Ensuring games go on when officials are short staffed
About The Guardian Program
Indiana Soccer, as well as every youth and adult soccer organization in the United States has a declining number of referees that can be assigned to officiate our League, Recreational, Adult and even tournament matches.
The Indiana Soccer Association, and the Indiana State Referee Association together have designed the “Guardians of the Game” course. The program is designed to ensure that the game goes on when the officiating crew is short staffed due to a no-show. It allows each club team to have a minimum of 2 Indiana Soccer Association Club AR’s, who will step in when the referee crew is short due to a no-show. These “Guardians of the Game” will be educated, via the webinar listed below, on the simple task of flagging balls in and out of touch, corner kicks and goals kicks. At no time will they be asked to make a call, such as a foul or offside.
To get started, a candidate must get registered. Once you complete the registration process, you will be prompted to watch a 13 minute webinar and complete a ten question quiz. Upon successful completion of the quiz, the candidate will be certified as a “Guardian of the Game”.