Misconduct & Injury Reporting

Cautions (Yellow Cards), Send Offs (Red Cards),  Ejections, Injuries & Other Reportable Issues

Misconducts, injuries & other incidents are filed on the same Misconduct & Match Report form.

For  U-14, U-16, U-19, and
Extra matches officiated in Area 11-Q:
Report all misconduct and/or injuries by submitting the completed Microsoft Word form available here by email to Linda Hayden, the Area Referee Administrator, at dorolinda@gmail.com and copy rra@AYSOsoccer.org.

For Region 213 Recreational games at all levels through U-12:
The report should be done on the Misconduct & Match Report Form and sent by  e-mail to the RRA at rra@AYSOSoccer.org.

 Procedure for Issuing and Reporting of Misconduct  and  Ejections 

Yellow and Red cards and ejections should be rare occurrences, but they are unfortunately necessary at times in order to enforce Law 12 and to control the game.

It is important for referees to know the correct procedure for a send-off, and what to do after a send-off has occurred.

First, a referee should never show a card (red or yellow) to a player in U10 and below.

Second, a referee should never show a card (red or yellow) to a coach or spectator. The proper procedure is to verbally tell the offending coach or spectator that he/she is being "cautioned" (be sure to use this word) or that he/she is "ejected" from the game. After a coach or spectator is ejected, he/she must leave the field area and go to a place where he/she is out of sight and sound from the field. The referee should not re-start the game until the ejected coach or spectator has left the field area. An ejected player, however, may stay on the sidelines, so long as he/she does not cause disruption to the game.

Whenever a yellow or red card is issued by a referee, or a referee ejects (sends off) a coach or a spectator, the referee is required to make a written report to the Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) within twenty-four (24) hours after the incident. In practice, since we do night games, this report should really be sent in the same day, in order to allow time for the Disciplinary Committee to investigate the incident and for the Regional Commissioner to render a decision prior to the next game for that team.

The referee should also use the same form to report other events.  These would include serious injuries, suspension of a match, abandonment of a match, or field issues.

For Misconduct Reports within Region 213, the report should be done on the Misconduct & Match Report Form and sent by e-mail to the RRA at rra@AYSOSoccer.org.

The report should contain the following information:

  • The name of the referee and all assistant referees (names of club linesmen are not required);
  • The date, time, field, and division (gender/age -- like "B-12") of the game;
  • The coaches' names;
  • All relevant FACTS leading up to the incident;
  • The precise misconduct which resulted in the ejection (see Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct: Send-Off Offenses);
  • All relevant facts following the incident, including the conduct of the offending party, coaches, spectators, players, etc. following the ejection; and
  • The names, phone or e-mail numbers (if known) of any potential witnesses (if any).
Once this information is timely reported, the RRA has a duty to investigate the incident under the Standard Regional Guidelines. The referee should assume that his/her report is going to be shared with the Disciplinary Committee (consisting of the Assistant Regional Commissioner, the Regional Coach Administrator, and the RRA), the coaches involved, the Division Commissioner, the Regional Commissioner, and others. This investigation may result in additional disciplinary sanctions being imposed, including suspension for one or more games (this is not the referee's decision, it is up to the Regional Commissioner, in consultation with the Disciplinary Committee).

Thank you for following these procedures, and for keeping the game Safe, Fair and Fun.

Send all Reports to rra@AYSOsoccer.org