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Welcome to Seattle Soccer Referees

Welcome to the Seattle Soccer Referee Association. We provide licensed referees to matches in the general vicinity of Seattle, Washington. If you'd like a little more background information about us, check out the Information segment of our Site.

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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.

What's New?
Dealing With Problem Parents, Coaches and Players
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We have had an unusual number of unpleasant incidents with coaches and sidelines lately. Your assignors goal is to reduce these problems and make refereeing more enjoyable. In order to do that we need your help in two ways;
1) dealing with the problems when they happen and
2) reporting incidents to the proper people as soon as possible.
The more information we have, and the quicker we get it, the more effective we can be.

Specifically, I'm talking about coaches and parents/fans. If the problem is with the coach deal with it. If the problem is with the sidelines, direct the coach to deal with it.

DEALING WITH PROBLEMS WHEN THEY HAPPEN: When you fail to give a caution or send off when it is warranted, you set up future referees for problems. Manage what you can without cards, but don't let that stop you from issuing yellows and reds when deserved. It is so much easier for the disciplinary committee to deal with things when cards are issued. If the problem is with the sidelines, direct the coach to deal with it.

DISSENT: What is dissent? Generally dissent is any action and/or word that conveys disagreement with the referees decision.

Should we caution all dissent? No. It's not realistic or fair to expect everyone to agree with all of our calls. Sports are emotional. People will get frustrated. Sometimes we are even the cause of the frustration. Only dissent that affects the game in a negative way needs to be dealt with. Quick emotional outbursts will happen.

When is dissent a problem? Dissent is a problem with it has a negative impact on the referee's ability to keep the game fair, safe and enjoyable. Here are several questions to ask yourself when deciding if the dissent matters.
-Is it a couple of quick words or does the coach keep complaining?
-Is it small and quiet or is it big, loud and obvious?
-Is it about the play or is it a personal attack?
-Is it respectful or is it likely to provoke others to behave badly?
-Could the coach be right or is she clearly wrong?

These are just a few examples of factors you should be weighing.

Remember abusive language goes beyond dissent and the bad actor should be sent off.

As you gain experience you will get a better idea of what dissent needs to be dealt with, which can be managed and what can be ignored. I think the most important rule for youth soccer games is, if it is to the point you are not having fun anymore, deal with it.

REPORTING: There are three types of ways to report incidents with teams

1) Misconduct reports: If you give a player or coach a card, you are REQUIRED to fill out a misconduct report online. This must be done within 24 hours. It doesn't matter if it's a simple tactical foul or violent conduct. ALL misconducts require reporting.

2) Supplemental reports: If you have problems with fans. If you should have given a card but didn't. If behavior of any of the participants needs correcting. You should fill out a supplemental report.

3) Contact your assignor: If teams or coaches have behavior problems, please contact one of your assignors. Again, refereeing is more fun when everyone just concentrates on the game. We have worked a lot with our local select clubs to educate their teams on proper sideline behavior. They have done a tremendous job. If you have problems with any of their teams they will support us. Where we are seeing a majority of the coach/sideline problems is with visiting teams. We need to know who is causing the problems.

BOTTOM LINE: When in doubt, email, text or call your assignor.

Monday Night Referee Gathering - Q&A Session
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New(er) Ref Q&A: Weekly Monday Q&A Session:

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Updated Mask Mandates
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Masks are required for all participants, including referees, for all games:
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SYSA Local Rules of Competition
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Rules for Youth Rec Games (SYSA)
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Reviewing LOTG Changes Online
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