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GUIDE TO THE 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 upon 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 of performance. 

 

Mark Range Comment 

 

100 - 86

The Referee demonstrated very accurate decision-making and controlled the game very well using management and communication skills effectively to add value to the game

 

85-76 

The Referee demonstrated accurate decision-making and controlled the game well using management and communication skills to contribute positively to the game

 

75-61 

The Referee demonstrated reasonably accurate decision-making and despite some shortcomings generally controlled the game well

 

60 - 51

The Referee demonstrated some shortcomings in the accuracy of decision-making and control of the game

 

50 and below 

 

The Referee demonstrated serious shortcomings in the accuracy of decision-making and control which adversely affected the game

 

 

 

Notes 

 

• Club officials should use the full range of marks within each category to help distinguish between different performance levels, e.g. within the 85-76 category a mark of 84 indicates a better performance than a mark of 77. 

• While some Referees may have below average performances, there will usually have been some positive aspects of their performance, so extremely low marks should be very rare. 

• When club officials are marking a Referee, they should always look at the game as a whole and not isolated decisions. The result of the match should not influence the mark and disciplinary action should be judged objectively. 

• When a mark of 50 or lower is awarded, an explanation must be provided to the League Referees Secretary by e-mail using a free-text format. The purpose of this is to assist Referees to improve their performance levels, so the comments should be as helpful as possible.

 

HOW TO DECIDE ON THE REFEREE’S MARK 

 

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. 

 

DECISION MAKING AND CONTROL 

 

• How well did the Referee control the game? 

• Were the Laws applied correctly? 

• Were all incidents dealt with efficiently/effectively? 

• Were the appropriate sanctions applied correctly? 

• Was the Referee well positioned to make critical decisions, especially in and around the penalty area? 

• Did the Referee keep out of the way of play? 

• Did the Referee demonstrate alertness and concentration throughout the game? 

• Did the Referee use the Assistants effectively? 

• Did the Referee lead and manage the Assistants to the benefit of the game? 

 

COMMUNICATION AND 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 respond to the changes in the tempo of the game  

• Was the Referee pro-active in controlling of the game? 

• Was the Referee’s confident and firm without being officious? 

• 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 dissent by individuals or group of players? 

• Did pressure from any source affect the Referee negatively? 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS 

 

• 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.

 

 

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