It has come to our attention that there was at least one incident this weekend where referees showed up to work a match and the teams asked the referee crew to delay the start of the match by several hours.
ALL changes in game time or location are made by the leagues and will be communicated to you by your assignor. When you arrive at the field, your responsibility is to determine whether the field is safe and playable, check in the teams, and start the game on time. If one or both teams are unable or unwilling to play the game at the scheduled time and location, the match may be abandoned.
The referee may abandon a match if there is an insufficient number of players to meet the requirements of the Law or the competition, if a team does not appear or leaves before completion of the game, or if the field or any of its equipment do not meet the requirements of the Laws or are otherwise unsafe. An abandoned match is replayed unless the competition rules provide otherwise.