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.
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.
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.
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);
relevant facts following the incident, including the conduct of the
offending party, coaches, spectators, players, etc. following the
- The names, phone or e-mail numbers (if known) of any potential witnesses (if any).
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).