A lot of you are new to the list, I just got done going through eAYSO and updating the mail list. This mail list is to inform you of what is happening in the AYSO Referee Program and Section 6 in particular. If the region does not have an Regional Referee Administrator, then the Region Commissioner will get the email. Please let me know any corrections to the list, but make sure you also change it in eAYSO. [I mail this to the above and post it here as well to spread the word as far as possible]
To the topics:
First, the subject came up about socks and shin guards. The point was made that the soccer sock can be put on, then the shin guard, and the soccer sock covering the shin guard. NO. This is NOT allowed. FIFA guidelines themselves state the sock must COMPLETELY cover the shin guard. Here was my response:
This one is easy. Fifa states:
• are covered entirely by the stockings
• are made of rubber, plastic or a similar suitable material
• provide a reasonable degree of protection
Covered entirely. If the shin guard is worn on top of the sock, and the sock is long enough to be folded over, that is NOT acceptable. Reasoning is very simple, during the course of a game the sock will slide up uncovering the shin guard becoming dangerous. I had a high school player snap his leg in two because another players cleat got caught in his strap of the shin guard after the sock had pulled up. Yep, the center official missed it during the player inspection.
Nothing says the player cannot wear a small stocking under the shin guard then the shin guard then the soccer sock. Matter of fact, some manufacturers have purposely made socks for that. So the player has an alternative if allergic to the materials of the shin guard.
I have included the slides I made for shoes and what is allowed. It is in Powerpoint in Office 2013 format. Again, metal cleats ARE allowed, as are a toe cleat in a soccer designed shoe. A toe cleat on a football or baseball cleat is NOT allowed. As always it is up to the individual referee to determine what is dangerous or not, but try to stay consistent.
Last, a webinar for AYSO Schedulers, and Assignors is being scheduled. Below is the information from National:
Good day everyone.
A few volunteers asked me to schedule a webinar session on a Wednesday night, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific time.
The session is scheduled for October 1 and interested volunteers can sign up at
Please let your referee assignors know about this additional session.
As always, please feel free to contact me with questions you may have. Remember, your Area and Section Staffs are here to help you. Circle February 27, 28, and March 1st for Section Expo in Madison Wisconsin.