Every year we oversee over 6000 players from ages 4-19 years of age. This takes an army of talented referee directors, referee assignors and referees. Our hope is you join our ever growing soccer referee family. For more information please "click here to begin".
Do you want to learn more about the sport you love?
You should become a soccer referee!
The game needs referees. Referees are there to make sure it is fair, fun, and safe. You are doing a service to the community and to the players, coaches, and fans as well as learning more about the game you love!
Life is full of challenges and being a referee is a perfect way to learn how to meet them head-on and know that you can handle them. Soccer is an emotional game. Reffing can provide many life lessons and teach you about yourself too
Refereeing a soccer game is good exercise. You can be outside and run around, enjoy exciting games, and make a few dollars while having fun!
Knowledge is a great thing and must never stop learning. The more you know, the more you can do and see. With a complete knowledge of the Laws of the Game, you are better referee, a better player, a better coach, and a better fan.
Becoming a soccer official is a great way to meet friends that have similar interests. Working with different referees helps you understand how different people can come together and accomplish a common goal as well as what you can learn from each other.
There are not too many things that a young person can do that pays as well as being a soccer referee. You can work a few hours and make pretty good money. As you improve and work higher level games, the money does too. Just remember that you are doing it for the game and not just the money. You will be a much better referee if you keep that in mind. If this sounds like something that you would be interested in, please contact Mark Lloret (Referee Director) Daryl Rosario (Assistant Referee Director)
· Referee jerseys (to start off with, you will definitely need gold. As you get more games, green will be the next color, followed by red, blue, and black. If you can get all colors at once, that is even better. Both long and short sleeves are needed).
· Black shorts
· Black socks with three stripes or two stripes
· Black shoes (accent colors are acceptable but predominantly black)
· Watch (one is required, two is suggested)
· Ref booklet with yellow/red cards, paper, pen/pencil
One you have your equipment, you are ready to get games!
We use Game Officials as our assigning program for matches. After completing the referee course, a new referee will join our group and create a profile – gameofficials.net
Elk Grove Soccer Group code: 1320
Elk Grove Soccer Access code: EGYSL
Once you are assigned games, you must accept them and then you are committed to work.
Think of this as a job and treat it as such. Players are relying on you to show up and referee.
Please contact Mark Lloret or Daryl Rosario to see how someone can help you with your first game and/or help with game officials.
New Soccer Referee
What you have trained for!
Prepare the night before. Pack everything and have it ready to go so you won’t forget anything when you get to the field. Make a checklist of items to have in your bag
Check out our mentoring page and consider having another referee there to help you on your first day. The earlier you contact us, the more likely we may be able to have someone out there to help you.
Arrive at LEAST 30 minutes before your game. You may be replaced on your game if you are not on time.
You may arrive dressed and ready to referee or wearing a black t-shirt so you can choose the best color based on the teams. When you are in uniform, you MUST: a.Tuck your shirt in b. Keep your socks pulled up c. Be respectful and professional
If you are working a tournament, go to the referee headquarters first. If you are working a league game, you can go straight to the field.
Introduce yourself to the other referees. If you are lost or don’t know where to go, ask a fellow referee.
Start the pre-game process (checking in teams, coin toss, about 15 minutes before kickoff. If you are the referee, you are in charge of this. If you are an assistant, you still help with the process and learn how it’s done.
Kickoff on time.
Immediately meet your crew at halftime and after the game to discuss. Feel free to ask questions about the Laws of the Game and specific situations.
Complete any required paperwork and turn it in to the proper authority.
Complete any reports if there were injuries or cards (center referee only).
When you get home, be sure to log your game in your game log.
At Elk Grove Soccer we send our reports via email attachments.
1) Referees should download the U.S.S.F. Referee Report. This is a write-able PDF, so there is no need to print and hand write the information in. Simply download the PDF, type in your game information, and save it to your computer.
3) Email the completed report to Mark and any other appropriate contact for your league/tournament. Please include GAME NUMBER and some indication of what the game was (League, tournament, friendly, etc.) in the subject line of your email. If you do not have a game number, please include the teams playing and an indication of what the game was (tournament, friendly, etc.). See below for examples:
Elk Grove Soccer League Game 3410
Elk Grove Soccer Tournament Team 1 v Team 2
Friendly Team 1 v Team 2
Team 1 v Team 2 (at the very least)
4) Contact your assignor with any questions about your report.