Week 6 Notes

It’s a great weekend to ref! Check your schedule! Check your schedule! Some games still available.
Here are some notes. 
1) Humidity is low but make sure you Hydrate!
2) Take two minutes to complete Rec game cards: Coaches are starting to pay attention to standings and scores are becoming important. Make sure they sign game cards and acknowledge the score. 

3) Complete Signature Game Cards: Check player numbers and player cards. Right in jerseys #. Indicate who scored. Coaches required to sign game cards. 

4) Be Safe:  Keep your phone near you at the end of the game. Unfortunately, coaches and parents have approached refs at end of games and unpleasant conversations have ensued. Tell them you are recording the conversation. Tell me about any encounters with coaches and parents. 
5) U8-U10: Subs: Talk to the coaches before the game and agree to sub at quarters. It ensures that all players play 3 quarters of the game as required by JUSA rules. Also, No punting at U8-U10. 
Call the U8-U10 games tight. Parents rather have whistles than worry about flow of the game. 

Don’t forget to Streeetch!! Next meeting is Oct 21, 6:30PM, YLCC

Fall 2019 Week 4

Check your schedule. Almost all games have refs however you may have a two man instead of a three man or are the single ref. Please check the schedule.

JUSA Rec teams do not have player cards again. Signature teams have cards. 

Small chance of rain reminds you to Sign up for Rainedout: https://www.rainedout.net/team_page.php?a=bc37c0695aa155d4f957
Rainedout is used to tell teams and parents if fields are closed. 

U8 Games only updated sub and side of field rules:
Substitutions will ONLY be allowed during Quarter breaks.  At no other time will a NORMAL substitution be allowed.  This obviously excludes the typical subs for bathroom, crying, injury and any other unusual U8 thru U6 substitution needs.The unusual needs subs can only be for 1 player at a time, and is NOT a water or coaching break but it can be done during a stoppage of play or on the fly.
U8 Side of field:  Home team, (the one listed first on the schedule) has the right to pick what side of the field their team and parents will sit on.  (Its not 1st come first served)We are aware that some fields have shade only on one side.  In this case, we recommend that the visiting team coach ask the home team coach if its possible for the visiting teams parents to sit in the shade as well.Bottom line is that the HOME team has the final say.
Remember to stretch and stay safe! 

Fall 2019 Week 3 Notes

Hello Everyone: It is going to be hot again. Please hydrate tonight and all day tomorrow. Check the schedule, you may be the only ref at the game or have a two man. We still have openings and JUSA Kids really appreciate everyone covering multiple games. 
Water Breaks (schedule them!
We highly encourage you to schedule water breaks. If a player says he is thirsty, call a water break. Tell Coaches at the pre game that you will have water breaks. 
JUSA Rec Cards

Cards are not required for JUSA Rec teams. Coaches should have the medical/registration forms. Not all JUSA teams have rec cards. 

Be at  the Game 30 min early!

Coaches and refs start calling me when they don’t see refs at their games. Be respectful and get there early. Talk to coaches in pre game about game duration and new laws.

Sideline Behavior 

Managing adults at a youth game can be difficult. Always be polite. 
Here is the recommended procedure for handling irresponsible behavior.
1. Please
2. Please
3. Coach, irresponsible behavior is not acceptable. (Warning)
4. Behavior continues, issue a Yellow Card (Caution) to the Coach.
5. Behavior continues, issue a Red Card (Send-off) to the Coach.  

If the spectators are acting irresponsibly, ask them once “Please.”   Do not engage in any further discussion.  If the behavior does not improve go to the coach and follow the above steps.

If you are no longer in control of the match, suspend it (Blow whistle 2 times), call the coaches together, away from everyone else (center circle works), explain to them they have a choice get control of their side or you will terminate the match (abandon is now used in the Laws) and report the incident to me. 

Week 2 Fall 2019

Water Breaks (schedule them!)
Signature has mandated water breaks for each half for their games. For Rec games it is the Referee’s discretion, but I highly encourage you to schedule water breaks. If a player says he is thirsty, call a water break. Tell Coaches at the pre game that you will have water breaks. 

JUSA Rec CardsCards are not required for JUSA Rec teams. Coaches should have the medical/registration forms. Not all JUSA teams have rec cards. 

Be at  the Game 30 min early!Coaches and refs start calling me when they don’t see refs at their games. Be respectful and get there early. Talk to coaches in pre game about game duration and new laws.

Field Maps are located at JUSA.org

Review the new laws: take this 10 question quizhttps://forms.gle/qSGWbQXjGuockkcz7

Find some shade this weekend, hydrate and be safe! 

Thanks for being a referee!

Week 1 Fall 2019

Double-check your schedules as there were some time/field changes. You might be by yourself or have a two man.

BE EARLY – At least 30 minutes prior to your first game. Coaches, and your crew mates, get worried and start calling me and I am working games too.

A link to the fees is on the schedule login landing page. Print it and keep it with you.

Teams pay half.

Only charge for the number of referees that show up.

In the event of a no-show at Signature, subtract the amount for one AR and round up to the nearest dollar. Split evenly if you do 2-whistle or take Center/AR amounts if you use a Club linesman.

If for some reason you end up by yourself, charge 60% of the 3-ref rate.


All divisions may play without player cards this weekend. Signature and InterCity MUST have printed rosters and only players whose names are electronically printed on the roster are eligible to play. Coaches must have signed registration forms which double as your medical release forms.

There are some Rec players who were added late and don’t yet have a uniform. They may play in any shirt that’s generally the same color as their team, or an appropriate pinnie.

Rules for all divisions across all 3 gaming circuits (JUSA Recreational, Cal South Signature, and Cal South Intercity are clearly posted and linked on the schedule page after you login.
If you’ve never done U8 before, REVIEW THE RULES.
Recreational: NO HEADING in U8, U9, U10 or U12
Signature: NO HEADING in U9, U10 or U11. Heading is ALLOWED in Signature U12.

Remember: JUSA Recreational U8, U9, and U10 play QUARTERS in the fall. Substitutions may ONLY be made at the quarter break. Since all players must play at least 3 quarters, you should mark the players sitting out each quarter on the game card so that if you attempt to mark a player sitting out for a second quarter, you can remind the coach of the mandatory, minimum play time requirements.
All other age groups and all Signature and InterCity matches allow unlimited substitutions at any stoppage. Players must play at least 50% of the game – a responsibility of the coach to maintain, but point out any obvious issues.

It will be very warm tomorrow. Allow hydration breaks as needed. Where game schedules allow, add time for the water break.

Lock Combinations: For goals and lockers will be: 1357, 6387, 9522, or 5425.

2019/20 Law Change Review

IFAB 2019/20 Law Change ReviewTo review the Laws here are the links:
IFAB Website: http://www.theifab.com/laws

2019/20 Summary of the main Law changes and Clarifications: http://www.theifab.com/document/for-football-bodies
2019/20 Laws: http://www.theifab.com/document/laws-of-the-game

Presentation with Videos on the Law Changes: http://www.theifab.com/document/for-football-bodies

IFAB Mobile App: https://theifab.com/logapp/

Signature Tournament 2019


Some refs are doing games on multiple fields, some at the same venue and some at multiple venues.
Coaches may also have multiple teams.
Keep the games on schedule so there are no issues that arise out of running late on start times.

U9 – 20 minute halves (25 minute halves in Finals)
U10 – 25 minute halves
U11 – 25 minute halves (30 minute halves in Finals)
U12 – 25 minute halves (30 minute halves in Finals)
U13 – 30 minute halves (35 minute halves in Finals)
U14 – 35 minute halves (including the B2006 teams combined with B2005)
U15 – 35 minute halves
No extra time – straight to Kicks in Finals.
Unlimited substitutions at any stoppage

Build-out lines in use for 7v7 games

No heading in U11 and under.
Heading allowed in U12 and above

No requirement to sub out on a caution

Referees on 9am games should be ON THEIR ASSIGNED FIELD no later than 8:30am. This does not mean you pull into the parking lot at 8:40am and then slowly walk out to find the rest of your crew who already did all the pre-game work for you.
Home team chooses which side to sit on and changes jersey colors if conflicting.
Check-in for equipment only – no need to check player cards/medical releases.
Kick off: Home chooses side and provides three game balls. Visitors kick off.
Record scores on game card provided by coach RETURN TO THE COACH as it’s used for the entire tournament.

No hard casts (even wrapped in bubble wrap),

All players must play 50% of the game.

Spring Forfeit Payments

Forfeit payment requests were submitted on Sunday, June 2nd.

For those referees who updated their address in their schedule profile, checks should be mailed to you. Otherwise, you will have to pick up your check at a future monthly meeting.

Spring – Week 1

Player Cards
Cards are not required this weekend.  Hopefully everything will be sorted out by next weekend.
Fee schedule is linked on the referee schedule site
Charge only for the number of refs who show up.
Full rules are posted on the JUSA website.  Here’s a direct link: https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/0147/9285/JUSA_Spring_League_Rules_2018.docx__1_.pdf

Home team chooses their sideline. There’s no “North”/”West” is the home side in spring as teams travel to other cities and the home team providing the field should get their choice.
We would prefer teams on opposite sides of the field.  Some RecSelectGold (Signature) teams might elect to setup a coaches’ side and spectators side. This is okay for 11v11 games and some 9v9 games.  However, for 7v7 it can become an issue with parents too close to opposing parents – work it out if there are any issues.
7v7 rules are just like in Fall as far as Build-Out lines and offside.  Games are played in halves with free substitutions.  NO QUARTER BREAKS
For 9v9 you must see if you are doing a Rec or RecSelectGold game – it’s in the “Type” column on the referee schedule:
  • Rec U12 may NOT head as it’s a combined U11/U12 bracket.
  • RecSelectGold U11 may NOT head.
  • RecSelectGold U12 CAN HEAD.
Time Change
Clocks skip ahead on Sunday – don’t be late to your Sunday games!


Sunday is the start of JUSA Cup.

For U16/U19 teams, the entire Cup is played in one day, sometimes one game.

Check your schedules as there have been some forfeits.  I emailed you all directly, but just verify fields/times of actual games and note the last game of the day so you can have equipment put away.

See the rules below.  Each game is CLEARLY marked with what type of game it is, so play the correct duration and follow the correct procedures for determining a winner.

All the younger games tomorrow (U9-U14) are either 20 or 25 minute halves – see below

JUSA Cup Rules

Minimum Play Time for JUSA Cup games

The most important thing to remember is that, just like in regular season, minimum play time rules are still in effect throughout JUSA Cup play.


If a game goes to extra time, every player must play in at least one of the two extra time periods, provided that both are played.

 NOTE: Some U9/U10 teams have 10 players on the roster making it impossible to play everyone 3 quarters.  Every player, in this situation, must play at least 2 of the first 4 quarters, and at least one of the overtime periods, if both are played.

Game Duration

Elimination Games (first Sunday) and Quarterfinals

U9/U10 games will have 20 minute halves (with quarter breaks)

U12/U14 games will have 25 minute halves

Semifinals and Finals

Regulation length:

U9/U10 games will have 25 minute halves (with quarter breaks)

U12 games will have 30 minute halves

U14 games will have 35 minute halves

U16 games will have 40 minute halves

U19 games will have 45 minute halves

Referee fees remain the same as regular season JUSA Recreational games

Determination of a Winner

Elimination games and Quarterfinals go straight to Kicks from the Mark

Semifinals and Finals have up to two extra time periods with GOLDEN GOAL (first goal scored wins the game). If still tied, then proceed to Kicks from the Mark.

Extra time duration (each period):

U9/U10: 5 minutes

U12: 5 minutes

U14-U19: 10 minutes