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Welcome to Seattle Soccer Referees

Welcome to the Seattle Soccer Referee Association. We provide USSF Referees to matches throughout the greater Seattle region. If you'd like a little more background information about us, check out the Information segment of our Site.

February LOTG Points of Emphasis - Addressing Coaches Behavior

Practice Advice for Referees: It's important to make a connection with coaches prior to kickoff. Use your personality as it fits and show yourself as a human being - smile, be happy, festive and approachable - show your human side. 

  • Talk prior to player check-in - something simple that could open up a conversation
  • How was your drive into Seattle? 
  • How has the season been so far?


Match Officials must take action against coaches and team officials who fail to act in a responsible manner. That could be a verbal warning(s), caution or a sending-off. 
Know that Referees and Assistant Referees can issue verbal warnings addressing coaches behavior for something that doesn't require a caution.
We can politely but firmly issue a warning without the need to show a card. This verbal warning can be a great tool to defuse potential conflict:
  • Minor/low level disagreement by word or action with a decision
  • Failing to cooperate with a match official's instruction/request
  • Entering the field of play in a respectful non-confrontational way
IMPORTANT: repeated or blatant offences should result in a caution or sending-off. 
Find out more:

Download the official IFAB app:   /




If you are a new referee, or are new to Seattle, Register Here.

Are you interested in becoming a referee? Start here-> with the Washington State Referee Committee->

The Laws of the Game-> and the US Soccer Referee Program-> are helpful resources for Referees, Coaches, Players and Spectators.

Finally, please see FIFA-> for general information about the game in its international context.



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