Gameday Procedures


  • Arrive at field at least 1 hour before kickoff
  • Home team welcome the visiting team and guide them through the facilities and clearly indicate where they will be for the game; side of field and location.


  1. Home team provides at least 3 official SWPL Xara game balls
  2. Home team provides 4 corner flags
  3. VISITING team changes kit or wears pennies in case of color conflict
  4. BOTH teams pay referee fees on field in cash during pre-game check-in


REGION # of Refs Pay per team
SoCal Men 3 $100
SoCal Women 3 $100
SoCal U23 4 $145
SoCal Over30 3 $90
SoCal Summer 3 $100
Arizona 4 $140
Nevada/So UT 4 $143
Pacific 4 $140
San Diego TBD  

* In the case when there is a referee shortage and only 2 or 1 referee are available:

  • PACIFIC - 3 man crew is $110
  • 2 man crew is $75
  • 1 man crew $55 


  • Arrive at field at least 30 minutes before kickoff
  • Perform Field Check
  • Request official "Match-day Roster" from both teams
    • This will have the SWPL logo on it and will be specific to the game with both teams, date, time, location.
    • Write all officials names on the report in space provided
  • *Check-in all players 15 minutes before kickoff -
    • 20 players may be checked in for gameday.
  • *NOTE - Team Managers may question the Identity (ID) of any opposing player before the game begins, during half-time, within 15 minutes of a games conclusion. If proper ID of a questioned player is not presented to the requesting Team Manager, the player cannot continue to play in that game. If it is determined that a Team has violated this rule after the game, the opposing team shall be awarded a win with a score of 3:0 and will pay a fine of $75 for use of an unregistered/illegal player.
  • UNIFORM Conflict - in case of conflicting colors the AWAY team will change. If neither team has a change then the AWAY team can wear colored vests.
  • Official match day roster - MUST BE PRESENT. If teams don’t present the official match roster they cannot play. BOTH teams should bring one, if only one form is present it is acceptable.

  • Any games with "limited subs"

    • Official SWPL Substitution Pass  must be used - teams should bring their own, recommend that referees have some on hand as well.


  1. USE ONLY 1 Match report if possible. If names on roster differ then use one for each team.
    1. Both teams are required to bring an official match report
    2. Use the most currently printed roster as the official one.
  2. Collect ref fees
  3. Verify both teams Coach/Managers
    1. One staff member must PRINT their name on the match report (they will sign after the game)
  4. Verify name and DOB of every player as follows
    1. SWPL does NOT use player ID cards
    2. Player will give their DOB verbally to confirm what is on roster
    3. Manager will bring up team page on official website:
      1. SOCAL:
      2. PACIFIC:
    4. ​View and match each player’s name & photo on the team page
    5. If you cannot see player photo clearly or there is no photo the player is required to present PHOTO ID
    6. In the column "ChkIn" mark the box for all checked-in players
      1. Cross out the names of players who are not checked in 
    7. Write in players are allowed, verify their name and photo ID
    8. Check them in - we will validate these players after the game to determine eligibility - our managers know the rules


DIVISION Max Players on gameday Sub Rules
Men's Open 1st Division 20 No re-entry in same half. . Sub cards required
Men's Open 2nd Division 20 Unlimited. On OWN Possession only & when other team is subbing. May sub player receiving yellow card
Women's 1st Division 20 No re-entry in same half. Sub cards required
Women's 2nd Division 20 Unlimited. On OWN Possession only & when other team is subbing. May sub player receiving yellow card
U23 20 NCAA - 
Over30 20 Unlimited. On OWN Possession only & when other team is subbing. May sub player receiving yellow card


  1. Mark final score at top of match report (on both reports if two were used to check in players)
  2. Mark goals scored next to names on roster
  3. Mark yellow and red cards next to names on roster
  4. Present the completed match report to both managers to SIGN
  5. Managers may ask to take a photo of the completed and signed match report to hold for their records.
    1. Within 24 hours - Send a copy of the COMPLETED match report to: AND
      1. PACIFIC Ref Assignor Steve Larsen
      2. SoCal Ref Assignor Ed Kirshner
    2. If there are any red cards or other issues causing a disruption in the game please provide a supplemental report within 24 hours and submit to the same email address above.