Southern California Soccer Officials Association

San Diego

General Information

SCSOASD recruits experienced referees from all over San Diego County to referee high school and some junior high/middle school soccer games in the county. The standard is a dual officiating system for regular season games with the traditional diagonal system for some regular season and all playoff games. Occasionally in the regular season and at tournaments there is one official at frosh and JV games.

Pre-season organizing meetings are held starting in October. If you want to receive notices of the meetings email Bob Petterson at . These meetings are held at a central location in San Diego County where we review the differences between USSF and CIF, the changes to the rules for the upcoming season, the dual refereeing system, and discuss other pre-season business. All prospective referees are required to pass an on-line 50-question rules test. More information on the classes and significant dates are on the Calendar page.

The Southern California Soccer Officials Association web site has information on the SCSOA board, governing documents, and related matters.

CIF information is at CIF website Here you will find information for various sports, officials, coaches and others. Some information specific to soccer can be seen by clicking sports, winter+, boys soccer or girls soccer. Their constitution and bylaws (Green Book) is available by clicking on Governance, Green Book.


High school soccer has a Rules Book. It is very similar to the LOTG. Differences are published each year in the high school Rules Book. These differences and those differences unique to our association are reviewed at the annual training sessions.You will receive a booklet at one of the 1st meetings of the year with all the rules and updates for the new season. If you do not get a rules booklet at the meeting contact Bob Petterson via email. You may pick a rules booklet up at his office or you can ask him to send you a booklet via mail provided you supply him with a self addressed envelope and necessary postage paid.

An electronic book of the up to date and current NFHS rules can be purchased online. NFHS eBook of rules

Test Preparation & Procedures

You MUST pass a test before you may referee for SCSOASD. The test is a 50 question multiple choice answer test online. It consists of questions from the information learned from the rules booklet, the online training, general meetings as well as concussion training. A score of 80% or greater is required to pass. You will be sent an email with passcodes to take the test. If you don't receive a link and passcodes to the test, contact Bob Petterson via email immediately. The email and test is usually sent out just after the online training is completed. Good luck!

Online SCSOASD Test in English Click to take test

Online SCSOASD Test in Spanish Haga clic para tomar el examen

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Online Training

In addition to the 3 training meetings there will also be 3 online training webinars in the evenings. Information on how to access the webinars will be discussed at the 1st meeting in October or you may visit Referee Instruction Online. All online sessions will begin at 7:00 PM. This is the link to register for the 3 online sessions: Webinar Registration In addition you will need to create an account with Webinar.

Webinar Online #1 - TBD 2016 Review "2015 Concussion" webinar

Webinar Online #2 - TBD 2016 Review "Rule Differences" webinar

Webinar Online #3 - TBD 2016 Review "Report Writing & Pregame" webinar

If you have not received the class information email before the webinars please contact Bob Petterson.

Concussion Training & Testing

The association requires you take or review one of the courses below at least once a year for keeping up to date with medical and preventative methods and procedures. Once you have completed either or both of the courses download your certificate for your own records. But also be sure to send a copy of the certificate to Bob Petterson via email. You will get 1 hour of credit towards continued training and education. It is suggested you PRINT & KEEP A COPY of these directions with you when you go to your games. It is very useful to hand out to parents or coaches if a player has an injury.

National Federation's site under concussions.   NFHS's Concussion Course

CIF State site recommendations for concussions.   CIF California State Recommendations

Game Day Procedures

Disqualifications (Sendoffs, Red Cards)

CIF Soccer requires all disqualifications and send offs to be reported. To report any red cards or send offs use the CIF report system. Go to CIF San Diego Section or click on the CIF Ejection Form link below to go directly to ejection form. Use the following passwords to access the site and to fill out. Enter Soccer for the sport and a password consisting of these three numbers - 123. Complete the appropriate data boxes and check the appropriate reason for misconduct boxes. Give a brief description using RULES BOOK wording (ie Rule 12 Sec 8 Art 2.a "exhibiting violent conduct") in the box at the bottom. Note: Time of incident is GAME TIME not time at which happened during the game. Make sure "Art Mitchell" shows in the liaison box. Print your copy. Save the PDF copy to your computer. Your are done. CIF Ejection Form

IMPORTANT - Remember all ejections/red cards must be reported within 12 hours of the game. Each ejection/red card must be reported separately by the referee who issued the card. All injury and other incident reports should be sent to Bob Petterson via email (see Contacts page). This includes all those reports concerning illegal home varsity uniforms.

Pregame Presentation

In general, follow the directions as stated in this pregame printout below. It is always advised to have a pregame no matter how well you know your partner. It is suggested you PRINT & KEEP A COPY of these directions when you go to your game. It is also advised to have a post game discussion especially if there were incidents to report.

Pregame Presentation (Printout)

Rainy Day Procedures

In general, follow the directions in the printout below when not sure if a game is to be played or not due to weather or other reasons. It is suggested you PRINT and KEEP A COPY of these directions with you when you go to your games.

Rain Procedures (Printout)

Injury or Sickness Days

In general, if you wake up sick and/or are injured, then email or text an assignor asking to be removed from your game(s). Let us take you off the game early in the morning when replacements are out there. Please don't leave it till last minute to call in to report an injury or sickness. We do not question any reason that causes you to turn-back a game, AS LONG as we have plenty of notice. Yes, we do realize there are emergencies. But those are different than an illness or injury--in most cases. Your health is our primary concern and we do not want you out on the field if you're ill or injured.

Missing Partner Procedures

In general, follow the instruction on the printout below when a partner hasn't shown up for his game. It is suggested to PRINT & KEEP A COPY of these instructions when you go to your games.

Missing Partner (Printout)

Rules Differences

There are different rules in high school soccer compared to USSF games and high school has its own Rules Book. It is very similar to the USSF LOTG. Differences are published each year in the high school Rules Book. These differences and those differences unique to our high school association are reviewed at the annual training sessions. Below is a matrix diagram of the current rule differences for penalty kicks. It is suggested to PRINT & KEEP A COPY of these instructions when you go to your games.

Penalty Kick Rule Differences (Printout)

Goal Setup & Safety

Acceptable and Unacceptable Goal Setup - this section shows photos of acceptable and unacceptable goal setup. Always inspect the goals before a game. Just as important - goals MUST be secured so they won't fall over. Remember - player safety is paramount. If any of these items below are not right or if you have a question report it to your assignor and/or Bob Petterson.

  1. Goals MUST be checked prior to game.
  2. Goals MUST be secured using sand bags, weights or chains, etc....
  3. If football crossbar & uprights extend into the soccer field any ball that hits them is deemed to have crossed the goal line. The restart will either be a corner kick or a goal kick.
  4. Back of soccer goal post must be even with back of soccer goal line.
  5. Football support post must be at least 2 yards behind soccer goal line
  6. Football support post should be padded if inside soccer goal.
  7. All setup errors are to be reported.

Playoff Procedures

Playoff Tie Breaker procedures

The general rules for tie breakers during playoff games link is below. It is suggested you PRINT & KEEP A COPY of these directions with you when you go to your games.

Playoff Tie Breaker Rules (Printout)

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