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The referee has the responsibility to enforce the Laws of the Game from the moment he appears at the field before the game, until he leaves the area surrounding the field after the game. The referee can send off a player for violating a number of provisions of Law 12. During the game, the referee is obligated to show the red card to a player that is being sent off. The referee should but does not have to show the red card to a player for a send off offence before or after the game.

Below the term 'red card' refers to the send off of a player or the expulsion of an adult and an actual red card may not have been shown. The correct terminology is 'send off' for the player and 'expulsion' for the credentialed adult.

What Happens When Someone Gets A Red Card?

  • The referee completes a Send-Off Report (an explanation of what happened and why the red card was given) .
  • The Playing League Disciplinary Committee/Chair determines the appropriate penalty or suspension.

How Are Suspensions and Penalties Determined?

The suspension and other penalties will be determined by the League Discplinary Committee/Chair. For CYSA / CCSL matches there are CYSA guidelines, historical data, and common sense.

Suspension Served - Red Card Sign Off Form

Each Registration League has their own procedure for verifying suspensions and returning passes. Each Registration League or Club can increase the suspension.

For example in the Redwood League, the team manager should have the referee sign the Red Card Sign Off Form for each game the player or coach is sitting out to document that a suspension has been served. Suspended players should not be in the team uniform, but may be in the bench area.

When the suspension has been served, the Red Card Sign Off Form should be returned to the Registration League President (or designee) and the individual's pass will be available for retrieval.

Red Card Sign Off Form

Coach or Team Official Expulsion

The procedure is the same, although the consequences are much harsher. Coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, and managers are typically expelled for irresponsible behavior.

Each District, Registration League and Club can establish what 'Suspended" means.

In District II (Teams registered in District II), 'suspended' means that the team loses the benefit of your services during the suspension period, including any active participation in (1) weekly practices, (2) pre-game warm-ups, or (3) pre-game, half-time, or post-game strategy/evaluation sessions. Suspended team staff may NOT sign game cards prior to games and may NOT check in teams at tournaments. If the suspended team official isalso a parent, they ARE permitted to observe their child in the role of a spectator. To avoid any mistaken observations, it is recommended that parents serving a suspension bring a chair and remain quietly seated at all times during games. Suspended team officials that are not also parents should not attend games - even as spectators.

Whether a Coach or TeamStaff suspended while representing Team A, can continue to associate with Team B is determined on the Registration League or Club level.

Can A Spectator Get A Red Card?

Only individuals with passes (players and team staff) can get a red card (player) or expulsion (credentialed adult).
If a spectator (child or adult) is not controlled by the team staff, the referee may either (1) abandon the game, or (2) issue a 'warning' or 'expulsion' to a team official.
It is the team officials' responsibility to control spectators.