Welcome to the SJSL North Area Assignor’s Blog

A web site to share information of interest with referees in my referee pool. Unless specifically quoted from authoritative sources, information represents the opinion of the author. For authoritative answers to questions, please visit the “Ask a Question” feature on NJREFS.com – the official site of the New Jersey State Referee Committee.


My Assignment Area

I have created this map as a reminder of which clubs I assign. The blue clubs are both SJSL (boys) and SJGSL (girls) members. The red clubs are SJGSL (girls) members. I assign the boys on Sundays as well as the Girls U15-U19 on Sundays. Occasionally, one of these teams will have a make-up on a Saturday and I will assign it. In general, however, if you receive an Arbiter assignment for a team that normally plays on Saturday, it will NOT be from me.

On Sundays, the Burlington County riverfront from Burlington Township south as well as Moorestown, Mount Laurel, Marlton and the areas south and west are assigned by John Barna. If you are not sure from whom the assignment came, contact both of us.

Besides these SJSL and SJGSL league games, I also assign regional EDP, APL, MAPS and JAGS matches for a number of these same clubs. These can be any day of the week. I use the same referee pool for the SJ and the regional leagues, so to be assigned regularly to EDP, MAPS, etc. by me you must be a SJSL-approved referee…

SJSL North Assigning Area

SJSL North Assigning Area

NG52RV Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser

NG52RV – Fall Festival Honoring Nicky Green

The 3rd Annual Nicky Green Festival will be held on Saturday, September 6th at Dadz Bar and Grill from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. The event will once again be an Inside and Outside event and there will be lots to do for both kids and adults.

The band The Flamin’ Caucasians will be playing outside and a DJ will be inside. There will be a dunk tank, beer pong, face painting and more. There will also be a silent auction with some great items that have already been donated. There will be an all you can eat buffet and great drink specials.

Organizers are looking for sponsors, as well as donations for the silent auction.

Tickets are $25.00 dollars in advance, $30.00 dollars at the door. Pre-sales are greatly appreciated. Order green-and-white tie-dye wristbands ($5.00) and T-shirts ($10.00) by August 21st. Proceeds benefit the memorial scholarship fund.

For more information click on link above, email: NG52RV@COMCAST.NET or call DADZ BAR & GRILL (609) 267-0637 or (609) 267‐4344.

In Memory of John Bieniewicz

In Memory of John Bieniewicz

In Memory of
John Bieniewicz
Abandon the Match,
Never the Memory

Eventually, we can talk about what is wrong with sports in general, and what if any lessons can be learned specifically from a horrific incident such as this. At the moment, clearly, those topics are not important. Instead, please remember the catastrophic and heartrending impact on John’s family and his friends, but also upon all of the soccer players he will no longer coach or referee. Their loss is immeasurable.


Please contribute to the memorial fund if you can:


Remember the Third Team…



Fundraiser for Jade DiSanti

The Delran Dynamite and Explosion soccer teams are uniting to raise money to help Jade with her rehabilitation after the loss of her leg.

Jade DiSanti is a 13 year girl who plays soccer for the Delran Dynamite U14 Girls team. She is a student at Phifer Middle School in Pennsauken. May 15th, she suffered an injury on the field that resulted in a completely torn ACL. June 4th, Jade had surgery to repair the ACL. She ended up having 4 surgeries over a week’s time period to try to save the leg, due to damage done to the muscle from bleeding and a blockage. On June 13th, Jade had to have her left leg removed from above the knee.


I have had the privilege of refereeing several of Jade’s matches and have vivid memories of her. As a father of two sons and two daughters that played soccer, I cannot even begin to absorb what Jade and her family are having to endure. Please visit the fundraising site and help if you are able. Thank you…

Club Lines Person

The Club Line Briefing

The Club Line Briefing http://www.watchandwhistle.org

Up until this year, all SJ small-sided matches were staffed with single referees. Occasionally, full-sided matches would also have a single referee. Even with the use of full crews on many small-sided matches this year, we may still find ourself working a match as the only appointed certified official. In addition, occasionally, a crew member does not show or is injured and there may only be two appointed referees present. In these situations, we use club lines people. A club lines person is a volunteer from the spectators present who assists the referee with ball off the field decisions. Read the rest of this entry

How to Get Added to the SJ Sunday Referee Pool


South Jersey Soccer League

For those of you who are Grade 8 referees (or better) and would like to be added to the pool of referees assigned to Sunday SJ Boys and Girls Soccer League matches, please follow these instructions:

  • Go to the web site www.sjsl.org
  • Hover over (but do NOT click) the “Referees” tab on the top menu
  • When the drop-down menu appears, click on “New Referees”
  • At the bottom of the next page, it says “Please Fill out Form Below”, but there is no form!
  • Click on the button [Sunday Games] and the form will appear
  • Fill out the form completely
  • When finished, DO NOT click on the [Sunday Games] button at the top of the form even though it says “Join the SJSL Arbiter group (Sunday games) here -“
  • Instead, scroll to the bottom of the form and click the [Send Email] button

If you have followed all of these steps, you should receive a confirmation email that includes all of the information you entered on the form. The league will review your application and then add you to one or more assignor pools (or contact you for additional information).

If you do not receive a confirmation email, then the process was not completed and you have not been submitted. Rinse and repeat…

Competition Rules, Law 18, and “Gotcha” Refereeing

Yellow Card

Sometimes referees need to be cautioned

We have an obligation to know and apply the Laws of the Game (LOTG). It is helpful to know that the historical role of the referee was to be the independent judge to whom the teams would “refer” any disagreement. The expectation in the middle of the nineteenth century was that gentlemen (organized sports being the province of the privileged) should be able to play a game with minimal involvement of the judge.

Over time, this role began to be referred to (no pun intended) as the “referee” (well, maybe a little intended). And over time, unfortunately, the need for the referee became greater. That the referee is still the person that gets involved (or interferes, as a coach might put it) only as necessary is embedded in the Laws of the Game in concepts such as “trifling offenses”, “advantage”, and “if in the opinion of the referee”. This last term, commonly designated IITOOTR, is to give the referee the leeway to NOT get involved when it is appropriate, or get MORE involved when it is necessary.

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Getting Ready for Spring 2014

Spring is Just Around the Corner

Are you ready for some Futbol?

Originally the weekend of March 1 & 2 was the start of the Spring season. Due to the weather’s affect on fields, the leagues have decided to push the season back a week (and hope that the fields are dry). The SJ league seasons will kick-off the weekend of March 8 & 9 and will end the weekend of May 17 & 18. There may be other competitions that play the weekend of March 1 & 2.

SPRING TOURNAMENTS: There are several in-season tournaments in the Spring. I do not assign any in the Spring. If you are looking for tournaments, a good place to start is the NJ Youth Soccer Tournament Directory at njyouthsoccer.com. As of this post there are eleven “in-season” tournaments listed before Memorial Day weekend.

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Referee Crew Teamwork

El Hadji Diouf ..complains to the Assistant Re...

El Hadji Diouf complains to the Assistant Referee! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the November meeting of the SRANJ, State Referee Emeritus Barry Towbin provided a presentation on referee crew teamwork. He led a discussion of the referees in the room around several topics critical to successful referee teamwork. Barry challenged referees in the room with questions and used their answers as well as their comments and questions to augment his presentation.

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(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Futsal is a soccer-like sport played indoors. It originated in South America. Unlike the US sport of indoor soccer, it is not played with walls (as in ice hockey). Instead, it is played with touch and goal lines within which the ball must be kept as in soccer. A special weighted ball is used, and the size of the pitch is about the size of a large basketball court. Futsal is a sport in its own right, with clubs that play only futsal, and many levels of competition (including a World Cup).

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