TASO Dallas Ethics


Good officials shall:

1. Not officiate any game after having had any alcoholic drink that day.

2. Not converse with the crowds at any time before, during, or after the game.

3. Not request to officiate a game or games from any coach, league or official thereof. Officials should not obligate themselves to any person affiliated with any game they might be assigned to officiate.

4. Be in good physical condition.

5. Be prompt for all game assignments.

6. Not be over-officious.

7. Not accept assignments for any school they have attended, coached, or had any relationship with the affiliates, or coach thereof, unless league rules make this permissible.

8. Not become intimate with coaches or affiliates of teams for whom they may be assigned games.

9. Not criticize or attempt to explain, either publicly or covertly, any other official’s judgment on decisions, to coaches, players, news media, or other officials.

10. Never argue with players. If a player asks a question, listen to it, then give a definite and decisive answer, but do not quibble about any situation.

11. Assist players in the interpretation of rules when such a request is made at a proper time.

12. Give each team your best efforts, as you are the employed representative to administer the rules of the game.

13. Enthusiastically adhere to the ideal of sportsmanship, qualities of loyalty, courage, unselfishness, self-discipline and authority.

14. Display actions both on and off the field that are a credit to the profession of soccer officiating.