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Referees

Overview

The referee is an integral part of any soccer program. While the laws of the game are essential to a fairly contested match, it is the referee's responsibility to interpret and enforce the laws according to situation or context of the match. This responsibility goes beyond simple discipline of guilty players. The referee's primary objective is to facilitate a smooth running match. The referee must make many decisions before and during the match to ensure the safety of the players, coaches and spectators. The referee is ultimately responsible for every aspect of the soccer match.


Training

United Valley Soccer Association follows SAY guidelines regarding referee training. Each new referee is required to attend a six-hour SAY developed training course and score a passing grade on a 100-question exam. Returning referees are encouraged to attend the course each year and re-take the exam.

 

UVSA is in the process of implementing a pre-season, on-field training regiment for all referees. This training regiment would include scheduled scrimmages at the U10 and U13 age groups. Referees would be required to participate in one of the scrimmages before being permitted to work a regular season game.

 

In addition to the new pre-season training, UVSA will continue to provide in-season feedback through random game observations. These observations are conducted by trained UVSA officials.


Forms

The following are links to the forms all UVSA referees need (forms are pdf files):


Resources

 

Contact

United Valley Soccer Association
PO Box 250 
Hawthorn, Pennsylvania 16230

Email: [email protected]

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