New Referee Appointment Officers Recruited For 2014/15

North Riding County Football Association are pleased to confirm the appointment of Paul Stalker (North Officer) and Colin Atkinson (South Officer) for season 2014/2015.

Paul and Colin will be responsible for appointing match officials to all adult Saturday league fixtures including NRCFA County and Challenge Cups.

The following leagues will be part of this new appointing system:

  • York Minster Engineering Football League 
  • Scarborough & District Football League 
  • Newitts.Com Beckett Football League 
  • Teesside Football League 
  • Eskvale & Cleveland League 
  • Wensleydale Creamery Football League 

Full information will be sent to all match officials in the week commencing Monday, 7 July 2014, this will include how to register for games within the pool and the appointment procedures that will be in place. 

Once again we would like to stress to all match officials that they will still have the opportunity to request which leagues they officiate on in the first instance with both Paul and Colin looking to accommodate such requests. 

Ross Joyce, Referee Development Officer, feels that the new appointing system is the way forward.

“After a couple of years of consultation with leagues I am pleased that we are now in a position to implement the new appointing process for all of our Saturday adult leagues in the County for season 2014/ 2015. 

“I would like to stress that one of the key objectives of this is for the Association to modernize the way in which match officials are appointed and to ensure that each of our leagues are given the same opportunity to secure the services of a qualified match official, ultimately striving towards 100% coverage of all games. 

“Moving forward, and with the appointment of both Paul and Colin, we hope to continue to develop and raise the standards of officiating, whilst providing opportunities for referees to officiate within a number of different leagues. 

“We are very mindful that within some leagues referees often see the same clubs a couple of times per month which is not appropriate and can often cause problems. We hope by embracing the new appointment system we can tackle these problems and that a wider variety of officials can by appointed whilst ensuring the cost to clubs does not increase significantly.” 

Further information will be sent to all leagues, clubs and match officials from July 2014. If you have any queries, please contact our Referee Development Officer, Ross Joyce, at

Notes from the FA Referees’ Committee – November 2013

held on 5 November 2013 at Wembley Stadium

1. In opening the meeting, the Chairman noted with sadness the recent passing of Jim Simms (Leicestershire). He also welcomed Mike Penn (Birmingham FA) and Roy Schafer (Gloucestershire FA) to their first meeting.

2. Report from Neale Barry
a. Update received on the sessions undertaken by the FA Development Group and the plans for the future.
b. Rob McCarthy has been appointed as the Levels 3 + 2B Referee Coaching & Mentoring Manager.
c. 597 referees have attended the various Level 4 Nomination Seminars around the country. Neale needs 300 to get promoted for 2014/15.
d. He has attended 8 regional Supply League Assessors’ meetings.
e. Level 3 meetings are scheduled for November and when a Laws of the Game test will be undertaken as part of these meeting.

3. Report from Ian Blanchard
a. Total number of referees registered as at 25/09/13 was 27,155 plus 745 Level 10s. Equivalent figure of a year ago was 27,955.
b. Successful Advanced International Referee Instructors’ Course held at St Georges Park.
c. RA – FA Youth Council’s Inspired Fund for the year was launched yesterday.
d. New RDO in place in Leicestershire & Rutland FA.
e. Northumberland FA has a new part-time RDO.
f. A paper was presented on the Futsal Referee Development Programme.

4. Minutes of the RA – FA Youth Council meeting on 06/10/13 were received showing the extent of the really good work being undertaken by this enthusiastic and talented team.

5. Goal line technology in the Premier League / Wembley – this has not yet been used to adjudicate a goal in any game but the match officials are comfortable using the equipment.

6. IFAB Update – Neale noted the imminent change in structure of the work done to feed into IFAB; this being a positive move towards more transparency of operation.

7. Coloured Referees’ Shirts – there was a CFA clear preference to stay with black shirts. CFAs to be encouraged to enforce the ‘no dark shirts’ for teams rule.

8. There was a CFA clear preference for a promotion administration fee – it was agreed that CFAs would have the option to charge a fee, within a range, to be refunded if the promotion process is completed (regardless of whether promotion is achieved) or in extenuating circumstances.

9. It was noted that the Referee Regulations need amending in respect of reclassification appeals.
Next meeting – 12 February 2014