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  • Manual of Guidance for

    Youth League Match Officials

    July 2019

  • 1

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Section Page

    1 Introduction 3

    2 Order of Precedence 3

    3 Personal Details 4

    4 Communications 4

    4.1 Electronic 4

    4.2 Communication by Telephone 4

    4.3 Communicating with Clubs 5

    5 Closed Dates 5

    6 The Appointment Process 6

    7 Relinquishing an Appointment 7

    8 Team Sheets 8

    9 Match Reports 8

    10 Misconduct Reports 8

    11 Reports to League 9

    12 Match fees 9

    13 Travel Arrangements 9

    14 Postponement of Matches 10

    15 Preparation on Match Days 12

    16 Dress Code 12

    17 Travelling to the Ground 12

    18 Arriving at the Ground 13

    19 Reporting of Late Arrival 13

    20 Non-appearance of a Match Official 13

    21 Team Colours 14

    22 Guests at Thurlow Nunn League Matches 14

    23 The Dressing Room 14

    24 Injury or Illness during a Match 14

    25 Warming Up and Warming Down 15

    26 Post-Match Hospitality 15

    27 Safeguarding Children 15

    28 Performance Measurement 16

    28.1 Referees 16

    28.2 Assistant Referees 17

    29 Performance Warning Letters 18

    30 League Documents 18

    31 Return Substitutions 18

    Appendix No 1 – Rules of the Eastern Counties League 19

    Youth Cup Competition

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    FOREWORD

    We are pleased that you have been accepted to serve as a Referee or Assistant Referee

    on the Thurlow Nunn Football League’s Youth Division. By accepting the invitation to

    serve, there are certain commitments that have to be made on your part and in return you

    will receive the full support of the League, who will provide you with training, development

    assistance and full support.

    As many of you are already aware, officiating on the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties

    Youth League signals a big step in your refereeing career and represents many changes

    as a Referee or Assistant Referee. Clubs at this level have enclosed grounds, the skill

    factor is often better and there is a paying attendance.

    These factors bring with them certain responsibilities on your part. The Thurlow Nunn

    Football League expects that your standard of administration and communication will be

    of the highest level. You will also be expected to conduct yourself, on and off the field of

    play, in an exemplary and professional manner.

    This booklet is designed to be a point of reference for you in your role as a Thurlow Nunn

    Youth League Match Official. You are strongly advised to take note of its content and

    regularly revisit it. By doing so, you will be in a position to approach each appointment

    with confidence, ensuring that you achieve the maximum performance level possible.

    The following email received by the League highlights some of the benefits of officiating

    on the League:

    “Many thanks on a great three months since I joined the League as an official. I have had

    some great appointments on the line and in the middle and a great experience with some

    top officials and the feedback from them has been great too, so thanks for giving me the

    chance to do so. I have felt that I have learnt the most this season on this League

    working in teams of three and how it works.

    I would love to officiate on this League again next season so please consider me as an

    official for 2017/18.”

    Finally, we trust that you will enjoy your time officiating at this level of the game. Never

    hesitate at any time to contact any of us if you have any concerns or questions.

    Nigel Spurling Tony Trevers

    Secretary Referees’ Administration Officer

    Email: secretary@thurlownunnleague.co.uk Email: t.trevers@btinternet.com

    Maurice Scrivener Trevor Mitchell

    Referees’ Appointments Officer Referees’ Appointments Officer

    Essex/Cambs/Suffolk/Norfolk/Hunts Lincs/Peterborough

    Email: ammojo2004@yahoo.com Email: mitchetrev@aol.com

    Mobile No: 07796 322434 Mobile No: 07773 306135 or 07912

    178260

    mailto:secretary@thurlownunnleague.co.uk mailto:t.trevers@btinternet.com mailto:ammojo2004@yahoo.com mailto:mitchetrev@aol.com

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    1. Introduction

    This Manual of Guidance is designed to assist Match Officials who officiate on the

    Thurlow Nunn Youth Football League.

    It is not a definitive document but aims to provide advice and guidance on issues that

    Match Officials may encounter at this level of football. If, after consulting this

    document, you have still not been able to find the solution to your problem you are

    strongly urged to contact the officers of the League.

    2. Order of Precedence

    The Football Association Regulations for the Registration and Control of

    Referees sets an “Order of Precedence” of appointments for Referees and Assistant

    Referees, which is as follows:

    (1) The FA Challenge Cup Competition

    (2) The FA Premier League

    (3) The Football League

    (4) The FA Challenge Trophy Competition

    (5) The FA Challenge Vase Competition

    (6) Affiliated Association County Cup Competitions

    Affiliated Association appointments only take precedence over Panel

    Leagues, the FA Youth and FA 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 FA Youth and FA County Youth Challenge Cup Competitions

    and FA Women’s Cup 4th Round and above

    (9) Contributory Leagues (recognised divisions only) [Thurlow Nunn

    Premier Division], National League Systems Cup and FA Sunday

    Cup

    (10) FA Women’s Super League and Cup

    (11) Supply Leagues (recognised divisions only) [Thurlow Nunn Division

    One]

    (12) FA Women’s :Premier League and Cup

    (13) Senior County Leagues

    (14) Intermediate County Leagues

    (15) FA Women’s Cup prior to 4th Round

    (16) Women’s Combination League and Cup

    (17) Women’s Regional League and Cup

    (18) County Junior Leagues

    (19) County Women’s Leagues and Cups

    (20) All other Competitions, including Youth Competitions

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    3. Personal Details

    Your personal details will be held by the League on a computer system. The League

    Secretary is responsible for holding and maintaining this information. If any of your

    personal details change, even if it is a temporary change, you are required to inform

    the Referees’ Administration Officer immediately that change is known. This must be

    carried out in writing (by post or e-mail). This is particularly important in respect of

    address or contact telephone number changes, as well as new e-mail addresses.

    4. Communication

    4.1 Electronic

    As the world of communication develops, more people have access to an e-mail

    address. The League has the ability to conduct much of its business by this form of

    electronic transmission. However, there are some words of caution in respect of the

    use of e-mails.

     Only use an e-mail address that you have constant access to.

     Do not provide an address which emanates from an occasional visit to an

    Internet Café.

     Ensure that you type the address correctly before sending the message.

     If your e-mail account has an auto-acknowledge facility ensure this is

    activated to receive an acknowledgement from the recipient. If you have not

    received an acknowledgement within 48 hours either re-send the

    transmission or, if urgent, seek some other means of communication.

     Similarly, if your e-mail requires a response, follow it up if a response is not

    received within 48 hours.

     If you ever suspect that a virus has corrupted your computer, cease sending

    e-mails until you can guarantee the integrity of your equipment.

     Do not use e-mail addresses that give the impression that you have a

    cavalier or flippant attitude to your role of referee (e.g.

    redcardrichards@aol.com is not acceptable). Remember, Club Secretaries

    see these e-mail addresses.

     The League will not accept the sending of inappropriate e-mails to any of its

    addresses.

    4.2 Communicating by Telephone

    Communication by telephone should be kept to an absolute minimum. The telephone

    should only be used in an emergency and as a last resort.

    If you leave an answer phone message, ensure that you apply the basic ABC

    principles of communication:

    A Accurate B Brief C Clear

    Under no circumstances will mobile telephone message texting services be an

    acceptable form of communication with the League.

    mailto:redcardrichards@aol.com

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