13. (A) Registered referees (and assistant referees where approved by The FA or County FA) for all Competition Matches shall be appointed in a manner approved by the Management Committee and by the Sanctioning Association(s).

      (B) In cases where there are no officially appointed Match Officials in attendance the Clubs shall agree upon a referee.    An individual thus agreed upon shall, for that game, have the full powers, status and authority of a registered referee.

(C) Where assistant referees are not appointed each Team shall provide a Club assistant referee.  Failure to do so will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) being imposed on the defaulting Club.

(i) The Assistant Club Referee must not be a nominated substitute and should be a responsible person of an age not less than two years above the age group they will officiate in. i.e. 15 years old and above for under 13 games.

(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 in the case of a ground of a Local Authority or the owners of a Ground, the representative of that body is the sole arbiter and whose decision must be accepted.

(E) Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the Sanctioning Association, Match Officials appointed under this Rule shall be paid their fees and expenses in accordance with the Fees Tariff.

Match Referees: Premier Division Referees receive £45.00 inclusive fee (no travel expenses).

Under 13, Under 14, Under 15, Under 16, and Under 18 matches - Referee receives £35.00 plus travel expenses of £0.35 per mile capped at £20.00.

Assistant Referees : Premier Division Assistant Referees receive £27.50 inclusive (no travel expenses).

Under 13, Under 14, Under 15, Under 16 and Under 18 Assistant Referees receive £22.50 and travel expenses of £0.35 per mile capped at £20.00.

The cost of any appointed Assistant Referees made by the League will see the cost split equally between the home and away teams. This does not apply to Premier Division games at Under 18.

The home club shall pay the officials their match fees and expenses where appropriate either before or immediately after the games as requested by the match official.

Match Officials will be paid their fees and/or expenses by the home Club unless otherwise ordered by the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

 (F) 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 full fee plus expenses/half fee plus expenses/expenses only. 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 and expenses. Failure to comply with the Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(G) A referee not keeping his or her engagement, and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to their non-appearance, may be reported to the Association with which he or she is registered.

(H)Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by The FA, award marks to the referee for each match and 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 (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine.

(I)   The Competition shall keep a record of the markings and, on the form provided by the prescribed date each Playing Season, shall submit a summary to The FA/County FA.

(J) The referee shall submit a report form, supplied by the Competition, giving the result of the match, the number of Players in each Team and the time of kick-off to the (Registration) Secretary within two days of the match.

(K) Match Officials shall be supplied, each Playing Season, with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge.

(L) Match Officials shall have undertaken a RESPECT briefing offered by The FA/County FA or the League.


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