Guidance For Club Secretaries
Before A Match
By the Tuesday evening before a HOME fixture, Telephone and confirm the game with the opposing team’s Secretary and the Match Referee. Please also discuss with the opposing club secretary your teams colours to avoid a clash being aware that the HOME team is responsible to change kits if necessary. It is recommended that the full club colours (shirts, shorts & socks) for both teams in a game are shared with the referee so that he/she can confirm whether there is any colour clash & which elements of the kit need to be changed.
Ensure Team Sheet is filled in correctly including ticking boxes regarding substitutes used/unused, listing goalscorers, Referee’s name and marks and is then posted to the Registration Secretary to arrive no later than Wednesday following the match.
Ensure your team provides a Linesman, TWO match balls and linesman flags for the match.
Ensure the Referee is given the BLUE copy of the team-sheet before kick-off and is paid his fee promptly once the game has finished and is not left waiting around for it.
Home team secretary to Telephone or Email the result and both teams goalscorers to the Press Officer by 3pm on the day of the match. Away team secretary to phone in their goalscorers if not given to home team secretary before leaving ground.
If playing in a COUNTY CUP FIXTURE teams playing HOME or AWAY the team secretary is responsible for phoning in the result and goalscorers to the Press Officer (Note: winning team secretary must also contact the relevant Essex FA group officer with their result.
All Cup matches to be decided on the day of the match, If the scores are level at the end of normal time then a extra time of 15 minutes each way shall be played. if at the end of extra time the scores are still level then the tie shall be decided by penalties.
It is very important that you reply to any correspondence from the league within the specified time, it not only helps the league run efficiently but more importantly helps your club avoid being fined!
Postponements/Cancellations or Change of Venue
If a game has to be postponed due to weather/lack of players/abandonment or a change of venue is required the HOME team secretary must contact the following League officers immediately:
• Fixture Secretary
• Referee Appointment Secretary
• Press Officer
• Opposing Club Secretary
• Match Official
Other Helpful Information
No Telephone calls to Management Committee Members after 21.00 hours.
Information relating to Referees please contact: Kevin Fisher
Information relating to Registrations/Transfers please contact: Jacqui Parker
Information relating to Finances please contact: Malcolm Seward
Information relating to fixtures please contact: Andy Livermore
Information relating to all other matters please contact: David Parker
Notes for Secretaries/Managers
Guidance for Referee Marking
The mark awarded by a club must be based on the referee’s overall performance. It is important that this mark is awarded fairly and not based upon isolated incidents, on previous games or who the referee is. The referee’s performance should be determined by the table below which should act as a guide for the overall mark, falling within the mark range for each standard of performance.
91-100 The referee was extremely accurate in decision making & very successfully controlled the game, using management & communication skills to create an environment of fair play, adding real value to the game
81-90 The referee was very accurate in decision making & successfully controlled the game using management & communication skills to create an environment of fair play.
71-80 The referee was accurate in decision making & controlled the game well, communicating with the players, making a positive contribution to fair play.
61-70 The referee was reasonably accurate in decision making, controlled the game quite well and communicated with the players, establishing a reasonable degree of fair play.
51-60 The referee had some shortcomings in the level of accuracy of decision making & control, with only limited success in communicating with the players resulting in variable fair play.
0 – 50 The referee had significant shortcomings in the level of accuracy of decision making and control with poor communication with players which resulted in low levels of fair play.
Where a mark of 50 or less is awarded an explanation must be provided in writing to the Registration or Referee Appointments Secretary, when sending in the club’s Team Ssheets.
Club officials should use the full range of marks within each category to help distinguish between different performance levels.
When marking a referee club officials should consider the whole game & not isolated decisions. The result of the match should not influence the mark & disciplinary action should be judged objectively.
How to decide on the referees mark
The following questions may aid reaching a mark for the official & thus worthy of consideration.
Control & Decision Making
* How well did the referee control the game?
* Were the Laws applied correctly?
* Were all incidents dealt with efficiently/effectively?
* Was the referee always within reasonable distance of incidents?
* Was the referee well positioned to make critical decisions especially in & around the penalty area?
* Did the referee demonstrate alertness and concentration throughout the game?
* Did the referee apply the use of advantage to suit the mood and temperature of the game?
* Did the referee use the assistants effectively?
Communication & Player Management
* How well did the referee communicate with the players during the game?
* Did the referee understand the players problems on the day e.g. difficult ground/weather conditions?
* Did the referee respond to the changing pattern of play/mood of the players?
* Was the referee pro-active in controlling of the game?
* Was the referee’s authority asserted firmly without being officious?
* Was the referee confident & quick thinking?
* Did the referee appear unflustered & unhurried when making critical decisions?
* Did the referee permit undue questioning of decisions?
* Did the referee deal effectively with players after incidents/decisions?
* Was effective player management in evidence?
* Was the referee’s body language confident & open at all times?
* Did the pace of the game, the spectators or player pressure affect the referee negatively