Winter is Coming.
World Class Player
Teams: Liverpool F.C, TFC, BVB
Yeah to complement what Gio said (good points btw), at our club we don't do yellow cards until u12 boys. i haven't had to give one out yet. most refs dont' have to dish too many if they can talk to the players and get their points across. Reds are really serious and at the u12 level should not be dished unless it was a punch or etc. make sure u know your club rules well because it varies from club to club. most clubs don't have the full set of rules enforced until 14 or u16.
never talk to the players other than to give a chat or otherwise, if it seems you are fraternizing with either side it looks unprofessional.
here is a side of reffing that is often overlooked, match preparation.
usually here is my routine, i look out the window and see what the weather is like, if it is cold or raining i wear what is appropriate, undershirt, under my uni. make sure your badge is stuck on right. i've seen far too many refs with their badges sideways.. it's really irks me. lay your jersey out and place your badge on properly. Ontario has a circular one that is why they put it on sideways sometimes. tuck your shirt into your shorts (key, dont' look like a slob). socks pulled up, three stripes showing. laces tied, shoes clean. match booklet with a simple chart for yellows, reds, goals, scorers and who starts with the ball etc. yellow card, red card, a coin, backup coin. whistle and backup whistle that sounds different. get to the game early, like 20-30 mins, if it is u12 or u14. well gauge yourself, the people in my area seem to take it really recreationally so i can show up 5 mins beforehand, but it is not professional and hopefully your superiors dont' monitor too much. Try to go early if possible.
on the field: when you get there, get your game sheet out, give it to the home team coach to fill out and tell him to give it to the other coach when he's done. firm handshake, introduce yourself professionally, let them know of any rulings that may be new to them. do the same for the other guy. walk the field along the lines (you can change your routine, this is mine) the whole field, then run down the center. look for hazards like sticks, poop, garbage, glass, divots, needles, etc. a player injured by poor field conditions can ultimately be blamed on you since you authorized the game to be played. chek the posts, check the net, see to it that there are no holes and they are firmly tied on, tell the coaches if the goal area is flooded or muddy, just a friendly gesture. try to get the game off on time, a lot of coaches and players i find delay a lot. remember it is your time, you are paid to do 90 mins work, or 50 depending agegroup. you don't want to go home late so make sure you make them know that you won't wait til forever for them to get ready. my club has a 15 min wait policy, if not enough people show in 15 mins we can walk and get paid. this is ugly for u8s but you got to show em you mean it. here's a dirty tip, when we start late, we count how much time we are late from the kickoff time, we divde that by 2 and take off that time from the halves equally. so if they are late 10 mins, 5 mins off each half. don't let the coaches know. the coaches will time you so make sure you start your watch when youre waiting for the game to start so it works out and you can show them your watch.
thats all i got so far... nothing to do tonight so i got lots to say.. hope this helps.