COVID-19 Rules for Referees

Game Rules (referee to coach)

These rules supersede all other rules (LoG, BAYS).

Referees will not enforce COVID-19 Rules for Coaches, Teams or Parents.

“Our role in the field is to manage the match at hand, not as an arm of the DPH to mandate compliance regarding guidance.

  • Arrive at the field 15-20 min prior to start for field inspection and marking
  • Secure goals after positioning them
  • Call in coaches to explain player check-in and the COVID-19 Rules of the Game:
    1. Review Coaches’ pass card credentials
    2. A roster is required for contact tracing, for issuing YC/RC and for reporting any serious injuries
    3. Coach can request a game to be stopped if there is a COVID-19 issue with parents
    4. Players spaced out for check-in – No jewelry; all players must wear masks during play
    5. Coach can talk to the Referee in case of injury or a health issue (rolling time)
    6. Game ball to be passed or positioned for a kick by feet
    7. No throw ins. Replaced w/ player kick ins (player stand 10 yards back)
    8. Corner Kicks are replaced by an indirect free kick. The ball may enter the penalty area but cannot score directly. Players must separate by 6 feet or more prior to the kick being taken.
    9. No drop ball / Indirect free kick (IFK) to team that referee deems had possession
    10. No defensive walls;  (Optional) IDK
    11. No slide tackling
    12. No intentional shoulder to shoulder contact
    13. No headers for all age groups; IFK to team that referee deems had possession; new ball
    14. No post-game handshake

Referee COVID-19 Uniform

  • Wear mask at all times.
  • Permitted to pull mask down only during high intensity aerobic activity or if medically necessary.
  • Ideally, only pull down if you are at least 6 ft away from other people.
  • Face covering
  • Referee hat (optional)
  • Hand-sanitizer (paper and/or liquid)

Guide to REFEREES ONLY (New Rules)

Disinfect your equipment after use.

  1. Review Game/Rule Summary:
  2. Touching the ball with the hands:
    • Receive ball from coach by foot to start the game
    • No drop balls
  3. Distance (keep at least six feet apart):
    • Referee needs to assume position so they can be close to the action but far enough
    • Giving a Yellow/Red Card from a distance
    • Keep distance when the referee warns a player
    • Keep distance from parents / coaches
  4. Use wipes (optional) or disinfectant:
    • Disinfect when another player touches / bumps into the referee
    • Disinfect when ball hits referee
  5. Interacting with players and coaches:
    • pull mask on and keep distance
  6. Referee Crews:
    • Keep distance during pre-game checks, post-game handshakes or conferences
    • No assistant Referee Flag Sharing (bring your own flags)
  7. Referee does not enforce any COVID-19 rules to others except his/her referee crew.
    • DO NOT engage ANYONE regarding face coverings or social distancing guidelines, simply report the issue to the competition authority.
  8. You can purchase electronic (COVID-19 compliant) whistles (optional):
  9. Please click to review the MSRC Return to Play Guidelines:
  10. Review Laws of the Game Change Summary 2020: