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Advice to New Referees

U.S. Soccer's Advice to New Referees focuses on how to prepare for and deal with the everyday challenges of being an official and provides practical advice that empowers new referees to succeed and have fun. The class you took taught you about the Laws of the Game but there is still a lot to learn in order to succeed as a referee. This information has been put together based on feedback from thousands of new referees just like you and with help from experienced referees who started out where you are now.

Getting Started

Making a Good Impression

Before the Game

Being the Referee


Being the Assistant Referee

After the Game