Referee Quick Reference Sheet and Zero Tolerance Policy

3rd Grade Games
-Emphasis on learning game **Take the opportunity to “teach” and/or “mentor” the players and the coaches**

2 - 30 min halves with a 5 minute break in between
Size 4 ball
7v7 (inc. goalie)
The winner of the coin flip chooses the end they wish to attack; the other team kicks off first half.
No offsides
Unlimited substitutions – should be made from halfway line during stops in play with approval of ref
Defending team must retreat into own half during opponent’s goal kicks (unless they choose to restart quickly)
Ball should not be punted or thrown directly over halfway line by goalkeeper - results in indirect free kick at halfway line where ball crossed line

Rules are modified to be educational:
No slide tackling or intentional heading of the ball.
Indirect free kicks only
NO direct free kicks or penalties
Fouls committed inside the penalty area by defending team result in indirect kick restart OUTSIDE the penalty area
Throw-ins may be retaken after infraction – referee is encouraged to demonstrate proper technique and then allow retake
Referee is encouraged to explain infractions to players during the game
The following rule has been REMOVED (as of Spring 2016) due to the transition to 7v7 - If one team is leading by 4 goals, the losing team may add one player until the margin is reduced to 2 goals
Coaches are still encouraged to use good sportsmanship and avoid running up the score

4th Grade Games
2 - 30 min halves with a 5 minute break in between
Size 4 ball
7v7 (inc. goalie)
The winner of the coin flip chooses the end they wish to attack; the other team kicks off first half.
No offsides
Unlimited substitutions – made from halfway line before goal kicks, throw-ins or after goals - with approval of ref – but not during corner kicks or free kicks.
Before throw-ins it is at the request of the team in possession. If they ask for subs then both teams can substitute.
If a player is injured a substitution of the injured player is allowed, and opposing team may also substitute one player
Defending team must retreat into own half during opponent’s goal kicks (unless they choose to restart quickly)
Ball should not be punted or thrown directly over halfway line by goalkeeper - results in indirect free kick at halfway line where ball crossed line
No intentional heading of the ball
Indirect free kicks, Direct free kicks and Penalties may now be used
Cautions (cards for fouls) may be used – if a player is issued a Yellow Card they should be sent off the field and a new player substituted with referees approval.
If a red card is issued – player must leave the field (and facility) and no replacement is allowed.

5th Grade Games
2 - 30 min halves with a 5 minute break in between
Size 4 ball
9v9 (inc. goalie)
The winner of the coin flip chooses the end they wish to attack; the other team kicks off first half.
Offsides now in effect
Unlimited substitutions – made from halfway line before goal kicks, throw-ins or after goals - with approval of ref – but not during corner kicks or free kicks.
Before throw-ins: it is at the request of the team in possession. If they ask for subs then both teams can substitute.
If a player is injured a substitution of the injured player is allowed, and opposing team may also substitute one player
Ball may now be punted or thrown directly over halfway line by goalkeeper
No intentional heading of the ball
Indirect free kicks, Direct free kicks and Penalties may be used
Cautions (cards for fouls) may be used – if a player is issued a Yellow Card they should be sent off the field and a new player substituted with referees approval.
If a red card is issued – player must leave the field (and facility) and no replacement is allowed.

6th Grade Games
2 - 30 min halves with a 5 minute break in between
Size 4 ball
9v9 (inc. goalie)
Teams in Div 1 & 2 - Players need Passcards checked before games in Spring
The winner of the coin flip chooses the end they wish to attack; the other team kicks off first half.
Offsides in effect
Unlimited substitutions – made from halfway line before goal kicks, throw-ins or after goals - with approval of ref – but not during corner kicks or free kicks.
Before throw-ins: it is at the request of the team in possession. If they ask for subs then both teams can substitute.
If a player is injured a substitution of the injured player is allowed, and opposing team may also substitute one player
No intentional heading of the ball
Indirect free kicks, Direct free kicks and Penalties may be used
Cautions (cards for fouls) may be used – if a player is issued a Yellow Card they should be sent off the field and a new player substituted with referees approval.
If a red card is issued – player must leave the field (and facility) and no replacement is allowed.

&/8th Grade Games
2 - 35 min halves with a 5 minute break in between
Size 5 ball
11v11 (inc. goalie)
Teams in Div 1 & 2 - Players need Passcards checked before games (in Spring season)
The winner of the coin flip chooses the end they wish to attack; the other team kicks off first half.
Offsides in effect
Unlimited substitutions – made from halfway line before goal kicks, throw-ins or after goals - with approval of ref – but not during corner kicks or free kicks.
Before throw-ins: it is at the request of the team in possession. If they ask for subs then both teams can substitute.
If a player is injured a substitution of the injured player is allowed, and opposing team may also substitute one player
Heading is allowed
Indirect free kicks, Direct free kicks and Penalties may be used
Cautions (cards for fouls) may be used – if a player is issued a Yellow Card they should be sent off the field and a new player substituted with referees approval.
If a red card is issued – player must leave the field (and facility) and no replacement is allowed.

Pre-Game Checklist

The following obligations must be taken care of before a game may begin. These are mandatory procedures for the referee, and may not be omitted even with the consent of the coaches.

• The referees shall inspect the field, flags or markers, and goals to determine that conditions are safe for the game. A referee's decision to declare a field unsafe is final and unprotestable.


• The referee shall check all players for proper, non-dangerous equipment and required equipment. At this time the problem of players with identical jersey numbers must be corrected by the coach

• Coaches must provide two copies of their BAYS roster exactly as it was submitted to their division director, for all games in both fall and spring seasons. Any players not participating in that game must be crossed off the roster. Unique uniform numbers are required and must be filled in or corrected on the roster/game form. The referee must verify that the BAYS roster/game forms accurately list the players and their uniform numbers. Players not listed on the roster may not play. If a team does not have a roster, it will be considered late and will be governed by section E.
Eligibility of players listed on the roster is not subject to review by the referee. Questions concerning player eligibility should be referred by the opposing coach to the division director or BAYS registrar.

• Each coach shall each be given a copy of the opponents' roster. If a team only brings one copy of its roster, the opposing coach may either require that the game be delayed until a copy is provided or may waive this requirement.
The referee should retain his/her copies of the team rosters until the end of the season.


• At least one coach must present a US Youth Soccer coach's passcard to the referee prior to the game. There is a maximum of 3 coaches allowed on the sideline with players. Such person must be at least 18 years old and older than the age limit of the team. If at any time during the game a team does not have a responsible person with a passcard, the referee shall abandon the game and that team shall forfeit the game.


• Player passcards are required in the spring season for the following age groups and divisions: all first and second division U-16, U-14, and U-12 . Each player will present his/her passcard to the referee as the player's name is read off the roster/game form. Players without required passcards cannot play.
All coaches' and players' passcards must have a current photograph, and coaches’ passcards must also have a validation sticker for the current year. The referee shall return the passcards at the conclusion of the game, except for any player or coach who has been sent off, in which case the referee shall send that passcard to the BAYS ejections secretary.

• If a team has not taken the field ready to begin play fifteen minutes after the scheduled time, the late team shall forfeit the game. However, if the referee is willing and both coaches agree without reservation, a game for the standings can be played, provided that valid pass cards (where required) and team rosters are presented to the referee. The coach of the team which is ready to play may alternatively accept the forfeit but offer to play a "scrimmage" game for the enjoyment of the teams. (In this situation, the referee need not stay, but will still be paid.) In either case, the understanding must be made prior to the game and shall be clearly recorded in the game report;

• A dropped ball will restart the game after a temporary suspension of play from a cause not otherwise covered by the rules, at the place where the ball was when play was suspended. The only exception occurs when play is suspended in the goal area. In this case the ball is dropped on the six-yard boundary line of the goal area nearest the spot where the play was stopped.

BAYS Zero Tolerance Policy

All individuals responsible for a team and all spectators shall support the referee. Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee, and all the other participants and spectators.

Consequently, BAYS has adopted and modified the following rules:

No one, except the players, is to speak to the referees during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.

Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO TALKING to the referees, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.

Violation will result in the game being suspended until the situation ceases and, if necessary, the responsible party leaves the facility.

Violators may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action by the BAYS Sportsmanship Review Committee.

If coaches or spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please contact the town soccer club referee’s coordinator for the game in question, or contact the BAYS Referees Representative at https://www.bays.org./article-content