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Handling Spectator Abuse

The Maryland State Referee Committee approves the following method of handling spectator abuse at MSYSA sanctioned youth matches:

If the verbal statement or gesture is abusive enough to be misconduct by a player or a coach and the spectator does it loudly enough to distract (much less scare) you, that is enough. You do NOT have to identify the spectator. Identification is the administrator, team official or coach’s job.

  1. If the conduct would warrant a yellow or red card for a player or coach, at the next stoppage, meet with both coaches together and ask them to identify the abusive spectator. Ask that they insist that the spectator limit themselves to positive comments about the players. When satisfied with the coaches’ efforts, thank the coaches for being responsible and restart play.


  1. If the conduct is repeated, stop play again. Meet with both coaches again and inform them play will resume after they have asked the abusive spectator to leave and the spectator has left the sight and sound of the field. When satisfied with the coaches’ effort and the spectator’s distance, thank the coaches for being responsible and restart play.


  1. If the coaches say there is a team liaison, monitor, manager, field marshal, or other administrator to do this, ask them to please locate this individual and request that they appropriately handle the spectator situation.


  1. If the coaches or spectator don’t comply, terminate the match and leave the field. Report it all to the assigner. The league and the MSYSA Adjudication Committee need your report to do anything further.


This 4-step course of action is a suggested method of dealing with this type of situation and is approved and supported by the Maryland State Referee Committee. Understand that you are not required to follow all 4 steps. If the conduct warrants it, you may have the spectator removed at any time. As an A/R, you need to inform the Referee if spectator issues arise. As a Referee, you must protect your A/R.

Please remember, as a Referee, you are expected to act in a professional and respectful manner at all times. In addition, referees also deserve that same respect regardless of their experience level.

If you have a problem at a game and you are not supported by the coaches, you should send an email to Greg Watson, State Referee Administrator (

In Memory of Rolly Magallanes

We are sad to inform you of the sudden and unexpected passing of Rolly Magallanes on October 25, 2018.   What was supposed to be an exciting playoff game between Wootton High School and Richard Montgomery High School turned tragic as Rolly suffered cardiac arrest doing what he loved most.  As a community, we’ve lost a dedicated referee, trainer, coach, and soccer enthusiast.  Rolly coached  countless children in our soccer community and ref’d in Montgomery County for sixteen years.  Rolly’s love of soccer and coaching was evident as soon as you spoke to him.  He was a consummate professional, always encouraging and pushing his athletes to reach their highest potential.  He was one of a kind and will be missed by the many people he inspired both on and off the field.

Rolly was the Head Coach of the Maryland State U12 Boys ODP.  He served as an assistant coach for the Maryland State U12 Boys ODP for two years and participated as a Maryland State ODP Player Assessor for 8 years. Rolly was involved with soccer as a player himself, coaching club teams, high school and at the collegiate level for 25 years.  He was a USSF soccer trained official for the past 16 years and Vice President of Metropolitan Washington Soccer Referee Association.

We are reaching out to all good hearted fellow friends for extending financial support to his family in this time of sorrow. Please do not hesitate to contribute to this fund and feel free to share it with your friends and family. We thank you a lot for your kindness and support.


New Uniforms Mandatory January 1, 2019

US Soccer has mandated that all referees switch to the new uniform standards. These uniforms have been available for some time and referees have been urged to make the switch over the past couple years. As of January 1, 2019, the new style will be the only acceptable option.