What to do if no referee shows up for a game
SYSA and the Seattle Soccer Referees Association work together to ensure a referee is assigned to each game. Occasionally, a game may go unassigned, or a referee may not
make it to the game.
In this situation, there are rules for your league (whether SYSA Recreational games, District 1 games, Washington State Premier Leagues games, or PDL games) on how to
proceed if a referee does not appear. You should know the rules in advance for your league, and how to handle the situation if it happens.
Seattle Youth Soccer Association has rules for its recreational leagues. Rule 5.2 states that "The failure of an assigned referee to appear shall not be the
cause for canceling the match. Upon agreement of both coaches, a substitute official may be chosen whose decisions shall be final."
A full description of these rules can be found by clicking ADMINISTRATION/Rules and Bylaws in the left column of this page.
There is a shortage of referees to work the hundreds of games scheduled each year. Without enough referees, our league will find it hard to continue.
Consider getting trained as a referee to help ensure the continued success of SYSA. Information on referee training can be found below.
NOTE: Scores only need to be reported to SYSA when there are no referees at the game. If there is no referee at the game, report the game
score to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the guidelines below to report a game score.