Match Day - Before the Match



Members must be at the ground by half-time of the match preceding theirs (including end of season final series matches where members must assume that there is an earlier grade match before the first grade). This means at least an hour before kick off. In all other cases, members are required to be at the ground at least 45 minutes prior to the kick off.

Late Arrival

Members who find themselves running late for a fixture should make reasonable endeavours to contact other match officials to advise them of the situation and expected time of arrival.

If a member appears to be late in arriving at a fixture, the members present should make reasonable endeavours to contact the member to ascertain the situation.

If a member fails to appear for their appointment as above, the Assessor or the senior Referee in attendance shall rearrange the appointments. Members shall give consideration to contacting Football NSW Appointments Officer, Football NSW’ Appointments Coordinator, the President or Secretary (in that order) if assistance is required.

In rearranging the appointments members shall consider their grouping and experience. In these circumstances members shall not Referee a grade above their grouping that they have never previously refereed. Members are not to be pressured into refereeing such a match simply for the sake of having the match played. Members should not be pressured by club officials or officials of Football NSW to Referee a match for which they are not qualified.

If the appointed Referee arrives late and the match has commenced, the Referee controlling the match will complete the game, and the late arrival will assume the Assistant Referee's duties if a club assistant referee is being used.

If an appointed Assistant Referee arrives late they will take up their duties after reporting to the Referee during a stoppage in play. Such incidents must be reported to the Secretary.

If a match official arrives after kick-off and another Official Referee, from any Branch, has taken up duties to form a full complement of match officials, then the member who arrived late shall not replace any of the match officials on the match. Instead they should watch the match quietly from the sideline.

Whoever starts a match (as Referee or Assistant Referee) finishes a match, barring injury. It is not permissible to change officials during a match.

Members have an obligation to report their own late arrival to the Secretary, in writing, advising of the circumstances as soon as practicable after the event.

Non Attendance of Match Official

Members have an obligation to report their own non-attendance at a fixture to the Secretary, in writing, advising of the circumstances as soon as practicable after the event.

Members have an obligation to report the non-attendance of Match Officials on the published appointments sheet to the Secretary, in writing, as soon as practicable after the event.

Non Members

If an Assistant Referee is not appointed members are encouraged to take members of other Branches to assist them. However, they must first check with the Appointments Officer that a member has not been subsequently appointed. If a member has been appointed they must be used. The non member's name and Referee’s Branch must be added to the team sheet.

Substitute Officials

The referee must clearly establish the identity of any person being considered as a substitute official. No person under the age of 16 is allowed to participate as a substitute official. If an "off duty" member is in attendance and agrees to assist they must be given preference over any other person and both clubs must be notified accordingly. Both clubs must agree to a substitute official in order that the match be played as scheduled.

Ground Listing

A Grounds List is published by Football NSW from time to time.

The current ground listing can be found at

Wet Weather (refer also to information from Football NSW)

Where wet weather conditions make any doubts as to the possibility of one or all games being played the Home Club must inspect the ground on or prior to the day of the match and make a decision if all or any games may be played. The decision must be advised to Football NSW by the Home Club official. It is no longer the responsibility of the Referee to inspect the ground on the morning of the match.

If games are cancelled, the Appointments Officer will contact the Referees involved and the Convenor of Assessors. Information to this effect is usually published on the Football NSW website under the link to each competition. In circumstances where a ground has not been closed, the responsibility of the match referee will only be to determine whether a match can be played when he/she arrives at the ground.

No Assistant Referee

Members are not to officiate unless there is another official Referee present. Exceptions are made for WSL matches, whichmay be played without official Assistant Referees at the discretion of the Referee.

In the event of a Referee being left with no official Assistant Referee the match may go ahead at the discretion of the Referee if there is an Inspector or a recognised official of the Division or Football NSW present.

Note: In the event of no official referee in selected divisions clubs are required by Football NSW to provide “Club Referees” and the game must be played.

Two Matches

Members are not to officiate on more than two matches in a day other than in exceptional circumstances where they must seek the permission of the President or Secretary.

Team Sheets and Caution Reports

These are supplied by the clubs and should be complete with team names and all players and substitutes listed and all copies handed to the referee before the start of the match.

Appointments Errors

In circumstances where an error is made in appointments members are entitled to a nominal compensation fee in lieu of match fees. The amount is set by Football NSW from time to time. The amount since 2010 has been $50.

Such circumstances include the wrong day, wrong time, cancellation of a match without notice to match officials, or cancellation of a match due to inclement weather or other circumstances but where members have not been notified by the appointments officer before leaving home.

Members must submit a claim to the Secretary giving full details of the fixture, names of all match officials, and a description of the circumstances. The Branch will then invoice Football NSW for the fee.

Match unplayable

In circumstances where a match is unplayable, after you have arrived at the ground, members are entitled to a nominal compensation fee in lieu of match fees. The amount is set by Football NSW from time to time. The amount since 2010 has been $50.

Such circumstances include where the ground is deemed unplayable by the Referee after a ground inspection, or where a team cannot field the minimum number of players.

Members must submit a claim to the Secretary giving full details of the fixture, names of all match officials, and a description of the circumstances. The Branch will then invoice Football NSW for the fee.

In these circumstances and incident report must also be submitted which has the effect of making Football NSW aware of the situation through the proper channels.

Abandonment of a Match after Kick Off

In circumstances where a match is abandoned after it has commenced, full fees are payable.

(The circumstances in the preceding sections all occur before a match commences, in which circumstances the nominal compensation fee is payable in lieu of match fees).

Such circumstances include severe weather, serious injury delaying the match, crowd disturbance, serious violent incidents, failure of floodlights, and even where a team has less than seven players through injury or expulsion.

Members should not press the clubs for payment where cash on the day is the means of payment. If the club offers then you should accept payment, but under no circumstances create an additional incident by demanding payment.

Members must submit a claim to the Secretary, where the match fee is not paid on the day, giving full details of the fixture, names of all match officials, and a description of the circumstances. The Branch will then invoice Football NSW for the fee.

In these circumstances an incident report must be submitted which has the effect of making Football NSW aware of the situation through the proper channels.

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2018 Cocktails and Awards Night

2018 Cocktails and Awards Night

2018 Annual Seminar

2018 Annual Seminar

TSC Director and Senior Vice President Sandro Perticarini began the day’s proceedings by welcoming new members to the Premier Branch in Australia.  Sandro provided a brief background of the TSC’s vast refereeing experience and knowledge and explained the TSC projects and initiatives for 2018.  

He explained that the topics for the day were a result of the survey of referees conducted last year and encouraged members to participate in future surveys.

President Robert Colombo was up next and gave a hearty opening address welcoming all members, guests and presenters.

Physical Training Coordinator John Parker gave a brief overview of the current training schedule for 2018 and the state of the latest Fitness Tests of which two had already been conducted.

TSC member John Bowdler followed and conducted an excellent refresher presentation of the Changes to The Laws Of The Game with much group discussion being generated.  With IFAB having introduced several amendments and interpretations to the major changes in 2017.  These amendments will effective 2019 FNSW competitions and the information John provided was very helpful to members.

John Bowdler, in his role as FNSW Appointments Officer, gave a brief talk on Appointments for 2018 and asked members to update their status in "Horizon" (Appointments Scheduling Web Based System) as to their availability.  With trial games now in full swing and the NPL competition starting in early March John needs plenty of members to officiate on games.

Secretary Wayne Lenardon gave us a current membership status stating that about 50% had rejoined and paid their registration fees through MyFootballClub.  He also explained that all members must have a currect Working with Children numbers and that the branch needs to know what it is.  He encourage members to utilise the many forms on our website fot meeting attendances, apologies, training, etc.  He also stressed the need to wear our uniform sponsor’s gear to matches, meetings and at functions.

Assistant Secretary James Tesoriero was next up explain the differences in Offside interpretation when considering whether there is a deflection or tha ball is played by a defender.  This was an interesting topic which was very helpful for the members present on the day.

A League and FNSW referee of the year Kurt Ams followed with a detailed presentation on "Working with Players".  Kurt explained the methods he uses to gain respect and rapport the players when he was controlling a game.  He highlighted using more than just the whistle as a communication tool - using body language, his voice and eyes to assit in controlling te game.  He provided many valuable examples on how positive refereeing could assist the referee to manage difficult players and incidents during a game.  He had the Seminar thinking differently about game situations and provided tips on smart refereeing.  He showed several images and examples of what he meant and this greatly assisted in getting the point accross.  His presentation was well received by the members and they showed it with a rowdy applause as he returned to his seat.

A quick stretch of the legs as we adjourned for morning tea and some networking before we returned to hear FFA Referees Director Ben Wilson speaking on the Nationa Pathways available for referees and assessors to progress through the ranks to an Elite Refereeing status.  Ben also explained how the VAR was used and how it was working overall being called upon in one in four games to confirm or over rule decisions.  He highlighted the red and yellow cards being successfully utilised when dealing with coaches and officials in the technical area.  He also explained how the sin bin rule would work in those competitions that took it up.  His presentation seemed to be well received and commented that it was pleasing to see so many members (over 120) attending the seminar.

TSC member Richard Lorenc took to the floor for the topic of Tactical Fouls and explained how they were used in matches for many reasons from stopping players (SPA) through to time wasting.  Very good video clip examples were shown that provided a better understanding of how players and coaches used tactical fouls and how to recognise them.  He utilised audience members to generate questions and to get points accross which aided in getting the message accross and explaining how to manage them.

TSC member Gary Power introduced Strebre Delovski, Simon Mecallef (both ex FIFA and National Referees) and Stephen Lucas (current A League referee) to talk about "Surviving at the Top" and the attributes required to do that.  Each provided three things that helped them maintain their concentration and stay focused on the task in hand.  Several examples of techniques that they used or currently use in the case of Stephen to maintain consistency and stay on top of their game when refereeing.  Informative and useful ideas and techniques were given to the members which they can try to in corporate into their match control.

Gary Power then introduced current W League and A League members Sarah HoKearney Robinson together with ex FIFA AR's Kevin Humphreys and John Bowdler to talk on "Success as an AR".  Gary again asked them to provide three things that have helped them on their refereeing journey.  Fitness, training, concentration and communication skills were highlighted which each providing different approaches as to how they maintained consistency and remained successful as an AR.  Again their comments were well received by the members in attendance and very helpful information was provided to assist members who wished to specialise as AR's.  It was emphasised how much more that today's AR has to do to assist the referee in today's modern game.

Gary Power then gave an informative presentation on “Goal Setting 2018” in which he explained the importance of reviewing yourself and creating a success plan.  He emphasised that you honestly had to rate yourself and where you wanted to go.  Creating a plan and the journey to your destination is very important when trying to plan a career in refereeing; only you can look at your long term goals your medium goals and your goals for this year.  This topic was well received with Gary's presentation delivered in his usual inimitable style.

Sandro Perticarini brought a very informative and well-constructed seminar to a close and thanked all members and presenters for their participation.  The members adjourned to a hearty lunch and some networking with many discussing the day’s events and topics.

Our Assessors and Instructors returned for an Assessors seminar conducted by Roger Doenau.  Various topics were discussed with an emphasis on report writing and the importance of a detailed running sheet.  Roger provided a report from last year and asked the assessors present to pick the negatives and positives from the report.  He also asked us to mark it based on what was written in the report and the running sheet.  It was interesting to note that the marking range was fairly consistant with similar coaching points highlighted.  A short discussion on the expectations for 2018 followed.

Sandro thanked the presenters and the assessors for their attendance and the day ended with participants networking before heading off home.

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