Referee Misconduct – March, 2013

During a tournament but not during a match, referee A made unwanted physical contact with referee B’s midsection. Referee B was unexpectedly pulled away from the person they were speaking with and referee A, who initiated the contact, continued to walk to the game referee A had to officiate.  A complaint of misconduct by a referee toward another match official was filed by referee B.

Findings of the Panel

  • Referee A acknowledged the accuracy and veracity of the events as described in the complainant’s report, which led to a violation of USSF Policy 531-10 (Misconduct of Game Officials), Section 2(A) Misconduct at a Match.

  • The panel considered this incident to be the equivalent of assault against a match official.



  • Referee A is suspended from officiating within the USSF for 3 months from the date of the incident. This is consistent with the sanction for referee assault outlined under USSF Policy 531-9 Misconduct Toward a Match Official.

  • Referee A must prepare a short speech/presentation for delivery at the 2015 NCYSA Annual General Meeting. The presentation must recap the assault and how it has affected their position as a referee.

  • Referee A cannot officiate in this geographic area for any competition within USSF jurisdiction for a period of 2 years from the date of the sanction letter. 

Misconduct of Game Officials – November, 2013

After a high school match, a USSF referee had threatened the referee crew by saying “You're the worst (paraphrasing). You be real careful driving home.  We wouldn't want you to die in a car crash. Yeah, you might not even make it out of the parking lot."  

Note: NCYSA is acting as an affiliate of the USSF and not as NCYSA in this case.

Findings of the Panel:

  • The referee in question did not provide any proof of inaccuracy of the Match Official’s report, did not attend the hearing, and did not provide any witnesses. An initial response was requested to be used as defense via text message to a Panel member over an hour into the hearing
  • Under USSF Policy 531-10 (Misconduct of Game Officials), Section 2(B) Misconduct Away from a Match a violation had occurred
  • Under Policy 531-11, Part III – Standards of Conduct, Subpart C – Code of Ethics for Referees a violation had also occurred


  • The referee in question is banned from all USSF activities in any role, be it spectator, coach, player or match official until December 31, 2016. 

Referee Abuse - March, 2012

A referee (a minor) ejected a coach from a match. After being told to leave the field, the coach responded, "F*** you man, Did you get this S*** from a cereal box?” Coach then threw his whistle and said "I’m going to see you after the game.” As the referee was signing the match report, he approached him again. An Association Official had to physically step in to intervene. The referee was then escorted to the concession stand area under instruction by an Association Official. The referee waited for about 10 minutes before the Official said it was fine for him to leave. The referee was walking towards his car when the coach pulled up in a truck and provoked the referee and his mother. Coach made hand gestures and revved his engine, then sped off. The referee and his mother was unsure if he had left due to buses in the parking lot. The referee and his mother was escorted out by the Association Official.

Findings of the Panel:

  • After being sent off from a match, the coach returned.
  • Coach approached the referee at the conclusion of the match


  • Coach was suspended from being a team official in any capacity with an NCYSA team until May 31st, 2013. He may only participate as a spectator.
  • Coach was placed on probation until May 31st, 2013. Any further report of misconduct will result in being issued a stadium band, and would prevent him from being present at any NCYSA matches for the remainder of the probationary period, even as a spectator.

Referee Abuse - May 2012

Findings of the Panel:

  • Player spoke to the referee at the conclusion of the match in a way that is socially unacceptable
  • Players actions did not rise to the level of referee abuse as defined in USSF 531-9
  • Player violated NCYSA’s Code of Conduct which states that debasement of referees by anyone is unacceptable conduct


  • Player was suspended for one match for violating NCYSA’s Code of Conduct
  • Player was required to complete eight (8) hours of community service within LYSA before October 31st, 2012.

Referee Assault - March, 2012
Team official pushed referee in the chest after not receiving a call.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Person initiated contact with the referee by stepping into his path and placing his hands on his chest after not receiving the desired call for a foul.
  • Actions were a violation of the USSF Policy 531-9, Referee Assault


  • Person was suspended from all NCYSA events for three (3) months from the time of the incident

Referee Assault - February, 2012

Player initiated contact with the referee

Findings of the Panel:

  • Player initiated contact with the referee by approaching the referee and grabbing his jersey
  • Actions were in violation of USSF Policy 531-9, Referee Assault


  • 3 Month suspension from all NCYSA events from the time of the incident.

Falsification of Records - November, 2012

Allegations were filed against an Association Official for violating NCYSA Bylaw 204, Section 6, Falsification of Records, as well as NCYSA Code of Conduct.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Documents were created with the unauthorized us of the NCSRA logo
  • Falsely charged Association for "Assignor fees/charges”
  • Endorsed and cashed checks made out by Association to NCYSA, USYS, and a false entity named NCSF (NC Soccer Federation), without any authorization from these organizations and kept the funds.
  • Created fictitious email strings outlining a "referee grading program” allegedly established by NCSRA in order to support claims for funds from Association. No such program was ever established by NCSRA
  • Created fictitious email strings purported to be between yourself and NCSRA in order to support your claims for funds from Association


  • Suspended for five (5) years from all NCYSA activities, including holding a position within an Association, as a coach, team official, and/or spectator.
  • Must make restitution to the Association, to the satisfaction and approval of the Association Board (or its successor organization)
  • After the five (5) year suspension concludes, and the Association indicates to NCYSA that person has made satisfactory restitution, person may reapply for membership to NCYSA. Reinstatement is contingent upon you successfully satisfying the NCYSA Risk Management process.

Racism, 2010

Player addresses an opponent as "A Dirty Sanchez” as noted in the referee’s supplemental report.

Findings of the Panel: 

  • The panel members felt the player used the comment as a direct racial slur towards his opponent.


  • Must issue two separate letters of apology (one to the player and one to the team).
  • The club was issued a fine, which would be suspended as long as no member of the club (player, coach, team or club official, spectator) was found in violation of NCYSA rules or code of conduct regarding any racial issues through the end of the following season.
  • Club must create a policy for all their members to address racism and other forms of abuse. This policy must be approved by the panel members and sent out to all members of your association. FIFA Law states that the player is required to sit out a penalty of five games.
  • The panel decided to impose a mandatory one game sit out. The remaining four games were suspended as long as the player wasn’t found to have made any racial remarks or gestures through the end of the following season. If the player was found to have made any racial remarks or gestures in that time, the remaining four game suspension would be in place immediately.

Referee Assault, 2011
Referee Assault Supplemental was filed against Spectator. Spectator allegedly came onto the field after the game and pushed the referee from behind as he was still directing the players to their benches. Spectator then started to yell at the referee. Spectator then continued to approach him.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Contact between Spectator and the referee occurred.
  • Spectator entered the field of play and deliberately approached the referee in an aggressive manner.
  • After the physical contact took place, Spectator proceeded to verbally abuse the referee.
  • Spectator’s actions were a violation of the USSF Policy 531-9.
  • The panel determined that Spectator’s action intended to bring about a result which would invade the interest of the referee in a way that is socially unacceptable. Unintended consequences of the act are irrelevant.


  • Spectator was suspended from all NCYSA events for eighteen (18) months.
  • Club must document to NCYSA how it will educate the coaches, players, and spectators in order to mitigate the potential for situations similar to Spectator’s. Failure to submit the documentation by that date will result in Club being assessed a fine of $1,000. (This is in accordance with NCYSA Bylaw 204, Section 2, which makes associations responsible for the conduct of their members.)

Referee Assault, 2011
Player pushed an opponent in the back, the referee got in between Player and opponent so as to calm the situation and talk with Player. Player was alleged to have then pushed the center referee with both hands in the chest.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Contact between Player and the referee occurred.
  • Player raised his hands as the referee approached, but it was unclear if Player initiated contact or if the referee initiated contact.
  • Player’s actions were a violation of the USSF Policy 531-9.The panel determined the contact between Palyer and the referee was unintentional. As a result, the panel determined Player’s action of raising his hands as the referee came forward was a physical act not resulting in bodily contact initiated by Player, as described under the referee abuse standard of USSF Policy 531-9 rather than the referee assault standard.


  • Player was suspended for one match for the initial red card, and three additional matches for Referee Abuse.