Advice & Guidance
Guidance notes for referees on reporting misconduct.
The Aberdare Referees Society plays a part in the education and support of our Referee’s ALL of our members are encouraged to contact any of the Officers of the Society after an incident had occurred for advice, guidance and reassurance.
Below is listed information from the SWFA website to aid Referee’s when completing paperwork:
1. An Official Referee Report Form must be completed for every sending-off offence committed and include all pertinent information such as the fixture details, player name, and club.
2. The appropriate offence code must be inserted inside the brackets ( ) after the word Section on the Official Referee Report Form.
One of the following sending-off offence codes must be used:-
S1 – is guilty of serious foul play.
S2 – is guilty of violent conduct
S3 – spits at an opponent or any other person.
S4 – denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball. (does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area.)
S5 – denies an obvious goal scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the players goalby an offence punishable by a Free Kick or Penalty Kick.
S6 – uses offensive, insulting or abusive language and / or gestures
S7 – receives a second caution in the same match.
3. The Referee’s Report must be TO THE POINT (containing no more than 50 words), and relate ONLY to the incident in question. The time of the incident must also be noted and where the offence relates to offensive, insulting or abusive language, the ACTUAL WORDS USED must be reported.
4. Referee sending-off reports must be submitted to the Hon Assistant Secretary (Discipline)
Handwritten copies of the referee’s sending-off reports must be sent via First Class post within 2 days of the match (Sundays not included).
5. If two or more players are involved in an incident, a separate Referee Report must be submitted for each player.
It is vital that Referees submit sending-off reports in accordance with these Instructions. Any failure to do so will be referred to the Association Referees Sub-Committee for their consideration, which may include disciplinary action against the referee concerned.
INSTRUCTIONS TO ALL MATCH OFFICIALS WHEN REPORTING
1. A Plain Paper Report must be submitted to the Hon Assistant Secretary (Discipline) IN DUPLICATE containing details of the following misconduct:
(a) Misconduct by players occurring after having been sent-off or whilst not on the Field-of-Play.
(b) Misconduct by a club official.
(c) Misconduct by spectators.
2. The Report must be DETAILED and relate ONLY to the incident in question. Details must also include the time of the incident, the location of the incident as well as ANY ACTUAL ABUSIVE LANGUAGE AND GESTURES USED.
3. All Plain Paper Reports must be sent via First Class post within 2 days of the match (Sundays not included).
PLEASE NOTE: A PLAIN PAPER REPORT MUST NOT BE COMPLETED ON AN OFFICIAL REFEREE REPORT FORM
As an experiment, the Association has introduced a template misconduct report which is able to be accessed through this link. This is recommended for referees but not compulsory. Please note that although it can be completed on screen, it must still be printed off and sent to the Hon. Assistant Secretary (Discipline) through the post – we cannot accept reports submitted by e-mail.