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Detailed Substitution Instructions

Madison League, U16 and U19 Area 2A

Filling out Time Records / Lineup Cards


Normally, the filling out of lineup cards to record substitutions and playing time is the function of the referee team and taught to them in their referee training. The purpose here is to convey that instruction so the time monitor can become a capable recorder of the events of the match with regard to playing time. The only difference between what the referee records in a lineup card and what the time monitor records is related to the Goal Keeper. The time monitor does not need to track nor record who was playing keeper on the field. Otherwise, the instructions below apply to both records.


In each column (time interval) and each row (team roster member), there is a blank. This blank should be filled at the start of that time interval as follows: A – if team member is absent and not present at or near the field X – if team member is in the touch area (off the field), available and awaiting assignment as an active player on the field. Normally termed a Substitute.

I – if team member is in the touch area (off the field) but not able to play due to injury, sickness, exhaustion or similar reason preventing them from being a player on the field. leave blank – if team member is an active player who is playing on the field

For the time record, a line can be drawn from the previous column to indicate ditto or carry forward of same status from an earlier column. This should NOT be done if the previous status is blank and thus indicating they are playing. So A------A, I------I, and X------X can be utilized across and up to a whole half.


If a players status of absent or injured at the start of the match is expected to remain the same for the whole match, writing ABS or INJ next to the name is sufficient. If the players status changes during the match, the first and subsequent columns where they were absent or injured should be marked accordingly. Otherwise, the whole row can be left blank and totaled according to the notation next to the name at the end of the match.


Extra time periods (during play-off games) or stoppage time (the few minutes a referee may add to the running clock time to account for non-playing stoppages in play during the half) are not recorded in the time record. These periods of time are not expected to last more than five minutes and thus are not material to the record.


For infrequent substitutions, a time monitor may wait for the substitution to then go back and fill in the previous columns. Just as long as they can clearly recreate the record. For frequent substitutions, always and simply record the state of the match at the start of the interval.


Just as referees often wear two watches, time monitors are encouraged to have a backup time piece. Even if just a normal analog watch or cell phone clock. They should always record the time the half started using the backup time piece. Then, if the primary stopwatch malfunctions for whatever reason, they can determine how far into the half they are.

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