LNER finals

LNER Stadium – Sat 12 June

Volunteers Required – free access to game

The York Minster Engineering Football League Cup Finals

are being played at

York Community Stadium

Saturday 12th June 2021

and we would love some help

Thank you to the volunteers who have already contacted us with offers of help, I will be in touch with you very soon with more details.  We do still need collectors for this event for any of the below shift slots.

If you or friends/family would like to help with collections please do let us know.

11:30pm – 2pm,

2pm – 4:30pm


4:30pm – 6:30pm

Contact Graham Bradbury or nicola.doherty@yorkagainstcancer.org.uk

The Referees' Association

York RA online meeting – Thursday 14 January 2021

York RA meeting online – 14 Jan 2021, starting at 1930 hrs

You will soon receive an invite to attend the meeting next Thursday (14 Jan)

There will be an update from the Chairman on local football as well as National RA matters eg. Refs Virtual Summit in conjunction with the PGMOL on 17 Jan

For any non-members wanting to take advantage of RA training zoom events (recently with Howard Webb an Bobby Madley), York RA offers membership until Sept 2021 at a discounted rate of £10 (free to new and first year refs, only £2 for second year refs and £6 for under 18’s)

The brief update will be followed by an evening with Ross Joyce, NRCFA Referee Development Manager


This will provide all referees an update on what the County FA offers, as well as an update on the COVID-19 situation and grassroots football

Ross will also cover various strategies the County develops to help referees……training, support, etc.

Remember, you are not alone and York RA and NRCFA are there to help you where needed

The rest of this season is looking precarious at the moment…..the committee are working hard to ensure that when we are all back onside that dates, venues, subjects, etc are ready as soon as we are allowed to do so

The situation is always fluid and the sooner local football is back on the agenda, the better

If you need any assistance or guidance then please contact any York RA committee member or myself (David King at york.ref@ntlworld.com)

The Chairman, Alan Kaye,  is always available also at alan.kaye3886@btinternet.com

A full list of York RA officers / committee can be found here

Stay safe……

September 2020 meeting

Microsoft Teams meeting on 3 Sept 2020


An inaugural online meeting was held to start the new season, rather than our usual venue

The Chairman welcomed members to the event

Conor Ledgeway gave an update on COVID-19 protocols

David King then provided a brief summary of the new Law changes

James Unwin updated us on the local league scene for 2020-21

The presentation used was emailed to all members/referees for them to digest


The formal AGM took place and with no new proposals the existing officers / committee were re-elected (those wishing to stand)

The main change was that Conor Ledgeway is the new Vice Chairman

[see full list on officers/committee page at York RA tab]

Meeting 5 Sept – Minutes

York RA September Monthly Meeting

held at York Hospital Social Club on 5th September 2019


No. of attendees: 27

Apologies (12 no) received from: Ian Hotchkies, Tony Thornton, Alan Rose, Matthew Cottingham, Geoff Hartley, Andy Luff, Adam Clements, George Smith, James Black, Harry Richards, Andy Kay, and Craig Atkin.

  • The meeting commenced at 19:32 with newly elected Chairman Alan Kaye welcoming members, old and new, alongside guest Darren England, PGMOL Select Group 2 Championship referee
  • A minute’s silence was held for Life Member Reg Baren, (Ex-Vice Chair) and Bill Burns, (Ex-football league referee from Scarborough)
  • Alan proceeded to introduce the members of the committee to the fellow members before mentioning the York RA website and National RA deals/offers that members may be interested in
  • Membership fees were announced as unchanged, with everyone encouraged to sign up either online or see John to get it sorted
  • Future guest speakers were also announced, with high profile names such as Andy Halliday (Ex-Premier League Assistant referee and current VAR Assistant Operator) and Ben Thaler (Super League referee) attending upcoming meetings
  • Barry Casterton provided a brief safeguarding presentation in order to highlight the importance of looking after U18s and not putting yourself at risk
  • Dave King then conducted a brief presentation on the new ‘sin bin protocol’ that will affect the majority of members. The main message being to be in control of the situation and learn the different scenario’s that can occur on matchday

FA Sinbin Guide / Information

  • A 10-minute break was held before Darren’s presentation on the new law changes alongside a bit of VAR discussion. Particular mention was given to the substitutions and drop-ball law changes, as they have been the most relevant/prominent for him when operating on the championship

IFAB App download for members

  • The laws were followed up with a short Q + A before Paul Ballantyne gave the vote of thanks and presentation made by Brian Smith
  • The meeting concluded at 21:33 whereby everyone agreed that Darren had yet again provided our association with a quality presentation, which we hope will persuade new faces to come back next month and spread the word

Next meeting is 3 October 2019 (Committee on 26 Sept)

September Meeting – Darren England

York RA First meeting of the season welcomes guest Darren England

Darren is a Select Group 2 – Championship Referee & former FIFA & FA Premier league Assistant Referee  – see more

Come and meet your colleagues and be prepared for the new season; your chance to ask about the new Law changes and Sinbins

Venue: York Hospital Social Club, off Haxby Road, York,

Time: 1930-2130 hrs

A great start to the new season with a high profile referee

Watch this space for details of the line ups for the rest of the season

or keep up  to date on Facebook and Twitter

Videos & Articles from Mal Davies – 13 April 2018

DERMOT GALLAGHER discusses incidents from last weekend
PREMIER LEAGUE: Referee appointments Week 34
NO BRITISH REFEREE at 2018 World Cup finals in Russia
NEALE BARRY: Sin-bins will almost certainly be introduced
GAME ABANDONED 65 mins due to serious head injury – AR praised for action
PAUL REJER : Play of the Week 6 – discusses penalty v simulation, positioning in and around the penalty area, and player management
REFEREEING : The possibilities of refereeing are endless
SEMI-FINAL AR quit Police after being fined £500 for assault
ITALIAN REFEREES’ ASSOCIATION sent packages with bullets in protest against introduction of VAR
KEIR RADNEDGE : Sports Journalists’ Association condemns attacks on officials
RAVSHAN IRMATOV became the first ever AFC referee to officiate in the ScotiaBank CONCACAF Champions League semi-final 2nd leg, in Mexico City : Club America v Toronto FC (1-1; aggregate 2-4)
FAN GUIDE to refereeing – part 1 — VAR and cards
RED CARDS for severe dissent would prevent disrespect towards referees
USING VAR : Tried by Ryan Mason and Laura Basset
CHINA : VAR in China : the good, the bad and the ugly
FIJI : Referees get communication upgrade

Don Thorpe

We are sad to announce that Don Thorpe, former President and Life Member, passed away on Wednesday evening.

Don’s funeral will be at York Crematorium on Tuesday 17 April, at 11.40am.

Our thoughts are with Don’s family at this sad time.