Being Prepared

Game Preparation

Proper Uniform

What does NYS expect from me?


The league "hires" you to do a job for us. You should treat it like a job. You are expected to -

  •  Show up on time for your assignments (be at the field at least 15 minutes before your game time).
  •  Inform the coordinator if through sickness or emergency you cannot do a game you've accepted (give enough notice to cover the game!).
  •  Wear the proper uniform.
  •  Maintain a courteous and professional manner, even if some around you do not.
  •  Recertify annually


What uniform is required?


The basic uniform required of all referees is:

  •  Shorts (black referee shorts, not soccer or basketball shorts)
  •  Referee Jersey (yellow with black stripes) - TUCKED IN!
  •  Black Referee socks
  •  Black shoes or cleats (no fluorescent colors please, but talk to me if that's all you have...)
  •  Current year patch (available on completion of the USSF training course)


What about other equipment?


Referees will also need score sheets, yellow/red cards, whistle, watch, A bag to organize your gear is also convenient. You can start out with the minimum and add to it when you progress.


What else might I have to purchase?


If you plan to stick with refereeing and are asked to officiate Travel matches, the most common purchases are additional jerseys of different colors, (useful for doing travel & tournaments) because referees must wear a different color jersey from the players.


Where do I get the uniform?


We Got Soccer is the official local equipment supplier recommended by NYS. Other options include on-line retailers like Sator Soccer, Score Sports, Epic Sports, and Soccer Supplies.


What happens if I miss a foul or an offside?


Nobody has ever called a perfect game. All that we ask is that you do your best and continue to develop your skills. The Assignors job of matching the level of game with your age/training/experience and fitness level will help this process.


Parents/fans and/or coaches are yelling at me!


This should not happen. If it does, it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Our league has a Zero Tolerance Policy for feedback to Referees that deals with this situation.  All incidents should be reported immediately to your Assignor/Referee Director as well as via the online game reporting system.  It is unfortunate that some spectators/coaches get out of hand. Try not to take any criticism personally, they have no idea what it takes to referee a match!


What about weather cancellations?


NYS's field cancellation status is kept up-to-date on the front page of our web site, usually by 7am on game-day. It is the refereeā€™s responsibility to check the web site before leaving for the field. If the fields are not officially 'Closed' on the web site, the games are still on. Once at the field, it is the Referee's game to call. If games are rescheduled, different Referees may be assigned to the make-up game.


Do I need to have an email address?


Yes. If it changes, be sure to update your Assignor with the new address.


How often should I check my email?

During soccer season, especially when there are weather problems and lots of make-up games, you should check your email at least daily.