San Marcos Youth Soccer
P.O. Box 627
San Marcos, CA 92079
Question: It's very near the end of the game and Team A is losing to Team B.
Team A has a throw-in near the benches and is pressing very hard to equalize the score. As Team A's player begins to take the throw-in, Team B's substitute goalkeeper, sitting on the bench, throws another ball into the field to prevent the restart.
The referee correctly identifies the goalkeeper, shows the red card, and sends him off for the misconduct. Now here's the issue.
Some referees are opining that a substitute is considered "bench personnel" while at the bench. Therefore, the GK is sent off for "irresponsible behavior."
I argue that a substitute is a substitute, not bench personnel. As such the substitute GK can only be sent off for one of the seven reasons stated in Law 12 -- and "irresponsible behavior" is not one of them.
Answer: Neither the substitute goalkeeper nor any other player may be sent off for the offense of "irresponsible behavior." He may only be cautioned for unsporting behavior, unless something else occurs during the period following the initial cautionable misconduct of throwing the extra ball onto the field.
This was made clear in a position paper of March 22, 2006, on "Management of Behavior in the Technical Area." The pertinent quote from that paper Is: ",. . . in match conditions where spectators are not allowed near the immediate area of the field (for example, restricting spectators to stadium seats or behind barriers), the persons allowed in or near the field are strictly limited to players, substitutes, and team officials. For purposes of this memorandum, anyone officially allowed in the technical area who is not a rostered player or substitute (or substituted player) is a team official."
Thus, no player (including substitutes and substituted players) may be sent off for "irresponsible behavior." Such persons are not "bench personnel" and are thus not subject to the same treatment as team officials (coaches, trainers, medical personnel, etc.). Players (including substitutes and substituted players) may be sent off only for one of the seven reasons listed in Law 12, which covers players, etc.
Cal South E-News | April 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION | April 20, 2012
Question: Clearly, a coach could theoretically protest any game, but does the USSF offer any guidelines to leagues regarding what might make a game truly "protestable?"
Or to re-word it: What type of referee errors might be grievous enough to result in a protested match being replayed?
We have differing schools of thought. Some here would say that any misapplication of the law, such as an incorrect restart, would qualify.
Others would pose that the error must directly impact the outcome of the game, for example, not allowing a goal scored from a corner would be a referee misapplication of the Law which directly impacts the outcome. Whereas, awarding a corner kick when it should have been a throw-in, and then the corner results in a goal, would be an indirect impact. The players had the opportunity to mediate that misapplication of the Law.
Of course, leagues prefer not to incur the expense of replaying any games at all. That financial concern aside - are there any guidelines for how a coach or league board might determine if a protest is worthy on the basis of the referee's performance alone?
Answer: There are no national standards for protesting the result of the game and the acts of the referee. Traditionally there is only one reason to protest the decision of the referee, and that is solely for a decision that is counter to the Laws of the Game. In other words, a situation where misapplying the Laws does indeed affect the game or where a referee clearly sets aside one of the Laws of the Game.. There can be no protest on a matter of referee judgment.
Equally traditionally, many protest committees pay no attention to the facts of the case, no matter how rationally reasoned and presented.
Cal South E-News | April 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION | April 20, 2012
The TWO approved printers for the uniforms and practice shirts are listed below. You can pick any of the TWO.
They have the master list of sponsors, so if your sponsor is not listed, they will have to contact us before they print, please make sure we have your sponsor information.
During the season, it is important that you keep your player’s parents informed. Having a reliable team contact list helps! You, the Team Parent, will be the primary team contact. Updates will be emailed to you so please make sure we have your email address. Update should be shared with your team. It is your responsibility to inform your team and prepare them for all upcoming soccer events such as snack day, concessions and picture day.
You should also help the coach set a positive tone for the team. Remind parents that coaches coach and parents cheer. Remind them to be courteous to the referees, and pick up trash after practices and games.
Remember this is all about the kids having fun.
Picture forms will be available one week before and on the day of picture day and will need to be filled out regardless if you are or are not purchasing additional photos. Your scheduled picture time will be posted on the SMYS website, and team parents will receive an email informing you of your scheduled picture time. Your entire team must be there in full uniform (except shin guards) and ready to go 30 minutes before your scheduled time!
Coaches, team parents, and sponsors (if they choose to participate) are included in the team picture. Be ready, wear your team colors or team shirt, and smile!
You do have the option of purchasing additional photos. Magazine covers, buddy pictures, trading cards, posters, etc… will be available to purchase on picture day from the photographer. Parent must fill out an additional form for additional photos.
Pictures will be distributed within 4-6 weeks after picture day.
It is up to you and your team to decide if and where you choose to have your team party. A great way to the end the season is with a team party. Some prefer to have their party at a restaurant, have a potluck at a team member's home, or order a couple of pizzas and meet at the park. Talk to your team and decide what works best for you. If your sponsor is a restaurant, you might want to have the team party there to show your support. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you split the cost among all your team members.
This is also a great opportunity to thank your coach/asst. coach. Remember that they have spent a great deal of time over the last 12 weeks support the team and players. Purchasing a gift is not required! If you do choose to purchase a gift(s), again, please divide the cost among your team. Please keep in mind that some players may be on a very tight budget