Laws Of The Game:
LAW 12 : FOULS & MISCONDUCT
DIRECT FREE KICK FOULS (DFK)
• DELIBERATELY HANDLING THE BALL
• SPITS AT AN OPPONENT
• HOLDS AN OPPONENT
INDIRECT FREE KICK FOULS (IFK)
• DANGEROUS PLAY
• PREVENTING THE GK FROM RELEASING THE BALL
• IMPEDING AN OPPONENT
• COMMITTING ANY OTHER OFFENCE
IFK’s Goal Keepers (Hands)
•DIRECT THROW-IN FROM TEAMMATE
•KICKED DIRECTLY FROM TEAMMATE
•PLAYS BALL TWICE WITH HANDS
•HOLDS BALL MORE THAN 6 SECONDS
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CAUTION: YELLOW CARD
•DISSENT BY WORD OR ACTION
•ENTERS/REENTERS FIELD WITHOUT PERMISSION
•FAILS TO RESPECT 10 YARDS
•LEAVES FIELD WITHOUT PERMISSION
SEND-OFF: RED CARD
•SERIOUS FOUL PLAY
•SPITS AT ANY PERSON
•USES OFFENSIVE, INSULTING, ABUSIVE LANGUAGE OR GESTURE
•DENIES OBVIOUS GOAL SCORING OPPORTUNITY BY FOULING
•DENIES OBVIOUS GOAL SCORING OPPORTUNITY BY HANDLING THE BALL
•SECOND CAUTION IN SAME GAME
Smile have fun - Tuck in your shirt
Polish your shoes
Pull up your socks - Look Professional
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Becoming an AYSO referee in San Bruno
To become an AYSO referee you must attend an AYSO referee training clinic. The introductory clinics*cover the Laws of the Game (for those new to soccer), the way AYSO soccer games are structured and held (from coin-toss to end of game handshakes), and the spirit and philosophy of AYSO.
*The introductory clinics are designed to be quick, easy, and fun to take - even for those with no prior soccer experience at all. There are two introductory clinics, one for those who will referee Under 8 players and one for those preparing to referee in Under 10's or above.
Preparing to referee Under 8 players
The Under 8 clinic is especially designed for the complete beginner (although it is equally useful to recalibrate experienced soccer players to the Under 8 game!). It consists of a single, four hour class session. The class session will answer all your questions, including "Do I really want to do this?" ( YES! )
Preparing to referee older players
The Regional clinic is an introduction to the full Laws of the Game, designed to prepare you to referee Under 10's and above. This clinic takes three class sessions, and there is a subsequent exam on the Laws that is required in order to be awarded an AYSO Regional Referee badge. This is a little longer than the Under 8 clinic because it covers the full Laws, rather than just the simplified ones used for Under 8's.
The Regional clinic is also good for beginners who want to start in Under 10 (we don't normally recommend starting in the older age groups). In addition, folks who have previously refereed Under 8's, and who are planning to referee older children for the first time, should attend the Regional clinic.
Referee training for experienced players
If you have played the game extensively, you might wonder whether you could just "jump in" at a higher level. While playing experience is a great help to a referee, we still recommend that you start by taking the Regional clinic. Although some of the Law material will be familiar to you, most players' Law knowledge is a little uneven and the comprehensive review will be worth while. Also, refereeing is a skill, like playing but different, and you should take a little time to learn the game from this novel perspective.
One kind of experienced player who is particularly welcome as a referee are local high school students who are current or former youth soccer players. If you are one, and are interested in refereeing AYSO games, plan on taking the Regional clinic and please also contact the Region Referee Administrator so we can get you included in the Fall's schedule.
If you are already a certified referee in another organization, please contact the Region Referee Administrator . We do cross-certify referees from some organizations (most notably USSF) and we'd be happy to get you involved with San Bruno AYSO.
Advanced referee training
In addition to the clinics described here, there are also more advanced classes for more experienced referees which cover the Laws and the art of refereeing in greater depth.
Common Excuses for not being a Referee
Which one is your excuse? We can help!
I don't know anything about the game!
All we ask of you is a little of your time and we will train you. The training can be done a little at a time or all at once, whichever is more convenient for you. We will not ask you to do anything you do not feel ready to try. We can guarantee you that, even if you have never refereed a game in your life, with a few hours of training, you will know more about the game of soccer than most Americans will ever know. We can also guarantee you that, if only as spectator, your appreciation and enjoyment of the game will increase.
I don't have the time!
The referees are free to choose the games they can do, which can be scheduled at your convenience, possibly just before or after the game your child is playing.
I don't think I could put up with the behavior of some coaches and spectators!
We do not want our referees to put up with it! Most of the adults and players involved in our program are here because we do not allow unsportsmanlike behavior. Our region has strict policies governing such behavior, and we are strongly committed to these policies. As a referee, we can teach you how to deal with these situations in a dignified and appropriate manner, and help us maintain the A.Y.S.O philosophy while setting a good example for our impressionable young players.
I'm not the right kind of person to be a referee, I'd be embarrassed!
All you need is to like kids and like to see them have fun playing soccer. We can teach you the rest. There is no need to feel embarrassed because we are all volunteers and we all make mistakes, even our most experiences referees. We would also make sure that you were always with an experienced referee for support.
I can't afford the equipment, and besides, I'm a woman and women don't referee!
Women certainly do referee, and make very good ones, too. This is exactly why we would like you to volunteer, we would like to have more women involved as referees. We provide most of the referee uniform and equipment.
I don't think I could keep up with the players. Some of them are pretty fast!
Most of us can't keep up with them either. We give the upper division games, with the faster players, to our fitter and more experienced referees. We still have plenty of lower division games on smaller fields where you would be able to keep up. Refereeing is also a good way to get a little exercise and have fun at the same time.
I don't think I could handle the responsibilities of the referee!
In time you will develop the confidence to referee, but even if you don't, you could provide vital assistance to the referee by being an assistant referee. We have several qualified referees who only work as assistant referees.
I'm too young!
All you have to be is 12 years old. We will teach you how to referee games for the younger divisions. As a general rule, referees only do games for players younger than they are.