New Referee Meeting

The meeting for new referees for the upcoming 2019-2020 Fall / Spring recreation soccer season will be held at the Michael J. Tighe Park Recreation Center on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 6:30pm.  Please arrive at 6:20pm. 

To become a referee for the upcoming season you MUST meet the following qualifications: 

  • Register as a Freehold Soccer League referee by clicking here
  • Attend the Freehold Soccer League referee meeting
  • Play in either the Travel or Recreational soccer program
  • Be in 6th grade or above

There are center referees and sideline referees (assistant referees) needed.  For those who may not feel confident yet being a center referee, a sideline referee is another great way to learn the game.

Give refereeing a shot and enjoy the game from another perspective!

Referee Availability

Revised process for the upcoming 2019/2020 Fall & Spring Recreation Seasons

Instead of the Referee Coordinator sending and receiving emails each week, Freehold Soccer League has streamlined the process to allow referees to sign up with their availability each week for Recreation Soccer games.  To do so, simply click the following link VolunteerSpot and following the instructions on the page.

If there are any questions, please feel free to send an email to

Recreation Soccer Playoff Rules

Playoff Overtime Rules

In the case of a tie game during a playoff match, two five-minute overtime periods will be played (no sudden death). A coin is tossed and the team that wins the toss decides which goal it will attack in the first overtime period. The other team takes the kick-off start the overtime. The team that wins the toss takes the kick-off to start the second overtime period. In the second overtime period, the teams change ends and attack the opposite goals. There is no time allowed for any break between overtime periods. If the match remains tied after the overtime periods, penalty kicks will be used to decide the game.

Penalty Kicks

Referee chooses the goal that will be used for the kicks. Each team will designate five (5) players to take the kicks (this could include the goalie). Players that are on the field at the end of the 2nd overtime must participate in the shootout before any bench players can participate.  If you are changing goalies, that player must be from the group on the field at the end of the 2nd overtime.  You cannot put a player in goal that was on the bench at the end of the 2nd overtime. The referee will toss a coin and the team whose captain wins will take the first kick. Each team will take five (5) kicks, alternating players from each team. Each kick will be taken by a different player until all five have kicked or until a team has an insurmountable lead in goals. The team with the most goals is declared the winner. If each team has the same number of goals after five (5) kicks have been taken, the taking of the kicks continues using the remaining players until such time as each team has taken the same number of kicks and one team has scored a goal more than the other. No player may take a second kick until all his/her teammates have had a turn. All players other than the players taking the kick and the opposing goalkeeper shall remain outside the penalty area towards mid-field. No coaches, players, parents, or other spectators are allowed behind or alongside the goal area.

Referee Fees & Important Information



Center Referee

Assistant Referee 1

Assistant Referee 2









  • If you are scheduled to referee games in the upcoming week, you must e-mail the Referee Coordinator at to confirm that you are able to work the assigned time(s).

  • Arrive 15 minutes before game time Friday night at the Opatut Park fields and Saturday at the snack stand at the Jackson Mills fields.

  • Referees will be available to pick up their pay on Saturday at the Freehold Soccer League snack stand.  Please note, this includes for games officiated on Friday night at Opatut Park.

Game Cancellation Policies

If Friday night games at Opatut are cancelled:

  • That game will be moved to Jackson Mills Field 1 on Saturday morning at 8:00 AM.

If Saturday games at Jackson Mills are cancelled:

  • Make up games will be played mid-week in the 2 weeks following the Saturday.
  • The referee crew originally assigned to the cancelled games will have first right to officiate the make-up games.