To referee youth games in Arizona, you MUST be aware of the AYSA Concussion Policy.
Note that a soccer referee is NOT in a position to make a diagnosis of concussion, regardless of one's medical expertise and training. A referee may only remove a player for a possible head injury. In all youth soccer matches, if there is a possible head injury, the referee must take the following steps:
- Remove the player from the game
- Notify both coaches that the player is being removed for a possible head injury
- Note the player's name and number on the game card
- Keep the player's pass - DO NOT RETURN IT TO THE TEAM
- Turn in the player's pass to Tournament Headquarters, Site Director, or AYSA Representative
- Note the name of the person you gave the pass to
- Complete the ONLINE HEAD INJURY REPORT and note the name of the person taking the player's pass
Sign in with your GotSoccer User ID and Password. If you do not have a GotSoccer User ID, you may use someone else's to access the report. The Contact Name and Contact Email should be changed if you sign in with someone else’s User ID.
If a site director is not present, the pass and report must be mailed within 24 hours to the AYSA office at:
2320 West Peoria Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85029.
A player may only return to play after a doctor has signed the appropriate form and submitted it to the AYSA – not to the referee.