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Bury FC issued with stadium closure due to abuse from spectators.

Bury FC has been issued with a stadium closure after a hearing with The FA. This is a huge move by The FA to close a stadium and other teams, clubs and spectators should ...

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Ref Stories Martin Underhay

Player, Coach, Manager and Match Official! I was 38, years old, I came off the pitch after a ‘run of the mill’ game in the Dorset premier league. I’d played as high as the ...

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Real life ref stories Steve Acton

I played for many years in a very successful amateur football team in Weston super Mare. We won many league and cup titles. Paul Bliss was our Chairman at East Worle, he left us ...

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The FA Grassroots Discipline Review

A very welcome development from the FA in publishing the Grassroots Discipline review that has some very interesting discusson points. To my knowledge, this detailed information has never been released before and  is a ...

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Player collapses during Sunday League Game.

Ryan Coltress was playing in a Sunday League game when he received a knock to the head. He later collapsed and stop breathing. Fortunately an opposition player performed CPR and he was recovered and ...

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New Ambassador Mick Scrymgeour Ex Royal Marine.

Michael Scrymgeour Veteran and Blue Light Veteran Support for Ref Support UK Mick is an active County Football Referee with Durham FA and also affiliated to the Royal Navy FA who has been involved ...

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Diversity in refereeing. Patsy Andrews on the BBC

A great interview with the very impressive Patsy Andrews on the BBC who has been trailblazer for diversity in refereeing and very much under the radar. She is a very modest, articulate, driven and ...

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RSUK Neurodiversity Ambassador

NATHAN SHERRATT Neurodiversity Ambassador and Coach & Mentor We are very proud to announce another Ref Support Ambassador. Nathan Sherratt is an active Football Referee with an off the field story which he uses ...

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Attack on our Turkish Colleague.

Unfortunately, this incident in Turkey involving Referee Halil Umut Meler does not shock me one bit. I receive reports of similar or worse incidents like this every single week of the season. The only ...

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Kitlocker partner with Ref Support UK

One of the barriers to people taking up refereeing is kit; therefore, it was very important to us as a Registered Charity to aim to create a partnership with a kit supplier. In the ...

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2024 Ref Support Calendar

REF SUPPORT UK Charity Wall Calendar PROOF ...

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A grassroots story: Protect and Respect.

An incredible documentary made by The Ref Pod co hosts Wayne Ryalls and Wayne Baker. This impactful and thought provoking documentary covers the subject of ref abuse in the grassroots game and features, youth ...

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Tackling discrimination: Kick It Out and The FA

Some great work is ongoing with The FA and Kick It Out, The FA have launched a new joint action plan to proactively tackle incidents of serious misconduct in grassroots football. Tackling discrimination, hate ...

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UEFA Referee’s Careers Study

SUBJECT: UEFA Academy Study on Referees’ Careers in Europe. We have been asked to share this important piece of work with English Match Officials. The English Football Association, together with the Royal Spanish Football ...

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EMF 2024 Euros Announced

After the huge success of WMF Mininfootball World Cup in The UAE, all eyes now turn to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who will be the host of the European Mini Football ...

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Minifootball Referees

All over the World the term “Minifootball” is recognised as the official brand of 5/6/7 and 8 a side football. Over 100 Million players play every week around the world and The World Minifootball ...

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RSUK talk to the BBC: Player and Manager poor behaviour.

Our CEO Martin Cassidy was interviewed on the BBC last week Nov 2023 to discuss the poor behaviour from participants at all levels of the game. Martin spoke on the very popular BBC Sport ...

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IFAB Laws of the game 2023/24

IFAB Laws of the game are an important piece of referee education and keeping up to date is vital to ensure you are delivering the correct performance. professional gameLaws of the Game 2023_24 ...

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IFAB “Block” live VAR Conversations

Photo Credit: Sky Sports Howard Webb and his team have been heavily criticised for not allowing VAR conversations from being broadcast live to spectators in the stadium as well as live on TV and ...

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Another positive meeting with The FA and Ref Support

Ref Support UK had a very productive meeting yesterday with Fraser Williamson, Senior Discipline Manager at The FA who gave a detailed insight to the disciplinary operations at The FA. Whilst there will be ...

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Groundbreaking FA Referee Strategy, gets Ref Supports full support.

I was very happy to be invited to Warwick University to see the launch of  The FA’s National Referee Strategy yesterday. The invite came from Danny Meeson, Head of Refereeing – Technical and Development ...

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Win a Signed Authenticated Photo of Gazza and that goal against Scotland

As a registered Charity. We offer funding for referee courses and referee kit to those who can not afford to purchase them but do want to be involved in refereeing. We work with people ...

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Ref Support UK Team up with The Met Police, Kingston to deliver Young Engagement Initiative.

We are delighted to be able to help young people get into refereeing and increase their employability by teaming up with The Met Police Kingston. The plan is to extend this across the country ...

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“The only thing that hasn’t happened yet, is a ref getting murdered”

This article was taken from The Athletic and is by Philip Buckingham Dan Shelton and more and features amongst others, Ref Support UK CEO Martin Cassidy. Thumbnail image by Eamonn Dalton for The Athletic ...

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Ref Support CEO gives support to Mike Dean after receiving death threats

https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/12212526/referee-support-must-be-looked-at ...

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New Ref Podcast launched – The Ref Pod Is LIVE

A new referee podcast talking about all things footy and referee related has been launched featuring Ref Support UK CEO Martin Cassidy. The Ref Pod also feature ” The Two Waynes” who are grassroots ...

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RSUK statement on touchline behaviour and the LMA.

We welcome the PGMOL’s statement on the behaviour of Jurgen Klopp at yesterday’s Liverpool v Tottenham game at Anfield and their swift release of a public statement of support. The behaviour of some managers ...

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Re Support UK CEO’s Sky Sports Interview regarding Lee Mason.

Thank to Sky Sport News for allowing us to use this. https://refsupport.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/BETA-MartinCassidyLP_1.mp4 ...

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Statement on The FA Body Cam Pilot

We want to state that we are delighted that The FA have launched a Body Cam pilot after many years of lobbying by us for a pilot to be delivered. After asking the International ...

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Ref Support, a look back at the year.

A look back at 2022 for RSUK. January 22: The CEO of the FA launches an independent investigation into allegations that complaints about racism at The FA Referee Department were covered up. The investigation ...

Patsy’s dream comes true. Uniting Communities for Football (UCFF)

Patsy Andrews had a dream, read about this very impressive woman on the article below After 20 years as a grassroots football referee my dream was to encourage more people to become referees. #dreams ...

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FA Guidance on Colour Blindness

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RSUK says Jurgen Klopp one game is still not enough.

Photo Getty Jurgen Klopp has been given a one-match touchline suspension after the Football Association appealed against the sanction he received for his sending off against Manchester City. The Liverpool manager initially received a ...

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Landmark as all Military set of Match Officials take charge of an EFL game

Photo Source PGMOL For the first time, in a professional English Football League game an all-military team will take charge of the game. As part of Remembrance weekend, todays League One game between Cambridge ...

STATEMENT from Ref Support UK into the FA independent investigation into the FA referees’ department and David Elleray

STATEMENT from Ref Support UK into the FA independent investigation into the FA referees’ department and David Elleray We note that the independent investigation into the current Football Association referees’ department and its Referees ...

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FA verzoekt ​​IFAB om een ​​Body Cam Pilot te bespreken

FA verzoekt ​​IFAB om een ​​Body Cam Pilot te bespreken We zijn verheugd te horen van de FA en IFAB dat de FA een Body Cam Pilot ter discussie wil stellen tijdens de volgende ...

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FA ask IFAB to discuss a Body Cam Pilot

We are delighted to be informed by the FA and IFAB that The FA have tabled a Body Cam Pilot for discussion at the next IFAB AGM on March 4th 2022. Ref Support UK ...

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RSUK’s Fight against ref abuse.

The message on the photo below was received as a direct response to a video that emerged of a player attempting to attack a referee last weekend. We believe keeping the subject of ref ...

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A Christmas message from Ref Support UK

We want to wish everyone all the very best for the Festive season. Our organisation, as well as our social media platforms, have been a huge support to many referees at all levels and ...

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FA Independent Investigation.

Ref Support UK were informed by The CEO of The FA yesterday, December 16th, that The FA will commence an independent investigation to take place in the New Year. The independent investigation will be ...

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Referee Survey

The National Sport we Love is in dire straights and we need to identify why the referee shortage is so profound.We believe this is the largest independent survey ever conduct for referees. This survey ...

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Mental Health First Aiders

Mental Health is a very important part of any individual’s wellbeing. We understand that sometimes being a grassroots match official has it challenges on and off the field of play and the pressure can ...

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“Give the ref a hand”

With the return of football announced by government, we all want the game to come back a better game therefore, we are asking all grassroots/youth clubs to clap out your ref on the first ...

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Street Soccer Foundation’s matchFit App

Ref Support UK are delighted to be working with The Street Soccer Foundation and their amazing matchFit App. The App, brought to you by the Street Soccer Foundation & Partners; matchFit is positivity in ...

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Mark Ives leaves The FA

Mark Ives July 31st 2020 Mark Ives leaves the FA today after over a decade as head of Judicial Services at Wembley Stadium. Mark has proven to be a great ally for grassroots referees ...

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FA Referee Specific COVID Guidelines released.

Please contact your County FA or The FA with any questions or clarifications ...

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One at a time

We pride ourselves as a charity in helping refs free of charge on and off the field of play. We have a huge network of people who want to give up their time without ...

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PGMOL Fitness advice for play offs Week 2 + 3

The Below is recent advice offered by The PGMOL to Match Officials involved in National League play offs. It’s great to have an insight on the level of professional advice offered by the PGMOL ...

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PGMOL Fitness advice for play offs

The Below is recent advice offered by The PGMOL to Match Officials involved in National League play offs. It’s great to have an insight on the level of professional advice offered by the PGMOL ...

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My RA experience by RSUK CEO

After a post on our Face Book page I wanted to reply but the post was too big for facebook to post so I have done a page on the Website. I was chairman ...

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FIFA gain control of VAR ruling

Former World Class referee Pierluigi Collina will take control of VAR A great piece here written by Martyn Ziegler from The Times The Premier League have lost control over their use of the Video ...

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An open letter to Football

AN OPEN LETTER To Whom it may concern. I write to you as a fan of a game, a game played by 250 million people worldwide in 200 different countries. A game called Football ...

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Level 4 Assistant Referee Specialisation

Level 4 Assistant Referee Specialisation Criteria The following criteria will be applied in the management of specialist Level 4 assistant referees: Competitions Level 4 specialists will operate as assistant referee on competitions which constitute ...

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Ceri Travers Campaign Update – YOUNG REFEREES

CAMPAIGN UPDATE – YOUNG REFEREES Ceri Travers Some of you will have followed the story of my son, who qualified as a referee at the age of 14, back in August 2019. In his ...

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Win this iconic signed Gazza and Vinny Jones Photo

As a registered Charity  (1171000) we are very lucky to have companies and organisations sponsor us. Find My Kit have been a very supportive business who also sponsored the Bobby Madley Evening at Paulton ...

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We need to be a better game.

This brilliant piece by Michael Butler was published on May 14th 2019, a year ago today. We need to ask however, what has changed in that year? It is clear that we need to ...

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When Saturday Doesn’t Come.

When Saturday Doesn’t Come. Everything a football player encounters emotionally on their “Game Day” a ref will encounter to. The emotion and the love of football is no greater for a player than it ...

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The Rock Paper Scissors incident

Here is the piece regarding The Rock Papers Scissor (RPS) Incident that received coverage all around the world that resulted in refs all over the World coming together and starting their games in the ...

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Gary Neville:“Now I know why shouting at referees is a waste of time”

The cracking article that appeared in “The Mail on line” on Sunday in 2011 and is very relevant still today. The original article is here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2055133/Gary-Neville-Now-I-know-shouting-referees-waste-time.html ...

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Our first News letter

We have decided to create a news letter for those who are not on our social media pages. The intention is to do a monthly news letter ...

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Diary of a Socca Ref. Jorg Oppers

SOCCA WORLD CUP IN CRETE Jorg Oppers from The Netherlands When Martin invited me in January 2019 to officiate at the Socca World Cup I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I did some ...

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Diary of a Socca World Cup Referee. Part 1 Senior Ref Florian Pötter

SOCCA World Cup Crete 2018   When my German colleague and I arrived at Rethymno, our first thoughts were: “Ok, we need to see the stadium. We just need to!“ We immediately decided to ...

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“Super Man” Putting your whistle where your mouth is PT 3

This is the second part of part 3. I have split this into 3 as Rich has been involved is some many things in my life. Part two: Superman As I climbed the pyramid ...

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Relationships between referees and physiotherapists?

Conflict, Collision and Confusion by Ken Goldman   Whilst it would be extremely pleasant if every member of the football fraternity was at all times in tune with one another unfortunately things just do ...

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Putting your whistle where your mouth is, part 3.

This part of my journey starts in a negative tone. This is done on purpose as it builds a picture of why the next trustee of Ref Support UK (RSUK) is so important to ...

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Dear Football

This Dear Football letter was written by Sunday Times Football Correspondent Jonathan Northcroft. A wonderful piece we just had to share with you Follow Jonathan on twitter @JNorthcroft Dear football,   It goes without saying ...

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Clarification from The FA on referee promotions and reclassifacations

The FA Referees Department has released the following information for the promotion and reclassification of match officials. Tap on the document to see the next page. 1. Ref Promotions ...

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Socca World Cup Crete

The Socca World Cup in Crete offers a unique way for refs to officiate across the globe. The games are intense, highly competitive and the players are very experienced. You have to be on ...

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Survey: Joseph Larkin on the Referee Association

My name is Joseph Larkin and I am currently Level 4 referee studying Sport Business Management. For my final year university project I am conducting some research on membership of The Referees’ Association. This ...

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Advice for COVID-19 Out Home working policy

                       HOMEWORKING POLICY CONTENTS Introduction Scope Place of work Safe Lone Working Risk Assessments New and Expectant Mothers Accident Reporting PAT testing Fire Safety Data Protection and Confidentiality Equipment Supply Tax and Reimbursement of ...

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Advice for COVID-19 Out Break policy

PANDEMIC OUTBREAK POLICY The following information forms our policy on potential national and international pandemic outbreaks and has been created from medical and government advice and guidelines Organisations recognise their duty to prioritise  health ...

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Training Video Wall Management

In the attached video what are you thoughts on: Player management Caution Technique Body Language Press here to play the Video → https://refsupport.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Setting-up-a-wall.mp4 ...

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Thank You from Dave Ricketts

I want to say a big thank you to everybody who has taken the time to read about my experiences over the past couple of weeks on my return to the Falkland Islands, it ...

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Postponement of Mark Clattenburg Dinner

Postponement of Mark Clattenburg Dinner After consultation with all Ref Support UK Trustees, Mark Clattenburg, our Legal/Insurance representatives as well as the host venue, I regret to inform you that our Charity Fundraising Dinner ...

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Rikko’s Return, Final Day, Bit of Footy and the Journey Home.

Day Seven – Government House, Memorial Wood and Mount Tumbledown We have fitted so much into our seven day stay so I will pick out some of my highlights since the memorial service. The ...

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Rikko Return Day 3

Day 3 – Navy memorials and lots of Penguins 🐧 Day 3 started with a trip to the Port Stanley Cathedral to meet the Reverend Ian Faulds. He gave us a tour and showed ...

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Rikko’s Return. Fitzroy, San Carlos and an old settee

Day Six – Ajax Bay and Port Stanley On Wednesday I got my first glimpse of Ajax Bay across the water from Port San Carlos. This is where I was to spend the final ...

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Memories of a dark Day. Day 5 Rikko’s return to the Falkand Islands.

Day Five – Returning to San Carlos On Tuesday morning we travelled to San Carlos via the Blue Beach war cemetery where lays the graves of several of the fallen including the grave of ...

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Day 4. Rikko’s Return to The Falkland Island

Day Four – St David’s day memorial service (Hapus Dewi Sant) We wake up to a beautiful sunny morning it is St David’s Day and after breakfast we change into our smart suits. The ...

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Day 2. Pt 2. A Ref-Veterans return to the Falkland Islands

Day Two Part 2 – Presentation night at Fitzroy village hall At around 5pm local time we set off for Fitzroy again for a evening with the locals at the village hall. On arrival ...

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Rikko’s Day 2. A Ref-Veterans return to the Falkland Islands

Day Two – Revisiting Bluff Cove and Fitzroy We arrived at Liberty Lodge in Port Stanly round about 7pm local time and settled in quickly before popping down the local for a couple of ...

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Rikko’s return to the Falklands. Day One back on the Island.

Day One – The Long Journey South I started my journey at 0110hrs 27/02/20 taking off in a huge RAF Voyager airbus run by a civilian company called ‘Air tanker’. The small fleet of ...

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Falklands War Veteran, Referee, Observer and all round top man David Ricketts

For those who are too young to remember or don’t fully know about the Falklands War have a look at this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falklands_War I was 16 years of age when the Falkands War broke out, it ...

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Ref Support to visit the Holland Easter Open

This year the Easter Open will have the honour of welcoming a very experienced ex professional match official and current referee coach in English Football Martin Cassidy to our team. Martin is a former ...

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“Ye without Sin, cast the first stone” An evening with Bobby Madley

This event could not have been possible without the support of Chris Owens from Findmykit.com See what they do here. https://findmykit.com With floods and high winds effecting the South West there was still an ...

An Evening With Mark Clattenburg – Friday 20th March 2020

Ref Support UK are very proud to announce that Mark Clattenburg with be our main speaker at our fund raising dinner at the Grand Pier Weston super Mare on Friday 20th March. This will ...

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Report by Ceri Travers. Ref Support Junior Football Club and Parental Referee Ambassador

The report below was driven by Ceri Travers who is a parent of a 14 year old referee who was verbally abused on his first ever game. Ceri and her son, were disappointed with ...

We call on IFAB to make a statement about the increase in Violence towards referees.

The recent terrible events is Malta is another escalation in the abuse and assault of Match Officials. We call on IFAB to make a statement at their AGM Meeting in Northern Ireland on February ...

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An Evening with Bobby Madley

An evening with Bobby Madley is to take place at Paulton Rover FC on Monday 17th February. The address is: Paulton Rovers Football Club Winterfield Road Paulton Bristol BS39 7RF England Bobby is a ...

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Put your whistle where your mouth is part 2

Part Two Building the team. I mentioned in my earlier blog that I had moved down from Liverpool to Somerset and was enjoying kicking farmers on a Saturday afternoon but was also struggling for ...

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Safeguarding in Children Referees Associations/Leagues

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN IN FOOTBALL For those of you who are involved in the wonderful world of junior/youth football, you will know that we have a large number of referees who are under the age ...

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Safeguarding Children in Football Ref/Players

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN IN FOOTBALL For those of you who are involved in the wonderful world of junior/youth football, you will know that we have a large number of referees who are under the age ...

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A poem for an Arm Chair Ref.

Arm Chair Ref I’m out refereeing even at Christmas time You see me in all weathers, I do this all part time In Snow and Sun even rain, also heavy sleet They say I ...

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Showing an imaginary card – an act less “Street”

I Love the photo of Jurgen Klopp chastising his opponent for showing an imaginary card in last night’s FIFA World Club Cup Semi Final in Qatar. It was an attempt by the Monterrey manager ...

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Putting your whistle where your mouth is – by ‘that Scouse Ref’

Playing football on tarmac, with Anfield Stadium in the background, was an almost everyday occurrence when I was growing up. I still feel the pain of making slide tackles on a surface that doubled ...

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Ref Support partner with Cancer Research UK to Blow the Whistle on cancer

Ref Support UK are proud to announce that we have officially partnered with Cancer Research UK   CRUK_BlowTheWhistleOnCancer_TheSouth 2019_REF_V1 ...

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Challenging social media abuse from football clubs

We recently challenged an official clubs twitter account after they posted serious abuse about a ref. This resulted in a retraction of the tweets, deleting of the tweet and a public apology from the ...

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Lee Probert Premier League Referee Retires – A Statement from Ref Support UK

Statement released with Lee Probert’s blessing from Ref Support UK The Premier League has released a statement in regards to our close friend Lee Probert retiring as a referee from the Premier League. We ...

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Premier League Match Official Appointments

Referee Matches Red Cards Yellow Cards Martin Atkinson 2 0 6 Mike Dean 2 0 7 Andre Marriner 2 0 5 Michael Oliver 2 0 3 Anthony Taylor 2 0 9 Stuart Attwell 1 ...

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Blow the Whistle on Cancer

Our CEO, Martin Cassidy, has announced live on TalkSport, that we are working with Cancer Research UK on a new initiative for 2020. Tuesday 4th February 2020, is World Cancer Day and to mark ...

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An Evening With Bobby Madley

An evening with Bobby Madley is to take place at Paulton Rover FC on Monday 17th February. The address is: Paulton Rovers Football Club Winterfield Road Paulton Bristol BS39 7RF England Bobby is a ...

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VAR at the FIFA World Cup 2018

So… VAR! Well after Englands opening fixture at the FIFA World Cup 2018 we thought it would be best to give you all the full low down on how FIFA plan to use VAR ...

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PGMOL in search for FA Match Observers

Ref Support UK are pleased to share news that the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) have opened applications for FA Match Observers to apply for the position to Observe Select Group Officials. In ...

Double Final at Wembley Match Officials

Congratualtions to all the officials that have been appointed to The Buildbase FA Trophy and FA Vase Finals that will both be played at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 20th May 2018. The Buildbase FA ...

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Michael Oliver gets the call!

It’s something that every referee at the professional level aims for yet they are all humbled and surprised when they get the phone call from The FA. Michael Oliver has been appointed as the ...

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Statement

Ryan Hampson an Ambassador of Ref Support UK was charged by Lancashire County FA for Improper Conduct under FA Rule E3. The charge related to the creation and distribution of an email sent to ...

Cup Final Or No Cup Final… Carry On

So we are getting to the pivotal stage of our seasons now where cup final appointments are being made and released, and we just wanted to say Well done to all who have been ...

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Interview with our Youth Ambassador

Ryan Hampson Q. What County FA do you fall under? A. Lancashire County FA Q. How long have you been refereeing? A. Just over 3 years Q. What level are you? A. Level 5 Q ...

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Have TheFA just breached their own rules?

On Friday 23rd March 2018, Sky Sports News that was in the middle of wrapping up their #SupportTheRef week posted a number of story’s surrounding Denis Wise taking the whistle and refereeing the first ...

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Should League and County Cup Finals include observers?

An interesting question has been raised within the Ref Support UK forum on Facebook; Should League & County Cups be appointed a Referee Observer?  This then of course raised a few more questions such ...

Facebook Membership and Engagement Increase

For everyone that’s joined up to the Ref Support UK Facebook group, they will notice the rapid increase of activity on the group and we thought that now would be a good time too ...

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22 Handshakes – Ryan Hampson

Every week we hear referees using the phrase “I got 22 handshakes in my game” upon entering the refs’ changing rooms or in core meetings and no doubt every single one of us as ...

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Abused by managers, then threatened by FA – 15 Year old Referee

A teenage referee who claims he was abused by three grown men durng a match was threatened with an FA misconduct charge after reporting it. The treatment of 15-year-old Max Ormesher has prompted his ...

Crime and Referee Abuse: The evolution of a problem

Crime and Referee Abuse: The evolution of a problem I have always believed that nearly all crime or similar problems evolve from something in our early development and addressing this early can prevent them ...

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FA’s clarification relating to Ref Support

After lengthy discussions with The FA Referees and Legal Departments, Ref Support would like to release the following communication from The Legal department of The FA at Wembley Stadium. The purpose of this statement ...

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Ref Abuse; Should you watch what you say to the ref?

I found it astonishing whilst refereeing and now coaching referees that I see players,parents and club officials say things to match officials and I think “I wonder if that was in a pub if ...

Love the whistle; Positivity about refereeing

#lovethewhistle / #lovethegame There has been an excessive amount of negativity with regard to refereeing lately and as ever the abuse of match officials’ is the main topic of the negativity. What motivates colleagues ...

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