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USSF Code of Ethics for Referees

Standards of Conduct for PWSRA Members

PWSRA members are bound by the USSF Code of Ethics for Referees.

When in the capacity of player, coach, or spectator (whether parent or friend of a player or a neutral observer), a member is sanctioned by the referee crew or administrative body including the club, league, or federation, the member will be subject to a suspension of no less than two weeks for the first offense. A second offense will be referred to the Referee Advisory Committee for additional sanctions including a season or lifetime ban from PWSRA.

Sanctions as a player include being shown a yellow card for dissent and/or shown a red card for abusive, offensive, or insulting language, whether directed at the referee or any other person.

Sanctions as a coach include being shown a yellow card for dissent and/or shown a red card for abusive, offensive, or insulting language, whether directed at the referee or any other person1. They also include being dismissed from the match for irresponsible behavior. 

Sanctions as a spectator include being dismissed from a match as a spectator2, whether directly by the referee or indirectly by the referee refusing to play the match as long as the spectator remains in attendance. It also includes being sanctioned by a club, league, or federation for behavior at a match.

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1, 2 - While sanctioning a coach with a card or directing expelling spectators for bad behavior are not technically permissible under the Laws of the Game, PWSRA recognizes that these are standard responses in youth soccer. Simply not following the LOTG to the letter does not diminish the fact that a coach or spectator was sanctioned for bad behavior.


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