Law 5 - The Referee

This rule defines the roles and responsibilities of the only person who has the right to officially interpret the rules during the playing of a soccer game (match). The Referee has complete control and responsibility for the match from the time they arrive at the playing site until they leave the site (not just during the match).Powers/Duties of the Refereehe Referee is supposed to enforce the Laws of the Game and to control the match in co-operation with the assistant referees. In addition, the referee acts as the only official timekeeper regardless of what you think (a referee may also add time to a game if they feel that one side is wasting time, or for an injury situation). The referee can stop, suspend or terminate a game because of an infringement of the rules, foul play, outside interference of any kind or if, in their opinion, a player is injured. Any player that is bleeding must leave the field of play until such bleeding is stopped. The referee may allow play to continue, even if a foul has been committed, if the team that had the foul committed against them retains possession (this is known as playing the advantage). The referee may allow play to continue following a serious foul, again for advantage purpose, and may caution or dismiss a player, as appropriate, when the ball next goes out of play. The referee may take action against team officials (coaches) who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner, or if the fans (parents) fail to act properly, and may at their discretion, expel them from the field of play and its immediate surrounds. Substitutions may only be made with the approval of the referee.Decisions of the RefereeThe decisions of the referee are final. The referee may only change a decision on realizing that it is incorrect or, at his discretion, on the advice of an assistant referee, provided that he has not restarted play.