AYSO Region 104

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Referees' Procedure for Reporting Misconduct

Sending Off Players or Dismissing Coaches

If a referee terminates a match due to misconduct by anyone, or if a player is sent off (shown the red card), or a coach or assistant coach is dismissed (ejected) from the game, a report must be emailed to the Chief Referee and the Chief Coach no later than 24 hours after the event. In addition, the Division Commissioner for that game's division (e.g., U7 Girls or U12 Boys, etc.) should be copied on this report. Unless otherwise arranged, the referee of the match should originate the report of the incident. The report should include the factual details of the misconduct event including: the date, time, the game park, the division, the team numbers of both teams, and the individuals involved in altercation. If the misconduct involved a dismissal or send-off, the report should include the name of the coach, assistant coach or player, and the team number of the player or coach. Also included in the report should be a description the actions that lead up to the misconduct event, and the misconduct event itself. The approximate times when the relevant events and actions occurred (e.g. 5 minute into second half, etc.) are also useful.

Cautioning (Yellow Carding) Coaches

If a coach or assistant coach is formally cautioned (this may involve showing the yellow card to that person, which is permitted by referees in Region 104), a report must be emailed to the Chief Referee and Chief Coach and the Division Commissioner for that game's division. The report should be sent no later than two days after the event and should include the name of the coach and his/her team number, the date, time, game park, the team number of the opposing team, and any other individuals involved in the altercation. Also included in the report should be a description the actions that lead up to the caution event, and the reason for the caution (e.g. dissent, unsporting behavior, etc). The approximate times when the relevant events and actions occurred are also useful.

Other Misconduct or Behavior Problems

For other behavior-related events, such as showing the yellow card to a player, or difficulties with a coach or spectators, the match referee may, at his/her discretion, send a report to the same authorities listed above. In the case of coach or spectator misbehavior, this report is encouraged, though not mandatory. In the case of of a player caution (and the showing of the yellow card) this report is entirely optional and will be treated as purely informational (i.e. no further action will likely be taken).