Fair Play

Oxford Mail Youth Football League

Fair Play Marking Scheme

Where a match has a league-appointed referee, that referee will mark both teams for fair play and respect, giving marks out of 10 for players, spectators and team officials. The appointed referee should include these marks on their match report. This will help the League see how well teams are behaving at matches, and will be analysed by the League committee alongside the Respect Marks given within the match statistics on Full-Time. The following table gives referees guidance on what mark to give to each team.

Referee marking scheme
10 marks
A perfect match
► The referee will be welcomed on arrival by a club representative
► All Club match day administration has been completed correctly by this team
► No dissent
► Decisions not questioned(other than politely by the team captain)
► No abuse of the referee officials/spectators/players
► Every official/spectators/player clearly understands that the referee's decisions are to be respected, whether correct or incorrect
► Minimal, if any, appealing for decisions
► Members of this team will have offered genuine thanks to the referee and opponents
9 marks
The referee feels that this was a thoroughly enjoyable encounter with this team
► Match day administration has been completed correctly
► Some unnecessary appealing
► Some very minor questioning of decisions
► A single example of unsporting behaviour by officials/spectators/players that is dealt with promptly and firmly by the team Officials
8 marks
Referee will feel that he/she has been treated with respect
► May be a single lapse in match day administration
► Minor dissent which would be good humoured and not offensive
► Officials/spectators/players have accepted the referee's decisions
7 marks
Some elements of this team's contribution made this match a slightly less than desirable encounter
► A couple of minor lapses in the teams' match day administration
► Aggressive appealing
► Poor attitude towards the referee by officials/spectators/players
► Officials/spectators/players will have questioned and been reluctant to accept some decisions
6 marks
The referee will feel this team's contribution made this match an undesirable encounter
► Several match day administrative errors
► Appealing excessively and questioning referee's decisions aggressively or vehemently by officials/spectators/players
5 marks
The referee will feel this team's contribution made this match an unpleasant experience
► Several match day administrative errors
► Referees' decisions will have been aggressively questioned
► Players will appear to have not been briefed about respecting the referee's decisions
► Little sign of a sporting approach to the game and opposition players by officials/spectators/players
There were significant issues in the match by the team being reported
4 marks
The referee will feel this team's contribution made this match a very unpleasant experience
► Lack of any sign of real sporting behaviour by officials/spectators/players
► Serious questions about the management style of the Club
► Team will have been undisciplined
3 marks or below ► The referee will have found the behaviour of this team exceptionally poor and will be left with feeling that he/she will not want to referee this team again.