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Match Official Pre-Game Checklist: Before the Match Begins

By Staff, 07/04/19, 10:15AM EDT


Here are some things to consider before the start of each match

Play. Inspire. Unite. 

Ontario Soccer would like to remind all of our new and returning Match Officials about the importance of the pre-game checklist.

This is an important step to take to ensure all participants, spectators and Match Officials safety, and enjoyment throughout the course of the match.

Here are some things to consider before the start of each match:


Game Balls

Field of Play

Player Equipment

Whistles & Watches

Correctly inflated

Goals are anchored

 Shin guard material is safe and covered by socks

Referee Badge & Cards

Safe to use (flaps or tears)

Nets fastened and in good condition (holes)

No hard casts and jewelry

Pen/Pencil for notes Game sheets

Correct size for the competition

Lines marked and visible

Correct footwear

Flags for assistants

Additional jersey colour


Field of play is free of any objects

jerseys, goalie jerseys are clearly distinguishable from players and Match Officials


Match Official Equipment Standards

It is equally important for Match Offificals to be dressed within the rules of the game, as it is for the players.

This includes each official being dressed in the same colour jersey. Ontario Soccer have put together some examples of best practices for Match Officials equipment standards.

Things to avoid


  • Hats and gloves


  • Wearing similar colours as either team's jersey
  • Gloves are not permitted

Uniform bottoms:

  • Pants


  • Shoes that are not black or non-athletic footwear



  • No headwear


  • Referee and player uniform colour clearly distinguishable

Uniform bottoms:

  • Black shorts and black socks are the standard


  • Black running shoes