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Just some helpful information.


Remember that only coaches & players are only allowed on the spectator side of the field, only 2 coaches per team are allowed.  It is your responsibility to notify the coaches that these spectators must move to the correct side of the field as per WSC Rule 16.


At Ford Test Track for the fields that ages 9 through Seniors play on, there are coaches technical boxes painted.  As per WSC Rule 16, all team officials are stay with-in their respected areas during the games.  It is your responsibility to notify coaches should they be encrouching outside these areas.  Should you have issues of coaches not following this rule, please advise the Club Head Referee and document this on the game sheets.


FIFA Circular 863 states that the vast majority of commercially manufactured supports are safe to use. Knee and arm protectors made of soft, lightweight padded material are not considered dangerous. The major concern is not the ‘hardness’ of the equipment alone, rather that any part of it can cut or wound another player. Any support must be safe for all players, and adequately padded and covered if necessary.


 This CSA policy document issued by the Referees Committee is designed to reduce inconsistencies in rulings over players wearing casts. All referees are expected to follow these policies in all matches sanctioned by the CSA

Law 4 states that a player may not use equipment that is dangerous to himself or another player. This is further expanded upon in the Interpretations of the Laws of the Game whereby it is advised that players may use equipment that has the sole purpose of protecting the individual physically providing that it poses no danger to the individual or any other player.

Modern protective equipment made of soft, lightweight, padded materials are not considered dangerous and are therefore permitted.

Hard plaster casts are considered to pose a danger to both the wearer and other players and are not permitted to be worn. The practice of padding a hard plaster cast does not reduce the element of danger.

Players wearing a soft, lightweight, cast will be permitted to play if the cast does not present a danger to the individual or any other player.
The referee or Supervisor of Officials (if one has been appointed to the match/tournament) will make the final decision as to the acceptability of any cast.

Nicky Pearson, 
Manager, Referee Development
Ontario Soccer