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Code of Conduct


17 Laws of Soccer
CCSA Ref Guide

Referees (including Assistant Referees) are responsible for the safety of the players and coaches during a match. Referees must know the laws of the game and enforce them fairly. They have the responsibility for upholding the laws and spirit of the game. Referees must show respect for the players, coaches and the game itself.

• Referees are expected to always maintain the utmost respect for the game.

• Referees are expected to conduct themselves honorably at all time and maintain the dignity of his/her position.

• Referees are expected to always honor an assignment or any other contractual obligation.

• Referees are expected to attend training sessions, meetings and clinics so as to know the Laws of the game, their proper interpretation and their application.

• Referees are expected to strive to achieve maximum teamwork with fellow officials.

• Referees are expected to show respect for other referees, coaches and players and never promote criticism of them.

• Referees are expected to be in good physical shape.

• Referees are expected to control players, coaches and Parents/Spectators effectively by being courteous and considerate without sacrificing fairness.

• Referees are expected to do their utmost to assist fellow officials to better themselves and their work. • Referees are expected to not make statements about any game except to clarify an interpretation of the Laws of the Game.

• Referees are expected to not discriminate against nor take any undo advantage of any individual group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Making a Good First Impression

Know the Laws: Success begins by being prepared
  • Read and know the Laws of the Game and work to learn the correct interpretations.
  • Know the generally accepted mechanics approved by the USSF and found in the Guide to Procedures for Referees, Assistant Referees and 4th Officials. You should have received this booklet in your entry levelcourse.
  • Know the local Rules of Competition.
    • Length of halves
    • Size of ball
    • Number of players
    • Substitutions
    • Penalty kicks or no penalty kicks
    • Direct free kicks allowed or only indirect free kicks
    • Offside, no offside
    • What you do with the game report
    • Uniform requirements
  • As an inexperienced referee, you will not make all the right decisions. You will learn from experience and from working with more experienced referees. 

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