Gameday Procedures

REFEREES

  • Arrive at field at least 45 minutes before kickoff
  • Perform Field Check
  • Request official "Match-day Roster" from both teams
    • This will have the MPL logo on it and will be specific to the game with both teams, date, time, location.
    • Write all officials names on the report in space provided
  • Check-in all players 15 minutes before kickoff - 18 players only

HOME & AWAY TEAM STAFF

  • Arrive at field at least 1 hour before kickoff
  • Home team welcome the visiting team and guide them through the facilities and where their area(s) will be for the event

GAME SET-UP

  1. Home team provides 3 game balls
  2. Home team provides 4 corner flags
  3. Home team changes kit or wears pennies in case of color conflict
  4. Referee fees will be collected and paid via gameofficials.net, they will not be collected on the field

REFEREES:

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

  1. USE ONLY 1 Match report if possible. If names on roster differ then use one for each team.
    1. Both teams are required to bring an official match report
  2. Verify both teams Coach/Managers
    1. One staff member must PRINT their name on the match report (they will sign after the game)
  3. Verify name and DOB of every player as follows
    1. MPL does NOT use player ID cards
    2. Player will give their DOB verbally to confirm what is on roster
    3. Manager will bring up team page on official website:
      1. MPL TEAMS: https://mountainpl.com/teams
    4. View and match each player’s name & photo on the team page
    5. If you cannot see player photo clearly or there is no photo the player is required to present PHOTO ID
    6. In the column "ChkIn" mark the box for all checked-in players
      1. Cross out the names of players who are not checked in 
    7. Write in players are allowed, verify their name and photo ID
    8. Check them in - we will validate these players after the game to determine eligibility - our managers know the rules

GAME PROCEDURES: SUBSTITUTIONS

  • 7 subs in 5 stoppages, no re-entry. Half-time does not count towards a stoppage
    • Use of official MPL Substitution Cards is mandatory.

REFEREES: POST-GAME PROCEDURES

  1. Mark final score at top of match report (on both reports if two were used to check in players)
  2. Mark goals scored next to names on roster
  3. Mark yellow and red cards next to names on roster
  4. Present the completed match report to both managers to SIGN
  5. Managers may ask to take a photo of the completed and signed match report to hold for their records.
  6. FINAL STEP for REFEREE
    1. Within 24 hours - Send a copy of the COMPLETED match report to: matchreport@swplsoccer.com
    2. If there are any red cards or other issues causing a disruption in the game please provide a supplemental report within 24 hours and submit to the same email address above.

LEAGUE OPERATIONS & MINIMUM STANDARDS:

  • For more information not included here please refer to each MPL’s minimum standards and format page.
  • Team staff can also refer to the MPL / SWPL Operations Manual linked here

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