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Guide to Marking a Referee

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
91-100  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 game. 
81-90  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. 
71-80  The referee was accurate In decision making and controlled the game well, 
communicating with the players, making a positive contribution towards fair play. 
61-70 The referee was reasonably accurate in decision making, controlled the game quite 
well and communicated with players, establishing a reasonable degree of fair play. 
51-60  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. 
and below 
The referee had 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. 

Notes• Using a scale of up to 100 allows greater flexibility for clubs to distinguish between different refereeing performances more accurately.

• A mark within each range can be given to reflect the referee’s performance e.g. a mark of 79 is somewhat better than a mark of 71.

A mark between 71-80 represents the standard of refereeing expected.

• When a mark of 60 or less is awarded, a separate report to the Referee Secretary is required within seven days of the match via email to It must include comments which could help improve the referee’s future performances. Even when 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. 

The Referee Secretary will read your report, investigate and come back with his findings. It is worth noting that the league cannot issue disciplinary sanctions against any referee only the County Football Association in which the referee is registered to can do this.

Failure to submit a report for a referee marked 60 or below could result in the club being charged with breach of league rule 5(E) “Failure to comply with an instruction of the management committee”.

We will be also monitoring and writing to clubs who consistently mark referees just below the threshold of having to write a report as well as clubs who just mark the referee 100 every time. We are unable to improve and develop referee’s if you do not use the marking guide above.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Referee’s team

Stephen Kendall &  Will Sanderson



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