Resources for the Officials

An Introduction to Working as an Official

An Introduction for the Officials

I welcome all the officials to the Walker Recreation Department soccer program. This soccer program is designed to be a community activity for the participants. It is not designed to conform to the competitive model of club-level youth soccer; therefore, many aspects of competitive league officiating are missing, such as the need to track goals and goal scorers and keep track of standings.

Even still, the expectation to exhibit fairness and professionalism rests upon your shoulders. Your duty to do so is built upon your knowledge of the game and the designs of our soccer program that you will have to master in order to properly execute the very enjoyable task of taking the field with two teams of youth soccer players and call a fair game for them.

Officials Training Requirements

Officials are given 3 hours of training at the beginning of every season, which take place on 3 separate 1-hour meetings:

  • Classroom training: Uniforms and uniform badges, yellow and red cards, and whistles are issued. Outdoor evening training dates are set, and the officials’ slide show is shown.
  • Field training: Skills are explained and demonstrated. Testing requirements are handed out and testing dates are set.
  • Field testing: A practical examination of each required skill takes place on a pass-fail basis.

These three training sessions are all paid the equivalent of 1.0 games per session, and take about 1-hour each.

Study Material

Officials are required to review every topic in the “Officials” section of the website, but careful study should be made of the following two sections in particular:

  • Seasonal controls: This page explains seasonal rule changes and describes our program rules in detail where they are different from soccer’s traditional rules.
  • Rules of the game: This page explains, in detail, soccer’s laws of the game. Skim-read this page, but drill down into the nitty gritty with anything you find that you don't fully understand.

Testing

Officials, regardless of their experience level, must attend the training meeting. This meeting is mandatory. Uniforms and uniform badges, yellow and red cards, and whistles are issued. Outdoor evening training dates are set, and the officials’ slide show is shown.

After attending the officials’ meeting and the outdoor training session, you are finally ready for a practical examination of your skills to be sure that you are prepared to serve the players and the community as a soccer match official. The field testing examination skills requirements are posted here on the website, so you can review exactly what you will be asked to verbally explain and which skills you will have to physically perform in order to work as an official.

Good luck, officials! You are going to enjoy this experience and have fun working for the community in the soccer program that has brought you and other young athletes years of enjoyment.