Referees & Match Officials

The authority of the referee

Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match.

Decisions of the referee

Decisions will be made to the best of the referee`s ability according to the Laws of the Game and the spirit of the game and will be based on the opinion of the referee who has the discretion to take appropriate action within the framework of the Laws of the Game.

The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play, including whether or not a goal is scored and the result of the match, are final. The decisions of the referee, and all other match officials, must always be respected.

InnovationCoaches conduct and behaviour will directly AFFECT final points totals and results of cup matches

Coach conduct:

9.3 Any coach/manager who is cautioned in a fixture, it will cause a 1 (one) league point deduction from his/her club, for breaking his/her Code of Conduct

9.4 Any coach/manager who is sent-off in a fixture, it will cause a 2 (two) league point deduction from his/her club, for breaking his/her Code of Conduct

9.5 If the above 9.3 and or 9.4 happens in a Cup fixture, then a 1 (one) goal deduction for a caution, then a 2 (two) goal deduction for sending-off

Introducing the BLUE CARD

The league will be introducing an additional rule.

9.6 The warning before a caution for manager(s)/coach(es) will be given by the referee, holding up a BLUE CARD. Further escalation will result in either a Yellow or Red card. This will then activate rule 9.3, 9.4, 9.5


The management is keen to stress that the fair play awards are not consolation prizes for weaker teams. All league teams should strive to win an award for fair play whether they are at the top, bottom or middle of their division. A further point is that judgement is not made solely on the players conduct. Coaches, relatives and supporters should be seen as representing the team/club concerned and judged accordingly. 


1. Respect for the league 
* Did teams turn up on time? 
* Were they ready to play at ko time? 
* Did the manager/coach establish a positive relationship with opponents before, during and after the game? 

  1. Respect for the referee
    * Were all decisions accepted in a good spirit? 
    * Was dissent shown by word or actions? 
    * Did coaches, parents and supporters openly criticise the referee in front of the players and during the game? 
    * Did the captain set a good example eg by thanking the referee after the game and encouraging his players to shake hands? 

  2. Respect for team mates and opponents
    * Did players encourage each other? 
    * Did they use foul, abusive or intimidatory language to each other or their opponents? 
    * Did they show disrespect for opponents by over celebrating or showing off when winning easily? 
    * Did they pick on weaker teammates or players making mistakes? 
    * Did they accept being substituted with good grace? 
    * Did they shake hands with opponents at the end of the game? 
    * Did they acknowledge good play of their teammates and opponents? 

Please submit your weekly match reports below:

Guidance with Cautions

Unsporting Behaviour – further defined as:

  • AA Adopting an aggressive attitude DI Simulation
    DP Dangerous Play
    FT Foul Tackle
  • GC Goal Celebration
    HB Handball
    RP Reckless Play
    SP Pushing or Pulling an opponent TR Tripping

Unspecified Behaviour

Dissent(after been shown Blue Card)
Persistently infringing the Laws of the Game
Delays the restart of play
Fails to respect the required distance at a restart
Enters or re-enters the field of play without the referee’s permission Deliberately leaves the field of play without the referee’s permission Serious Foul Play
Violent Conduct – further defined as:

Head to Head, Elbowing, Kicking, Stamping, Striking Biting.

Other Unspecified Behaviour

Denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball Denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity
Use of offensive, insulting or abusive language
Received a second yellow card
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