soccer season the assignor will weekly either e mail or talk to every working referee to assign the next weekends games. The assignments are then electronically assigned through the BAYS website by the assignor. The referee must check their e mail and accept the assignment electronically. After the game the referee is responsible for entering the score of the game through the BAYS website.
- Safety is your first priority! Check the goals ...check the goal anchors - if the goals need sandbags... are they in place. Check the field for line placement - also look for any holes..rocks..sticks or glass.
- Arrive at the game field early(15-30 minutes). Check player's equipment and collect the coaches cards (pass cards also if the game is Div 1 or 2) early enough to get started on time. Remember there is no jewelry...no earrings...no casts...no exceptions. If the previous game is not finished then check the teams and have the coin toss on the side of the field.
- Bring play under control early - let everyone know what you are calling with a LOUD whistle ... strong arm signals and a clear voice. Players will be testing your control of the game early so blow the whistle and stop foul play.
- Never allow play in thunder and lightening. Treat all injuries as serious and stop play as soon as you can.
- Report to the referee assignor if you had to issue a red card. Also report immediately any BAYS Zero Tolerance violations ...no one except the players,is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game or respond to the referee if addressed.
Questions? Contact our Referee Coordinator and Field Scheduler Judi Lucarelli