Before the referees call for captains, the coaches
should check their players for the following:
Shirts must be tucked in.
Shin guards must be worn and covered with socks.
Shoes must not have sharp spikes (sneakers are ok).
Jewelry shall not be worn; this includes hair
barrettes and earrings.
Hooded sweatshirts must be tucked into the shirt
(the hood may not hang out).
During the game, the major concern of the referees is the
safety of all players. If a situation arises where the
referee feels a player’s safety is at risk, they will be
sent to the bench. One such case is a player with a cast
on their arm, etc…
Players must wear the PYSA jerseys at games. These
black and gold reversible shirts for grades K-6 are
meant to be used throughout the K-6 years, so order
a size with room to grow. Grades 7-12 wear a
different style jersey.
Soccer should be fun for everyone – the players, the
spectators, the coaches, and the officials. It is
the referee’s responsibility to ensure this. He must
be supported by the others.
After pre-game check in, the referee will call for
captains. The team that wins the toss gets to
receive. Their only choice is which end of the field
do they want. If they do not have a coin, they will
have players guess odd or even for fingers behind
their back. The other team gets to decide what end
they are defending.
Parents must sit on the opposite side of the field
from the players and are to make sure all litter is
picked up from both sides of the field after the
Players should hold the centerline at kickoff, a
step or two is not a big deal, but if somebody is 10
yards downfield, the referee will redo the kickoff.
Please try to keep the players on their feet and
discourage the use of slide tackles. Young children
watch professionals slide tackle on television and
think they can do it as well. Please instruct your
players that this is something they should not do.
Girls can fold their arms across their chest to
avoid injury as long as they are not attempting to
change the direction of the ball. If this is the
case, call a handball.
the score of a game gets out of hand (5+ goals), the
coach of the dominant team needs to do something to
stop scoring in the name of sportsmanship.
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