Guidance for Marking Referees
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AFC clubs are required to adhere to the Football Association marking scheme with marks from 1-100, which
was introduced in 2006.
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 of 91-100 would be regarded as 'excellent'. A mark between 71 and 80 would
represent the standard expected.
Referee demonstrated very accurate decision-making and controlled the
game very well using management and communication skills effectively to
add value to the game.
Referee demonstrated accurate decision-making and controlled the game
well using management and communication skills to contribute positively
to the game.
Referee demonstrated reasonably accurate decision-making and despite
some shortcomings generally controlled the game well.
Referee demonstrated shortcomings in the accuracy of decision- making
and control which affected the game.
officials should use the full range of marks within each category to help
distinguish between different performance levels, e.g. within the 85-76
category a mark of 84 indicates a better performance than a mark of 77.
some Referees may have below average performances, there will usually have
been some positive aspects of their performance, so extremely low marks
should be very rare.
club officials are marking a Referee, they should always look on the game as
a whole and not isolated decisions. The result of the match should not
influence the mark and disciplinary action should be judged objectively.
a mark of 60 or less is awarded, an explanation must be provided to the
Competition using the box provided on the marking form. The purpose of this
is to assist Referees to improve their performance levels, so the comments
should be as helpful as positive.
to Decide on the Referee’s Mark
following questions focus on the key areas of a referee’s performance. They
are intended as an "aide memoire", are not necessarily comprehensive
and need not be answered individually. It is, however, worth considering them
before committing yourself to a mark for the referee.
AND DECISION MAKING
well did the Referee control the game?
the players’ actions recognized correctly?
the Laws applied correctly?
all incidents dealt with efficiently/effectively?
all the appropriate sanctions applied correctly?
the Referee always within reasonable distance of incidents?
the Referee well positioned to make critical decisions, especially in and
around the penalty area?
the Referee understand the players’ positional intentions and keep out of
the way accordingly?
the Referee demonstrate alertness and concentration throughout the game?
the Referee apply the use of the advantage to suit the mood and temperature
of the game?
the Referee aware of the players’ attitude to advantage?
the Referee use the assistants effectively?
the officials work as a team, and did the Referee lead and manage them to
the benefit of the game?
well did the Referee communicate with the players during the game?
the Referee’s level of involvement/profile suit this particular game?
the Referee understand the players’ problems on the day – e.g. difficult
the Referee respond to the changing pattern of play/mood of players?
the Referee demonstrate empathy for the game, allowing it to develop in
accordance with the tempo of the game?
the Referee pro-active in controlling of the game?
the Referee’s authority asserted firmly without being officious?
the Referee confident and quick thinking?
the Referee appear unflustered and unhurried when making critical decisions?
the Referee permit undue questioning of decisions?
the Referee deal effectively with players crowding around after
effective player management in evidence?
the Referee’s body language confident and open at all times?
the pace of the game, the crowd or player pressure affect the Referee