The Amateur Football Combination Referees' Committee deals with the appointment and recruitment of referees and all matters pertaining to the welfare and involvement of referees within the league.
Please note that it is our policy that Referees' Contact Details are not published on the website, but they may be found within the League Handbook, and any updates and amendments are included within the weekly fixture bulletin.
Referees' Panel - How We Work
The League is always working to get as many referees on our panel as we can, to maximise the number of games to which we can appoint independent officials.
Appointments/Before the Game
After the Game
It's Your League Too
Referee appointments are made by the Referees' Committee, and in particular by the Referees' Secretaries, John Fowler (North) & Ian Andrews (South) with adjustments handled by the Assistant Referees' Secretaries: Alex Grayburn (North) and Chad Chaudhuri. (South).
Appointments are generally made 10-12 days in advance of games, and a full list of fixtures (including referee appointments) are sent out to all clubs, officers and referees by post or email. These fixtures are also published on this website (see Fixtures Index) This timescale allows us to ensure that clubs and referees receive their details at least a week in advance of games.
The initial appointments are made by John Fowler(North) & Ian Andrews (South) and once these appointments have been made any adjustments (caused by injuries, changes to fixtures, county cup appointments and so forth) are made by Alex Grayburn - Tel: 07976 514 623 (M) and Chad Chaudhuri.. Tel; 020 8349 9748 (H), 07956 523488 (M) . Alex Grayburn handles all fixtures in the North (the A40 is considered the border to the west of London, the Thames to the east) and Chad Chaudhuri. in the South.
The Referee's Committee meets throughout the season to consider and deal with any business pertaining to the AFC and its referees.
The Amateur Football Combination's policy to promote the interests of younger referees is to introduce them to refereeing adult football in stages as they mature. We would encourage referees to register with the league immediately upon qualification.
Young referees' names will be published in the league handbook provided that they will reach their 17th birthday during the season concerned, and they will begin receiving refereeing appointments once they have qualified as level 7 referees.
We would encourage all young referees to seek a mentor.
Increasingly, young and new referees are being advised to find a "mentor", and experienced referee designed to support and guide them in those early matches, and develop a friendship that will hopefully continue into a long-standing support.
The mentor is there to praise a referee's good points, help him or her to identify and improve any areas of weakness and to assist him or her in improving their performance levels as a referee and as an assistant referee.
For more details on mentoring please contact your County Referee Development Officer.
To register to join the AFC you can download a copy of the Referees' Registration form here (both Excel and PDF formats are available). This form can be emailed to the Referees' Secretary, or you can contact one of the Referees' Secretaries by telephone.
Where possible we would encourage you to send the Excel format of the form via email - this will enable us to return the form to you for next season and save you having to re-enter your contact details (address etc). If you download the PDF form you will need to print it and fill it in by hand (you cannot complete and email the PDF form).
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WHY NOT JOIN THE AMATEUR FOOTBALL COMBINATION AS A REFEREE?
The Amateur Football Combination (AFC), formed in 2002 by the merger of the Old Boys' Football League and Southern Olympian League, is affiliated to the Amateur Football Alliance (A.F.A.), London F.A., Middlesex F.A. and Surrey F.A. and has over 100 clubs and more than 350 sides playing on Saturday afternoons from September through to May all over the London area, as the Map of AFC Clubs shows.
The Amateur Football Combination has an emphasis of providing competitive football and a key focus on good sportsmanship, sociability and hospitality after the game. Home clubs are expected to entertain the opposition and match officials after games, providing food and drink, acknowledging that there should be more to football than simply ninety minutes on the pitch.
AFC football offers players and referees alike the chance to participate at a level which suits their ability, providing a competitive but sporting game whether they are 1st XI or 9th XI fixtures.
In AFC football referees are considered as part of the family, and an integral part of the game. There is no "them and us", and referees are treated just as hospitably after the game as the opposition.
If you're a referee interested in officiating in a friendly atmosphere please contact us. We are always keen to attract new match officials, be they experienced or recently qualified referees who are looking to progress their refereeing careers.
Existing referees wishing to re-register for the AFC should click here to register.
For those wishing to train to qualify as referees click here for details of AFA referee training courses.
Are you interested in training to become a referee?
It doesn't matter whether your ambition is to referee at the highest level, or just fill in on a Sunday morning when your appointed referee is suddenly not available, or help out with your son or daughter's youth them. The Amateur Football Alliance (A.F.A.), the parent county for the Amateur Football Combination, has the course for you.
All A.F.A. referee training courses are staffed by Football Association Licensed Instructors and upon successful completion you will be registered with the A.F.A., or the County F.A. in which you reside, if this should be your choice.
For more information please contact the Amateur Football Alliance.
We would encourage all newly qualified referees to seek a mentor.
The Referee's Result Sheet can now be submitted via email. Referees should click here and select "Save As" to download a copy of the blank sheet (Microsoft Excel format). Please read the user guide on how to complete this form attached click here
Once completed, the Excel file should be sent to the email@example.com, which ensures it reaches both the Referees' Secretary and our data collator no later than Tuesday following the game, but ideally asap after the game.
When you email the form, please ensure you send it as an Excel attachment.
For more information about this form contact Ian Andrews