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(The following excerpted from MAYSA's Consolidated Policies & Procedures:)

MAYSA No Tolerance for Referee Abuse Policy

MAYSA has created the No Tolerance Policy in an effort to decrease the abuse of referees. If a coach, player or fan is harassing a referee, the referee has the right to take the following measures to cease harassment:

  1. Go to the offending team's coach and ask them to control themselves or their personnel.
  2. If the problem persists after the above measure is taken, the referee may go back to the coach and ask the offending party to remove themselves from the game.
  3. If the problem persists after the above measures are taken, the referee may stop the game and the offending team forfeits. The MAYSA Board of Directors may then further sanction the offending team.

A referee should never approach an offending parent or fan. A referee should communicate with the coach only, and do so privately. If a situation occurs where the referee has to stop the game because of unruly behavior, they should complete the Game Incident Report and send it in to MAYSA within 24 hours of the incident.

In cases of referee abuse, information will immediately be forwarded to the WYSA state office for investigation and discipline decisions.


USSF Policy 531-9: Misconduct Toward Game Officials

Misconduct toward game officials is prohibited per USSF Policy 531-9 C. Any action falling under this category of conduct is under the jurisdiction of WI Youth Soccer Association (WYSA). Should any claim of Misconduct toward game officials be substantiated, offending individual will immediately be suspended for 3 games and be subject to any additional sanctions and/or fines issued by WYSA.For the complete text of this very serious matter, please view the entire USSF policy, plus WYSA instructions: (USSF Policy 531-9) - Misconduct Towards Game Officials.

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