Goals of Silent Sunday:
1. To emphasize that soccer is a “players’ game”.
2. To permit players to talk to each other on the field, free of sideline distractions.
3. To foster independent thinking of our players, letting the game be the teacher.
4. To support our youth referees by eliminating sideline interference and dissension.
Please limit your coaching instructions to a minimum, shouting out tactical instructions only when absolutely necessary. For this day, let your players make their own decisions. Speak privately to individual players on the sidelines. Where possible communicate to the field through substitutions.
Have fun and enjoy the freedom.
Please participate. Avoid comments that can be heard by the players, referees or opponents. When a goal is score please subdue your reaction to a low-key applause.
We hope that this weekend affords you a more respected and congenial refereeing experience, without facing any critical commentary from coaches, players or spectators. You should be free to concentrate on executing a fair game. We have not set up rules and penalties you must enforce. We are not asking you to be an enforcer of our requested sideline silence. No yellow or red cards should be issued for non-compliance. We hope that our teams and you will extract cooperation among their peers.
This will be a voluntary program. There will be no yellow or red cards issued for non-compliance. This is a chance to see things differently, reflect on our actions, self-educate and come back to contribute in a new positive way. It is all up to us.... let’s do it.