Referees that are assigned to officiate TORSO games should use these game procedures to help manage the competition fairly, efficiently, and professionally. Because TORSO is a recreational league that uses many different parks throughout greater Houston, referees may encounter many unique situations during the season. Common sense, along with abiding by the laws and spirit of the game, should be used when officiating.
Referees may request to be considered for assignments by contacting the TORSO referee assignor. The assignor will work with you on specific match assignments based on experience and availability. Once you accept a match assignment from the assignor, it is your responsibility to show up to the match on time, with proper attire, and the right frame of mind to officiate in a professional and fair manner.
Approved Referee Systems
TORSO abides by USSF policy and assigns only 3-referee crews or single center referees. Dual or 2-center referee systems of control are not to be used in TORSO matches. Matches that have only 2 referees assigned to them should use a center referee and a single assistant referee – no dual center referee systems should be used. The use of club linesmen is an option if a second assistant referee is required.
TORSO uses TEXTEDLY, a text message service that alerts our managers, players, and referees to field conditions in real time. The service is updated by 11AM for Fall and Spring seasons and 1PM for Summer Season each playing Sunday during the TORSO season. It is TORSO’s policy that referees will not be paid match fees if the fields have been closed for any reason and reported as such on the TORSOTEXTEDLY service. To sign up, text the keyword TORSOSOCCER to 844.364.1838
If the service indicates that the park is open, the referee should still use his or her judgement to determine the playability of the pitch before starting the match. After arriving at the field, if the referee terminates the match for safety reasons, they will receive the full game fee.
Preparing for a Match
Referees should make sure that they are mentally and physically prepared for each match. When assigned multiple matches in one day, make sure that you are properly hydrated and physically fit enough to maintain standards of a professional USSF referee.
Arriving at the Field
It is recommended that you arrive at the field at least one half hour before the first match begins. This will give you time to warm up, inspect the field, and prepare for the administrative duties of the match.
Note: Referees are reminded that after field inspection, you have the ability to cancel a match due to the field being unplayable due to weather or other factors.
Referees are strongly encouraged to have a pre-match meeting with their assistant referees so that the referee crew can act as a team. Referees should understand the experience and fitness level of their assistant referees and assure that coverage assignments and communication methods are clear. It is also advisable to take time to talk with the team managers and cover pre-match areas that might become issues.