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SFA Referees and Match Official

Ever tried playing a game of football without a referee?

It’s difficult, right…?

Referees play a crucial role in helping football take place. From local grassroots football played in a park on a Sunday morning right through to the FA Cup Final at Wembley, every football match needs a referee.

That’s why here at Shropshire FA we are dedicated to producing, supporting and developing a highly motivated and immense talented network of FA qualified referees. Find out more HERE


SJFL. SCORY. Rule 23

RULE 23 (A) Registered referees (and assistant referees where approved by The FA or County FA) for all Competition Matches shall be appointed in a manner approved by the Management Committee and by the Sanctioning Authority. 

(B) In cases where there are no officially appointed Match Officials in attendance, the Clubs shall agree upon a referee. An individual thus agreed upon shall, for that Competition Match, have the full powers, status and authority of a registered referee. Individuals under the age of 16 must not participate either as a referee or assistant referee in any open age competition and individuals under the age of 14 must not participate either as a referee or assistant referee in any Competition Match. Referees between the ages of 14 and 16 are only eligible to officiate in competitions where the Players’ age band is at least one year younger than the age of the referee, for example a 15-year-old referee may only officiate in competitions where the age banding is 14 or younger. 

(C) Where assistant referees are not appointed each Team shall provide a Club assistant referee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff ) being imposed on the defaulting Club. 

(D) The appointed referee shall have power to decide as to the fitness of the Ground in all Competition Matches and that decision shall be final, subject to the determination of the Local Authority or the owners of a Ground, which must be accepted. 

(E) Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the Sanctioning Authority, Match Officials appointed under this Rule shall be paid a match fee in accordance with the Fees Tariff and travel expenses of [0 ] per mile / or inclusive of travel expenses. Check out latest news, fixtures and results at 67 Match Officials will be paid their fees and/or expenses by the home Club before/immediately after the Competition Match, unless otherwise ordered by the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

 (F) In the event of a Competition Match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be entitled to full fee plus expenses/half fee plus expenses/expenses only. Where a Competition Match is not played owing to one Club being in default, that Club shall be ordered to pay the Match Officials, if they attend the Ground, their full fee and expenses. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. 

(G) A referee not keeping his or her engagement and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to their non-appearance, may be reported to the Affiliated Association with which he or she is registered. 

(H) Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by The FA, award marks to the referee for each Competition Match and the name of the referee and the marks awarded shall be submitted to the Competition on the prescribed form provided. Clubs failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff ) or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine. 

(I) The Competition shall keep a record of the markings and, on the form provided by the prescribed date each Season, shall submit a summary to The FA/County FA.

 (J) The referee shall submit a report form, supplied by the Competition, giving the result of the Competition Match, the number of Players in each Team and the time of kick-off to the (Registration) Secretary within two days of the Competition Match. 

(K) Match Officials shall be supplied, each season, with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge.

 (L) Match Officials shall have undertaken a RESPECT briefing offered by The FA/County FA or the Competition.

 (M) Local Rule. Referee Fees: U7 – U10 fee is £10. U11-U12 fee is £15. U13-U14 fee is £20. U15-U16 fee is £27.50. (N) Local Rule: The referee shall submit a report form, supplied by the Competition, giving the result of the Competition Match, the number of players in each team & the time of kick-off to the Referee Appointment Secretary within 2 days of the Competition Match. For U13 – U16 Age Groups only.

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SJFL Referee of The Year 2018/19 – Matt Boswell 


SJFL Young Referee of The Year 2018/19( joint awards) – Dominic Hanna and  Morgan Gough 


All photos courtesy of Kidz in Focus


The success of The FA National Referee Development Programme (NRDP) in producing and retaining quality referees is determined by the choice of Partner Clubs and Leagues that are selected by the Shropshire FA to support the programme.

All clubs used in the programme are signed up to and actively participating in the FA Respect
Programme. These partners are aware of their responsibilities towards the development of selected referees and create an environment where potential and commitment will be encouraged to develop.

Partner Clubs are required to meet all Safeguarding requirements, follow the FA RESPECT programme, abide by the National Referee Development Programme Codes of Conduct and provide a safe and appropriate environment for match officials at all times.

Similarly National Referee Development Programme Partner Leagues are required to fulfil all of the above, as well as being an FA Charter Standard League, with allocated Referee Coaches and Mentors, and with a commitment to Independent Referee Appointments for the benefit and development of referees within the League

The Shropshire F.A. is delighted to announce that the Shropshire Junior Football League are the County F.A’s first recipient of this award as they have demonstrated a commitment and support in the development of referees in Shropshire.

As an FA Charter Standard League, Shropshire Junior League have included Referee Development and the introduction of Independent Referees Appointments as a key priority for a number of years as part of its League Development Plan .This has seen the introduction of Independent Appointments at Under 13s and Under 16s age groups this season with further age groups to follow in the coming seasons.

The FA and Shropshire FA acknowledge that the National Referee Development Programme will be unable to retain or develop match officials without the support of their network of Partner Leagues and Clubs. The FA and Shropshire FA acknowledge that the retention and development of referees is not only a success for the programme but also to those Partner Clubs and Leagues who support it.

Photo left to right : Jim Mitchell (SJFL President). Mike Hames (SJFL Chairman). Don Goodman ( FA Guest Speaker). Nigel Harris (SJFL Referees Appointments).

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Referee of the Year –  Robert Davies
SJFL appoints match referees to all U13, U16, cup semi-finals and cup finals. Robert Davies was awarded young referee of the year though his match officialdom of the younger age groups in the league. After each game a match report is returned to the league which includes referee’s marks plus comments for his refereeing that fixture. At the end of the season the highest average scores allots the winner. Simon Walker was awarded the senior referee of the year (older age groups) but was unable to attend the presentation day.

On the photo: from (L) to (R) Nigel Harris (SJFL Referee’s Appointments Secretary). Robert Davies – Young Referee of The Year.

Photo courtesy of Kidz in Focus