Game cards are the official record of each game in U10 and older. This post pertains specifically to Region 13’s own games (not Extra, not upper divisions).
There will be a supply of blank game cards at the Clubhouse and at Victory Park. You may also use this spreadsheet and print onto blank card stock (please, not regular paper).
Before the game: Coaches list every player on the team, in numerical order, even if they are expected to absent; provide the division (as “B10U”), team number, team name, and the names of the coaches; write the date, time, and field at the bottom; and hand the card to a referee. Referees verify the cards and write the two team numbers in the score section at the very bottom.
During the game: Referee team keeps track of substitutions and goalkeepers by “quarter”; notes goals scored (with tally marks) by each player by half; writes the number of goals scored in each half and the final score at the bottom. Usually each assistant referee has the game card for the team on their touchline.
After the game: Referee team records the final score on each card (be sure both cards are correct!); marks the sportsmanship for each team (a typical game is 3 for coaches, 3 for players, 3 for spectators); adds other comments as appropriate; prints the names of all three officials on both cards; and turns in the cards.
Where to turn in the cards: At Victory Park, take them to the tent by the south entrance to the field, where there is a black plastic box to receive them. At Area H, the tent and box are on the apron of the “blockhouse” in the northwest corner. At all other fields, there will be a white envelope tied to one of the goals. Fold the cards in half and place them into the envelope. After the last game at one of these fields, a referee must untie the envelope and return it to the Region 13 Clubhouse.
Thank you for your cooperation in all steps of this process. The accuracy and timeliness of the weekly standings updates depends on the accuracy of the game cards and the timeliness of their return.
— Bill Owen, region 13 statistician