Use of the foam to mark 10 yards is not allowed in AYSO. See the message below.
Also lots of regions starting to schedule training. Make sure you check eayso if you are looking for training, some regions include Skokie, Oak Park, Round Lake, Area H, and others.
Good day everyone.
The AYSO Store now sells the Vanishing Marking Foam (vanishing spray) which soccer referees use to mark where players may stand during the taking of a free kick. The AYSO Store carries this product because they have other customers which may be interested in buying the spray.
FIFA allows the use of vanishing spray to provide a player management tool for experienced referees working top level professional games.
In AYSO’s youth games the referees are learning all about free kicks and how to manage players with the use of their personality.
It is important for referees to first learn the appropriate application of the Laws, and how to manage players before they use tools that may provide a false sense of control without the proper experience.
At this point in time, the National Referee Advisory Commission in partnership with the National Coaching Advisory Commission and AYSO’s National Referee Program Administration, do not approve the use of the vanishing spray in AYSO games.
This AYSO directive will continue to allow our AYSO referees to develop player management skills.
This direction is in line with USSF’s guidance which is provided below.
We will monitor the use of the spray in youth competitions outside of AYSO and evaluate further recommendations in 2015.
Please share this information with your Region, Area, and Section referee community. We will also publish a note in Whistle Stop.
Thank you for your support.
AYSO National Referee Program Administrator
American Youth Soccer Organization
USSF’s current direction on the use of Vanishing Spray
The use of vanishing spray is prohibited by officials unless approval for use during an affiliated competition is given by U.S. Soccer.
Requests should be made by the appropriate affiliated competition authorities and these will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis provided the following minimum requirements are met:
• The affiliated competition must provide the vanishing spray at no cost to the officials;
• The affiliated competition must provide the officials with training on how to use the vanishing spray and monitor its use throughout the competition;
• The affiliated competition (or associated league of Organization Member) must assume all liability associated with the use of the vanishing spray; and
• When approved, competitions should make best efforts to use the vanishing spray in all competitive matches and officials should make every reasonable effort to ensure the spray is used consistently during their match