Woodland Soccer Club

U08 & U09 Referee Program

In 2013 the club established a program to give 11-13 year olds an opportunity to learn how to officiate U08 & U09 games and get paid for it. The games for these two age groups are interclub (against Ballard, Queen Anne, & Lake City club teams), where each club is responsible for providing trained/mentored referees to officiate games conducted on their home fields. The goal is to see those kids continue on to officiate U10+ games (scheduled & managed by SYSA, with officials assigned though the SSRA) as well as extend their referee credentials to high levels.

Basic Knowledge

A WSC Referee needs to have a good grasp of the rules, which have two main parts:

  • The IFAB Laws of the Game (the officiating arm under FIFA). An intricate and detailed knowledge of every single laws is not necessary, but the following laws are critical.
Law 5
Law 8
The Start &
Restart of Play
Law 9
The Ball In &
Out of Play
Law 10
Determinign the
Outcome of a Match
Law 11
Law 12.1
Fouls & Misconduct
Direct Free Kick
Law 13
Law 15
Throw In
Law 16
Goal Kick
Law 17
Corner Kick

There is a verson of these rules, called Laws of the Game Made Easy, that is designed for younger audiences. Please note that it has not been updated with the changes that start with the 2016/17 season.

No Offside
BUT No Cherry

(Build-out Line)
Charging the

Lopsided Games

(Mercy Rule)

If you are interested in participating in the WSC Referee program, please contact the Referee Development Coordinator.

Coaches: What to do if your game has no assigned Referee

Refereeing U08 & U09 games is not difficult, althoguh It is recommended that the coaches do not referee their own games. If a referee from WSC or another club is not provided for your game, identify a willang and capable volunteer, such as a parent or older youth, for this task. This allows the coach to focus on coaching.

  1. Organize - Ref needs to organize the start of a game. Talk to both coaches to agree upon the length of the game and who will keep track of the time. Choose sides for the U06 & U07 games. Use a coin flip (with team captains) to choose sides for U08 & U09 games.

  2. Blow that whistle! - Use your whistle to start and stop the game. All kids listen to the whistle. It shows that you are in charge.

  3. Control - Most refereeing at this level is directed to restarting the game after the ball goes out of bounds. Generally, the ref does not call fouls. Ref spends most of the time near the middle of the field and blows the whistle when the ball goes out. Most activity is when ball comes back into play: Throw Ins, Goal Kicks, and Corner Kicks. Ref should clearly state the play and guesture the direction with an arm. "Throw In, Orange, this way!"

  4. Throw Ins - Please tell kids which way the throw is going. Please stop play with a whistle blow if the throw is incorrect. Kids learn quickly if they are asked to redo a bad throw. Explain the issue and redo.

  5. Goal Kicks - Tell the kids "Goal Kick. Ball right there." and point to where it should go. Most goals are scored on "failed" goal kicks that go directly to the opposition. If this starts to happen too much, feel free to help the kicking team a bit. Back the opponents back a bit. Tell the kicker "Ok, Big Kick now."

  6. Corner Kick - Most kids need this clarified for them. "Orange kicking towards this goal."

  7. Compliment - Talking to the players show that you are engaged and know more about the game than they do.

  8. Fouls - Only call the obvious fouls. Kids start to use their arms to gain possesion around U8. First timers could be warned by the ref. Usually, this is all you need to do. Though, don't let the game get unsafe.