Referees Marks:
Guide to Marking - Considerations

Following each match all clubs most mark the referees performance in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Football Association.

Overall Decision Making:


Did the Referee;

  • Recognise patterns of play andnot invade player/game space
  • Correctly recognise and award throw-ins, goal-kicks and corners
  • Demonstrate consistent and credible recognition, detection and interpretation of 'normal' Law 12 offences. i.e., but not limited to; foul tackles, holding, ariel challenges, handball etc.
  • Recognise Law 11 + 12 offences and advantage application opportunities, not merely possession, applied in credible areas and/or applied without detriment to match control
  • Demonstrate awareness of when appropriate to use the range of management technicques available, before resorting to formal disciplinary action i.e., the STEP process
  • Recognise where player(s), teams(s) are using time consuming tactics and takes positive appropriate action, i.e., preventative actions
  • Demonstrate high levels of fitness and work rate throughout the entire gane to meet the demands of the game

Judgement of Major Decisions:
Cautions/Non-cautions, Send Offs/Non-Send Offs, Penalties/Non-Penalties, Goal Awarded/Disallowed or other significant game changing decisions


Did the Referee;

  • Demonstrate identification of 'significant game impact' incidents and offences with appropriate action(s) applied
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognise the imporatnce of potential key match decisions and effectively move towards/gain an optimium viewing angle to (a) judge, (b) enhance credibility and (c) adds value to the decision

In the highly unlikely event of there being no major decisions, a standard mark of 15 should be awarded to the Referee.


Overall Control and Player Management:


Did the Referee;

  • Act in a positive manner in the Pre-match communication and Off-Field Behaviour
  • Lead their team, ensuring all officiales worked in harmony without contradictory decisions (where ARs are appointed)
  • Display empathy for the game, managing game situations in an empathetic manner recognising the ever changing ebbs/flows, nature and temperature of the game and adapsts refereeing style to suit
  • Recognise when/how to raise his/her profile to aide their match control and remain in self-control of emotions, demonstrating composure
  • Recognise when apprpriate to enter face-to-face dialogue with the Assistant referee(s) (where applicable), to aide visual co-operation and major descision making
  • Effectively manage, when appropriate, two-way interaction with players, technical staff etc.
  • Demonstare a natural authority/confidence - not influenced by players, spectators or team officials