Sideline Etiquette

Here are 6 tips from US Youth Soccer that can help improve the gameday experience for everyone! 

  • Avoid coaching from the sideline while watching your child's game
  • Do NOT criticize the referee
  • Focus on the benefit of the game rather than the score
  • Think when interacting with opposing fans 
  • Don’t stress out over the game 
  • Save issues with the coach for the next day


Additionally, to ensure our referees have a positive environment where they feel safe and able to grow as officials and in accordance with WYSA’s Zero Tolerance Policy:


A coach or spectator may only communicate in a positive way with a referee. The coach is responsible for ensuring all spectators associated with his/her team follow these guidelines relating to communication with a referee; especially a referee. A coach/spectator may not express any disagreement or dissatisfaction with the officiating to the youth referee. A coach/spectator may not, before, during, or after a game, discuss with a referee their critique of the referee’s performance, other than to thank and compliment the referee.


Youth sports is about the youth and having fun! Sideline behavior affects everyone present, let’s make it a pleasant experience for everyone!  


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