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Statement – David McNamara

The 21 day suspension of referee Dave McNamara by the Football Association (The FA) for using “Rock Paper Scissors” for the kick off procedure is in our opinion a disproportionate punishment for this offence ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Interview with our BAME Ambassador

Reuben Simon Q. What County FA are you affiliated to? A. Middlesex County FA (Associate member of Surrey County FA) Q. How long have you been refereeing? A. 17 Years Q. What Level are ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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