It is the team's error. Some referees might tell a team "hey you have made five subs...", but that is not their job to keep track."A simple, and infinitely preventable, error in making an extra substitution during their loss to Columbus has come back to hurt FASA dearly. They penalized three points according to the latest table published moving the gap to safety from three points to six."
And, officially, from VMSL site: "Use of Ineligible Player (6th sub) by Guildford FC FASA"
Premier League has three referees, they allow sixth substitution and the team is penalized with 3-point deduction!?
Does it really make sense to penalize a team with 3-point deduction for that type of error?
Okay, but so why do 'we' give them the sub slips for? To keep track. Why not to the opponent to know who is coming in and out? They don't send them to the league after, so assume the opponent put the complaint in. This must be a new precedence being set here?It is the team's error. Some referees might tell a team "hey you have made five subs...", but that is not their job to keep track.
Again, referees are not police. They do not stop ineligible players from playing. If a guy shows up without a league ID or not on the list or a team wants to make unlimited subs, it is not the referee's role to stop this. They just take the information and report what happened to the league. That's it.
Ah, but now we come to the crux of the issue. Let's say we go to your scenario and make referees officially responsible for enforcing the number of substitutions made by each team. A sixth substitution is made, who's fault is it?Here is where we disagree, the ref(s) is there to manage the game. Substitutions are part of the game. They are a crew and communicate calls, you're telling me its extra focus to count to 5 together? AR1 should be doing the right pocket, left pocket thing with the slips and keeping track, IMO.
Do they need to stop the game or say no when #6 roll up? No, but they should absolutely make it clear that they've reached the limit as a bare minimum at that level.