The Duties of the Fourth Official - Metro DC

The Duties of the Fourth Official - Metro DC
United States Soccer Federation
The Duties of the
Fourth Official
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OBJECTIVE
You will be able to list the
duties of the fourth official
and be able to apply this
understanding the next time
you are assigned as a fourth
official.
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WHAT IS A FOURTH OFFICIAL?
The fourth official may be
appointed under the rules of
a competition and shall
officiate in the event of any
of the three match officials
being unable to continue.
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The organizer, prior to the start
of the competition, shall state
clearly whether, in the event of
any referee being unable to
continue, the fourth official
would take over as the match
referee or whether the senior
linesman would take over.
4
The fourth official shall assist
the referee with any
administrative duties before,
during, and after the match,
as required by the referee.
5
The Fourth Official is an
integral part of the
officiating team
The same:
• Knowledge of the Laws and
the rules of competition
• Professional conduct and
dress
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Duties prior to the game
• Arrive with the officiating team
• Participate in field inspection
• Be prepared to officiate
• Wear appropriate track suit *
• Obtain number kit
• Obtain and inspect game balls
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Duties prior to the game
• Contact competition security
• Assist in checking lineups and
player passes
• Assist in checking of player
equipment
• Accompany other officials to
center circle for Natl’ Anthem
and coin toss *
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Duties during the game
• Observe and record appropriate
information on the log sheet
• Assist in control of the benches
• Assist with substitution
procedures
• Informs the referee of
irresponsible behavior by any
occupant of technical area
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At half time
• Gather equipment
• Go to the dressing room or with
the referee
• Compare game notes
• See to refreshments for the
officials
• Return directly to your station
10
Substitution Procedure
• Inspect substitute’s equipment
• Inspect substitute’s pass and
substitution ticket and verify
information
• Inform near AR of substitution
request
• Stand behind halfway line flag
with substitute until referee
signals for substitution
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Substitution Mechanics
• Assistant Referee signals for
substitution
• Referee acknowledges
• Fourth official displays number
of player(s) being substituted,
lowers it when player moves
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Substitution Mechanics
• Prevents substitute from
entering the field until player
being substituted has left field
• Collects player pass
• Allows substitute to enter after
referee signals
• Records information in game log
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When a goal is scored
• Controls the bench area
• Allows no one to enter the field
• Records time, team, and player
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If an injury occurs
• Control the bench areas
• Go to the person(s) most likely
to enter the field
• Prevent entry until the referee
signals; allow only authorized
persons on to field
• If the player is replaced . . .
• If the player off for attention...
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Signals used by Trainer
during an injury
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Ambulance
Physician
Splints
Spine board
Stretcher
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Player required to leave
field to adjust equipment
• Have adjustment made
• Check to see it is correct
• Bring player to the halfway
line
• Keep player off until referee
grants permission
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When a serious foul, caution,
or sending-off occurs
• Go to the appropriate bench area
• Maintain calm and control
• Meet sent-off player and escort to
security
• Record time, team, player number,
reason for action, location
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Near the end of the game
• Look for security
• Continue to observe
• Record any misconduct or
incident
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Duties after the game
• When the referee leaves the
field, gather all equipment and
follow him
• Submits a report on any
misconduct out of the view of
the referee and ARs
• Must advise referee and ARs of
any report being made
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Kicks from the Penalty
Mark
• Assist in keeping players of
record on the field
• Keep substitutes off the field
• Control the bench during the
taking of the kicks
• Record the results
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Summary of Major
Responsibilities
• Bench control
• Control of substitutions
• Record keeping
• Source of neutral information
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