Real Colorado Cup

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Real Colorado Cup Featuring the CO Showcase May 24 - 28, 2018

Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Aurora Sports Park
Dove Valley
Broomfield County Commons

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Hosted by Real Colorado Soccer Club

Provide your referee availability in, Playthewhistle Group 1059. Use Change Identity to switch to the PTW group.  If you need to be added to our assignor group please contact the PTW Assignors.


Tournament Preparation

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Rules of Competition for all Games

Rule Summary Sheet for Quick Reference 

Dove Valley Field Layout w/ Ref HQ

Aurora Sports Park Map & Amenities

Aurora Field #’s with Referee HQ/Check-in Locations

Dick's Sporting Goods Park Field Layout

In the event of a weather delay due to storms/lightning complete the form at this button to let referee staff know the status of your game.


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All referees must be prepared with a full uniform and all necessary equipment.  Black referee shorts, referee socks, gold referee jersey, as well as alternate jersey colors, flags, whistles, wrist watch are required.

Plan to bring your own water bottle(s) to refill throughout the tournament.  Water will be provided, snacks may be available.  It is recommended that referees pack snacks/lunch if working a full day of games.  Do not rely on food being provided.  Plan accordingly for your needs.

Tournament updates are made via Twitter.  You can "follow" @PTWSoccer by receiving text messages.  No Twitter account required.  To sign up - open a new text message on your phone - enter "40404" in the "To" fields and "Follow PTWSoccer" in the message field.

Referee Check-in

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Plan accordingly to arrive at the designated referee check-in tent at each field complex a minimum of 45 minutes prior to your first game of each day.  Plan accordingly to allow for traffic and parking.  The assigned center referee will receive the official game card upon checking in.  Referees who have not communicated with PTW Staff or arrived 20 minutes prior to scheduled kickoff will be replaced.

ASP Map with Referee HQ in Red - Referee Check-in

DSGP Map with Referee HQ in Red - Referee Check-in

Dove Valley Map with Referee HQ in Red - Referee Check in

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4th Official - "Standby Referee
If you are assigned as the 4th official...

During group/preliminary play you will be paid as a "standby".  You must be present at the fields, and in/or near the referee tent during this time, or where the PTW site coordinator can find you .  Referees on standby may be asked to fill in as needed, assist with errands between fields (i.e. Game card collection, team check-ins, etc.) as requested by the referee site coordinator.  If you are not in the referee HQ you will not be paid the standby fee.

In knock-out rounds of competition (semi-final, championship games) you will work the game and perform the duties of the 4th official.  

The 4th official has many responsibilities, prior to working a game as the 4th official take time to review the Guide to Procedures.

PTW Mentor program is a big part of these premier tournaments.  Mentors from around the country join us to work games, observe games, provide feedback, offer instruction and much more.  Typically our mentors include MLS referees, National referees, State & National referees from other states, instructors & assessors.  

Game Cards

Game cards provide the referees at check-in. This is the official report of the game and verification for payroll.  Must be completed after each game.  Winning coach will deliver the game card to tournament HQ, in the event of tie game, the home team coach is to deliver the completed card.

Center referee, both assistant referees & 4th officials must review and print your name on the game card for each game worked.  Complete the game cards at the completion of each game.

PTW does request that center referees enter final game reports/score in After Games.  In the event of inclement weather/lost game card we expect all game scores and incident reports to be in GameOfficials as a back up for tournament standings, and for your own personal referee records.

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Consolation, Semi-Final & Championship Games

Take note of length of game for playoff round games!

Consolation games - may end in a tie

Semi-final games - need a winner, take note of tie-breaking procedures in the Rules of Competition

Championship Games - referees should begin these games with the "International Start".  Winner needed, take note of tie-breaking procedures in the Rules of Competition

Referee Games Fees & Payment


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