Referees will ask their Assistant Referees to carry out their duties in accordance with the following instructions, based on the requirements of Law 6. These instructions will vary on whether the assistants are neutrally appointed, or provided by the clubs.
Club assistants will vary in quality, but basic instructions for of a club assistant are;
1. To be to be positioned on the 'left back touchline' of their team, keeping in line with the 2nd rearmost defender at all times.
2. To assist the referee by indicating when the ball is out of play
3. To assist the referee by indicating when play should be stopped, following an offside offence.
When working with neutral assistant referees, the referees pre-match instructions will be in greater detail and will place greater responsibility on the assistant referees.
For guidelines on pre-match instructions for neutral assistants, please see the 'Pre-Match Assistant Referee Instructions' document below.