Now that you have your badge, your gear, and your first assignment, you’re ready to start preparing for your first match. Beyond the obvious recommendations of reviewing the Laws of the Game and the Guide to Procedures, we can offer some practical advice about what to expect and how to be prepared.
Our friends at the Watch and Whistle have prepared an extensive primer of practical advice to assist referees in preparing for their first few matches. Rather than try to re-create this content, we highly recommend you read it before your first game.
Additionally, USSF has prepared a video series for new referees you may find helpful.
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