AYSO Region 213
Referee Announcements

  Extra Tournament Rules 12/7/2012  

Below are the Extra Tournament rules that will be in force at the Area Q locations.  If you have any questions, contact Linda Hayden (dorolinda@gmail.com) or ask at the referee tent at the field.

1. Teams must be at the field 15 minutes prior to the start of each game and ready to play.
2. The Referee will conduct a Pre-game Equipment and Safety Inspection prior to the start of each game.
3. To keep the games on schedule there will be no warming up on the field of play between games. As soon as the previous game has ended, teams must clear the field and the teams for the next game must take their places.
4. In case of conflicting colors, the referee in charge will require the designated home team to change uniforms or wear pinnies.
5. Coaches, Players and Spectators must remain on the side of the field designated by the hosting region.
6. A maximum of two (2) coaches shall be allowed to instruct the team during the game.
7. Home team will supply the referee with three (3) properly sized and inflated soccer balls.
8. Home team will select the side of the field that they will defend.  Visiting team will kick-off to start the match.
9. As a participant in the tournament each coach and team has agreed to appear for all scheduled games. Failure to show up to a scheduled game (No-show Forfeit) may result in a $150 fine and suspension of the coach from the EXTRA Program for one year.
10. All games shall be played at the time and field as scheduled.
11. For the safety of our players, we ask that dogs and pets are not present at any inter-region or Area games, except for properly identified service animals.
12. All U10 games shall be played in two 25-minute halves.
13. All U11 and above games shall be played in two 30-minute halves.
14. Pool play and Consolation games may end in a tie.
15. If a tie exists at the end of regulation time in a Semi-Final match, the winner shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the Laws of the Game. Eligible players are those who were on the field of play at the conclusion of regulation time.
16. If a tie exists at the end of regulation time in a Medal Round Match two five (5) minute overtime periods shall be played to determine a winner.  Sudden victory or “golden goal” will not be played.
a. Teams playing short in regulation time as a result of a send-off(s) shall continue to do so in overtime.
b. The teams shall change ends of the field after the completion of the first overtime period.
c. Should a tie remain after the completion of overtime play, the winner shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the Laws of the Game.
d. As deemed by the Tournament Staff, if there is not sufficient time for the overtime periods (due to darkness or delaying the start of the next game) the game will be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark.
17. Medals will be awarded to the top four (4) teams in each Champions Cup flight and the top two (2) teams in each League Cup flight.
18. Referee decisions during a match are final and not subject to protest.

  Extra U-9 Play Off Rules 11/9/2012  

*Important Information for Extra U9 Play-Off Games Beginning 11/10/2012:*

Please check the U9 game schedule to determine if you have a pool or
playoff game before you leave for the field. Pool games can end with a tied
score while all playoff games require a winner.

If you are scheduled for a playoff game, then please read and print the
Area 11Q Playoff Game guidelines (below).

If you have any questions, then please call your Regional Referee
Administrator or the Area Referee Administrator, Linda Hayden, at (949)

13 Playoff Games
13.1 Game duration shall be as listed below unless specified otherwise in
the program rules.

13.1.1 U10: Two 25 minute halves
13.1.2 U12 and older: Two 30 minute halves

13.3 Playoff pool games may end in a tie, unless noted otherwise.

13.4 In elimination or medal round games, ties will be decided with two
full five (5) minute extra time periods to determine a winner. Sudden
victory or “golden goal” will not be played.

13.4.1 Teams playing short in regulation time as a result of a send-off(s)
shall continue to do so in overtime.
13.4.2 The teams shall change ends of the field after the completion of the
first overtime period. The second overtime period begins immediately after
the end of the first extra time period.

13.5 Should a tie remain after the completion of extra time, the winner
shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in
accordance with the Laws of the Game. (PLEASE review the LOTG procedures)
ONLY the players on the field at the end of the second overtime may
participate in the taking of Kicks From The Mark.

13.6 As deemed by the referee, area director or program director, if there
is not sufficient time for the overtime periods (due to darkness or
delaying the start of the next game) the game will be decided by the taking
of kicks from the penalty mark.

  Touchline Atmosphere 10/31/2012  

The season is starting to wind down.  The playoffs are approaching.  In the U-9 through U-14 divisions teams will be making an extra effort to secure the best standing possibleThis could lead to increased tension on the touch lines among the parents and the spectators.  As referees, we need to be even more vigilant to keep the game safe, fun and fair for the players.

Please remember that spectator cheering is limited to cheering that is positive and encouraging.  It may NOT include coaching.  Coaching is limited to the two coaches named on the line up card.  Those coaches may coach in a manner that is Positive, Instructional, and Encouraging.  In the U-9 divisions and older, the coaches must remain within ten yards of the half way line and be at least one yard off of the touchline.  A pre-game reminder to the coach as to his responsibility for his sideline's behavior is a good idea.

The spectators and coaches of a team may not make any comments directed at the players of the opposing team.  The only exception to this is a compliment for a good play.  Any other comment is not allowed.  This includes comments like: "no pushing" or "no elbows", etc.

In summary, please be attentive to the touchlines.  If you are an A/R, please help the referee control the touchline on which you are stationed.  Please react quickly to any situation that may arise.  Let's keep the game safe, fun, and fair for our players.

   2012 Harvest Cup Thank You's 10/23/2012 

I would like to thank the referees who volunteered for Harvest Cup games this year. Without their help, there would be no tournament. Thanks to these referees who either signed up or were spotted on the fields. I apologize if I have missed anyone.

  • Doug Birozy
  • Gary Bye
  • Ken Cook
  • Dave Cooper
  • Kami Esfahani
  • Brian Foster
  • Samuel James
  • Mike Morrison
  • Tim Rychel
  • Sarah Stewart
  • Noah Wellikson
  • Jack Brine
  • Oleg Chaikovsky
  • Brittany Cooper
  • Alonza Cruse
  • John Firth
  • Anil Hiteshi
  • Rob McAuley
  • Mehrdad Motamedi
  • Jeff Sparks
  • Don Terres
  • Tom Whitehair

  2012 Harvest Cup 10/16/2012  

The Harvest Cup schedule is now available.

Do NOT sign up to referee your own child's game.  It would be best if your child does not attend either school that is playing.  (That being said, if you are going to attend a
Harvest Cup game, please bring your referee gear in case you are needed to help out.)

The Harvest Cup is a single elimination tournament, which means that the loser of every game is knocked out.  This can lead to some very intense games.  There will also be a wide range of playing abilities, especially in the first or second rounds.  On one end, there will be players who have never played an organized soccer game in their lives.  On the other end, there will be very skilled players from elite club teams.   Expect later rounds of the elementary games to approach the level of a U-13 Extra game.  The middle school games could approach the level of a U-16 game.

There will also be a wide spectrum of spectators, with a wide range of soccer knowledge, and a  wide range of sensibilities when it comes to cheering.  It is very important to remind the coaches before the game of their responsibility to control their team's touch line.  Also remind them to keep their spectators between  the penalty areas  and 3 yards from the touch lines.

Please read the Harvest Cup rules BEFORE signing up:

If you have any trouble viewing or signing up for games, please contact me at

Harvest Cup games are under G-11, B-11, G-13 and B-13 on October 19th and 21st:

  A/R Positioning 10/8/2012  

Please remember the correct positioning for an A/R.  In general, the A/R should be in line with whichever of the following three positions is CLOSEST to the goal line that the A/R is responsible for:

- the second to last defender
- the ball
- the half way line

For more complete details, read the Interpretation of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines for Referees beginning at page 81. http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/lawsofthegame/index.html

  U-7 & U-8 Reminders 10/5/2012  

Here are some reminders for those doing U-7 and U-8 games.

U-8 GK Punts:  In U-8 there seems to be a misconception that goalkeepers are not allowed to punt the ball.  This is not true.  Goalkeepers who have controlled the ball while it is in play may use a punt as a method of releasing the ball.  Throwing the ball is another method. 
U-8 Goal Kick restarts (which occur after the ball has gone out of play over the goal line, last touched by an attacking player, but not scoring a goal) are taken anywhere in the penalty area as a free kick from the ground.

Kick Off:  When restarting the game with a Kick Off, we need to be sure that each team is on their own side of the field and that the defenders are outside of the center circle.  Please take the time to make sure that all players are properly positioned before whistling for the restart.

Throw ins:  During the first half of the season, we allow a retake for an improper throw in.  Please use this option to help teach the players to make proper throw ins.  If a player is already on the field before taking the throw, please remind them to move back to the touch line before taking the throw.

  Coaches 10/3/2012  

We will discuss the issue of the coach and assistant coach (or two co-coaches.)  This issue is an important one.  Coaches will have been currently registered and Safe Haven trained.  This has been done for the safely of the players.  For a match to be played, a team must have at least one coach, but not more than two.  A team might have more than two coaches at practices, but not on game day.  As referees, we need to be diligent in knowing who these individuals are.  In Extra, U-16 and U-19 games it is easier to identify the coaches, because all coaches have to have AYSO ID cards.  In rec, there are no ID cards.  That is why it is a good idea for us to identify the coaches before the game starts, and before any situations arise.  The ideal time for this would be in conjunction with the team safety inspection and check in.  When you are handed the lineup card, confirm that two coaches are listed.  If it is a match with ID cards, the names should match the IDs.  If the lineup card does not list a second coach, then ask the coach if there is an assistant coach.  Either note the assistant’s name, or note the fact that there is no assistant.  Hopefully, both the referee and his assistants will be present at the team check in, so that the referee crew is familiar with the identities of the coaches.

Having armed themselves with the identities of the coaches, you might ask how a referee or an A/R will use this information during a match.  In an ideal match, where there are no questions about coaching or the behavior of the coaches, you might not need the information at all.  In many matches, however, it will enable the referee or his A/R’s to identify coaching which is being done by non-coaches, or to identify coaches who are coaching from outside of their technical area.  If coaching is being done by someone who is not one of the two coaches, usually a parent, then the referee crew needs to stop that from happening.  If one of the referee crew notices that one of the coaches is coaching from outside of their technical area, then they need to remind the coach to stay within the technical area.  This is defined as within ten yards of the half way line in U-9 and above, and between the penalty areas in U-7 and U-8.

There is another situation where the identities of the coach and his assistant are important.  Hopefully, this situation will rarely occur, but it does.   It involves coaches who “fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner.”    The referee “may, at his discretion, expel them from the field of play…” (L.O.T.G. Law 5)  If a coach is expelled, then only his properly identified assistant (or co-coach) may assume the coaching duties.  If both coaches have been expelled, or a coach has been expelled who has no assistant coach or co-coach, then the game must be terminated.  Even though this may seem like a harsh outcome for the players, it is done for their safety.

To put it briefly, know who the coaches are in your games!

  Jewelry 9/24/2012  

Once again, we need to discuss the issue of jewelry.   Even though  the word may be spelled in different ways, we should be uniform in how we deal with it on the soccer field.  Ironically, there really has not been any change in the Laws of the Game or our Regional rules on this issue in the past few years.

2012/2013 Laws of the Game,  Law 4, page 21:

A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewellery).

2012/2013 Laws of the Game,  page 68 (Interpretation & Guidance to the Referee):

All items of jewellery (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather band, rubber bands, etc.) are strictly forbidden and must be removed.  Using tape to cover jewellery is not acceptable.

A.Y.S.O. Region 213 Guidelines:
13. Proper Dress
No jewelry of any kind (including rings, chains, any kind of bracelet, or earrings) may be worn at games, practices, and scrimmages.  Earrings must be removed – placing tape over them is not acceptable.
Please follow the Law and regional rule.  No matter what the excuse, do not allow players to play if they are wearing pierced earrings or any other type of jewelry.  Do not allow the player to play if they tape over their earrings.  We are responsible for the safety of the game.  This is a safety issue.  Also, by allowing the player to play, you have now created the expectation that the player will be able to play the next game with taped earrings.   This is unfair to the next referee who has a match with that team  and who has to deal with the bad precedent that has been set.    We need to be consistent in our application of the Law.

The ONLY exception to a bracelet being worn is a medical alert bracelet that is taped in a safe manner, with the important information remaining visible.

The prohibition against rubber bands and/or a leather band applies to bands worn as jewelry, typically around the wrist.  Soft bands such as hair ties may be used to hold a player's hair.  Hair pins, hair clips, barrettes and other hard objects may not be used in the hair.

 Goal Celebrations 

The following is from the 2012/2013 Laws of the Game, page 120, the interpretation and guidelines for referees section:

"Celebration of a goal

While it is permissible for a player to demonstrate his joy when a goal has been scored, the celebration must not be excessive.

Reasonable celebrations are allowed, but the practice of  choreographed celebrations is not to be encouraged when it results in excessive time-wasting and referees are instructed to intervene in  such cases.

A player must be cautioned if:
    • in the opinion of the referee, he makes gestures which are provocative, derisory or inflammatory
    • he climbs on to a perimeter fence to celebrate a goal being scored
    • he removes his shirt or covers his head with his shirt
    • he covers his head or face with a mask or other similar item

Leaving the field of play to celebrate a goal is not a cautionable offence in itself but it is essential that players return to the field of play as soon as possible.

Referees are expected to act in a preventative manner and to exercise common sense in dealing with the celebration of a goal."

This is more of an issue in older level games.  It is important to heed the last sentence and use common sense, and to be quick to prevent  any celebration from getting out of hand, or becoming demeaning in  nature.