The Indian Hill Recreational Soccer program is a community based, volunteer run SAY soccer program open to children who live in the Indian Hill School District.

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Indian Hill Refereeing – Tips

The correct and consistent usage of these guidelines will greatly enhance the tempo and convey current condition of the game. Your greatest tools are control and clear communication of the current situation of the game. This will allow all coaches, players and spectators to better enjoy the game.

Before the Game

  • Arrive at assigned game at least 15 minutes prior to start time in complete refereeing uniform, with whistle, timer and a pen.
  • Smile, set the tone for all coaches, players and spectators.  This is to be fun for the kids.
  • Collect refereeing fee and Score Card.
  • Conduct proper pre-game center field check / call for captains and coin toss.
  • Start game on time.
  • Ready the Goalies / Begin the game/ Keep proper time.

During the Game

  • Use your presence and personality
  • Actively follow play up and down the field. (very important for offside calls)
  • Work as a team with your partner referee, remember lead ref and trail ref responsibilities.
  • Use your whistle to indicate calls.
  • Make all calls confidently and aloud for most to hear.
    • Do not become complacent, timely call are important for the flow of the game
  • Indicate with voice and proper hand signal for
    • possession and direction of all throw-ins.
    • all corner kicks.
    • all goal kicks.
  • Blow whistle upon a goal being scored and hand signal to the center line for a kick off.
  • Promptly and clearly announce offside infraction and proper penalty kick location.
  • For indirect and direct kicks, clearly announce infraction, and signal type of penalty kick (direct or indirect).  Walk off 10 or 8-yard setback if necessary.
  • Use loud multiple whistle blows for end of quarters, halves and games.

DIVISION NOTES: 

I2         5v5 (no goalie)                          Ball: size 3        Time: 4 x 8 min qtrs.      (1Ref only) small fields

I3         7v7 (Min 4 players)                   Ball: size 3        Time: 4 x 10 min qt        Change sides at half

8U        6v6 (Min 4 players)                   Ball: size 3        Time: 4 x 10 min qt        Change sides at half

10U       8v8 (Min 5 players)                   Ball: size 4        Time: 2 x 24 min half     Change sides at half

12U      9v9 (Min 6 players)                   Ball: size 4        Time: 2 x 30 min half     Change sides at half

14U     11v11 (Min 7 players)                Ball: size 5        Time: 4 x 15 min qt        Change sides at quarter

16U/19U    8v8 (Min 5 players)           Ball: size 5        Time: 4 x 20 min qt        Change sides at quarter

  

I2        

  • Help the kids in this game.  No throw Ins – you restart ball quickly, you can let them keep playing for the most part but don’t let the ball get too far out of bounds and do not let them dribble behind the goal and around.
  • Do not be afraid to instruct the kids, guide them on Throw In rules, corner kicks etc. 

 

I3/8U

  • Build Out Line– Goal Kicks only , no offside, unlimited Throw Ins (if done in error have player repeat and provide instruction on proper form in between)
  • All Free Kicks are Indirect Free Kicks, no direct kicks  
  • Pass-backs to the goalkeeper from teammate are allowed.  Goalkeeper, having released the ball into play, may touch the ball again before it has been touched or played by another player.
  • No intentional head balls, if done, IFK.  If ball unintentionally hits head, say “play on”

 

10U     

  • Free Kicks are Direct Free Kicks and Indirect Free Kicks
  • Off side rule enforced
  • Pass-backs to the goalkeeper from teammate are allowed.  
  • No intentional head balls, if done, IFK.  If ball unintentionally hits head, say “play on”

 

12U    

  • Free Kicks are Direct Free Kicks and Indirect Free Kicks
  • Off side rule enforced
  • Pass-backs to the goalkeeper from teammate are not allowed.  IFK
  • No intentional head balls, if done, IFK.  If ball unintentionally hits head, say “play on”

 

14U +

  • Free Kicks are Direct Free Kicks and Indirect Free Kicks
  • Off side rule enforced
  • Pass-backs to the goalkeeper from teammate are not allowed.  IFK
  • Head balls allowed