(A) egistered Referees and Assistant Referees for all matches shall be appointed in a manner approved by the Management Committee and by the sanctioning Association(s).
(B) In the event of the non-appearance of the appointed Referee, the appointed senior Assistant Referee shall take charge and a substitute Assistant Referee appointed by the competing teams. In cases where there are not any officially appointed Assistant Referees, or where the competition has been unable to appoint a Referee the home Club shall provide a Referee. In the event of a Referee not being available on the day of the match the teams will provide a Referee. The Referee for that game will have the full powers, status and authority of a registered Referee. Referees under the age of 16 shall not participate either as a Referee or Assistant Referee in any open age competition.
(C) The Management Committee may, if they consider it desirable, or upon application by the two competing Clubs, appoint Assistant Referees, if available, to any match.
(D) The appointed Referee shall have power to decide as to the fitness of the ground in all matches and the decision shall be final subject to either a ground of a Local Authority or the owners of a private ground. The Representative of that body will be the sole arbiter and whose decision must be accepted, except where the representative declares the pitch fit but the Referee states otherwise.
(E) Match Fees:-
Referee (see Schedule of Fees, Payments and Fines) Registered Referees appointed by the Management Committee as Assistant Referees (see Schedule of Fees, Payments and Fines), subject to any limits laid down by the sanctioning Association(s).
The Home Club shall pay the Match Officials their fees immediately after the match.
Where Assistant Referees are appointed the home team will still cover the cost of the Referee, with both the home and away teams sharing the cost for the Assistant Referees. In order to avoid any delay the Home team Captain/ Manager or Club Official, should pay both Assistant Referees immediately after the game is completed (see Schedule of Fees, Payments and Fines) and obtain the relevant money later from the away team.
In the event that a Double-Header game has been scheduled by the League Match Secretary both sides will share the total cost for the Referee’s Fees (see Schedule of Fees, Payments and Fines) and Assistant Referees Fee (see Schedule of Fees, Payments and Fines). However, as described above, the side whose ground is hosting the games should pay the officials immediately after the games are completed and then obtain later the relevant money from the away team.
(F) In the event of a match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs do not have any control the Match Officials, if they attend the ground, shall be entitled to their full fee. Where a 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.
(G) A Referee not keeping their engagement and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to their non-appearance, may have their name removed from the list of Referees and the fact reported to the Association with which they are registered.
(H) Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed by The Football Association, award marks to the Referee for each match. 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 or dealt with, as the Management Committee shall determine.
(I) Where a Club provides a mark for a referee of 60 or less out of 100, that club through either their Secretary or Referees’ Secretary must submit a report to the League Referees’ Secretary within 7 days of the match as to the reasons why they are providing a mark of 60 or less. Failure to do so will result in a standard maladministration fine (see Schedule of Fees, Payments and Fines)
(J) 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 Football Association/County Association.
(K) The Referee shall submit a report Form, supplied by the Competition, giving the result of the match, the number of players in each team, the time of kick-off along with any other requested details to the nominated League Management Committee Member within two days of the match. Failure to submit a report Form within the stipulated time scale may result in the Referee not receiving Competition appointments.
(L) Referees and Assistant Referees shall be supplied, each season, with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge.