New for the Fall 2014 Season. NO SCORES will be posted for the U9 age groups. All games will be listed as 0-0
SUPPORT the Referee Okay, this is very simple. Refs make mistakes. But, they are the authority in the game of soccer. If you want your child to be a good sport, respect authority and have fun, NEVER CRITICIZE THE REFEREE. Let's be honest. Most of us don't really know the rules (Laws) of soccer. Most of us don't even have a slight understanding about the intricacies of the offsides rule. Do you know that your child can be knocked to the ground legally? A legal charge that knocks your son or daughter over is not a foul. Do you know that it is not a penalty for a larger player to out-physical a smaller player for the ball?
But, let's get back to the mistakes. To have games, we must have referees. We recruit new refs EVERY YEAR. And EVERY YEAR, we lose referees (we do, yes we do, in the North Florida Youth Soccer League - we do) because a parent or coach has said something critical to a 13 year old child who makes what is seen as an unfair call in a game between even smaller children !Does anyone think that a new ref is going to make the right call all the time? Of course not. But, does anyone really think that a ref is going to favor one side or the other? Please, these are games. Games as in fun and play. They are not life or death for anyone, especially the ref! Assume the ref will make the same amount of mistakes for both sides. If you can deal with that you will be able to relax and enjoy the game a lot more.
All of us get wrapped up in our children's games - it is one of the great thrills that makes sports so much fun. However, we are the adults, and we need to be the ones who keep things in perspective.
Two adults? have already been suspended this season for fighting on the sideline.
You can always learn the tactical side of the game later.
It’s amazing to me that people put so much emphasis on trying to be tactical and worry about winning when it doesn’t matter when you’re 12 years old. We’re going to have big, strong, fast players. We’re Americans, we’re athletes. But if we never learn at an early age to be good on the ball, then it’s just useless.” Landon Donovan
The technical area extends 1 m (1 yd) on either side of the designated seated area and extends forward up to a distance of 1 m (1 yd) from the touch line.
It is recommended that markings are used to define this area. Required by League
The number of persons permitted to occupy the technical area is defined by the competition rules. Max of 3 and they must be listed on the roster and have coaches cards
The occupants of the technical area are identified before the beginning of the match in accordance with the competition rules. During team check-in with the ref
Only one person at a time is authorised to convey tactical instructions and he must return to his position after giving these instructions.
The coach and other officials must remain within the confines of the technical area except in special circumstances, for example, a physiotherapist or doctor entering the field of play, with the referee's permission, to assess an injured player.
The coach and other occupants of the technical area must behave in a responsible manner.
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