The most important piece of gear for a soccer referee is the uniform. The uniform typically consists of a jersey, shorts, socks, and shoes. The jersey is usually a different color than the jerseys worn by the players, to distinguish the referee from the teams. This helps players and spectators easily identify who is in charge of the game.
In addition to the uniform, referees also wear specific gear to protect themselves and assist in their duties. This may include a whistle to signal stoppage of play or a foul, a watch to keep track of time, and cards to issue warnings and penalties to players who violate the rules.