Individuals interested in refereeing TASL games must meet the following qualifications:
- USSF Grade 8 or higher certification
- Thorough knowledge of the TASL Rules and Regulations and referee duties outlined below
- Willingness to do THREE games per night (Center-AR-4th official, or 3 ARs)
All referees MUST have a current IRS Form W-9 (available at the IRS website) filed with the league in order to receive pay. You can email your completed and signed W-9 form to the Treasurer or mail it to:
Tucson Adult Soccer League
P.O. Box 91226
Tucson, AZ 85752
Referees must also provide and maintain their contact information and Acknowledgment Statement using the Referee Information Form.
Referee/Assistant Referee Duties
All officials for the TASL must abide by the Laws of the Game and the TASL Rules and Regulations.
The Referee, with the help of the assistant referees and the fourth official, is responsible for completing the match report prior to and at the conclusion of the match, and return the completed match report to the field binder inside the equipment bucket. The match report includes the officials’ names, team names, the half-time and final score of the match, and a summary of disciplinary actions taken and Sportsmanship Points deducted. If a player, players, team official, or spectator is sent off, the Referee is responsible for recording these on the match report, as well as submitting a Misconduct Report as outlined under Reporting.
Fourth Official Duties
In addition to the duties for fourth officials outlined by FIFA and USSF, the fourth official is responsible for conducting the player check-in 20 minutes prior to game time. The fourth official must ensure all players listed on the roster have proper picture identification, as well as properly identifying and recording loan players that may be used by a team. Players not on the pre-printed roster or without a valid picture ID are NOT allowed to play.
The fourth official must conduct a roster check after the start of each half to ensure all players on the field (or that have been on the field) are properly checked-in. If an illegal player or a player not properly check-in is identified, the fourth official MUST notify the center referee at the next stoppage in play. The identified player(s) must leave the field until proper check-in is completed. A player guilty of playing without proper check-in will be CAUTIONED by the referee and allowed to return to the match. An illegal player will not be allowed to return to the match. In both cases a Misconduct Report must be submitted by the referee crew.
The fourth official also assists the field referees in determining and recording the game results, cautions and sendoffs, and sportsmanship points, and provides the referee administrator with reports or assessments of player and/or referee behavior during matches.
Player sendoffs (ejections) SHALL be documented by filling out and submitting an online Misconduct Report. Submit this report to the league within 48 hours of the scheduled end of the game. All cautions and sendoffs must also be entered on the match report besides the player’s name, along with an acronym or brief description of the misconduct, such as USB (unsporting behavior), dissent, VC (violent conduct), or DOGSO-foul (denies obvious goal scoring opportunity by committing a foul).
Note: For TASL games played on Friday night, referees who submit misconduct reports after Sunday midnight risk a one-week minimum delay in receiving their paycheck for that Friday night’s work.*
The following situations may occur regarding forfeits:
- When the league is notified ahead of time of a forfeit and a friendly match will not be held, the league will notify the assigned referees of the forfeit no later than 3 PM of the game night that the match will not take place. In these cases referees are not paid for the match.
- If a match is forfeited at a time that does not allow the league to notify the referees before the time specified in Paragraph 1 above, the referees will be paid for that match, but are required to officiate it as a friendly match if the teams request it.
- If a forfeit occurs at the field, the referees are required to stay and officiate a friendly match if the teams agree to such arrangement. If the league schedules a friendly match by agreement of the teams, the referees are also required to officiate the match. In both of these situations, the referees are paid.
- If a forfeit occurs at the field and the teams decide they do not want to have a friendly match, the referees are paid for the match assuming they have stayed the required amount of time to declare and official forfeit (10 minutes after the scheduled start time).
As part of our continuing commitment to provide the best adult coed soccer experience in Arizona, TASL referees are expected to do the following to deliver a great experience and then be compensated for their services:
- Pre-game: Please arrive early enough (at least 20 minutes) before the first game to check the field conditions including proper goals/nets, pitch readiness, lights, appropriate size and easily identifiable lines. If anything is out of the ordinary, contact the league immediately at 520-548-1707. Example: No lines, no goals, lights not available, etc. Document any issues on the yellow match report.
- Player check-in: Referees, including volunteer 4th officials, must verify that players are listed on the match report roster, are wearing shin guards, and are not wearing jewelry or anything dangerous prior to being allowed to play as described in the TASL Rules and Regulations Section D – Player Equipment.
- Referee professionalism: Firmly, but intelligently, enforce the Laws of the Game and Tucson Adult Soccer League’s Rules and Regulations. Manage the games to the very best of your ability with a respectful and enthusiastic attitude. The entire crew should greet team managers/reps and show players a positive attitude, energy, and consideration to the teams and spectators before the match begins. Doing this helps establish your authority, puts the players in the right frame of mind immediately, and sets a proper tone the rest of the match.
- Referee payment: Please note that the games must be played and refereed in order for you to be paid. Exceptions:
- One team forfeits at the field and CHOOSES not to play a scrimmage.
- Matches cancelled due to dangerous weather and or other unforeseen issues after matches have started.
NOTE: Forfeited game that become scrimmages must still be officiated for compensation to be issued.
- Post-Game: After the whistle, please shake hands and make eye contact with the team managers/reps. Document and summarize all carded incidents. Yellow and red cards require a one sentence description on the match report. Red cards also require a fully detailed report submitted online at https://www.tucsonadultsoccerleague.org/forms/misconduct-report/ so that D&R can properly adjudicate those issues in a timely manner. Please email any questions about this process to your Referee Assignor at email@example.com.