Referees & Linesman

If you are asked to officiate a match:

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. The behaviour of the match officials has an impact, directly and indirectly, on the conduct of everyone involved in the game – both on the pitch and on the sidelines.

Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for match officials at all time. I will:

• Be honest and completely impartial at all times

• Apply the Laws of the Game and competition rules fairly and consistently • Manage the game in a positive, calm and confident manner

• Deal with all instances of violence, aggression, unsporting behaviour, foul play and other misconduct

• Never tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour from players and officials

• Support my match official colleagues at all times

• Set a positive personal example by promoting good behaviour and showing Respect to everyone involved in the game

• Communicate with the players and encourage fair play

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/ all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA or The FA: I may be:

• Issued with a verbal warning from a club or league official

• Required to meet with the club, league or CFA Welfare Officer

• Required to meet with the club committee

• Obliged to undertake an FA education course

• Obliged to leave the match venue by the club

• Requested by the club not to attend future games

• Suspended or have my club membership removed

• Required to leave the club along with any dependents In addition:

• The FA/County FA could impose a fine and/or suspension on the club