WUFC Referee Resources

Referee Resources2022-09-21T13:00:01-07:00

Soccer 5 League Rules

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Why Should You Referee for WUFC?

  1. REFEREE PAY INCREASE – WUFC has increased our pay scale this year. This means we are one of the highest paying Soccer 5 clubs. We are also extremely competitive with neighboring clubs and other nearby leagues.
  2. REFEREE LOYALTY BONUS – WUFC offers a $50 BONUS for every 10 games a referee officiates.
  3. REFEREE MENTOR SUPPORT – Willamette United offers mentor support to all our referees throughout the fall season for our league and tournaments.  Our Staff is dedicated to creating a fun, supportive, learning environment for all referees to enjoy.

On behalf of Willamette United, I would like to thank everyone for your dedication to our community and for your commitment to making every game a fun  experience for the kids.  As always, please reach out to me with any questions and I’d be more than happy to help.

Heather Combs
WUFC Referee Program Director
Phone: 503-459-9299
Email: heather_combs00@yahoo.com

Referee Certifications

If you plan on being a referee for Willamette United Football Club, you need to complete the following steps below.

Step 1:
Become a Referee.

If you’re thinking about becoming a brand-new referee, you’re in the right place! We offer entry-level Grassroots referee courses all the time. The Grassroots curriculum consists of an online training with informational videos, modules and quizzes, and an on-field session with a seasoned referee mentor.

Oregon Referee Committee (ORC) website

Step 2:
Register For A Course.

Select a course from our list of upcoming events and register to take the course.

Grassroots participants must be 13 years or older to attend.

Sign Up For A Course

Step 3:
Complete The Online Training.

Complete the online training modules from US Soccer before attending the in-person referee course.

Step 4:
Complete The Online Concussion Training.

Complete the online concussion training provided by ORC before attending the in-person referee course.

Step 5:
Attend The In-Person Course.

Attend the in-person course, take and pass the referee test, and you’ll be a certified referee!

ORC FAQs.

Click the button below to view FAQs on ORC’s website.

Oregon Referee Committee (ORC) FAQs

WUFC Referee Assignments

After you have successfully completed your USSF referee training, you can begin the process of self assigning to WUFC soccer games.

Step 1:
Setup An Account on Oregon Soccer Central.

Oregon Soccer Central (OSC) website

Step 2:
Complete Your Account Registration.

Complete filling out your personal information including setting up direct deposit and fill out all referee/playing experience under your personal profile. This information will assist assignors with determining the best level of games for you to referee and set you up for success.

Step 3:
Assign Yourself To Games

Search through the “Orgs” tab and register for any leagues, tournaments and events you would like to officiate. Don’t forget to register for WUFC. To register, click on the blue open tab towards the far right of each org and follow the prompts. Each league, tournament, and event will have its own referee assignor who will reply back when/if you are accepted into their referee group.

Most to all Orgs will have a table of information which will include pay scale, age/level of games, designated referee position (ie. Center or AR), league rules, time of year the soccer season for each org operates, etc.

When referees first start out with our WUFC Recreation league in the fall, they will begin officiating as an AR (assistant referee otherwise known as linesman) for 9v9 games. It is rare to begin as a center official until a referee first gains experience.

Lots of orgs will host “new referee classes” to provide additional training to set up young/new referees for success.  If you are associated with WUFC, you will receive an email about this as long as you register to referee for WUFC.

You will need to designate a couple hours searching through Oregon Soccer Central to familiarize yourself with where things are located including the process for how things work.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Combs.

Heather Combs
Referee Program Director
Phone: 503-459-9299
Email: heather_combs00@yahoo.com

WUFC Referee Expectations & Code of Conduct

First and foremost, the referee’s consideration MUST be given to the safety of the players. Always check that the field and goals are safe before starting the game. Do not allow any equipment to be used or any players to participate if there are safety concerns. Know the official USSF Laws of the Game and any amendments applied by the Club or Soccer 5 League.

Referees must agree to the following:

  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your first game, dressed professionally, carrying the necessary equipment, prepared to begin checking in teams.
  • Abide by the rules and directives of the Club, Soccer 5 League and OYSA, USSF and FIFA.
  • Enforce the laws of the game & league rules fairly while taking into consideration the skill level and age of the players. Be firm but courteous.
  • Treat players and coaches with courtesy and respect and demand the same from them.
  • Maintain poise, professionalism, and self-control at-all-times. Do not become involved in arguments or altercations with anyone. If necessary, a game may be suspended or terminated by the referee. The WUFC Referee Program Director, Heather Combs, must be contacted immediately prior to a referee terminating a game.
  • Referees are strongly encouraged to communicate with young players regarding the laws/rules and the calls you make. Willamette United Football Club (WUFC) prefers that our referees take a child centered approach by educating players.
  • Work cooperatively with fellow officials, players, coaches, fans, Club board members, volunteers, assignors, and schedulers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is offside in soccer? | The Offside Rule Simplified With Video2022-09-21T11:02:44-07:00

In the videos below they will be breaking down the offside rule. They will teach you exactly what the offside rule is in soccer, and how to call it correctly from a referee’s perspective.

Referee Rules and Tips for Self-Assigning:2022-09-20T14:48:49-07:00

Each week the fields may have anywhere from 2 to 6 games scheduled

  1. If the field has 2 games, please take both.
  2. If the field has 3 games, please take all three.
  3. If the field has 4 games, please follow the below criteria:
    • Take all four.
    • Take the first two.
    • Take the last two.
  4. If the field has 5 games, please follow the below criteria:
    • Take the first three or the last three.
    • Take the first two or the last two.
  5. If the field has 6 games, please follow the below criteria:
    • Take the first three.
    • Take the last three.
    • Please do not take games in the middle.

The idea is to NEVER leave a single game open that no one else will want to take.

What is an Indirect Free Kick (IDFK)?2022-09-21T11:02:58-07:00

In the videos below they will be breaking down indirect free kicks.

How To Complete and Submit Game Reports on OSC2021-10-20T17:51:20-07:00

How To Complete and Submit Game Reports on OSC

  1. Log into OSC and go to the Home Page
  2. Scroll towards bottom to Missing or Unfinished Game Reports
  3. Click on the notepad icon to the right side of each Game Report and it will take you to a separate page which is the actual Game Report Form
  4. Read each section carefully and be accurate and thorough with your entries
  5. Remember, if you had any coaches without their coach’s card or driver’s license (this is for Week One ONLY), and you had to write their name down, include this under the Abnormal Situations and it should look like this; Team Name, Coach First Name, Coach Last Name, specify coach did NOT have coach’s card.
  6. Finally, click on the “Submit Game Report” button at the bottom. Remember, your report has not been filed until to do this important step!!
  7. Make sure to complete every section otherwise the system won’t allow you to “Submit” until you have done this.

Why are game reports important?

  1. This is how you get paid!
  2. Reports are legal documents/records.
  3. Write reports while occurrences are fresh in your memory.
  4. Be certain to keep your paper game cards in a file/folder for 6 months as they are a legal record.
  5. Reports help keep the Referee Assignor informed as to what took place in your games. They also notify the Referee Assignor if there were any “Abnormal Situations” or “Offenses” that took place so they can work with the Club to address these matters in a swift and timely manner.

What must be included in your game reports?

  1. Facts only.
  2. No opinions.
  3. Be specific.
  4. Time of incidents.
  5. Names and numbers (if available) of players, coaches, or spectators.
  6. Include exact words “in quotations”
  7. Accuracy of terminology is critical – “Penalty Area”, “Goal Area”, etc.
  8. Use correct terms for cautions and send offs – “Cautioned player for dissent”, “Sent off player for violent conduct”, etc.
Tips and Reminders for Referee Success!2021-10-20T18:13:05-07:00

Tips for Referees to Keep Games Running “On Time”:

  1. Arrive 30 minutes prior to your first game. When one game runs behind it causes a chain reaction for all the following games to run behind. Remember, a prepared referee is a successful referee.
  2. Eliminate the traditional coin toss. Instead, have the visiting teams take kickoff the first half and the home teams take kickoff the second half. Teams can also start the game on the same half of the field as where their team bench area is located.
  3. Running a quick and efficient, but proper, team check-in process. Referees could seek help from a nearby referee mentor, when one is available, to assist them with checking-in teams.
  4. Shorten half times from 10 minutes to 5 minutes, when necessary. Referees MUST communicate that you are doing this to the coaches. It is preferred that referees do NOT shorten the length of games as we want the kids playing as much soccer as possible.
  5. Keeping track of time throughout your shift. Referees need to continually check your watch so that you keep games running “on time” every week. Coaches need to have their teams arrive prepared to play at their assigned kickoff time. If teams aren’t prepared to play by kickoff, referees should start the game clock and communicate you are doing so to both team’s head coaches. If you need assistance, please enlist help from a nearby mentor.

Friendly Reminders to Help Referees Officiate Games Successfully: When referees follow the simple and easy guidelines provided below, you will find that officiating youth soccer games can be a fun and rewarding experience.

  1. No earrings or jewelry of any kind are allowed! No exceptions!! This rule applies to players and referees alike. It is much easier for players, parents, and coaches to accept this condition when the referee follows the rules too.
  2. Provide a good learning experience for the game of soccer. Recreational leagues are a learning environment, therefore please help educate young players by explaining the rules/laws during the game. Remember to keep things brief and maintain the flow of the game.
  3. Be engaged and energetic. Players, coaches, and parents participate in soccer to have fun however they also want to know that the referees care. Therefore, display professionalism with how you interact with players and show you are engaged through energy and positive body language. (ie. Proper use of flag and whistle mechanics)
  4. Control the game and keep up with play on the field. You are there to ensure player safety and to enforce the laws of the game. Remember, the more you move around and keep up with the play, the better your control of the game.
  5. You are in control at-all-times. A confident referee is one who uses a loud whistle and a commanding voice. Remember, when players can hear a referee, they know what’s going on and are able to follow instructions. When a referee uses his/her whistle and voice, coaches and parents are confident that he/she has control of the game and rarely interfere.

Dress professionally always:

  1. Wear either a black or dark navy undershirt beneath your referee uniform. With the ever-changing weather in the PNW, including the unpredicted rain, long sleeves are perfectly acceptable as-long-as they are the correct color mentioned above. Please NO hoods hanging outside of your uniform top. Tuck your uniform top into your black referee shorts or long pants. Black referee socks must be worn pulled up below your knees. It is preferred that referees wear black shoes. I ask that as-long-as you are warm and dry, look professional, and are wearing shoes that will keep you safe and injury free on whatever surface you will be refereeing, wear what you feel is appropriate. Finally, hats are ok JUST AS-LONG-AS they are black or dark navy, and you must look professional. (ie. neutral branded baseball caps are ok / ski caps can be worn only during colder weather)
The 30/30 Lightning Safety Guideline2021-10-20T18:16:30-07:00

The 30/30 Guideline has two parts. The first part deals with when participants should stop outdoor activity and seek protection under an appropriate shelter. The second part deals with when it is safe to return to outdoor activities.

  • Part 1 – Stop the activity if the time between seeing a lightning flash and hearing a thunder-clap is less than 30 seconds, the thunderstorm is within 10km (as sound travels at approximately 340m per second). Stop all outdoor activity immediately and seek appropriate shelter indoors (such as in a solid building or totally enclosed car). Do not seek shelter under a tree (or group of trees) in the open or in small open structures such as picnic shelters.
  • Part 2 – You should wait a minimum of 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder is heard before resuming outdoor activities.

If your game can be played within the scheduled time, please do so. Also, do your best to make the halves even times, if possible, but if not, that’s alright please get the kids playing soccer. If your game cannot be played within the allotted time, there will be NO reschedules and you must end the game so the next one can start on time. Any questions please your referee coordinator.

How To Print Up Game Cards on OSC2021-10-20T18:22:29-07:00

Game cards are very helpful in letting you know time, where you need to be, and which teams are playing. You will also need game cards to help keep track of the score of your games, as well as to write down any notes of situations that may arise during the game, all of which will then help you when it is time to report your games on Oregon Soccer Central.

  1. Log into your OSC account.
  2. Click on the blue tab Games in the next 7 days. (You will find this tab just above your calendar).
  3. This will take you to a page with all your games in the next 7 days listed on it.
  4. On the left-hand side of the screen there will be a column that says game card
  5. Click on game card
  6. This will take you to the page where you can print out the game card. It does take a few extra seconds to pull up this page.
  7. Click print to print up your game card.
  8. After it is sent to the printer you can close-down that page and click on the next item you wish to print up.
  9. Use scissors to cut borders of each card, and don’t worry they are sized correctly for your black game card wallet.
Referee Mechanics2022-09-21T11:04:07-07:00

Center Referee Signal Mechanics – CLICK HERE

Assistant Referee Flag Mechanics – CLICK HERE

Whistle Basics – CLICK HERE

How to Write Misconduct Reports and Why They’re Important!2021-10-20T18:30:54-07:00

If you show the card, you must do the paperwork! The paperwork is as much a part of the game as calling fouls. Team, coach, and player discipline cannot be done properly unless you turn in ALL misconduct reports promptly and correctly.

What Do I Need?

  1. Your game card and any notes
  2. Current FIFA LOTG – Reference Law 12 for penal fouls (reckless/excessive force)
  3. USSF 7 + 7 Misconduct Information
  4. Sample Misconduct Reports (provided below)

Why Is This Important?

  1. You, as the Referee, are empowered by Law 5 to take disciplinary action against players guilty of cautionable and sending-off offences. Further, you have the authority to take action against team officials who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner. However, you are also required to provide your assignor with a match report that includes information on any disciplinary action taken against players/coaches/and/or team officials and any other incidents that occurred before, during or after the match.
  2. The referee assignor, and Club, reviews your written report and allows player/coach to separately comment on their actions.
  3. Sanctions (possible game sit-outs) are levied against the player/coach and/or team, and the reputation of the game is maintained (or not), solely on the basis of your written report!
  4. In some leagues, yellow and red cards “add up” against a player and team. Using cards to control a game and failing to turn in the appropriate paperwork allows players and/or teams to develop a pattern of misconduct without any disciplinary action being taken. Do your fellow referees a favor and do the paperwork!

What are the ABC’s of Writing Misconduct Reports?

  1. Be ACCURATE – in reporting the incident avoid confusing or conflicting statements. Make sure the stated offense matches the incident described. Double-check the player/coach information.
  2. Be BRIEF – you are required to report only the incident leading to the caution or sending off. Information about the state of the playing surface or climatic conditions should be included only if you feel they play a part in the incident described.
  3. Be CLEAR – stick rigidly to a description of the incident. (For example- a kick in the groin, a punch in the face, etc.) It is not for you to pass judgment. The Disciplinary Committee, the League, the Club, etc., will make a judgment from the information you provide.

What Basic Information Should I Get?

  1. All misconduct reports require the basic game / referee / player / team information. Always get complete game rosters before the game from both teams. (Do this for other leagues when a roster is required.) Soccer 5 does not require player rosters, so ask the Coach for player’s first and last name.
  2. Soccer 5 requires referees to look at coach cards of all coaches and note their first and last name on your game card before starting the game. Be certain to include this information in your game report on OSC.
  3. Game Date, Time, Field # and Location, grade, gender, team Name of offending player, first and last name of offending player, Referee name, and any other details you deem relevant to the offense/incident.

What is the Difference Between the Offense and the Incident?

  1. You must differentiate between the “offense” and the “incident” when making a report. The “offense” is a classification according to the laws of the game of a player’s misconduct (ref. the USSF 7 + 7 Misconduct Information see link below). The “incident” is what the player actually did at the time he/she committed the offense.
  2. Your report must also make clear the following:
    • The time at which the incident took place and how long it lasted.
    • Whether it had any consequences and, if so, of what nature.
    • Where it took place using a field diagram to establish location, if necessary.
    • As referee, your position and distance from the incident.
    • Whether the ball was in play, or not.
    • If a player was fouled, the part of the body that was struck.
    • Whether the player received medical treatment. Do not state any personal medical opinions.
    • All of the above will be included in your game report on OSC (Oregon Soccer Central).

Click on this link to access the specifics on the following which I’m confident you will find invaluable whenever you are faced with having to write up a Misconduct Report.

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