1. Referees shall always maintain the utmost respect for the game of soccer.

2. Referees will conduct themselves honorably at all times and maintain the dignity of their position and trust.

3. Referees shall honor their assigned game/match obligation.

4. Referees will endeavor to attend local meetings and referee clinics in order to better know the Laws of the Game and their proper interpretation.

5. Referees will always strive to achieve maximum teamwork with all fellow referees and/or linesmen.

6. Referees shall be loyal to all fellow referees and linesmen, and never knowingly criticize or promote criticism of them.

7. Referees shall strive to be in the best of physical condition so as to be in position to make the correct calls (supporting the endeavor to be in the right place at the right time).

8. Referees will endeavor to control the players effectively by being courteous and considerate without sacrificing firmness.

9. Referees shall do their utmost to assist their fellow officials to better themselves and their work mentoring younger more inexperienced referees when needed.

10. Referees shall not make statements about any game except to clarify an interpretation of the Laws of the Game.

11. Referees should consider that it is a privilege to be part of the Soccer Association for Youth and should strive to make their actions reflect credit upon that organization and its Franchises/Organizations.


1. All Referees who referee in Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer Area shall turn (13) thirteen years of age by the fall season.

2. All CHSS referees are required to be re-certified every year.  At each re-certification session, a test will be given. Passing grades on the SAY Referee test is as follows: Probationary Referee (must referee with a qualified adult referee) 60-79, Qualified Referee 80-89, Certified Referee 90-100. After a Referee scores a 90 twice on the SAY Referee Test he/she is a Certified District Referee and only needs to attend the training for a rules review (pay the training fee required by the specific District if any) and receive a current SAY rule book each year thereafter. Referees scoring a 60-69 may only be used by Districts with a qualified or certified referee and will require training upgrade period prior to re-testing.

3. All Referees who Referee the CHSS Tournament shall have at least (2) two years experience approximately (4) four full seasons.

4. Referee Uniforms shall be official Referee shirts (color depending on the District), black shorts, and black socks (preferably over-the-calf). (All FIFA Official Uniforms may be worn).

5. Referees shall report all Red Cards and/or spectator ejections to their District and to the CHSS Referee Coordinator within 24 hours of the issuance. This will ensure proper action has been taken to notify the next opposing team and ensure sanctions/penalties are successfully carried out.


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