Referee Policy

Zero Tolerance Policy On Referee Abuse

UpdatedMonday February 10, 2020 byAdmin.

Purpose of this Policy

The purpose of this policy is to make clear that verbal abuse or negative criticism of referees is as unacceptable as verbal abuse or negative criticism of players. This policy adopts basic standard sanctions for improper conduct.

This policy is not intended to imply that referees are always “right” and the spectator or coach is always “wrong”. Just as players make mistakes during play, referees will make mistakes in officiating, particularly in the younger divisions where they are learning how to referee. Due to a shortage of referees, a referee may be officiating at a higher level game than they are comfortable with. They must receive positive support from coaches and spectators to continue to grow as an official.

It is never acceptable to abuse or criticize referees, verbally or otherwise, in any situation. The Futbol Club of Cary (FCC) will not tolerate any verbal or other abuse or criticism of referee by any coach or spectator. There are appropriate avenues for coaches and spectators to share concerns about the quality of officiating. The FCC league administrators welcome constructive comments about the referees. Comments may be emailed to soccer@fccary.com.

 

Policy on Referee Abuse

Abuse towards any referee will not be tolerated. A coach or spectator may only communicate in a positive way with a referee. The coach is responsible for ensuring all spectators associated with his/her team follow these guidelines relating to communication with a referee. A coach/spectator may not express any disagreement or dissatisfaction with the officiating to the referee. A coach/spectator may not, before, during, or after a game, discuss with a referee their critique of the referee’s performance, other than to thank and compliment the referee.

Any FCC league administrator present at the game shall, if necessary, intervene if any coach, spectator, or other adult is criticizing or abusing a referee, verbally or otherwise and may take immediate appropriate action. This may include directing the offender to leave the site, and/or suspending or terminating the game.

Any concerns about the quality of officiating of a referee must be addressed to the field manager onsite during games or to a league administrator via electronic communication.

Anyone observing behavior not following these guidelines should immediately report the incident to the FCC field manager on duty so that situation can be handled appropriately. Please report to the referee tent and the field manager on duty will be contacted.

At the discretion of either referee or FCC administrator, a warning may be given, but is not required, for a first time violation of this policy. The referee or FCC administrator who witnesses any abuse of a referee may remove the offending party from the premises. The Police should be called for anyone who refuses to leave the premises.

Abuse of Youth Referees will NOT be Tolerated by FCC: Although abuse towards any referee will not be tolerated, any abuse towards a youth referee will result in more severe disciplinary actions by the FCC league administrators. 

 

Disciplinary Sanctions For Referee Abuse

Any league administrator, upon receipt of any reported abuse of a referee shall report the incident to the FCC league administration, who shall implement appropriate discipline before the next game if possible.

The following sanctions will be applied unless modified upon review of the incident by the FCC league administration.

 

Type of Abuse
Disciplinary Sanction
Criticism, heckling, or verbal abuse of a referee (not including offensive, insulting, or foul-language) First Offense 1 game suspension*
Serious verbal abuse of a referee (e.g. using offensive, insulting, or foul language), or repeated offense of less serious abuse.

Minimum 2 game suspension*

FCC league administration meeting to consider additional sanctions and/or remedial actions.
Coming onto the field to confront an adult referee.

Minimum 2 game suspension*

FCC league administration meeting to consider additional sanctions and/or remedial actions.
Coming onto the field to confront a youth referee.

Minimum 4 game suspension*

FCC league administration meeting to consider additional sanctions and/or remedial actions.
Threatening any referee (by word or action)

FCC league administration meeting to consider additional sanctions and/or remedial actions.

Reported to Town of Cary Parks & Recreation plus Cary Police Department

 

Egregious offenses (e.g. repeated or multiple abusive situations, physical contact with a referee, or exceptionally inappropriate behavior directed toward a referee) shall result in immediate and continuing suspension of the offending person pending a thorough review. The FCC league administration will determine if further or more serious discipline is warranted. An egregious offense violates the fundamental mission of the Futbol Club of Cary and requires strong action. Discipline may include but is not limited to, suspension for the season, suspension for multiple seasons, or lifetime coaching bans.

These sanctions apply only to the discipline of spectators and coaches. Sanctions necessary for any player will be dealt with using the FCC Rules.

A plea of ignorance to this policy is not sufficient, and violators may expect appropriate action by the FCC league administration.

These sanctions do not limit, prevent, or replace any voluntary or required report or referral of improper conduct, by an adult toward any child, to any law enforcement or child protection agency.

* A suspended person may not, during their suspension, attend, or approach within “sight or sound” of any FCC game. This includes all age groups during standard game-day hours. However, a suspended coach may attend team practices. Those affected by complete bans may not attend any FCC function for the duration of the ban.