U.S. Soccer

Procedures Referee Signals

Proper signaling is important for officials at all levels of the game. The specific signals used by the referee are intended to communicate decisions and instructions so it’s vital that these signals be performed clearly and accurately. U.S. Soccer recommends that referees of all levels follow these guidelines to provide consistency and clarity when delivering information and directions to other members of the officiating team, players, substitutes, team officials, and even spectators.