PCSPMSA fully supports this campaign by NLSA and takes this issue very seriously. Lets continue to work together to create a supportive, fun environment for our children to play in.
The NLSA Purple Shirt Respect Campaign will be implemented during the Summer 2023 Outdoor Season to address the issue of dissent against new referees. Referee retention has become an issue for the NLSA and its members in recent years. New officials are highly impressionable and sensitive to all forms of dissent. For many who choose not to continue refereeing, it is because of one or two incidents where they faced mistreatment from players, coaches, or spectators. People who were drawn to refereeing as way to give back to the game are pushed away by this abuse. The Purple Shirt Respect Campaign will aim to curb this dissent and make refereeing soccer in Newfoundland and Labrador a more welcoming atmosphere for all officials.
Significance of the Purple Shirt
The Purple Shirt worn by new referees signifies to teams and spectators that this referee is new to officiating and should be treated with the UPMOST respect and encouragement while officiating matches. Mistreatment of these new officials will result in hefty suspensions and fines towards the guilty Clubs. Referees wearing the purple shirt will have the power to abandon any game where they feel they are being mistreated or abused. A Purple Shirt(s) will also be worn by officials who may be doing a game in a particular league for the very first time as a promotion
Campaign Outline - Rights of Referees
Violators of the Purple Shirt Campaign will be subject to the NLSA Disciplinary Code and can face suspension and or fines depending on the severity of their abuse against the NLSA official.