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Here are some helpful tips and advice for you as a new referee. They have been gathered from experienced referees - who all started their careers as referees just like you and learned many of these lessons the "hard way." The advice found here will get you off to the best possible start.

You've been through the entry level class, completed all the requirements, and have your badge. Now what? The class you took taught you a lot about the Laws of the Game and the mechanics of refereeing, but there are still probably many questions you might have about being a referee.

USSF has put together a booklet as a source of helpful tips and advice for you as a new referee. All referees, including those who have done World Cup Games, have started just like you and have learned these lessons the hard way. The advice found here will get you off to the best possible start.

Download the file below to learn about:
  • How to get Assignments?
  • Making a Good First Impression
  • Pre-Game Responsibilities
  • The Game
  • How Do Referees Improve?
  • Next Year is Just Around the Corner - Recertification
  • Other Resources

icon Information for New Referees

Professionalism is the key to earning respect and moving up the ladder. Demonstrating professional behavior will earn you respect from players, spectators, media, fellow officials. Unprofessional behavior will result in loss of respect for you and for other referees.

Regardless whether you are refereeing a U-8 game or an MLS game, you should always conduct yourself in a professional manner.

OFF THE FIELD:Your demeanor off the field, locally or when traveling out-of-state, should reflect all of the above. Remember, you are representing the State of Alabama when you referee a match, whether in Alabama or out-of-state, and will be judged by your off the field demeanor as well as how you perform on the field.

When should it be demonstrated. . . .AT ALL TIMES!!!
Download the file below for some excellent advice

icon Referee Guidelines

The Alabama Soccer Referee Handbook has been put together by the SRC as a resource explaining all aspects of the Referee Development Program from Instruction, to Assessment to Referees. It should be the single resource Referees, Instructors, Assessors and Assignors turn to for answers to their questions.

icon Alabama Soccer Manual

The following downloadss give you a good refresher. Click here to visit US Soccer Resources center for a lot more resources
icon CONCUSSION IN YOUTH SPORTS Signs, symptoms and action plan for concussions.
icon FOUL-MISCONDUCT CHART A summary chart for items listed in Law 12.
icon LIGHTNING SAFETY Specific rules to follow if lightning should occur before/during a game.
icon START AND RESTART CHART There are eight methods of re-starting play in soccer. The USSF has developed a start and re-start chart to simplify these eight methods.
In order to call State League and State Tournaments, the SRC recommends, as a minimum, the short and long sleeve Gold jersey as well as the short Green jersey. You must also have the 2 strip USSF logo's sock and black shorts.Click here to buy your starter kit.