COVID-19 Rules for Referees

Game Rules (referee to coach)

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

Referees will consider the player’s wearing of a mask over the nose and mouth to be treated as required safety equipment, such as the wearing of a shin guard. 

  • 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 certified roster is required for issuing YC/RC and for reporting any serious injuries
      • For MTOC teams a roster MUST be presented (BAYS Rules)
    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. 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)

COVID 19 Rules for Referees

Guide to REFEREES ONLY (Updated Rules)

Disinfect your equipment after use.

  1. Review Game/Rule Summary:
  2. Referee Crews:
    • Keep distance during pre-game checks, post-game handshakes or conferences
    • No assistant Referee Flag Sharing (bring your own flags)
  3. You can purchase electronic (COVID-19 compliant) whistles (optional):
  4. Review Laws of the Game Change Summary 2020: