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Game Instructions - Asst.Referee

Game Instructions to Assistant Referees:

  1. Throw-In: Signal Ball out of play and direction
  2. Offside: Signal, wait for whistle then give appropriate signal for ball placement
  3. Corner Kick:
    • Near side stand behind the kicker and corner flag
    • Far side: stand behind the corner flag
    •  Watch for ball out of play, goal and offside

    4. Penalty Kick: Stand at intersection of goal line and penalty area – goal judge and goalkeeper movement
Goal Scored:
Trot up touchline towards midfield, no flag signal. Make eye contact with center referee.
No Goal:
Foul before ball crosses goal line: stand still and wait for the referee to come to you. No Flag Signal
Signal if missed by referee and not trifling or doubtful
Free Kicks:
assist Referee with setting the wall
Count players, check goalkeeper’s Ready then signal referee.
Kicks from the penalty mark to break a tie

    • 1 AR assigned to goal line
    • 1 AR assigned to keep players in center circle and maintain kicking sequence

   11. Administrative Duties:

  • Time Keeping - Back up Referee
  • Record Keeping - Who watches, who writes?
  • Substitutions - Follow standard procedures

Referee Game Positioning

  • Stay even with the 2nd to last defender or the ball in your half of the field. This will require running.
  • Carry the flag on the field side (may require switching hands)
  • Hold your stationary position with your flag up if an Offside violation has occurred. Do not move unless
    the Center Referee waves off your flag or the ball has been moved back up field by defense 
For a complete in-depth explanation of the Laws of the game which can be found here: also please review Summary of Changes,
click here for a downloadable PDF. 

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