ARE YOU?

A NEW REFEREE - AND WANT TO GET CERTIFIED

CERTIFIED REF BUT NEW TO ELK GROVE SOCCER

CURRENT ELK GROVE SOCCER REF

Elk Grove Soccer Referee Interest
We welcome individuals interested in becoming referees to join our team! If you haven't yet obtained certification through U.S. Soccer or the Elk Grove Soccer Referee program, please follow the link below to register your interest. Our dedicated Referee Coordinator will reach out to you once courses become available. Thank you for your interest and commitment to officiating in our community!
CERTIFIED REF BUT NEW TO ELK GROVE SOCCER

WHY SHOULD I BECOME A REFEREE?

STEPS TO BECOMING A REFEREE

REFEREE COURSES

UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

GETTING ASSIGNMENTS

GAME DAY

ASSIGNORS

US SOCCER ADVICE TO REFS

Do you love soccer?

Do you enjoy making new friends?

Do you like making extra money on your schedule?

Do you want to learn more about the sport you love?

You should become a soccer referee!

THE SPORT

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!

CHALLENGE

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

EXERCISE

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

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.

FRIENDSHIP

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.

MONEY

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 our referee program at referee@elkgrovesoccer.com 

Come join our referee family!

Per U.S. Soccer, new referees must be 13 years of age or older at the time they register. State Referee Committees have no discretion in changing this.

We hope this message finds you well. We have some exciting news to share regarding Elk Grove Soccer’s referee management system.

As many of you are already aware, Game Officials, the referee management system currently used by Elk Grove Soccer, will be shutting down on March 29th, 2024. To ensure a seamless transition and avoid any disruptions mid-season, Elk Grove Soccer has made the proactive decision to switch to a new referee management system.

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with GotSport, and we will soon be using the Referee Assigning Platform to manage referee assignments. This transition comes with several exciting benefits for everyone involved:

Simplified Communications: Our new system will streamline communications, making it easier for referees, coaches, and Elk Grove Soccer staff to stay in touch.

Increased Visibility: The new platform will provide enhanced visibility and transparency for Elk Grove Soccer staff, ensuring a smoother assigning process.

Improved Experience: Referees and Elk Grove Soccer staff alike will enjoy an improved assigning process, making the entire experience more efficient.

To get started with this exciting transition, each referee, including youth referees, will need to create their unique User ID. If you are a youth referee who has been using your parent or guardian’s email address, you will need to sign up using your email. However, to comply with youth guidelines, your parent or guardian’s email can be set as a secondary email so that they can receive all communications as well.

Here are the steps to register:

Click on the following link to begin your registration: ELK GROVE SOCCER Referee Program (or direct link –  https://system.gotsport.com/programs/507H25338

Follow the outlined steps to complete your registration.

If you encounter any technical issues while signing up, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Rick Kelsey from GotSport at rick.kelsey@gotsport.com. We kindly ask that you complete your registration as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition and to get you set up for games this upcoming spring season.

We are confident that this transition will enhance the referee experience and contribute to the continued success of Elk Grove Soccer. Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to working with you in the upcoming season.

After clicking on the link you will be asked to login to GotSport.  

The following are the actions you should take:

Step A – If you are currently have a registration and/or login information for Gotsport go here 

Step B – If you have GotSport login information but do not remember your password go here

Step A:

  • If you know your login and password:
    • Enter both and complete the registration process
Step B:
  • If you have an account but don’t remember your password:
    • Click on Forgot Password and a temporary password will be emailed to you.  NOTE:  Make sure to check you Junk/SPAM folder.

Step C: 

  • If you do not have a login and password you will need to create one by clicking on the CREATE AN ACCOUNT link

It is very important to note that everyone must have their own Email/USER ID.  

 

REFEREE COURSES will appear here when scheduled

Now that you’re a referee, you need to look the part!

Equipment List

·  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)

·         Flags

·         Whistle

·         Ref booklet with yellow/red cards, paper, pen/pencil

·         Coin

·         Black bag (to put all your gear in)

·         To simplify things, OSI offers a starter kit

·         Referee equipment list

Helpful Information

·         Official Sports is the official referee uniform supplier for US Soccer.

·         Although Official Sports is the preferred uniform supplier of US Soccer, uniforms purchased elsewhere are acceptable.

·         Be sure to have the new style referee uniforms, as the old style is no longer acceptable.

·         Pro jerseys have a zipper on the neck opening and Velcro closing the chest pockets. The economy jerseys are acceptable and are less expensive.

·        Referee Uniform Guidelines

One you have your equipment, you are ready to get games!

We use GotSport to schedule our games. Please register to become a referee above.

If you encounter any technical issues while signing up, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Rick Kelsey from GotSport at rick.kelsey@gotsport.com. We kindly ask that you complete your registration as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition and to get you set up for games this upcoming spring season

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Arrive at LEAST 30 minutes before your game. You may be replaced on your game if you are not on time.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Introduce yourself to the other referees. If you are lost or don’t know where to go, ask a fellow referee.
  7. 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.
  8. Kickoff on time.
  9. 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.
  10. Complete any required paperwork and turn it in to the proper authority.
  11. Complete any reports if there were injuries or cards (center referee only).
  12. When you get home, be sure to log your game in your game log.

GETTING STARTED

MAKING A GOOD IMPRESSION

BEING AN ASSISTANT REFEREE

BEING THE REFEREE

THE PRE-GAME CONFERENCE

REFEREE TRAINING

CURRENT ELK GROVE SOCCER REFEREE

REGISTRATION

RECERTIFICATION

REFEREE REPORTS

ASSIGNORS

INSTRUCTION

CODE OF ETHICS

REFRESHER COURSES

Per U.S. Soccer, new referees must be 13 years of age or older at the time they register. State Referee Committees have no discretion in changing this.

We hope this message finds you well. We have some exciting news to share regarding Elk Grove Soccer’s referee management system.

As many of you are already aware, Game Officials, the referee management system currently used by Elk Grove Soccer, will be shutting down on March 29th, 2024. To ensure a seamless transition and avoid any disruptions mid-season, Elk Grove Soccer has made the proactive decision to switch to a new referee management system.

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with GotSport, and we will soon be using the Referee Assigning Platform to manage referee assignments. This transition comes with several exciting benefits for everyone involved:

Simplified Communications: Our new system will streamline communications, making it easier for referees, coaches, and Elk Grove Soccer staff to stay in touch.

Increased Visibility: The new platform will provide enhanced visibility and transparency for Elk Grove Soccer staff, ensuring a smoother assigning process.

Improved Experience: Referees and Elk Grove Soccer staff alike will enjoy an improved assigning process, making the entire experience more efficient.

To get started with this exciting transition, each referee, including youth referees, will need to create their unique User ID. If you are a youth referee who has been using your parent or guardian’s email address, you will need to sign up using your email. However, to comply with youth guidelines, your parent or guardian’s email can be set as a secondary email so that they can receive all communications as well.

Here are the steps to register:

Click on the following link to begin your registration: ELK GROVE SOCCER Referee Program (or direct link –  https://system.gotsport.com/programs/507H25338

Follow the outlined steps to complete your registration.

If you encounter any technical issues while signing up, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Rick Kelsey from GotSport at rick.kelsey@gotsport.com. We kindly ask that you complete your registration as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition and to get you set up for games this upcoming spring season.

We are confident that this transition will enhance the referee experience and contribute to the continued success of Elk Grove Soccer. Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to working with you in the upcoming season.

After clicking on the link you will be asked to login to GotSport.  

The following are the actions you should take:

Step A – If you are currently have a registration and/or login information for Gotsport go here 

Step B – If you have GotSport login information but do not remember your password go here

Step A:

  • If you know your login and password:
    • Enter both and complete the registration process
Step B:
  • If you have an account but don’t remember your password:
    • Click on Forgot Password and a temporary password will be emailed to you.  NOTE:  Make sure to check you Junk/SPAM folder.

Step C: 

  • If you do not have a login and password you will need to create one by clicking on the CREATE AN ACCOUNT link

It is very important to note that everyone must have their own Email/USER ID. 

Please contact please contact our referee program at referee@elkgrovesoccer.com  and they will explain the certification process. 

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.

2) Referees should download the U.S.S.F. Referee Report Codes to assist with report writing.

3) Email the completed report to please contact our referee program at referee@elkgrovesoccer.com  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.

Email: hkangura@elkgrovesoccer.com

Phone: 925-336-1124

Email: rguzman@elkgrovesoccer.com

Phone: 916-752-2679

Please contact the Elk Grove Soccer Referee Assignor at referee@elkgrovesoccer.com regarding Instruction, with any questions on referee courses or help with Elk Grove Soccer Referee Sign up system.

U.S. SOCCER REFEREE CODE OF ETHICS

All members of the Federation Referee Program are expected to:

I. Consider it a privilege to be part of the Federation Referee Program and use actions that will reflect credit upon that organization and its affiliates

II. Maintain the dignity of the position

III. Conduct themselves ethically and honorably

IV. Treat themselves and others respectfully and honestly

V. Perform duties knowledgeably and in accordance with the Laws of the Game

VI. Adhere to all policies and requirements of the United States Soccer Federation Referee Program

VII. Safeguard confidential registration and performance information

VIII. Give priority to all Federation affiliated assignments and programs

IX. Honor all Federation affiliated assignments and obligations

X. Not discriminate against or take advantage of any individual or group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin

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