These notes are for guidance and should be used in conjunction with the League Rules.
Annual Subscriptions to be paid to the Hon Treasurer on or before 31st August or before the start
of the North Berks League Season, whichever is earlier-Rule 2 (B).
All Fines and accounts to be paid to the Hon Treasurer within 14 days of the date of posting-Rule
5 ( I ).
The last date for player registration and transfers is 1st April-Rule 8 ( F ).
All players to complete and sign a registration form, countersigned by an Officer of the Club
(these forms to be retained by the Club Secretary and shall be made available to League
Management Committee on request), Clubs to complete a registration by entering the players’
details on FA Full-Time and obtain approval from the Registration Secretary prior to playing.
All Clubs to ensure that all players are Registered as ACTIVE on The FA Full Time System
Should a Club have any doubt over player registration then please check with either the
Registration System or FA Full Time before the playing the player-Rule 8 (B)
Confirm the fixture and location of Ground to the appointed Referee-Rule 13 para 2.
Check colours for possible clash, home team to change if necessary-Rule 9 para 5.
Changing Accommodation to be open and ready thirty minutes before Kick-Off Rule 10 (B) para 3.
When a playing pitch is not enclosed with at least a post and rope barrier then a white line to be
clearly marked behind the goals-Rule 10 (B)
Home Club to provide suitable flags for the Club Assistant Referees-Rule 13 ( C ).
Home Club to provide at least two suitable match-balls Rule 10 ( B ) para 15.
Home Team to supply the Match Result Sheet and complete all relevant details (in BLOCK
CAPITALS), including players’ forenames and surnames including substitutes, and pass on to the
opponents in adequate time for them to complete their details and return to the Home Team, the
Home Team Official to ensure that it is fully completed and with the Referee at least 15 minutes
prior to Kick-Off.
Home Club to appoint a responsible Club Official for the security of the Changing
Accommodation including ensuring that the area is securely locked during play.
to be paid within 15 minutes of the end of the match-Rule 13 ( E ).
Each Club within 15 minutes of the completion of the Match collect the Match
Result Sheet from
the referee. The sheets to be then exchanged between the Clubs for the
players and the mark of the referee to be entered.
It is the responsibility of the Home Club that the Master Copy of the Match
Result Sheet is fully
completed and forwarded via e-mail or by post to the Hon Registration
Secretary. This must
be received by the Registration Secretary within two days (Sundays excluded)
of the completed
match. Should a fixture be postponed the fully completed and signed
Postponement Form must
be forwarded to the Hon Fixtures Secretary as per League Rules and Telephone
carried out in the normal manner.
All Clubs to ensure match details are promptly entered on FA Full-Time
The Home Club is responsible to telephone the result of all matches to the
Officer by 5 p.m. on a Saturday and within 75 minutes of the end of the
match on other days,
information regarding the goalscorers first name and surnames in the match
shall clearly be
recorded during this call. In outside Cup Competitions against non-North
Berks Clubs the away
team must telephone in the match result.
THE DESIGNATED NBFL OFFICIAL IS:-
Richard Underwood (Media Relations Officer)
Results Line: SMS Text 07710 659411
The Home Club
shall forward the fully completed Match Result Sheet to the Hon. Registration
Secretary. The fully completed Match Result Sheet must be received by the Hon.
Secretary within two days (Sundays excluded) of the completed match. This can be
the Registration Secretary if desired. Club’s are also responsible for entering
their match details
on Full Time. Should a fixture be postponed the fully completed Postponement
Form must be
completed and forwarded to the Hon. Fixtures Secretary as per League Rules and
Result procedure followed in normal manner.
Guidance for marking of referees
The mark awarded by a club must be based on the referee's
overall performance. It is most important that the mark is awarded fairly
and not based on isolated incidents or previous games. The referee's
performance should be determined by the table below which should act as a guide
for the overall mark which should fall within the mark range for each standard
The referee was extremely accurate in decision making and
very successfully controlled the game using management and communication
skills to create an environment of fair play. Adding real value to the
The referee was very accurate in decision making and
successfully controlled the game using management and communication
skills to create an environment of fair play.
The referee was accurate in decision making and controlled
the game well, communicating with the players, making a positive
contribution towards fair play.
The referee was reasonably accurate in decision making,
controlled the game quite well and communicated with players,
establishing a reasonable degree of fair play.
The referee had some shortcomings in the level of accuracy
of decision making and control with only limited success in
communicating with the players resulting in variable fair play.
50 and below
The referee has significant shortcomings in the level of
accuracy of decision making and control with poor communication with the
players which resulted in low levels of fair play.
Using a scale of up to 100
allows greater flexibility for clubs to distinguish between different
refereeing performances more accurately.
A mark within each
mark range can be given to reflect the referee's performance e.g. a mark of
79 indicates a somewhat better performance than a mark of 71.
A mark of between 71 and 80
represents the standard of refereeing expected.
When a mark of 50 or less
is awarded, an explanation must be provided to the League or Competition.
It must include comments which could help improve the referee's future
performances. Even where a referee has significant shortcomings there
will have been some positive aspects which should be given credit; extremely
low marks (below 20) should be very rare.
How to Decide on the Referee's
The following questions focus on the key areas of a referee's
performance. They are intended as an "aide memoire", are not necessarily
comprehensive and need not be answered individually. It is, however, worth
considering them before committing yourself to a mark for the referee.
Control & Decision Making
How well did the referee
control the game?
Were the players' actions
Were the laws applied
Were all incidents dealt
Were all the appropriate
sanctions applied correctly?
Was the referee always
within a reasonable distance of incidents?
Was the referee well
positioned to make critical decisions, especially in and around the penalty
Did the referee understand
the players' positional intentions and keep out of the way accordingly?
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?
Was the referee aware of
the players' attitude to advantage?
Did the referee use the
Did the officials work as a
team, and did the referee lead and manage them to the benefit of the game?
Communication & Player Management
How well did the referee
communicate with the players during the game?
Did the referee's level of
involvement/profile suit this particular game?
Did the referee understand
the players' problems on the day â€“ e.g. difficult ground/weather conditions?
Did the referee respond to
the changing pattern of play/mood of players?
Did the referee demonstrate
empathy for the game, allowing it to develop in accordance with the tempo of
Was the referee pro-active
in his/her controlling of the game?
Was the referee's authority
asserted firmly without being officious?
Was the referee confident
and quick thinking?
Did the referee appear
unflustered and unhurried when making critical decisions?
Did the referee permit
undue questioning of decisions?
Did the referee deal
effectively with players crowding around after decisions/incidents?
Was effective player
management in evidence?
Was the referee's body
language confident and open at all times?
Did the pace of the game,
the crowd or player pressure affect the referee negatively?
Always try to be objective
when marking. You may not obtain the most objective view by marking
immediately after the game.
Judge the performance over
the whole game. Don't be too influenced by one particular incident.
Don't mark the referee down
unfairly because your team was unlucky and lost the game or some
disciplinary action was taken against your players.
correspondence when directed.
North Berks League Officers between 6pm and 9pm when urgent advice or assistance
Clubs are encouraged to arrange for a responsible adult person to be in
attendance at matches (in addition to players and club linesmen) to be able to
act in the case of emergency e.g. serious injury.
The referee's fee, inclusive of travelling expenses, shall be £35.00.
The fee for Assistant Referees, when appointed shall be £29.00,
inclusive of travelling expenses.
The home club shall pay the officials their fees within 15 minutes of
the end of the match. A club
failing to comply shall be fined not exceeding £15.00.
In the event of a match not being played because of circumstances over which
the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be
entitled to a fee of £17.00 for a Referee and £13.00 for an Assistant
An award is made annually to
the Club Linesman who obtains the highest average mark in North Berks league
matches. Club Linesmen should ensure that the officiating Referee is made
aware of his name so that an assessment of his performance can be made and
passed to the Hon Referees Secretary, who will collate the marks to determine
the eventual winner. All Referees in all games should submit marks on
their Match Report Cards.
The North Berks Football
League Council fully supports the worthwhile scheme that encourages regular
participation of Club Linesmen and undoubtedly increases the competency of
individuals for the benefit of North Berks football in general.