To all Soccer First league coaches/participants,
Due to recent events during matches played at Soccer First,
we are instituting a Zero Tolerance Policy on Referee Abuse. From this point on, any player or coach who
verbally abuses a referee for any reason before, during or after a match is
subject to a suspension of one or more games, depending on the severity of the
infraction. This would include dissent
which is defined as behavior that challenges the authority of the referee. We cannot continue to allow participants to
mistreat our referees for any reason. This
policy is not intended to imply that referees are always right and that coaches
and/or players are always wrong, but rather is intended to provide a safe, fair
and fun environment for everyone participating at Soccer First.
There are appropriate avenues for coaches or spectators to
share concerns about the quality of officiating. Any time you have a concern about a referee,
please come to the front desk and fill out a customer comment form. We always welcome constructive comments
regarding our officials.
Again, I would like to reiterate that the purpose of this
policy is to make clear that verbal abuse of referees is unacceptable and to
adopt a policy for dealing with these situations. Please make sure that each and every player
on your team is aware of this new policy as it is effective immediately.
Thank you for your cooperation!
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