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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:

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

JUSA Fall 2018 – Week 5 – IMPORTANT INFO

Be Early – This is always an issue, especially/unfortunately with the more experienced refs who should be setting a better example.
Player Cards
Still required for Signature/InterCity along with the printed match reports
Still no player cards yet for Recreational teams
7v7 Recreational – Played in QUARTERS
If you are doing U8, U9, or U10 Recreational (NOT SIGNATURE) matches, please remember the substitution procedures:
  • Games are played in QUARTERS
  • Substitutions are ONLY allowed at the quarter break (except for injury, yellow card, etc.)
  • Time STOPS – you have 90 minutes for a 50 minute game. Don’t take the time away from them.
  • It’s a quarter “break” – not a miniature halftime.  Keep it to 2 minutes or less.
  • All players must play at least THREE quarters.
  • You should mark the players sitting out each quarter on the game card to make sure nobody sits out more than one quarter.  That’s why there are boxes for each quarter next to the player’s name on the game card.
Here is the actual text from the JUSA Handbook for Recreational play:
U8, U9, U10 Modifications
1. Substitution procedure is as follows: approximately halfway through the first half, and approximately halfway through the second half, the referee shall stop the clock long enough to allow substitutions. The referee will attempt to wait until the ball is out of play, but may also do so when the ball is in play. This is a substitution break and divides the game into quarters. Normally, substitutions may only be made during this time or in case of injury.

JUSA Fall 2018 – Week 2 – IMPORTANT INFO

Please, please, please get to your games early. Arriving 5 minutes before kickoff to a 9am game is unacceptable, especially to your crew mates.

Player Cards

Signature and InterCity – Player Cards are REQUIRED, per an e-mail sent by Rick Flores, Manager of Recreational Soccer at Cal South

Only players with cards and names PRINTED ELECTRONICALLY on the match report are allowed to play.

Recreational teams still do not all have player cards so cards are not required yet.


There are more new refs training tomorrow. Show them positioning and mechanics and send me an e-mail to let me know how they perform.

JUSA Fall 2018 – Week 1 – IMPORTANT INFO

Double-check your schedules as there were some time/field changes.  Affected referees should have been notified by me.
There are some new refs to be trained and their names are listed in notes on the schedule.  Assist them in learning proper positioning and mechanics as an Assistant Referee.  I would appreciate any e-mail feedback, afterward, so I can setup their appropriate levels and max ages.
BE EARLY – At least 30 minutes prior to your first game.   Coaches, and your crew mates, get worried and start calling me.
A link to the fees is on the schedule login landing page. Print it and keep it with you.
Signature HOME team pays 100%.   Recreational and Intercity teams pay 50% each.
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.
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.
Signature games in combined age groups (U14/U15) will play according to the age of the HOME team and pay referee fees for that age group.  ALL the JUSA teams playing in Signature U15 are actually U14 teams so they will only play 70 minute games for $98.  Do NOT attempt to collect $112 from them and do not play 80 minutes.
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.

JUSA Signature Friendship Tournament – Important Info

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.
  • Perform a coin toss to determine sides/kick-off.
  • Record scores on game card provided by coach.  RETURN TO THE COACH as it’s used for the entire tournament.
  • 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
  • No hard casts (even wrapped in bubble wrap),
  • All players must play 50% of the game.