Refereeing requires very little time committment and contributes enormously to the game experience. There is nothing worse than two teams on the field ready to play, spectators on the sidelines, but no referee team. Properly trained and certified referees are very important to ensure a safe fair and fun environment for everyone involved.
Experienced referees are critically important in the higher age groups and the only way referees ecome experienced is by starting early. Which means now!
We recognize that it can be challenging for a coach to recruit referees. See the section on the right, Help with Referee Recruiting, for a great offer of help from the referee community.
In U10, each team must also provide one certified center referee (Regional or Basic badge) for each game in which their team is the "home team". The home team is always listed first in the schedule. The diagonal system consisting of one referee and two assistant-referees on the sidelines is used in U10, and it is likely that one or two team assistant-referees will need to be available for each game. It is therefore recommended that each team have 2 certified referees available for each game.
Note, if a team does not provide a referee the team may forfeit the game.
To invite a ref to your meeting, send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org. State who you are, in which division you are coaching, and where and when your meeting will take place.