The umpires are responsible for ensuring the timers and scorers understand their responsibilities.
The home team provides the official scorer and official timer.
USL Rules book requires the home team to record starting line-ups, substitutes, goals, assessment of cards, and time when cards are assessed.
CWLL requires home Youth League teams to record and report game scores.
The scorers and timekeepers have official status. They are neutral and should not cheer, call fouls or make comments from the table area.
TABLE AREA PERSONNEL:
Official Scorer and Official Timer- home team (required)
Spotter - home team (optional)
Statistician – visiting team (optional)
Scorer & Timer Equipment:
2 air horns (a primary horn and back-up horn) or scoreboard horn
4 countdown digital clocks or master clock plus extra batteries
Official scorebook form
Pencils and eraser o
Scorer’s table and 2 chairs
Scoreboard or Flip-A-Score
Alternate possession indicator (sign, cone or designated item) •
Home Team Equipment:
4 balls, smooth or slightly textured, yellow, lime green or bright orange color for girls, and White game balls for Boys, ALl game balls must be NOCSAE stamped.
6 soft or flexible cones, pylons or flags
PRE-GAME SET UP:
Arrive at least 20 minutes before start of game.
Confirm the Table Area, Substitution Area and Team Bench Area boundaries are marked on the field.
Set up table at least 4 meters back from sideline at midfield.
Set out 4 cones, pylons or flags at corners of field outside of the boundary lines and 2 at the front edge of the substitution box each 5 yards from the centerline and outside of the boundary line.
Record the starting line-ups of both teams in official scorebook at least 10 minutes prior to the game. Identify by name and number.
If official scoring or timing is not handled at field level, confirm direct twoway communications are provided between press box and scorer’s table.
Meet with umpires to:
Introduce scorer and timer o Introduce Sideline Manager for youth games.
Review scorer and timer duties.
Confirm length of game and length of halftime and which team will get the first alternate possession.
Confirm amount of time and method umpires want to be notified before the end of each half.
Confirm if umpires want the horn to sound when a 10 goal differential occurs in high school games, for substitutions after goals, and when illegal substitutions have occurred.
Official Timer Duties required by the Rules book:
Sit at the scorer and timer’s table at field level or in a non-field location with direct two-way communications with a person at the table.
Keep game time using running-clock procedures.
Keep time during a team time out.
Use a separate clock to time the 2-minute time-out period.
If desired by umpire, sound the horn when there are 15-seconds remaining in the time out and again at the end of the 2-minute time out.
Notify the scorer of the time on the clock when a player is issued a green/yellow card for delay of game and time the 2-minute playing time penalty.
Notify the coach when the 2-minute delay of game penalty time has ended.
Notify the scorer of the time on the clock when a player is issued a yellow or red card and time the 2-minute playing time penalty.
Notify the coach when the 2-minute yellow or 4-minute red card penalty time has expired.
Sound horn during the first stoppage of play:
To notify umpire of illegal substitution.
When clock has malfunctioned.
Notify the nearest umpire when there are 2 minutes remaining in each half and again when there are 30 seconds remaining in each half (only applies if using stop clock in last two minutes – default is now running clock for entire period.)
Sound the horn when the countdown clock reaches zero at the end of the first half and end of the game. • Optional Duty: Keep time between halves.
Official Scorer Duties required by the Rules book:
Sit at the scorer and timer’s table at field level or in a non-field location with direct two-way communications with a person at table.
Record scorebook information pertaining to both teams.
Record the starting line-ups for both teams in the scorebook at least 10 minutes prior to the game. o
Coaches are required to provide table with roster prior to game.
Starting lineup changes cannot be made within 10 minutes prior to the game except for changes due to injury.
Confirm the numbers of the players on the field match the numbers recorded in the score book.
Record the names and numbers of substitutes when they enter the game.
Record goals (G) scored.
Under the Player section, record goals for players.
Identify the number of the player who scored the goal and record the time remaining in the game when the goal was scored.
Notify umpire when a 4 goal differential occurs. (12U and below)
Record the issuance of cards assessed to players, coaches and other team personnel.
Record the type of card issued next to the individual’s name.
Record time remaining in half when a yellow or red card is issued.
If a separate penalty clock is not used, record the time when the 2 minute penalty time expires.
Notify umpire when a second yellow card is given to same player.
Notify the umpire when a team receives its fourth card. •
Notify the umpire during the first stoppage of play when an illegal substitution occurs.
Continuously display an accurate score.
Record all team timeouts.
Maintain an accurate record for alternate possession.
Ask umpire to sign scorebook at end of game to make the game official.