Playoff Primer for Officiating Teams (2014)
This handout is intended to serve as a simple reminder to playoff duties and responsibilities for those officials assigned to state playoff games. Many of you have not worked together before, so take a few minutes to review what should go on.
∑ Conduct a solid pre-game conference that leads to a match that is officiated in a firm, fair and consistent manner
What should be covered in the Pre-Game?
How should the team of officials enter the field?
Now you are ready for the pre-game with the Captains and a Coach from each team. 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO KICK OFF. Give time for corrections in equipment etc. COACHES MUST BE PRESENT
Announcements of Players: Referee Teams may lead the teams onto the field for Ceremonial introductions.
Itís game time!
Assistant Referee Do's and Don'ts
Do keep fully alert from the time you enter the field of play until the time you leave.
Do remember that your job is to assist of the referee in whatever duties are asked of you.
Do remember to a carry out your tasks exactly as outlined by the referee
Remember, if your opinions differ, one of you is wrong. It is better to discuss your differences in the dressing room after the halftime or after the game.
Donít discuss any subject with bench personnel unless duties absolutely required it.
Donít immediately signal offside or signal a rule violation as a distinct advantage may be taken from the offended team. Take a split second to judge what is happening. The delay should only be a momentary one.
Remember the saying ďbetter the decision that is late and correct, rather than one that is early and wrong.
Watch the placement of the ball for all free kicks and throw-ins on your touch line
Do mirror flags on substitutions (If instructed) and violent behavior fouls behind the play. The referee did not see what has gone on behind his natural vision Ė you can see the AR behind the play raise his flag, the referee can not.
Remember the golden rule that help should best assist the referee: if I donít raise my flag, do I fail the referee.
The Fourth Official (some duties)
refer to the NFHS Rule Book, Page 101 for full responsibilities
The Role of the Alternate Official as part of the high school officiating team is an important function. Serving as an Alternate Official requires as much of refereed skill and ability as any other position on the officiating team, and should be approached that way by an NFHS/MASO referees. This is so because the assigning tournament official expects the capitalize Alternate to undertake the full duties and responsibilities in the referee replaced on the field.
The AO serves (if needed) as a backup or replacement for: the referee or an assistant referee and the diagonal system of control. The AO replaces a referee or assistant referee is one of them cannot serve or continue game. Remember the AO is an integral, important part of the referee team.
Double check player parents, equipment before they enter the field
Keep substitutions at the scorekeepers table and away from the touchline until entry is approved
Count the total number of players entering and leaving the field.
Remember; player eligibility is an institutional problem; the scorekeeper has the official game record in case of a problem.
The AO stays at the scorekeepers table with awaiting substitutes and ensures that the substitutes know who they are replacing.
The AO accounts total number of players on and off the field.
When the referee beckons after the timekeeper single, keep the substitutes off the field until referee signals them to enter.
When the substitution is completed, step back from the past slide indicate to the referee and assistant referee that the substitution is completed.
The AO shall ensure that all players enter the match legally and in accordance with NFHS and MPA rules
Referees Ė Some Doís and Doníts
∑ Maintain verbal and visual communication with your Assistant Referees. Check with the bench side AR (AR1) for substitutions after all out of bounds plays. ARs keep those flags up until the AR1 Lowers his/hers because all subs are accounted for. (or as referee instructs)
∑ Be firm, fair and consistent in the application of the rules
∑ Meet with the timer, scorer (MPA now has designated an official scorer to keep the book and monitor/assist with substitutions, this is a local board official who is positioned in the reporting area) and coaches before the game starts. With coaches, ask them if their players are properly equipped.
∑ Meet with the Captains and a Coach, and your assistant referees. Go over any pertinent rules, give the sportsmanship talk, coaches must confirm players are legally/ properly equipped, and then complete the coin toss.
∑ Be a preventative referee and team. If you see something wrong before the game starts or even during the game, if you take preventative action before it becomes a problem Ė then do so.
∑ Give the ARís the needed information as to positioning, how long to hold their flag up before dropping it
∑ Work as a team, you live and die together!
Itís a Tie!
Playoff games ending in a tie will be extended by a maximum of two fifteen minute sudden victory overtimes. (Teams change ends at the end of the first overtime period)If still tied after the second overtime, the penalty kick alternative will be used. Make sure you take a copy of the MPA Playoff Overtime Procedures with you.
MPA Soccer Bulletin is available at: http://www.mpa.cc/images/bulletins/bulletin_soccer.pdf
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