High School Soccer Officer – Crew Communication

Let’s talk about the official communication of the high school soccer team

It is imperative that as a team you have smooth communication between each position on the pitch. This is significant for any level of football. As a college football team we break down our communication as follows:

Soccer team communication signs –

  • Linesman and Line Judge (Wings) – A punch held straight to the side – represents the player closest to the line. This is used to communicate that their man is out of line and they signal each other to count players on the field if both show this signal. This is specific to an illegal formation – there are not enough players on the line.
  • Linesman and Line Judge (Wings) – A palm on the cheek represents an unbalanced line – signaling everyone to look for numbering, ineligible and player position issues.
  • All Referees – Two crossed fists, signal two stakes – more than ten yards to be gained for a first down
  • Linesman and Line Judge (Wings) – When a game ends on the sideline – two arms held with palms facing the sideline represent “Player out of bounds”. The clock will start at the next snap
  • Linesman and Line Judge (Wings) – When a game ends on the sideline – two arms held with the palms facing the playing court represent “Player on court”. The clock is still running
  • Linesman and Line Judge (Wings) – On a passing play behind the scrimmage line the wings may need to signal the direction of the ball. If the pass was backwards, this signaling is done by placing an open hand held to the side. If the pass was forward, no signal is needed. This is critical if a backwardly passed ball is retrieved on the court by the defense or goes out-of-bounds to score the new point for the offense.
  • All Referees – When starting the watch, this is done by rotating one arm in a wide circle in front of the body (called the watch winder).
  • All Referees – Stop the clock to indicate that game progress has been stopped out of bounds. This is done by crossing the arms over the head twice.
  • When a first down is reached, the process consists of stopping (charging) the watch twice and then restarting it. This signals that the first down has been reached and that the referee will start the clock on ready for play.
  • All referees – will rotate each punch on each other to signal that the next play will protect the snapper on punt, field goal and / or try.
  • All referees – some teams will punch each other to signal that after the next play we will stop the clock in unison – this is used as a reminder for each crew member.
  • All referees will raise their fists to signal that they have counted their respective teams (attack or defense, depending on the referee) for eleven players. This is done to signal that there are not too many players during a play.
  • It is imperative that you communicate as crew about how the reporting is done. The signals must be consistent and should be discussed during the pre-match.
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