“The Laws of the Game are intended to provide that games should be played with as little interference as possible….. it is the duty of the referee to penalize, only, deliberate breeches of the Law.”  Advice to Referees on the Laws of the Game, US Soccer  (No longer in print.)

FREE KICKS:

“Direct and indirect free kicks are awarded to the opposing team of a player guilty of an offense”  Law 13
“Must be taken freely …… without interference, hindrance or delay.”  Advice to Referees
“Until the ball is in play all opponents must remain at least 10 yds….:
THE KICKING TEAM SHOULD NOT AND DOES NOT HAVE TO ASK FOR 10 YARDS.  IT’S THE LAW, ENFORCE THE LAW.

HANDLING:

It requires courage and knowledge to make the correct call.  Referees must review and reflect on the Law and reduce needless and incorrectly penalizing the innocent.
“Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with the hand or arm.”  Law 12

Reverse Diagonal:

Attempt and experiment with reverse diagonals every season.  Have you tried?

Landing Zone:

Referee must learn to ‘Read the Game.’  Determine through acute observation where is your next best restart positon on free kicks.  Get there.  Be there.

Assistant Referees:

Extremely important. Know AR ‘Duties and Responsibilities.’  Discipline, Precision and Vigilance are absolutes when patrolling the boundary lines (Touch Line, Goal Line, Penalty Area Line and Goal Area Line)  Don’t ever forget the Offside Line.  It’s ALL yours.

Field inspections are mandatory.  Player uniform and equipment inspections are mandatory.  No Pass, No Play.

Unlimited substitutions, both teams, when addressing and removing injured players.  AR1 and referee manage the match,  Law 19

SRC News:

Greg Baltyn of the Upstate is our State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA).  Rick Rogers of Rock Hill is the State Director of Instruction (SDI).  Burns Davison, of the Upstate, is the Chairman of the SRC. Thank you, to Steve Abbott for his many years of leadership positions on the SRC.  Congratulations and thank you to our new volunteer appointees for your time and service.

Congratulations to our new 2018 Youth Referee of the Year winners.  Lydia Ratliff of Charleston is the Female Youth Referee of the Year and Noah Haver of the Upstate, Male Youth Referee of the Year.

Continue to enjoy the Spring season.  Thank you, for your hard work.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

The SRC