Referees

The League is very lucky to have a growing list of referees willing to officiate on our matches, and will appointed referees to as many matches as possible, mainly on the Under 11 to Under 15 age groups, with priority given to Cup matches and older age groups. We can put referees on matches for younger age groups if requested and if referees are available. Note that on some weekends the League may not be able to cover every match, especially when there are County Cup (Oxfordshire FA and Berks & Bucks FA) matches as these use a lot of referees.

For Referees

League Registration

We are keen to add more referees to our League appointments list and would like to hear from any experienced or newly qualified referees, especially any that have taken the Futsal referee course. If you would like to officiate on the League as a referee, please complete the referee registration form and return it to referees@oyfl.org.uk.

Availability

Referees will be asked about their availability for the following week and a quick response would be much appreciated so the Referees Secretary can sort out the appointments. The appointments list will be circulated to referees on Wednesday showing the games for the coming weekend (and midweek if appropriate). If you can no longer officiate on a game, please let the Referees Secretary know asap. Referees will receive an email from the Referees Secretary and a notification from FA Full-Time system.

Appointment confirmation

Club fixture secretaries will also receive the appointments list and they should confirm the fixture details with each referee at least 3 days in advance of the fixture. Once you receive this, please acknowledge the details and confirm that you will be attending the game. Any problems, please contact the Referees Secretary.

Match Report

Once the fixture has been played, please complete the Match Report Card and return this to the Referees Secretary within 48 hours of the fixture date. Details of the Fair Play marking scheme can be found on the CS Fair Play Marking page or by downloading them here (Word, 20Kb).

From the 2017-2018 season, referees can now use our online referee report, which is accessible via iPhone, iPad, laptop and PC. Click on the image below to access the online report.

Online Referee Report

Any cautions, dismissals or misconduct should be reported through the usual County FA channels.

For Clubs/Managers

Club Referees

Clubs may be able to use their own club referees for games as long as their details have been sent through to the Referees Secretary and have been approved by the League. Like League referees, club referees must be qualified and be registered with their County FA for the current season (if they are going to do 9v9 and/or 11v11 formats), though someone who has completed the Mini Soccer Referee Course would be approved to officiate on 5v5 and 7v7 games.

Appointments

Club fixture secretaries will receive the referee appointments list and they should confirm the fixture details with each referee at least 3 days in advance of the fixture and by Friday at the latest. If you have problems contacting a referee, please contact the Referees Secretary.

Referee fees

The correct fee should be paid to the referee before the game (Rule 13 (E)). Note Rule 13 (F) about payment of referees in cases of postponement (where the referee has attended the ground).

  Fee

 Match Format

 Age Groups

£20.00 5v5 U7-U12
£25.00 7v7 and 9v9 U9-U12
£30.00 11v11 U13-U15
£35.00 11v11 U16






Marking

Managers (both home and away) must remember to include a mark for the referee's performance on the match card. Failure to include a mark will make the club liable for a fine (Rule 13 (H)). A guide to marking is given below, but also check out Appendix 1 in the League Handbook (see Rules page).

  Mark Range

 Description

86 - 100 The referee demonstrated very accurate decision-making and controlled the game very well using management and communication skills effectively to add value to the game.
76 - 85 The referee demonstrated accurate decision-making and controlled the game well using management and communication skills to contribute positively to the game.
61 - 75 The referee demonstrated reasonably accurate decision-making and despite some shortcomings generally controlled the game well.
60 and below The referee demonstrated shortcomings in the accuracy of decision-making and control which affected the game.

If a referee is marked 60 or below, then the club must send a written report to the Referees Secretary within three days of the match being played. Failure to send in such a report will result in the club being fined a Scale B fine (Rule 13 (H)). The purpose of this is to assist referees improve their performance levels, so the comments should be as constructive as possible.