Question: How should I handle coaches who are loud and disrespectful to my assistant referees and me during games?
Answer: This is one of the toughest things for referees to handle. The game can be going just fine until you lose focus for a split-second and make the wrong call on whose possession it is for a throw-in and all of a sudden the coach of the team who is affected by your call will start screaming and throwing a fit over something that isn’t really that big of a deal. Here is how you should deal with it if a coach is giving you a hard time:
*NOTE: these are suggestions and your judgment should always come first. Utilize law 18!
- Wait for a stoppage in play, then go over to the coach and ask him/her to quiet down and talk to you at halftime or after the game if they have a concern.
- If they continue, you should wait for a stoppage in play or stop play, depending on the severity of the incident and issue the coach a formal warning and tell him that he must stop or you will have to ask him to leave.
- If the coach continues to be out of control, you must ask him to leave the field of play and its immediate surroundings. You cannot show the coach a red card like you can to players or substitutes, but you should file a send off report or a disciplinary report with your league after the incident.