Referees

Referee Information Links

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To referee in the DSL, please submit an availability form as well as an IRS W-9 form

Referees are an important part of the Dublin Soccer League program. They maintain safe play, witness and document events, and organize the flow of games. Referees are expected to take their assignments seriously.

Referees are considered Independent Contractors and perform services for the Dublin Soccer League (DSL) in return for compensation. They are responsible for reporting any earned income to the appropriate taxing authorities. The Dublin Soccer League is not responsible for personal liability insurance or Worker’s Compensation coverage for independent contractors.

  • For Avery Park assignments, check-in early with the Site Coordinator at the Avery Park headquarters (HQ)/Referee Room on the South side of the South concession stand thereby letting us know your assignment is covered.
  • If you are unable to make a game, you must find an appropriate substitute (that would be someone with at least as much experience as you and of at least the same age). Please notify the DSL office with the name of your substitute. The DSL tracks referees missing games.
  • Dressing appropriately encourages players, coaches, and parents to treat you with respect on the field. Your uniform should include a referee shirt, black socks (pulled up), black shorts, black shoes, whistle, cards, watch (preferably with countdown timer) and pencil or pen.

Age Group Rules

For Age Group Rules in PDF format, Click Here.

            U6            
Ball size 3
Total Players 3
Minimum # 2
Referees 1
8 min. quarters
2 min. between
5 min. halftime
41 mins. total time
Only indirect kicks
Kick in, no throw-in
No off-side calls
Explain calls/rules
Sub at quarters
No coach on field
No deliberate headers
            U7            
Ball size 3
Total players 6
Minimum # 4
Referees 1
10 minute quarters
2 mins. between
5 minute halftime
49 mins. total time
Only indirect kicks
No off-side calls
Explain calls/rules
Kick in, no throw in
Sub at quarters
No coach on field
No deliberate headers
            U8            
Ball size 4
Total players 6
Minimum # 4
Referees 1
10 minute quarters
2 mins. between
5 minute halftime
49 mins. total time
No penalty kicks
Explain calls/rules
Sub at usual times
Enforce off-side rule
No deliberate headers
Goal kicks taken anywhere in
Penalty area
          U9/10          
Ball size 4
Total players 7
Minimum # 4
Referees 2
25 minute halves
5 minute halftime
55 mins. total time
Explain calls/rules
Sub at usual times
Enforce off-side rule
No deliberate headers
All USSF rules apply
            U11/12          
Ball size 4
Total players 9
Minimum # 5
Referees 2
25 minute halves
5 minute halftime
55 mins. total time
Explain calls/rules
Sub at usual times
Enforce off-side rule
No deliberate headers
All USSF rules apply
          U15 MSSA          
Ball size 5
Total players 11
Minimum # 7
Referees 2
30 minute halves
5 minute halftime
65 mins. total time
Explain calls/rules
Sub at usual times
All USSF rules apply
No U11 players permitted
Mercy Rule applies

Additional Rules that apply to all DSL games:

  • All age groups switch ends of the field after halftime.
  • No deliberate headers by players U12 and under in the DSL
  • If game is stopped for injury, and the player is replaced, the DSL (except MSSA/HSSA) allows all subs at the halfway mark to substitute from either team.
  • If a player for the opposing team is at the mid-field flag waiting to be a substitute when the team that is awarded a throw-in has a substitute to enter the game, the substitute for the opposing team may also enter the game. If the team that has been awarded a throw-in does not have a substitute, then neither team may substitute a player.