Respect for Referees

The referee is a key part of every soccer game. The club has a program that progressively trains young players as referees. So we will always have referees who are learning on the job. While professional soccer leagues employ three officials, we often make do with one. For these reasons, it may be easy to second-guess a referee's decision from the sidelines.

Unfortunately we lose some referees each year due to poor treatment, particularly by parents. Yelling at a referee is not a sport and is not part of Chelsea Soccer. We expect Chelsea coaches, players, and parents to show respect and understanding for the referee at all times, and ask that they actively foster such respect in others.

During the game, only the team captain may approach a referee for clarification on a decision. Parents may not approach referees at any time. Feel free to contact the Chief Referee of Soccer Chelsea to make comments on the performance of a referee.

  • Be a role model. Encourage referees and the spirit of sportsmanship in every aspect of the game.
  • Keep yourself up-to-date on soccer rules and procedures. Things have changed dramatically over the last twenty years
  • Before the game begins, ask the referee if he or she needs your help as a linesman.

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