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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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iRespect App Help Guide

iRespect App Help Guide Welcome to the help guide for the iRespect App, we have created this to help you navigate around the functionality in order to get the best out of it. Once ...
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iRespect App Terms and Conditions. Privacy Policy

iRespect App Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy The iRespect App is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies ...
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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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Statement from Leisure Leagues

Message from Leisure Leagues We have noticed some comments on these social media channels from a tiny minority of individuals who purported to work for Leisure Leagues over a decade ago, and make unsubstantiated ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 out in all weathers, I do this all part time In Snow and Sun even rain, also heavy sleet I couldn’t ...
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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 ...
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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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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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