The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has published new Misconduct Report Forms. Both the Referee Report (page 1) and the Supplemental Referee Report (page 2) have been updated. Please be sure you are using the new forms for all of your misconduct reports. The links on the Arbiter game report web page are to the new forms.
Videos of past SWISRA meetings are available on Vimeo. The latest video of the meeting held on September 17, 2012 is now available . Please view if you missed the meeting.
Referees are always asking, “What league is my game in?” The answer is in your Arbiter schedule.
Look at your schedule and in particular look at the level column. Part of what you see is an age/gender group like 11B or 14G which translates to Under 11 Boys or Under 14 Girls. However, in some cases there is more information there in the form of initials. Those initials designate the league.
RS – Rush Select
ILS – Idaho League Soccer
FCN – FC Nova (either youth or adult league depending on age level)
No initials – D3
Hopefully this clears up any lingering misunderstandings.
Game reports must be filed in Arbiter within 48 hours of game time. See the video below to learn everything you need to know about how to file a game report in Arbiter.
It’s important for officials of all levels to know how to effectively deal with coaches and other team officials who behave poorly during a game. Watch the video segment, Ask, Tell, Dismiss, to learn more about U.S. Soccer’s recommended approach for taking action towards team officials who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner. [Watch Video]
How many of you heard me make a big deal at the last SWISRA meeting about having the Rules of Competition with you when you referee. If you missed the meeting, then please view the video below. Unfortunately, it has been reported that none of the referees doing Rush Select U9 or U10 games at Optimist or D-3 U10 games at any location knew anything about the special field markings or how to apply the Rules of Competition at those levels. I am hoping that this report was a slight exaggeration. Nevertheless, here are the rules. D-3 U10 Rules and Rush Select U9/U10. I expect every referee to download and carry these and all Rules of Competition with them in their gear bag. More importantly, please review Rules of Competition before your matches and know which league you are officiating. (Yes, I know about the problem with D-3 Rules not being on their website yet.) Thanks.
The United States Soccer Federation understands that you cannot ask referees to perform at the top level unless you are willing to assist them in the knowledge and preparation to be at that level. We receive many instructional videos and classes like, “Week in Review” and our State, Regional and National instructors that assist us in the laws of the game and how to apply them. What they hadn’t advised us on until recently was how to approach our fitness.
Although these guidelines are designed for referees more at the professional level, the information is valuable to all. There is nothing better for a referee than to train just as if he were in a match. You will see as you read through that many of the workouts are interval running, sprints and back to interval running. This is much like a soccer match. The strength training will help with endurance and explosive moments as well.
To touch briefly on nutrition there is a document that talks about what to eat on a daily basis as well as what to eat on game day. It is even more important to stay hydrated than it is to eat correctly. Although they are both important, if you do not hydrate, you will suffer more injuries and fatigue. Use the information provided as it applies to you as a referee. Do as much as you can without straining or injuring yourself. It does you no good to try too hard and injure yourself, then have to sit out and heal.
Be Smart, Be Safe, Work hard and Be the best you can be.
Assignors need to know when and where other assignors have you working. Arbiter has a feature to help us with this. All referees should immediately login to Arbiter and click the PROFILE tab followed by the SHARING subtab. Mark all of the checkboxes on this page and click “Save”.
We had some fun at the monthly SWISRA meeting on Monday, August 22, 2011 by giving a pop quiz about the assigning procedure used by Al Padley. Take the quiz below and see how well you understand the process.
Assigning Process Quiz
This quiz is just for fun and tests your knowledge of the process used by Al Padley to assign games. This quiz was originally given at the SWISRA meeting on August 22, 2011.
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