No. RefEDGE PRO™ does not contain any parabens.
We post this info because of recent media attention given to another brand of vanishing referee spray in this story…
Please read the directions and cautions printed on the can as well as the rest of the FAQs on our website.
Our spray is quite intuitive and easy to use but for best consistent results and performance…
STAND upright to spray… Our RefEDGE PRO™ was specifically designed to be sprayed while STANDING and the spray maintains a tight jet stream in the air and the foam is created when the spray impacts the ground. You do NOT need to bend over or have the can close to the ground. The perfect line is attained by standing upright and standing still and making a single pass with the can at a medium speed. A 10-11 foot line can be made in a single pass while standing in one spot. Practice to attain the right speed and the right amount of foam on the field to make a great line in one pass. Please see our YouTube videos here… https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCns27VyZ8oyeWKaJuD5PcZQ
Always test all your gear (including your RefEDGE PRO™) before the start of a game.
Always be sure the contents are mixed well before the start of a game and ready for first use… Any aerosol that sits still for a long time may have separation of ingredients. If the ingredients aren’t mixed well, the spray will be more “misty” and will not keep a tight jet-type stream in the air. Mix more, wait and test. Usually, normal agitation from being handled or from travel is adequate for proper mixing but if an aerosol has been stored and not moved for weeks, you will want to mix it well. During the course of a typical game, the running and movement of the can is more than enough to agitate the can for normal use. For full/new cans, turning the can end over end first for 30+ seconds, then a slow back-and-forth, then a faster back-and-forth is best for mixing. With partially full cans, any motion is fine including vigorous shaking.
Be sure the nozzle (actuator) is aligned well on the can… Turning the white nozzle a quarter turn can help make sure the nozzle is well seated and aligned on the can if the spray seems “misty”.
Store RefEDGE PRO™ at room temperature… Aerosols perform better at room temperatures or slightly warmer. The ingredients do not mix and perform as well at lower temperatures and are more likely to separate when stored at lower temperatures. However, this will not permanently damage the spray (even if frozen), it just means you should warm up to room temperature and mix well and test before use.
Heed the “airy” warning, have a spare and don’t run out… RefEDGE PRO™ is the only spray that gives the “airy” warning when almost empty and won’t leave you in a lurch “mid-spray”. Once the spray turns “airy”, there is about 3-4 usable sprays left in the can that can be used by holding closer to the ground and will still make great lines. Grab a full spare can next chance so you can Stand-and-Spray™ again.
Remove the Cap on the field… RefEDGE PRO™ works best with the GRIPCAGE™ when the plastic cap is removed from the top of the can for game time use. This allows the referee to easily grasp the can. The cap is not intended for game time use.
Grasp the body/shoulder of the can to remove it from the GRIPCAGE™ holster and do not grasp the white nozzle. The GRIPCAGE™ is designed to have maximum contact (and friction) on all surfaces of the RefEDGE PRO™ can while it’s in the holster. To easily extract the RefEDGE PRO™, grasp the can itself (not the the nozzle) above the GRIPCAGE™ logo near the spine/back of the holster (in the V-shaped open area) and pull up and at a slightly outward angle. Pulling the can slightly away from the body when extracting breaks the contact/friction with the walls of the GRIPCAGE™ allowing for easy extraction. First pushing up on the bottom of the can with your middle/index finger is also preferred by some refs to expose more of the can to then grasp – while using this technique, holding the heel of your hand against the can will assure you don’t pop the can out of the holster abruptly .
Vary spray delivery for conditions and desired effect… When needed, RefEDGE PRO™ allows you to Control the Line™ and vary the look of the line and its’ dwell time on the field. Most of the time, no extra thought is needed to make great lines on the field, however, in certain conditions, as needed, the height/visibility of the foam can be accentuated (and it’s dwell time lengthened) by slowing down the speed of the spray when spraying on the field. Moving the can fast while spraying will result in less foam and a shorter dwell time while, conversely, moving the can slower will allow more foam to pile up resulting in a more visible line and longer dwell time of the foam. Special conditions to consider: televised events – spray slower for more visibility; very high winds (above 15-20mph) – hold closer to ground; rainy – spray slower for more foam. A single motion/spray at the proper speed is recommended rather than going back and forth over the same line.
No, RefEDGE PRO™ should not be used for hard surfaces. Putting any liquid on a hard playing surface would be unwise.
We’re glad you asked… We have tested RefEDGE PRO™ under very windy conditions to challenge our Stand-and-Spray™ claims. The spray performs superbly. If a game is STILL being played in conditions windy enough to affect our spray in the standing position (we haven’t seen this issue yet), then our spray can be used holding the can closer to the ground to beat the wind.
But don’t take our word for it. See our videos showing tests under windy conditions…
A little… All vanishing referee sprays are aerosols. Aerosols, and the foaming action will be slightly diminished by colder and/or wetter weather. RefEDGE PRO™ is the only spray in the world with our patent-pending Stand-and-Spray™ delivery method that allows the referee to control the spray, and by slowing down the speed when spraying the line, can create more foam to overcome adverse weather conditions. With other sprays using a standard delivery method and standard formula/nozzle/valve, the foam you get is the foam you get, which is often not enough or too much and out of control, especially if windy or near the end of their can.
Since the introduction of vanishing referee spray, free-kick downtime has fallen by nearly 50%, with less yellow cards, and more goals have been scored by leaving more time for the game. It makes sure rules are followed and play is fair for both sides.
RefEDGE PRO™ is mainly used for free kicks near the goal to mark the ball and the wall locations and enforce the 10 yard distance, but it is also a great tool to quickly mark the ball location of any foul. Put a dot on the field at the spot of the foul and move on and get in position for the play… No question, no discrepancy… just mark the spot quickly and step back while the players get the ball in position. Save time, be in position sooner and speed up play. With our Stand-and-Spray™ formula, there is no need bend over to make your mark, making it that much easier and quicker. Mark the spot and move on – quickly – easily.
Yes. The text states…
“A.R. 5.3. May referees use electronic aids or field-marking sprays? RULING: Yes.”
As of the 2012-2013 posting of the rule book, the rules were clarified explicitly approving the use of vanishing referee spray. See change here under rule 5.3 (posted 4/30/12)…
See the 2014-2015 rules here (rule 5.3)…
RefEDGE PRO™ is being adopted by nearly all levels of play from pros all the way down to middle school and even younger. It is a tool to enforce the rules as written for both sides of the play. It reduces frustration on the field leading to less yellow cards and a faster speed of play. It quickly sets clear expectations for ball and wall placement – no discrepancies, no debate, no question. RefEDGE PRO™ should be considered by any referee, AD, assignor, coach, administrator, player that wants to enforce a greater level of fair play and control on the field. Use the tool to stop cheating, speed up play and be sure your games are played within the rules.
We recommend the spray be used for all elite level soccer including college, high school and potentially younger ages down to middle school and below. Any game where players are sophisticated enough to bend the rules to gain an advantage would be a good use of this tool. Use the spray, keep the game fair and simply speed up play. Set expectations – spray the line and reduce yellow cards.
Yes, the RefEDGE PRO™ proprietary formula is made specifically to be safe for all grass and artificial fields (indoor and outdoor) and has been tested at length.
It is more mild than a drop of your dish soap or your shaving cream. It is very safe for people and animals under normal intended use.
RefEDGE PRO™ passes California Air Resources Board (CARB or ARB) rules.
RefEDGE PRO™ passes California Prop 65 rules.
RefEDGE PRO™ does not contain parabens.
RefEDGE PRO™ is the only spray on the market that allows the referee to vary the time it takes to disappear, or it’s dwell time, and accordingly adjust the line for conditions (weather and surface). The temporary line on the field will last 1-5 minutes depending on application. Want a line to last 1 minute, move the can fast when spraying… Want the line to last 3-5 minutes, move the can slower when spraying to let the foam pile up more. Most lines in most conditions are going to be usable for 90-150 seconds – more than enough time to complete the play.
The amount of spray used depends on the person, the game and the application on the field. RefEDGE PRO™ was specifically designed to put the control in the hands of the referee. The quicker you move the can when sprayed, the less spray used and the shorter time the line will stay on the field. The slower you move the nozzle, the more spray is used and the longer the line will last on the field.
Our real-world tests show…
-about (15+) small arcs and (15+) 5-6 foot lines OR
-about (10+) 10-11 foot lines OR
-about (130+) feet of continuous line
Average use is up to 2+ games.
Please also visit our Best Practices page here.
The can is roughly 1.5 inches by 5.5 inches high. Our design focuses on the ergonomic size, shape and weight of the can. We feel this size fits on a referees waist the best. No need to run around with dead weight. Because of our formula and design, our tests show about the same amount of usable sprays from our small can as from others about twice the size.
It would depend on the referee and the situation but in most cases, if the ball is 35+ yards away from the goal, most referees are using RefEDGE PRO™ to mark the location of the ball only.
The better the referee, the higher level the game. Higher level games include more moving parts and smarter players looking to gain the slightest advantage by cheating. If a referee can quickly mark the ball and the wall, he has more time to worry about enforcing the rules during a free kick. Quickly mark the ball and the wall and step back – no wasted time waiting or moving players. RefEDGE PRO™ also allows the referee to better keep their eyes on the game and on the field with our Stand-and-Spray™ delivery method. Don’t bend down, don’t take your eyes off the game.