It is the coach’s responsibility to be in possession of the Medical Release Forms at all practices and games. Referees are not required, nor recommended, to ask coaches to prove that they have players’ Medical Release Forms in their possession at games. Referees should not require coaches to produce the forms at matches as this would, in effect, put the referee in the position of assuming a responsibility that properly belongs with the coach.
Report all incidents in which a coach or a spectator behaves in a way that makes a game something other than a safe, positive, enjoyable growth experience for the children to your Referee Coordinator or Referee Administrator.
I am a soccer player and understand the game very well; can I just take the certification test and avoid some or all of the beginning course?
The online Regional Referee Training can help cut the classroom time by providing you the opportunity to complete the course at your own pace and in your own home. All new referees then have to do is take the in-person Online Companion Course component in order to take the certification exam. Many of those who have played the game and think they know the Laws of the Game are surprised to find out how much there is to learn when they actually start studying to become a referee. Attending a face to face training course with an experienced instructor is a valuable learning experience.