Code of Conduct - Match Officials
(Referees, Assistant Referees, Fourth Officials and Substitute Referees)
Under the Laws of the Game the decisions of a referee on points of fact connected with the play are final as far as the result of the game is concerned. A referee also has wide-ranging powers defined in Law 5.
The exercising of such power requires a high level of ethics from referees and assistant referees (referred to in this Code together as "referees").
In addition to the quality of refereeing, the behaviour of the referee has an impact, either directly or indirectly, on the conduct of all others involved in the game. Respect for referees and their decisions is a fundamental part of the game. A Code of Conduct for Match Officials is a proper response to those expectations.
While the Code focuses primarily on referees involved in top-class football, with few exceptions the basic ideas are valid for match officials at all levels, be they on the National List, or registered with County Football Associations and only involved in local football.
These Codes are applicable to match officials at all levels of the game.
Obligations towards the game
The referee has a duty to the game in its widest sense.
One of those duties is to help the game to keep moving, compatible with fair play, and to seek to ensure it is attractive and is not subject to unnecessary halts.
The referee should:
1. Make every effort to prepare fully for a match, both physically and mentally. On a physical level, a referee must be able to keep up with the speed of the modern game, and be alert and close enough to take correct decisions from credible locations on the field of play.
2. Not to be afraid to take decisions. A referee should be fair and firm and must resist any possible influence from protests on the part of players, team officials or spectators.
3. Show respect towards players and team officials.
4. Be honest and completely impartial at all times, irrespective of the teams, players or team officials involved in the match.
5. Decline to be appointed to a match if not completely physically or mentally fit to referee that match (because of illness, injury, or for family or other reasons).
6. Inform The Football Association and/or County Association and/or league or competition directly responsible if unable to referee a team or teams for any reason.
7. Refrain from requesting hospitality of any kind, or accept any hospitality offered and considered to be excessive.
8. Always have regard to the bests interest of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game or any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
9. Not tolerate inappropriate language from players and/or officials.
Obligations towards the Players
The powers of a referee must be used with wise judgement and care. Authority and a firm approach must be combined with respect.
A referee should have regard to protecting the players.
A referee should show due respect when speaking with the players, even in the event of infringements.
In reports, a referee should set out the true facts and not attempt to justify any decisions.
Obligations towards fellow Referees, Assistant Referees, Fourth Officials and Substitute Referees
It is necessary for the referee's authority to be protected, not only for the sake of the game, but also in the interest of fellow referees, assistant referees, fourth officials and substitute referees. This protection should, however, not influence the over-riding regard for protection of the players.
A referee should refrain from publicly expressing any criticism of fellow referees, assistant referees or other match officials.
A referee should assist with the development of less experienced referees and assistant referees.
An assistant referee should give his total support to the referee, but without undue interference or insistence.
Regulations for the Registration and Control of Referees
Pursuant to The Football Association Rule J1(d), the Council is authorised to make Regulations with reference to Match Officials as they deem expedient. These are Regulations made under that Rule.
Affiliated Associations are responsible for the administration of Referees registered with The Association who reside in their area as determined by The Association. Service Associations have administrative responsibility for Referees who are serving members of the Armed Forces.
Affiliated Associations shall act as or appoint a Referees’ Committee to carry out its functions under these Regulations.
For the purpose of these Regulations the terms used will be defined as follows:
Referee A person registered as qualified under these Regulations who may be engaged as a Match Official.
Administer To carry out the administrative procedures relating to the registration and control of Referees as required or determined by The Association from time to time.
Examine To supervise written and oral examination of Trainee Referee candidates to the requirements and standards determined by The Association from time to time.
Contributory Leagues Nominated divisions, within specific Leagues as determined and considered by The Association, suitable for the advancement of Referees from Level 3.
Supply League Nominated divisions, within specific Leagues as determined and considered by The Association, suitable for the advancement of Referees from Level 4.
FIFA List Those Referees, nominated by The Association and selected by FIFA, eligible for appointment to international matches.
National List Those Referees selected by The Association, eligible for appointment to games in the FA Premier League, the Football League and other matches as determined from time to time.
Panel List Those Referees selected by The Association, eligible for appointment to games in the Football Conference, FA Premier League Reserve League, Central League, the Football Combination and other matches as determined from time to time.
League A Competition sanctioned under relevant Regulations by The Association or an Affiliated Association.
Registration Period From 1 June in each year, or the date of successful completion of the Basic Referees Course if later - to the following 31 May.
Senior County Referee A Referee who has demonstrated to the satisfaction of The Association, Affiliated Association or Service Association, as required by these Regulations, the ability to officiate at Level 5.
County Referee A Referee who has demonstrated to the satisfaction of The Association, Affiliated Association or Service Association, as required by these Regulations, the ability to officiate at Level 6.
Junior Referee A Referee who has completed successfully the Basic Referees Course, having reached the age of 16 years.
Youth Referee A Referee who has registered between the ages of 14 – 16 years of age.
Trainee Referee A potential referee candidate who is undergoing the Basic Referees Course, having successfully demonstrated a knowledge and understanding of the Laws of Association Football, but has yet to take the initial examination may be registered as a “Trainee Referee”. Trainee Referees, once registered as such, may be appointed as Match Officials in accordance with these Regulations.
Assessors Individuals authorised by The Association to carry out assessments at levels determined by The Association.
Assessments Written appraisals of a referee’s performance on the field of play, carried out by an Assessor, on behalf of The Association, Affiliated Association or Competition and submitted to the appropriate body.
Marks A numerical indication of a Referee’s performance on the field of play, awarded by an Assessor on completion of an Assessment, on a scale defined by The Association.
Club Marks A numerical indication of a Referee’s performance on the field of play, reported by competing Clubs after a Match, on a scale defined by The Association.
Basic Referees Course A course of instruction as determined by The Association leading to the examination of Referee candidates.
Annual Review The review by a Competition of its List of Match Officials entitled to be engaged for a Match in that Competition, to ascertain the suitability of each Referee to continue to be eligible to be retained on that list. Such a review will take into consideration the Referee’s performance on the field of play as defined in these Regulations, as modified by any written instructions to a Competition from The Association from time to time.
Service Association An Affiliated Association having responsibility for the administration of the game as determined by The Association from time to time in or relating to the “Armed Forces” (the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Air Force).
For the purposes of these Regulations, The Association shall act through the Council, which shall delegate such functions to the Referees’ Committee.
(a) No person shall be appointed as a Match Official in any Match or Competition under the jurisdiction of The Association either directly or indirectly unless registered in accordance with these Regulations.
[NOTE: A Competition may include in its regulations a provision by which a person who is not a Referee may carry out the duties of a Match Official in a specific Match but only in circumstances where a Referee cannot be appointed to that Match].
(b) A referee must be registered with The Association through the Affiliated Association within the area in which the referee resides. A referee will be required to pay the standard national registration fee to be determined annually by The Association. Registration will run from the date of registration until the following 31 May. A referee may become an Associate Referee with another Affiliated Association upon payment of an Associate Fee not exceeding £5 per registration period. The Memorandum attached to these regulations detail the responsibilities of Affiliated Associations in respect of Referees administered by them.
(c) In cases where the boundaries of Affiliated Associations overlap, the Affiliated Associations may mutually agree about the registrations of Referees who reside within the overlapping areas. The Affiliated Association which carries out the initial examination will be responsible for the administration of a Referee. A Referee who changes residence from one Administrative area to another will be required to complete a County Transfer Form (Copy at Appendix A to the attached Memorandum of Affiliated Associations Responsibilities for Registered Referees) and be transferred to the new Affiliated Association for administrative purposes but will not be required to pay a further registration fee for that season.
(d) Referees shall not be registered with The Association until they are able to satisfy the Affiliated Association of their date of birth in such a manner as shall be determined by The Association.
(e) A person below 14 years of age shall not be registered as a Referee.
(f) A Referee who has failed to register as a Referee with The Association for 2 or more seasons shall not be re-registered until an application has been considered by the Referees’ Committee of the Affiliated Association within whose area the Referee resides at the time of application for re-registration.
(g) Affiliated Associations may re-examine registered Referees administered by them as determined by The Association. The Association must be notified of the names of Referees who do not meet the standard determined by The Association.
(h) Where considered not to be fit and proper to act as a Referee the registration may be removed or suspended by the Affiliated Association which administers the Referee or by The Association. Affiliated Associations are to notify The Association of any action in this respect. The Association may take any action it deems appropriate. Applications for the re-instatement of a Referee who has previously been disqualified under this Regulation must be referred to The Association for consideration.
2. Recruitment, Basic Referee Training and Initial Examination
(a) The Association and Affiliated Associations shall be responsible for the recruitment, basic training and initial examination of Referees.
(b) The requirements and standards for the Basic Referee Course shall be set annually by The Association.
(c) All candidates shall be examined as to their suitability to be a Referee by an initial examination at the end of a Basic Referees Course. The initial examination shall be both written and oral as prescribed by The Association and shall include an eyesight and colour test. Affiliated Associations must notify the Service Association concerned should they examine a candidate who is a serving member of the Armed Forces at the time of examination.
(d) The minimum age a candidate may be presented for initial examination is 14 years.
(e) Candidates who do not reach the standard required by The Association in the initial examination may not be presented for further examination until a period of 3 months has elapsed.
(a) On behalf of The Association each Affiliated Association must classify Referees administered by their Association. The classification period runs from 1 June in each year, or the date of successful completion of the initial examination, to the following 31 May.
As at 1 June in each year Referees are to be classified as follows;
International: Referees who are on the FIFA List of Referees.
Level 1: Referees selected by The Association to serve on the National List and who meet the requirements of Regulation 4 below.
Level 2: Referees selected by The Association to serve on the Panel List and who meet the requirements of Regulation 4 below.
Level 3: Referees, other than those on the Panel List, selected to officiate on a Contributory League and who meet the requirements of Regulation 4 below.
Level 4: Referees selected to officiate on a Supply League and who meet the requirements of Regulation 4 below.
Level 5: Senior County Referees. This classification includes referees who have served at a higher level.*
*Where a Referee has achieved a level higher than Level 5 and is then not retained, the Referee is to be classified as a Level 5 Referee, with the option of further promotion in the normal way or until a status of non-active is declared by the individual.
Level 6: County Referees
Level 7: Junior Referees not in Level 8 or below
Level 8: Youth Referee
Level 9: Trainee Referees
Level 10: Declared non-active Referees
(b) When a Referee changes residence from one Affiliated Association to another, the classification level will be accepted by the Affiliated Association in to whose area the Referee has moved.
(c) Referees must apply for promotion in writing. The Affiliated Association must receive this request by no later than 1 March preceding the season in which the promotion is sought. Referees considered for promotion in the preceding season, but not advanced, will automatically be included in the promotion scheme for the following season unless they indicate otherwise, in writing, to the their Parent Affiliated Association by 1 June following the decision of that Association. Level 7 referees who are being considered for promotion to Level 6 may apply for promotion to Level 5, in accordance with this clause, pending the decision of the Affiliated Association in respect of the promotion to Level 6. Promotion to Level 6 and Level 5 classification shall be based on a Referee’s practical performance on the field of play. This will be determined by considering the Marks and Assessments by Assessors on a minimum of three games and the Club reports from Competitions for players over the age of 16 years, over a minimum of 20 games during any one marking period, officiated in as a Referee. Such Marks and Assessments are to be collated by the Affiliated Association from 1st March in any year until the last day of February in the following year. Where there is an opportunity to progress beyond Senior County Referee in accordance with these Regulations a further requirement for promotion to Level 5 is the completion of five games as an Assistant Referee in the promotion season. In addition to their practical performance on the field of play Referees will be required to attend in-service training, as determined by The Association, and successfully complete a written examination set by The Association prior to the promotion being confirmed.
(d) The responsibility of promoting Referees to Level 6 and Level 5 rests with the Affiliated Association in which the Referee resides and who administers the Referee’s registration. In accordance with the marking year all selections to Level 5 must be made by 25 March each year and selections to Level 6 by 30 April each year.
(e) At an interim meeting at the end of September County Associations may:
i Identify a group of Level 7 referees who are showing promise and consider them for a promotion directly to Level 5 in the March Meeting. In order to gather supporting evidence for this “double promotion” the Referees Committee should gain further first hand knowledge of performance by providing the referee with more challenging matches eg higher division matches in local leagues, games in later rounds of County Competitions. Referees being considered for this promotion would require an additional 20 games and a further three assessments at the higher level of challenge. The referee must attend an In-service course for Level 6 to 5 and take the appropriate examination.
ii Review any referee’s promotion to either level 6 or 5 who has been ineligible for consideration in the annual promotion meeting because of shortage of games. Those Referees who now meet the criteria may be promoted to Level 6 or Level 5 with effect from 1st October.
(f) A Level 7 Referee must serve a minimum of one complete Registration Period or 12 months in that classification, whichever is the shortest, before applying for promotion to Level 6. After this promotion a Referee can proceed at the rate he is capable. No Affiliated Association may impose any other qualification periods which cause delayed passage through the promotion pyramid.
(g) Level 8 includes all Referees between the ages of 14 and 16 as at 1st March each season. A Level 8 referee will automatically become a Level 7 referee on reaching the age of 16.
(h) Trainee Referees undertaking the Basic Referees Course will be registered as Level 9. A Level 9 Referee will automatically become a Level 7 referee on successful completion of the Basic Referees Course and having attained the age of 16.
(a) Selection and promotion within Levels 4 and above will be determined as follows:
International Level: Annual nomination by The Association to FIFA, selected from those eligible Referees as at the date of nomination determined by FIFA.
Level 1: Referees who satisfy the criteria established by The Association from time to time and those who have been promoted from Level 2 for outstanding ability as determined by The Association from time to time.
Level 2: Referees who satisfy the criteria established by The Association from time to time and those who have been promoted from Level 3 for outstanding ability as determined by The Association from time to time.
Level 3: Referees who satisfy the criteria established by The Association from time to time and those who have been promoted from Level 4 for outstanding ability as determined by The Association from time to time.
Level 4: Referees who have been selected to act as an Assistant Referee on the National List of Contributory Match Officials, following nomination by an Affiliated Association to The Association, from those Referees who satisfy the criteria established by The Association from time to time.
(b) Annually, Referees will be required to complete successfully a fitness test and a written examination, as determined by The Association, prior to having their classification confirmed. On initial selection for promotion to a higher level Referees may be required to attend an interview to ascertain their suitability against criteria determined by The Association.
(c) On initial promotion to Level 4 the Affiliated Association who administer the Referee must allocate the Referee to an appropriate Supply League.
(d) The Association will determine the acceptable number of matches required for consideration to be selected to Levels 4 and above.
(a) Affiliated Associations are to advise successful candidates of the initial examination, in writing, the local competitions on which they are eligible to officiate.
(b) Referees under the age of 16 are eligible to officiate only in Competitions for players aged under 16.
(c) The Association will advise Affiliated Associations annually of those Competitions, and the recognised Leagues and divisions, which have been granted Supply League status.
(d) Lists of Match Officials shall be determined each season by Competitions and only Match Officials included in such lists may officiate in matches during the season. Changes to such Lists shall be made only as part of the Annual Review, save with the written approval of The Association or Affiliated Association sanctioning the Competition. A Competition may not remove or suspend a Match Official from its List at any time other than at the Annual Review (such power to act otherwise resting solely with The Association, Affiliated Association or Service Association as appropriate under Regulation 7 below).
(e) The practical performance on the field of play of Match Officials on a List shall be appraised and reviewed each season (for these purposes 1 March to the last day of February). Competitions shall provide annually to The Association or Affiliated Association as appropriate a List of the Match Officials they have engaged with the Marks and Assessments obtained in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 12 of these Regulations. Clubs, in Supply League Football (or equivalent) are to mark referees on a scale of 1 - 100. An example of the marking Guide and form to be submitted by clubs is shown at Appendix A. With effect from 1 March 2006, Local football is to mark on a scale of 1 -100 using the Guide to Marking at Appendix A. An example of the marking form to be used by all leagues in local football is at Appendix B.
(f) A Competition may remove a Match Official from its List at the Annual Review as a result of the practical performance on the field of play. Competitions removing a Match Official must notify The Association, together with supporting documentation, and the Affiliated Association who administers the Match Official.
(g) No appeal of any nature shall be permitted against a decision of a Competition to remove a Match Official from its List, as a result of an annual review of that Official’s practical performances on the field of play.
(h) A Competition shall not have the power to act in relation to the Registration of a Referee. Any allegation of behaviour alleged to constitute a breach under Regulation 7 (a)( i) or (ii) below must be reported to The Association, Affiliated Association or Service Association in accordance with Regulation 7 (c) below.
(i) Referee Fees and Expenses are set by an Affiliated Association or by Competitions. Referees (or other appointed match officials) may not receive other financial reward or incentive, based on their on field of play performances from any Affiliated Association or competition other than the set fees and expenses.
(a) The Association shall identify the training requirements of Referees at all levels and be responsible for accrediting courses of instruction to meet those requirements.
(b) Referees will be required to attend accredited training at intervals determined by The Association. Only such training, delivered by accredited instructors, will be valid.
(c) Training may be delivered, at the appropriate levels, in conjunction with Affiliated Associations, Match Officials associations or the Referees Association by instructors accredited by The Association.
7. Conduct of Referees and Action in Relation to Registration
(a) The Association, Affiliated Association or Service Association, as appropriate, shall have the power to act at any time in relation to the registration of a Referee who has:
(i) less than proficiently applied the Laws of the Game; or
(ii) committed a technical irregularity; or
(iii) proved to have been concerned as an agent for a Club or a Player in the transfer or attempted transfer and/or engagement of a Player; or
(iv) wilfully mis-stated his/her age, or, date of birth; or
(v) as a player, violated the Laws of the Game to such a degree that a Disciplinary Committee subsequently imposes a penalty of suspension from playing; or
(vi) been found to have committed an act of misconduct pursuant to the Rules of The Association or an Affiliated or Service Association; or
(vii) a Football Banning Order imposed on him or her.
(b) Only The Association, Affiliated or Service Association may act in relation to the Registration of a Referee. Such action may be only through its Referees’ Committee.
(c) Any behaviour alleged to constitute a breach under 7(a) (i) or (ii) above must have been notified to or otherwise come to the attention of The Association, Affiliated Association or Service Association within 14 days of the relevant incident(s) for such to be acted upon under 7(a).
(d) A technical irregularity under 7 (a)(ii) above shall be any failure by a Referee to meet any requirement imposed on, or notified to, a Referee by The Association, Affiliated or Service Association as appropriate from time to time.
A “technical irregularity” includes, but is not in any way limited to, any failure to comply with administrative requirements imposed on a Referee such as the requirements to file reports, answer correspondence, attend match venues or disciplinary hearings at a particular time, etc or any breach of Regulation 10 or 13.
(e) Where a Referee is alleged to have breached 7(a) (i) – (vi) above, the Referees’ Committee shall advise the Referee, in writing, of the relevant allegation(s) and supporting facts and state that the matter will be considered by the Committee or a duly appointed Commission thereof.
The Referee shall respond within 14 days and may either:
(i) deny the allegation(s), setting out a statement of his case; or
(ii) request a personal hearing, in which case a fee of £25 must accompany the request; or
(iii) admit the allegation(s). A Referee who admits the allegation(s) may set out any submissions which he wishes the Referees’ Committee to consider when considering what, if any, action to take. The Referee may also request a personal hearing as above.
In considering any allegation at a personal hearing, a Referees’ Committee or Commission thereof, may adopt such procedures as it considers appropriate and expedient for the determination of the matter brought before it; and shall not be bound by any enactment of rule or law relating to the admissibility of evidence in proceedings before a court of law.
As a guide to the procedures to be followed at a personal hearing, the following may be used unless the Referees’ Committee or Commission consider it appropriate to amend them:
(1) The allegation(s) will be read out to the Referee, who will be asked if the allegation(s) are admitted or denied.
(2) Evidence in support of the allegation(s) to be called.
(3) Evidence in response to the allegation(s) to be submitted by the Referee, who may, with the permission of the Referees’ Committee or Commission, be accompanied by a representative. (Any such representative shall not be permitted to give evidence as a witness).
(4) The Referees’ Committee or Commission and the Referee (as appropriate) shall be entitled to ask questions of any witness giving evidence in support of the allegation(s). The Referees’ Committee or Commission shall be entitled to ask questions of the Referee, who may give evidence in defence of the allegation(s).
The Referees’ Committee or Commission may draw such inferences as it considers appropriate from the failure of the Referee to give evidence or answer a question.
(5) In the event of evidence submitted in answer to the allegation(s) disclosing a point which the
Referees’ Committee or Commission considers was not covered in the evidence of, or not put to, any witness in support of the allegation(s), the Referees’ Committee or Commission may recall and ask questions of such witness. The Referee or relevant representative may also ask questions.
(6) After the evidence has been completed to the satisfaction of the Referees’ Committee or Commission, the Referee or representative shall be entitled to make submissions based upon the evidence, but this may not include reference to facts not disclosed in the evidence presented to the Referees’ Committee or Commission. At the conclusion of the submissions all persons shall withdraw whilst the Referees’ Committee or Commission considers the evidence and submissions presented to it and determines whether the allegation(s) have been proved or not. After reaching a decision, the Referees’ Committee or Commission shall recall the Referee and any representative, and announce whether the allegation(s) have proved or not proved. The decision shall be subsequently confirmed in writing. As an alternative the Referees’ Committee or Commission may, where it considers it appropriate, not announce its decision at the meeting but inform the Referee that such a decision will be communicated in writing.
(7) Where the Referees’ Committee or Commission find the allegation(s) proved, it shall have the power to act in relation to the Registration of the Referee as it considers appropriate. This may include, but is not limited to, censure, a period of remedial training, suspension or removal of Registration.
(f) A Referee may be dealt with in the normal course as a participant for any alleged misconduct pursuant to the Rules of The Association (i.e. by a Disciplinary Commission), in addition to having issues relating to the Registration as a Referee considered by The Association, Affiliated Association or Service Association through its Referees’ Committee in relation to the same behaviour. In such cases, a charge of Misconduct pursuant to the Rules of The Association shall be considered before any matter relating to the issue of Registration is dealt with by the Referees’ Committee under Rule 7 (a)(vi).
Action in respect of the Registration of Match Officials appointed to Competitions of The Association and other Competitions including Contributory League level and above in the Order of Precedence (Section 9) will be considered by the appropriate committee of The Association.
(g) In circumstances where it is considered appropriate, the Referees’ Committee may order that the Registration of a Referee be suspended with immediate effect, pending determination of a charge of Misconduct under the Rules of The Association or pending the determination of a charge under 7(a) (i) or (ii) above and in the latter case the reason for such suspension is to be notified to the referee in writing and reported to the Commission hearing any resultant charge.
8. Appeals against Decisions of the Referees’ Committee
(a) Where The Association or an Affiliated or Service Association, through its Referees’ Committee, makes an order in relation to the registration of a Referee under Regulation 7, then there shall be a right of appeal by the Referee against the decision (other than as set out below).
There shall be no right of appeal against a decision in relation to the registration or classification of a Referee taken as part of the Annual Review by The Association, Affiliated Association or an appointing authority.
(b)(i) Notice of an appeal against a decision of a Referees’ Committee made under Regulation 7 must be lodged with The Association or appropriate Affiliated Association within 14 days of notification of the decision appealed against, accompanied by a fee of £35.
(ii) An Appeal shall be considered by an “Appeals Panel” comprising of Members of the Council of The Association or appropriate Affiliated Association established specifically to deal with appeals from decisions under Regulation 7, none of whom shall have been party to the original decision. A decision of the Appeals Panel shall be final and binding.
(iii) The Notice of Appeal must :
(1) identify the specific decision(s) being appealed
(2) set out the grounds of appeal; and
(3) set out a statement of the facts upon which the appeal is based.
(iv) The grounds of appeal shall be that the body whose decision is appealed against:
(1) misinterpreted or failed to comply with any rules or regulations relevant to its decision; and/or
(2) came to a decision to which no reasonable such body could have arrived at; and/or
(3) made an order, which is excessive.
(v) The Appeals Panel may adopt such procedures as it considers appropriate and expedient for the just determination of an appeal brought before it, and shall not be bound by any enactment or rule of law relating to the admissibility of evidence in proceedings before a court of law.
The following is set out as a guide to the conduct of a hearing before the Appeals Panel:
(1) The Appellant to address the Appeals Panel, summarising its case;
(2) The Respondent to address the Appeals Panel, summarising its case;
(3) The Appeals Panel may put questions to the parties at any stage;
(4) The Respondent to make closing submissions;
(5) The Appellant to make closing submissions;
(6) The Appellant and the Respondent to withdraw whilst the Appeals Panel considers the submissions and determines the matter;
(7) The Appellant and the Respondent to be recalled and the decision and any orders consequential to it to be announced to both parties. Alternatively, where it considers it appropriate, the Appeals Panel may decide not to announce its decision, but make it known at a later date, in writing. In any event, the Appeals Panel shall publicise a written statement of its decision (see 8(b)(ix) below).
(vi) The Appeals Panel shall proceed in the absence of any party, unless it is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for the failure of the party to attend, and shall do so in such manner as it considers appropriate.
(vii) A decision of the Appeals Panel shall be final and binding and there shall be no right of further challenge.
(viii) The Appeals Panel shall have power to:
(1) allow or dismiss the appeal; or
(2) remit the matter for re-hearing or by the Referees Committee; or
(3) exercise any power which the body against whose decision the appeal was made could have exercised; or
(4) make any further or other order considered appropriate, either generally or for the purpose of giving effect to its decision.
Any fee may be returned or forfeited, in whole or in part, at the discretion of the Appeals Panel, who shall also have the power to determine by whom the costs of the appeal shall be borne.
(ix) As soon as practicable after the hearing, the Appeals Panel shall publish a written statement of its decision, which shall state:
(1) the names of the parties, the decision(s) appealed against and the
grounds of appeal;
(2) whether or not the appeal is allowed; and
(3) the order(s) of the Appeals Panel.
The written statement shall be signed and dated by the Chairman of the Appeals Panel and be the conclusive record of the decision.
(a) Registered Referees shall not officiate in any Competition, which is not sanctioned, or Match in which unaffiliated clubs compete.
(b) The “Order of Precedence” of appointments, whether as a Referee or Assistant Referee, shall be as follows:
(1) The F.A. Challenge Cup Competition;
(2) The F.A. Premier League;
(3) The Football League;
(4) The F.A. Challenge Trophy Competition;
(5) The F.A. Challenge Vase Competition;
(6) Affiliated Association Cup Competitions
Affiliated Association appointments only take precedence over Panel Leagues, the F.A. Youth and F.A. County Youth Challenge Cup Competitions, Contributory League and Supply League appointments if the appointment is in the Affiliated Association’s nominated Senior Cup Competition or in the Semi-final and/or Final of any other Affiliated Association Competition whether the appointment is as a Referee or an Assistant Referee.
(7) The Panel Leagues;
(8) The F.A. Youth and F.A. County Youth Challenge Cup Competitions;
(9) Contributory Leagues (recognised divisions only) and National League Systems Cup
(10) Supply Leagues (recognised divisions only)
(11) All other Competitions of The Association.
Referees must attend Personal Hearings when required to do so. At Contributory level or above Match Officials appointments already received, take precedence over requests to attend Personal Hearings. On receipt of notification of a Personal Hearing Referees must close the date with all appropriate competitions.
(c) Where release from an appointment is required to enable a Referee to take a more senior appointment at least four days’ notice must be given to the relevant Affiliated Association or Competition by the association or Competition requesting the release.
(d) Once The Association or an Affiliated Association has appointed a Match Official if, subsequently, the Match is postponed, abandoned or results in a draw and the re-arranged fixture is then scheduled to take place less than four complete days from the date of the original match, The Association or Affiliated Association appointment will take priority over any other appointment already accepted by the Referee from a Competition lower in the Order of Precedence, unless The Association or Affiliated Association waive their right to the services of the Match Official so appointed.
(e) “Fourth Officials” are appointed to certain rounds of F.A. Competitions and all F.A. Premier League, Football League matches and associated Competitions, and the Panel Competitions. The duties and responsibilities of the Fourth Official are detailed in the Laws of Association Football and in the Competition Rules. Such appointments form part of the Order of Precedence within the Competitions listed above.
“Standby/Reserve Officials” may be appointed to other Competitions but do not form part of the Order of Precedence and are not to be accepted by Referees in preference to an active appointment.
10. Conflicts of Interest
A Referee shall at all times act impartially. Where a Referee believes that there is a material interest conflicting with the duties and obligations of a Match Official and any appointment, then the Referee shall decline to act or officiate and declare it to the appointing authority (whose decision in relation to any dispute or difference in such matters shall be final and binding).
11. Referees’ Uniforms
(a) All Match Officials in Competitions under the jurisdiction of The Association and Affiliated Associations must wear uniforms comprising a plain shirt which shall be almost entirely black with white collars and black shorts. Socks shall be black and may have another colour at the top which must be in accord with the single colour used on the shirt collar. Caps may be worn in extreme heat. Where a cap is worn it must be black in colour, not restrict the peripheral vision of the match official, and not carry any form of advertising, logo or wording.
(b) The following Competitions may be excepted from (a) above, on application to The Association subject to the conditions below:
§ The F.A. Premier League
§ The Football League
§ Competitions of Panel and Contributory League Status
Approval will be considered only of shirts that are predominately black, with collars of a single colour. In all such cases prior written approval must be obtained from The Association with confirmation that all Match Officials will be provided with shirts, shorts and socks free of charge. Application for the above Competitions must be submitted annually prior to 1st May for the following season.
(c) Match Officials appointed to F.A. Competition Matches are required to wear the FIFA or Football Association badge (where awarded) or the badge of their Affiliated Association. No other competition badge may be worn.
(d) Advertising on match official’s uniforms must be in accordance with The Association Regulations governing advertising.
(a) Annually, in accordance with the instructions of The Association from time to time, Competitions shall provide to The Association or appropriate Affiliated Association Lists of Match Officials engaged. Such Lists shall include the marks awarded by Clubs, and assessments where appropriate, during the specified period, together with any other information required.
(b) Not later than the date decided by The Association, Affiliated Associations shall nominate suitable Referees for consideration by The Association and Contributory Leagues for selection to the Contributory League Assistant Referees List.
(c) Competitions that are required to administer fitness tests are to submit the results to The Association and the Affiliated Association that administers the Referee.
(d) Affiliated Associations are to submit by 30 June each year a complete list of registered Referees, by classification, in a format required by The Association.
13. Codes of Conduct
Match Officials shall be bound by Codes of Conduct such as are instructed by The Association from time to time.
By Order of the Council,
26 October 2000, updated 15 November 2000, 28 November 2000, 11 January 2001, 6 Feb 2001, 28 March 2001, 12 May 2003, 29 April 2006
SURREY COUNTY FA
Additional Regulations for the Registration and Control of Referees
Where there is a conflict the Football Association Regulations for the Registration and Control of Referees shall apply. In the following regulations reference to "the Committee" will in all cases refer to the Referees' Committee of the Surrey County Football Association Ltd.
1. EXAMINATION & REGISTRATION
a. Referees desiring to be placed on the Association register shall make application to the Hon. Secretary of the Committee. The Subscription shall be decided annually by the Committee. Any Referee whose registration is unpaid on 15th May must pay an additional fee of £8.00.
b. Each candidate desiring examination must submit Form R.1 to his/her Training
Society, when a copy of the Laws of Association Football, Guide for Players and Referees will be supplied free of charge. Candidates failing to pass the examination will be entitled to one subsequent examination but will not be permitted to present themselves for re-examination within three months, except by special agreement.
c. On passing the examination, candidates are required to register that day and will be issued with a certificate of registration subject to payment of the annual subscription. In the event of a candidate failing to register, without good reason, within 56 days of being successful in a Referees’ examination, the result of the examination shall be annulled. Should those candidates subsequently wish to register they must again apply for examination.
All Level 9 candidates passing the examination will be Registered with the appropriate County Association. Candidates being successful in an examination and subsequently failing to officiate in a regular manner with an affiliation league, or who refuse County Cup appointments for two consecutive seasons could have their registration cancelled.
e. The registration fee paid by successful candidates examined after 1st February shall also register them for the following season.
f. Examinations shall be conducted in accordance with the following procedures:-
(i) The name of their Training Officer to be advised by each Society immediately after their Annual General Meeting to the Hon. Secretary of Surrey Referees’ Association who will forward the names to the Committee for approval.
(ii) Training Officers will advise the number of candidates to be coached on the Laws of the Game, in order that Hon. Examinations Secretary can forward application forms (R.1) and Laws of Association Football, Guide to Players and Referees.
(iii) Examinations to be arranged regularly throughout the year.
(iv) The dates of examination to be advised as early as possible to the Committee in order that Hon. Registration Secretary can be in attendance for the purpose of paying examiners, registering successful candidates and overseeing the conduct of the examination.
(v) Hon. Examination Secretary will arrange the attendance of sufficient examiners. Suitable names for consideration as examiners will be submitted by Hon. Examination Secretary to the Head of Refereeing for approval.
(vi) All cash and R1 forms of successful candidates will be paid to the Hon. Registration Secretary on the night of the examination, who will then issue a receipt, certificate, Rule Book, Directory, report forms, and other additional literature, as the Committee decides. County Badges will be available for purchase on request.
(vii) Hon. Registration Secretary will submit a report on the examination, accompanied by R.1. forms and cash, within seven days, to the County Office where arrangements will be made to effect the computer registration of the successful candidates and issue the necessary registration card/number.
(viii) Any other candidate residing outside the County of Surrey can be examined if the examining body so decides. Such successful candidates will be presented with a certificate of competence and other literature as the Committee decides. Their names will be forwarded to their Parent County.
(ix) Hon. Examination Secretary shall be responsible to the Head of Refereeing for all matters appertaining to the examination and registration of candidates.
(x) The responsibility for training referees / coaching will be under the control of the Head of Refereeing in conjunction with the County Training Officer.
2. CLASSIFICATION AND PROMOTION
a) Newly qualified referees will only be listed in the County Directory when they have shown their intention to be active referees by officiating in 10 sanctioned matches, (Alternatively submitting their FA Record of Achievement Certificate for having officiated on 10 sanctioned matches.) After approval by the Committee, they will be reclassified Level 7 or Level 8 according to age.
b) Level 6 or Level 7 referees who desire to be promoted must complete one year as an active referee before making a written application to the County Assessing Co-ordinator to receive an R5 Promotion Application Form. Referees must re-apply for promotion annually by completing the Form R5.
c) i) R5 Promotion Application Forms will be processed by the County Assessing Co-ordinator. Level 6 promotion candidates will report to the County Assessing Co-ordinator. Level 7 promotion candidates will report to the Regional Assessing Co-ordinators.
A list of Competitions acceptable for promotion assessment in each classification will be drawn up each season by the Referees Committee.
The promotion season runs from 1st March until the last day of February of the following year.
All promotion candidates must demonstrate that they are “active” by refereeing a minimum of 20 11-a-side games in a recognised competition (Youth matches accepted) during the promotion season.
ii) Promotion Candidates must operate and be assessed on two different Competitions. County Cup matches will be considered an acceptable competition (provided that one of the two competing teams does not play in the League the candidate normal operates.)
Candidates will receive a minimum of 3 assessments, given by different assessors on separate matches.
iii) Competitions shall provide to The Association a listing of all the referees on their panel together with the number of games officiated and the average marks attained; this information being due one month after the return date. Returns are required as at 31 December and 30 May in each year.
d) Candidates for promotion will be required to attend an In Service Training seminar during their promotion season.
e) Candidates for promotion must pass an examination on the laws of the game during their promotion season.
f) Candidates for promotion must officiate on a minimum of 20 eleven a side competitive matches during their promotion season.
g) Candidates may be advised the result of their promotion application during each season. All promotions become effective when approved by the Referees' Committee.
(a) The Council has the power to deal with any Surrey County F.A. Ltd registered referee being proved guilty of misconduct. Any Referee who is proven to be incapable or incompetent may be removed from the Official List of Referees.
(b) Failure to answer correspondence from the Referees’ Committee or any Surrey County F.A. Ltd Officer, Assessing Co-ordinators or failure to acknowledge appointments within 7 days shall be deemed misconduct and will be dealt with as per Association Rule.
(c) Any disciplinary action against a registered referee shall be in accordance with the FA Regulations for the Registration and Control of Referees, section 7.
4. REPORTS ‑ MISCONDUCT OF PLAYERS
All reports from Referees pertaining to misconduct under the Laws of the Game shall be made on authorised Disciplinary Report Forms to the relevant County F.A. within 2 days of the playing of the match (Sundays not included).
Failure to adhere to the time scale may be deemed misconduct and dealt with
5. ATTENDANCE OF REFEREES AND/OR ASSISTANT REFEREES.
IMPORTANT: Referees and/or Assistant Referees are required, on occasion, to attend before Disciplinary or other Committees appointed to investigate allegations of misconduct contained in their reports. Failure to comply with this request will render the Referee and/or Assistant Referee liable to be dealt with under County Rule and/or F.A. Regulations
for the Registration and Control of Referees, section 7.
Referees and Assistant Referees are entitled to claim attendance and travel allowance when requested to attend before a Disciplinary or other Committee appointed to investigate allegations of misconduct contained in their reports. The maximum allowance will be as authorised by Surrey County F.A. Council.
All applications from sanctioned competitions, for the appointment of Referees must be sent to the Referees’ Appointments Officer at least 7 days before the date of the match. All County appointments, Challenge Cups, Shield or Charity, including Youth Cups, take priority over all other appointments except those of The Football Association, Premier League, Football League, Panel Leagues and Contributory Leagues. The County Senior Cup takes priority over Panel and Contributory Leagues. Subject to the latter reservations, Referees and Assistant Referees must accept any County Cup appointments offered, unless released by the County Association, to whom application for release must be made. To obtain release, Referees must, upon receipt of the appointment, make immediate application to the County Association, stating the reason for their request. The Committee has power to deal with breaches of these regulations as they deem fit.
Referees, having once accepted an appointment, must not cancel the appointment, except to take a F.A. Premier League, Football League or other County Cup appointment, without the consent of the original Competition concerned. Where release from an appointment is required to enable a referee to take a more senior appointment at least four days notice must be given to the appropriate Association or Competition.
F.A. Premier League, Panel and Contributory League and County Cup appointments take priority over disciplinary commissions, provided notification has been received prior to receipt of the disciplinary summons.
Officials registered with County Associations shall not take part in matches played by Clubs outside the jurisdiction of the Football Association, and County Football Associations or other recognised Association.
7. LONG SERVICE AWARDS
Presentations may be awarded to Referees and Assessors who have rendered fifteen seasons active service to the County F.A., and in addition further awards may be granted for each period of fifteen years, subject to a recommendation from the Committee and endorsement by Council.
8. REFEREES’ DRESS CODE
(a) Surrey registered referees officiating in all Competitions sanctioned by Surrey County F.A. must wear uniforms comprising traditional black shirts with white collars and cuffs (if worn), black shorts and plain black socks or black socks with plain or ringed white tops.
(b) A badge in the County colours is available, and the Association expects all County registered Referees to wear the badge, especially when officiating in County Cup Competitions. A badge can be purchased from the Referees' Secretary or the County Office. The County Badge must be worn when officiating in County Cup Finals.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR GUIDANCE OF A CENTRAL
COUNTY REFEREES’ ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1. A Central Referees’ Advisory Committee shall comprise of the Chairman of the Referees' Committee, Head of Refereeing, County Assessing Co-ordinator, two Regional Assessing Co-ordinators, and co-opted assessor members, as required.
2. The Chairman of the Referees’ Advisory Committee must be a member of and be elected annually by the Referees’ Committee. The County Assessing Co-ordinator, two Regional Assessing Co-ordinators will be appointed annually by the Referees Committee.
3. The number of (co-opted) assessing members of the Central Referees’ Advisory Committee will be at the discretion of the Referees’ Committee. The organisation of the promotion candidate assessments and county cup match assessments, together with the appointment of assessors from the panel of County Assessors will be the responsibility of the County Assessing Co-ordinator.
4. Applications from retired or active referees to become assessors must be made to the County Assessing Co-ordinator, who, after due consideration shall place the application before the Referees Committee. If still an active referee, the applicant must not be below Level 6 with proven experience or, if not active, have been a minimum of Level 6 [or equivalent]. Initial training will consist of assessing in tandem with an experienced assessor, until the Advisory Committee is satisfied that sufficient expertise is shown and that the standard of written report is satisfactory. The Referees’ Committee reserves the right to be the sole judge as to the suitability of applicants submitted by the County Assessing Co-ordinator.
Further registration as an F.A. Registered Assessor requires attendance at a Training Seminar (see F.A. Handbook For Referee Assessors).
5. All assessor members will submit written reports on referees to the County Assessing Co-ordinator on F.A. Forms CFA/R and CFA/C within 7 days of the game. The County Assessing Co-ordinator will forward copy CFA/R to the referee within a further 2 days and keep CFA/C for future perusal by the Referees Committee. (See F.A. Handbook For Referee Assessors).
6. Reports on referees received from Referees' Advisory Committee members are to be attached to Form R.5, and forwarded to the Referees’ Committee with the Referees' Advisory Committee's recommendation, on dates to be agreed by the Referees’ Committee.