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Getting Ready for Spring Soccer

Spring is Just Around the Corner

Are you ready for some Futbol?

You should also be checking through your gear and uniforms to make sure that you are ready to hit the ground running. I have an expectation that a new referee with the Fall season under his or her belt will have one or more alternate jerseys and a long-sleeve yellow. As a self-employed professional you need to invest in your business if you want to grow your business. Here is a good starting list for your second season of work:

  • The Basics (beyond or enhancing your starter kit):
    • Two pairs of referee shorts (no white-trimmed basketball shorts)
    • Long-sleeve yellow jersey
    • Short-sleeve black jersey (can be worn with LS black sweat shirt as alternate cold weather jersey)
    • Third short-sleeve jersey (green is a popular choice)
    • Two pairs of 3-stripe and two pairs of 2-stripe socks
    • Extra/different whistle (not a pea whistle)
    • Second (back-up) watch with timer
    • Second (back-up) pair of black shoes (different sole surface, e.g. turf versus flat, cleats versus turf, etc.)
    • Black duffel/gym bag
  • Cold-Weather Gear:
    • Black long-sleeve sweat shirt/cold shirt
    • Plain black windbreaker/jacket
    • Black knit hat and gloves

SPRING TOURNAMENTS: There are several in-season tournaments in the Spring. I do not assign any that occur on what would otherwise be a league weekend. If you are looking for tournaments, a good place to start is the NJ Youth Soccer Tournament Directory at njyouthsoccer.com. Read the rest of this entry

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IFAB Decision on Head Scarves

From US Soccer:

IFAB ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING – DECISIONS AND DIRECTIVES

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has completed its evaluation of how to implement its decision to allow headscarves to be worn under certain conditions.

As this is a temporary measure and subject to change based on reported experiences, it is not at this time being made part of the Laws of the Game, but FIFA has issued a directive with the following guidelines which are in effect immediately.

Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment

The headscarf must

  • be of the same color as the jersey
  • be in keeping with the professional appearance of the player’s equipment
  • not be attached to the jersey
  • not pose any danger to the player wearing it or any other player (e.g., opening/closing mechanism around neck)
  • only be worn by female players

U.S. Soccer’s Advice to Referees

  • The phrase “same color as the jersey” can be expanded to mean the same main color as the jersey
  • The inspection for safety of any headscarf should be focused on the objective of allowing the scarf to be worn unless it is clearly unsafe and cannot be made safe
  • This language confirms that male players cannot wear headscarves under any circumstances