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Cranford Local Referee Assignment & Info

new for spring: CSCREFS INSTA INFO PAGE

SPRING SEASON 2024 INFO
required referee info & equipment see below 
REF INTERACTIVE SPRING REFRESHER HERE

1. To Referee CSC Home RECREATIONAL U9-19 - click here to submit RSVP reservation form each week by MON evening. If you are late, submit to be on standby list. CSC sends referee assignments via calendar email invites Tues-Wed afternoon, so you can submit your availability to referee Travel before their Wed night deadline (see #2 below).
REC U9-U19 GAMES ARE ASSIGNED BY CRANFORD SOCCER.
Methodology
: preference to Cranford residents/students, factoring experience, commitment, proficiency & level of play.
Spring season: 4/6/2024 ends 6/9/2024.
Scope: home games for 22 CSC Teams age U9-U19.

DO NOT DOUBLE BOOK AVAILABILITY.

2. To Referee local TRAVEL (MNJYSA/EDP) – click to email local Travel Referee Assignor Pete Milwicz with your availability each week by WED 11:30p to referee in Cranford, Westfield, Linden, Clark, Elizabeth, SPF, Rahway, etc. He sends ref assignments by email Friday  morning.
TRAVEL GAMES ARE NOT ASSIGNED BY CRANFORD SOCCER.
Spring Season: 3/16/2024 ends 6/9/2024.
Scope: Many local teams & clubs.



If you were assigned and have a CONFLICT please contact us ASAP.
MUST AVOID: No Shows & Double-booking w/ REC/TRAVEL.
BEST METHOD: choose where/when you want to ref, RSVP, await assignment then confirm attendance. 

If you don't get Cranford Rec assignments by Wed 8pm PLEASE RSVP WITH PETE/TRAVEL THAT YOU ARE 100% AVAILABLE so you don't miss any referee opportunities due to CSC.

To referee: 2024 USSF certification is required. SafeSport required for all refs age 18+.

[page last updated 5/22/2024]

Rec - Local Play: Playing Rules

Become A Referee or Recertify

[5/21/2024 Update] DIGITAL REFEREE CLASSES/CERT IS NO LONGER OFFERED IN NEW JERSEY. Full referee class is required for new refs and 2025 recert. Please plan ahead!

Newly certified USSF referees
(Field+Online and Online only) are initially assigned to Assistant Ref with experienced center referees. This provides a mentoring opportunity during match play where new referees can gain real-game experience.

Once proficiency, confidence & comfort is demonstrated you can be assigned as a center referee with an experienced referee as their AR to further the mentor process. By observing, learning & working with an experienced referee the new referee will best learn their craft. Likewise, referees can also limit themselves just to AR if that meets their comfort level. This mentoring period provides an avenue for new referees to gain experience – in a less challenging environment, under the supervision/guidance of an experienced referee – to help produce better referees confident in their ability! We hope this keeps new referees engaged & stay involved as they get older to referee even more competitive matches.

New referees who wish to submit to MNJYSA for game assignment (see LOCAL REFEREE ASSIGNMENT) for “competitive youth” Travel games should specify their age, credentials & situation – including towns they are willing to referee – to ensure placement in games suited to your current ability. Typically MNJYSA requires one full year of AR work before being considered for Center referee.

Referee Equipment

Standardized USSF Referee Equipment is noted below. NO BRANDING OR LOGOS allowed.
Official sports economy jerseys are the best overall mix of price and quality and these come in women's cut. Official sports sells much of what is needed and Amazon is useful to fill in the gaps also. 

  • NEW REFEREE STARTER KITS from Official Sports are a great start for new refs.
  • Referee Jerseys - refs should have at least 3 jerseys, 4 ideally: YellowBlack, Red, & Green. Blue & Yellow is not often used in Cranford since CSC wears Blue or Gold & several local clubs wear blue. Cold weather allows black only long sleeve under garment.
  • Black Shorts (Cold weather allows black only under garment or leggings).
  • Black Referee Socks with two stripes.
  • Black comfortable sneakers/cleats.
  • Minor Referee Wrist Band info here
  • All-weather pocket notepad pack or alternate 5-pack & Pencil/pen (all weather click pen here).
  • Set of Referee Flags (Head Ref often supplies flags but ARs bring yours).
  • Timer or Wrist Watch $18 Casio Rotating Bezel on amazon (phones are not suitable and touch screens fail in rain).
  • Bag or backpack (with trash bag to cover your referee bag when raining).
  • Current Year Referee Patch - must be worn for all games.
  • CENTER MUST: Whistle Fox40 finger grip whistle highly recommended.
  • CENTER MUST: Red/Yellow Plastic Cards & Wallet.
  • CENTER MUST: Coin (for coin flip)
  • VERY USEFUL: Plain black Cap  or Black winter cap (NO HOODIES).
  • VERY USEFUL: Black long-sleeve undershirt & under-shorts leggings

2019+ TWO-STRIPE JERSEY REQUIRED

OLD STYLE USSF jerseys don't buy these, they were retired in 2018.

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Cranford Soccer Club

P.O. Box 903 
Cranford, New Jersey 07016

Cranford Soccer Club

P.O. Box 903 
Cranford, New Jersey 07016

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