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Referee Code of Ethics

referee code of conduct

USSF Code of Ethics for Referees (as established per USSF Policy 531-11)

All members of the Federation Referee Program are expected to:

  1. Consider it a privilege to be part of the Federation Referee Program and use actions that will reflect credit upon that organization and its affiliates
  2. Maintain the dignity of the position
  3. Conduct themselves ethically and honorably
  4. Treat themselves and others respectfully and honestly
  5. Perform duties knowledgeably and in accordance with the Laws of the Game
  6. Adhere to all policies and requirements of the Federation Referee Program
  7. Safeguard confidential registration and performance information
  8. Give priority to all Federation affiliated assignments and programs
  9. Honor all Federation affiliated assignments and obligations
  10. Not discriminate against or take advantage of any individual or group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin
 

Failure to follow this Code may result in referral to Georgia Soccer Ethics and Grievance.

Assignor code of conduct

 

US Soccer Code of Ethics for Assignors (as established per USSF Policy 531-11) I will maintain the utmost respect for referees and other officials of the game and I will conduct myself honorably at all times.

I will make the assignments based on what is good for the game and what is good for the referee. As a member of the United States Soccer Federation, my actions will reflect credit upon the organization.

I will contribute to the continuous development of referees in the National Referee Development Program. I will conduct myself ethically and professionally in the assignment process.

I will respect the rights and dignity of all the referees and I will not criticize them unless it is in private, constructive, and for their benefit.

I will offer equal opportunity to all qualify referees and I will not discriminate against or take undue advantage of any individual or group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

I will cooperate fully in the timely resolution of any grievance hearing or complaint. I consider it a privilege to be a part of the United States Soccer Federation and my actions will reflect credit upon that organization or its affiliates.

Assignor Conduct: Conflict of Interest Referees cannot officiate in the league they are assigning for, except in an emergency. As an assignor, your first duty it to insure that the best available official is assigned to the match, regardless of their personal or professional connections. ‚Äč

Assigning Unaffiliated Matches US Soccer certified assignors who choose to assign unaffiliated matches or events must notify referees that these matches are not affiliated with US Soccer before game assignments are published.

Additionally, the assignor must explain that unless the referee has a secondary insurance policy (such as NASO) they would be doing these games without insurance coverage. It is your responsibility as a US Soccer assignor to explain these risks to your referees before assigning games. Failure to do so will result in referral to Georgia Soccer Ethics and Grievance.

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