Referees must be certified and no younger than 9. Each referee or assistant referee will receive pay for each game they referee.


Each game is run by a referee. The referee decides weather or not a play was legal or not. They are required to enforce the Laws of the Game.


Enforce the Laws of the Game

Controls the game in co-operation with the a.r.'s (assistant referees/side line referee's)

Ensures that the ball meets the requirements of Law 2

Ensures that the players equipment meets the requirements of Law 4

Keeps time of the game and the score

Stops, suspends or terminates the match because of outside interference of any kind

Stops the game if any player gets injured and makes sure he/she is removed from the field

Allows the game to play on unless the ball goes out or to remove an injured player

Any plyer bleeding from a wound leaves the field and may only return when receiving okay from the referee, who must be satisfied that the bleeding has stopped

Takes action against team officials who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and may at his discretion, expel them from the field of play and its immediate surrounds

Acts on advice of assistant referees regarding incidents which he has not seen

Makes sure that no unauthorized person enters the field of play

Restarts the match after it had been stopped

Referee is not held liable for:

Any kind of injury suffered by a player, official or spectator

Any damage to property of any kind

Any other loss suffered by any individual, club, company, association or other body, which is due or which may be due to any decision which he may take under the terms of the Laws of the Game or in respect of the normal procedures required to hold, play and control a match
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